Chinatown/International District Lunar New Year Festival
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Chinatown/International District neighborhood – Hing Hay Park, Maynard Ave S. & S. King St, Seattle. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Celebrate the Year of the Dragon with lion and dragon dances, Japanese Taiko drumming, martial arts demonstrations, kid’s activity booths, lively musical and dance performances, and much more! A pavilion tent at Hing Hay Park will showcase a number of family-friendly activities for all to share. Free. For more information, visit www.cidbia.org, e-mail [email protected] or call (206) 382-1197.

Tet (Vietnamese New Year) Festival
Saturday, January 21 &
Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012
Seattle Center, Fisher Pavilion and Center House, 301 Harrison Street, Seattle. Saturday: 11 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Join the festival again this year at Seattle Center where Vietnam’s rich and colorful heritage is showcased in the special theme “Le Hoi Viet Nam.” Enjoy music performances, a childrens’ workshop, arts & crafts, multiple vendor booths, and food! Free. For more information, visit: www.tetinseattle.org.

Lunar New Year Tet celebration
Sunday, Jan 22, 2012
Chua Co Lam Buddhist Temple, 3503 South Graham St., Seattle.
Game booths, great vegetarian food, and lion dances. A fireworks show will call in the new year at midnight. Free. For more information, call (206) 723 – 4741.

The Greater Seattle Chinese Chamber of Commerce Lunar New Year Banquet
Thursday, January 26, 2012
China Harbor Restaurant, 2040 Westlake Ave N, Seattle. 6 p.m.
Join the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce for their Lunar New Year Banquet. Celebrate with over 300 members and guests in this festive New Year tradition. A portion of the proceeds will support the Chamber Ambassador Youth Leadership Program. Individual: $40 or $500 for a corporate table. For more information, visit: www.seattlechinesechamber.org.

The Hong Kong Association of Washington Foundation’s 2012 Chinese New Year Gala
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Sheraton Seattle Hotel, Grand Ballroom, Second Floor, 1400 Sixth Ave., Seattle. 5:15 – 10:30 p.m.
This gala is one of the biggest Lunar New Year celebrations in the state of Washington, hosting over 700 attendees at this black tie event. This celebration will feature a lion dance, auction items, and a Luly Yang fashion show. Proceeds to benefit WiSe, supporting individuals with developmental disabilities. $150 to reserve tickets or a table for ten for $1500. For questions or to RSVP, please call (206) 588 – 5452, e-mail [email protected], or visit www.hkaw.org.

Families with Children From China – NW (FCC-NW) Chinese New Year Celebration 2012
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Eckstein Middle School, 3003 NE 75th Street, Seattle. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Come join the fun and enjoy all the activities including dance performances, the children’s carnival, martial arts demonstration by Chinese Shaolin Kung Fu Center of Seattle, vendors and information booths, crafts and more. The Northwest Chapter of Families with Children from China (FCC-NW) is an organization whose goal is to support families who have adopted children from China. $5 – $10. For more information, visit:
www.fcc-nw.memberlodge.com.

Muckleshoot Casino
Lunar New Year Celebration
and Dragon Dance
Monday, January 23, 2012
Muckleshoot Indian Casino, 2402 Auburn Way South, Auburn. 7 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Enjoy music performances starting at 8 p.m. by special Asian entertainers in Club Galaxy, featuring Tu Quyen, Nhu Loan, Bich Thao & Duong Buu Trung, Tau Hai and Hoai Tam – Viet Huong. Free with Players Club card. For more information, call (253) 804 – 444 ext. 2433 or visit
www.muckleshootcasino.com.

Emerald Queen Hotel and Casino Lunar New Year Celebration
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Emerald Queen Hotel and Casino, I-5 Showroom, 5700 Pacific Highway E.,
Fife. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Receive a cash envelope and win up to $1,000 for the New Year! Envelopes available while supplies last. For more information, call (253) 594 – 7777 or visit www.emeraldqueen.com.

Westminster Chapel 8th Annual Lunar New Year Celebration
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Westminster Chapel, 13646 NE 24th St., Bellevue. 3:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Celebrate Asian culture with Westminster Chapel. Enjoy children’s crafts, demonstrations, music, dance, food, and more. It’s fun for the whole family. $6/adult ($8/door), $4/child ($6/door). For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.westminster.org or call (425) 460 – 3714.

