Lion dancers at a previous year’s Dragon Fest. • Courtesy Photo
Lion dancers at a previous year’s Dragon Fest. • Courtesy Photo

Chinatown-International District Business Improvement Area (CIDBIA) and Wing Luke Museum is launching the new Lunar Year with a series of lion dances, family-friendly events, tours, coloring contest and more.

Saturday, February 6—Opening Celebration

Kick off the Year of the Monkey with The Wing with the pow-pow-pow of firecrackers, drums and a Lion Dance.

• 11:00 a.m.—See The Wing explode with a festive lion dance complete with drums and firecrackers. City of Seattle Mayor Ed Murray will be there along with KIRO 7 Siemny Kim and other guests to feed the lion. Free.

• 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.—Find family-friendly activities in every inch of the Museum, including New Year games, face painting, animated film screening of The Monkey King (in Chinese with English subtitles), crafts, a stuffed petting zoo, zodiac scavenger hunt and more. Visitors can complete a passport journey and win prizes.

More info about opening celebration and Year of the Monkey at The Wing can be found at www.wingluke.org/2016newyear.

Saturday, February 13—Seattle’s Annual Lunar New Year Festival

Get ready for Seattle’s Official Lunar New Year Festival in the Chinatown-International District.

• Starting at 11:00 a.m. at Hing Hay Park (at Maynard Ave S), the neighborhood will blossom with families, foodies, and visitors enjoying the tastes and sounds of authentic Asian cuisine and cultural entertainment.

• Vibrant Lion and Dragon dances, rhythmical Japanese Taiko drumming, Chinese martial arts demonstrations and other multi-cultural entertainment on the main entertainment stage with hands-on Asian arts projects for the whole family.

• 6th Annual Lunar New Year $3 Food Walk presented by Delta Air Lines this year with more $3 menu items than ever. Featuring over 20 international restaurants, this year’s Food Walk will offer up everything from the famous Phnom Penh Noodle House Sweet Garlic Pepper Chicken Wings to Purple Dot’s exciting dim sum. Attendees who sample five (or more) participating restaurants will be eligible to enter a drawing for a grand prize of two international round-trip tickets on Delta Air Lines.

• Children are invited to show off their best cultural New Year’s outfits in the 6th Annual Children’s Parade & Costume Contest.

More info about Seattle’s Chinatown-International District Lunar New Year Celebration can be found at www.cidbia.org.

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