There’s reason to be bullish this year: According to the Chinese zodiac, we’ll soon ring in the Year of the Ox. This week, the new moon rises on Thursday night, kicking off two-week celebrations in Vietnam, South Korea, China, and other Asian countries, echoed by the same communities here in Seattle. Whether you’re at home or far from home, our local leaders prepared a wide-ranging, festive dose of celebratory arts, while some restaurants have souped-up their menus for the occasion.
Tết in Seattle
TIS and the Seattle Center present Tết, the Vietnamese New Year, with a virtual extravaganza. Live sessions include instrumental music, storytelling, and a fashion show, with regular updates and recordings posted on their social media. Free
Fri, Feb 12
International Examiner and The Evergrey Panel Discussion
Two Northwest-savvy publications teamed up to co-host a panel on the intersection of identity, food, and culture. Hsiao-Ching Chou, panelist and the author of Chinese Soul Food, will also share a cooking demo from her new vegetarian cookbook. 3pm, Free
Fri, Feb 12
Virtual Lunar New Year Performance
The Bellevue Collection, known for its tasteful holiday decor, will stream performances from the Seattle Shaolin Kungfu Academy and International Lion Dance Martial Arts Team. 5pm, Free
Asia Pacific Cultural Center’s Annual New Year Celebration
Tacoma’s heritage center prepared a regional lineup, with performers repping Hawaii, the Philippines, Thailand, and more, plus a finale featuring entertainment from the Marshall Islands. Free
Lunar New Year Story Time
For the kids’ corner, the King County Library System is offering two bilingual storytelling and craft sessions. You'll want scissors, glue, and crimson paper on hand to make lanterns as you listen to new year legends. Free
Wing Luke Museum New Year Celebration
This bastion of C–ID history and culture will honor the new year with an afternoon of live and recorded productions, from community videos to calligraphy lessons. Free
54th Annual Lunar New Year Gala
The University of Washington’s Chinese Student Association partnered with colleges across the country to organize an evening of modern and traditional art: musical solos on the zither and erhu, martial arts, magic, and dance.
CultureFest Expo and Performance Showcase
Allegedly UW’s largest multicultural student event, CultureFest is going virtual this year. A week’s worth of events features conversations on immigration, tea, and cuisine, leading into Saturday’s international showcase of performance art.
Food & Drink & a Photo Booth
Lucky Envelope’s Chinese New Year
This craft brewery’s name even evokes the new year: In China, older generations hand out envelopes of money to young people, signifying good health and prosperity. Lucky Envelope’s launching four new flavors for the occasion, from a pineapple sour to a tea-infused IPA. They’ll also have swag.
Lunar New Year Food Walk 2021
Hing Hay Park hosts the C–ID’s finest. Participating restaurants are still TBA; see Facebook for updates. Confirmed: a photo booth and red envelope handouts.
Tết in Seattle Restaurant Week
Sip House slings coffee; GoPoké serves lunch bowls; Bambu offers boba-coconut milk desserts. They’re just a few of the local Vietnamese restauranteurs offering discounts next week.
Hello Em’s Tết Photo Booth
That new new Vietnamese coffee shop set up a Lunar New Year photobooth complete with animated Ox cutouts for you to finally show off that new year look. If you’re decked out in red and gold, you’ll be maximally auspicious.