Lunar New Year events at The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Saturday, January 21, 2012
The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, 719 S. King St., Seattle. Starts at 11 a.m.
Lion Dance: The Lieu Quan Lion Dance Team blesses The Wing with their vibrant and energetic team spirit. Come watch and cheer on the dancers as they rid The Wing of any bad luck and start the lucky year of the dragon. Afterwards, check out the opening of the newest KidPLACE exhibit “New Years All Year Round,” featuring Korean, Chinese, and Cambodian New Year celebrations. At 4:30 p.m., The Wing presents “Oshogatsu.” Welcome the New Year with a special Japanese tea ceremony hosted by the Chado Urasenke Tankokai Seattle Association. Green tea and sweets will be served. $5 admission, $3 children and members, includes tea and sweets. For more information, visit:
www.winguke.org.

The Children’s Museum Appreciate a Dragon Day
Saturday, Jan 7, 2012
305 Harrison St., Seattle. 10 a.m.
It’s National Appreciate a Dragon Day and that fits perfectly with The Children’s Museum, hosting Medieval Merriment Month. Help create a community Dragon or participate in friendly dragon inspired activities. For more information, visit: www.thechildrensmuseum.org.

The Asia Pacific Cultural Center (APCC) 14th annual New Year Celebration
Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012
Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall, 2727 East D St., Tacoma. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
“Bula!”: Featuring the Beautiful Island of Fiji. Over 5,000 people join in on the fun in Tacoma, with food booths, cultural activities for children, hot hula sessions throughout the day, and cultural entertainment from different Asian Pacific countries including the Philippines, Korea, Hawaii, Samoa, China, Japan, India, Vietnam, and more! Free. For more information, call (253) 383 – 3900 or visit www.asiapacificculturalcenter.org.

Vancouver, B.C. Chinatown Spring Festival Celebration
Sunday, January 29, 2012
This signature event of Vancouver’s Chinatown will feature lion dances, cultural dance troupes, marching bands, martial arts performances and much more. As one of the three largest non-commercial annual parades in Vancouver, the Chinese New Year Parade features the largest assembly of traditional lion dance teams in Canada. Other highlights include multicultural dance troupes representing the diverse segments of the Canadian cultural heritage, the Vancouver Police Department Motorcycle Drill Team, marching bands and various community groups. The parade draws over 50,000 spectators along the route each year. The parade route starts at the Millennium Gate on Pender Street, proceeds east, turns south onto Gore Street, turns west onto Keefer Street and then disperses at Keefer and Columbia. The parade begins at noon and lasts two hours. The Cultural Fair for 2012 will be held for two days – Saturday, January 28 (1 – 3 p.m.) and Sunday, January 29 (2 – 4 p.m.) and is hosted at the Sun Yat-sen Plaza (50 East Pender Street) for both days. This event features multicultural performances, a special lion dance grand finale, martial arts demonstrations and more. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit: www.cbavancouver.ca/parade.

Portland’s Lan Su Chinese Garden Chinese New Year Festival
Festival: Monday, January 23 – Monday, February 6, 2012
Lan Su Chinese Garden, 239 Northwest Everett Street, Portland, Ore.
This annual event for families and kids of all ages includes lion and dragon dances each weekend day, martial arts demonstrations, feng shui talks, dance and music performances, plant talks and much more. The two-week celebration of Chinese culture and history kicks off on January 23, 2012 with a “Rolling in the Wealth” feng shui activity and concludes with two nights of a specially ticketed, traditional lantern viewings on Feb. 5 and Feb. 6, 2012. All events (except for the Lantern Viewing) are free with admission to Lan Su Chinese Garden. For more information, please visit: www.lansugarden.org.
Lantern Viewing: Sunday, Feb. 5 and Monday, Feb. 6, 2012
Lan Su Chinese Garden, 239 Northwest Everett Street, Portland, Ore. 6 – 8 p.m. Come see more than 100 hanging red lanterns, 200 floating lanterns in Lake Zither and a custom lantern installation by HiiH Gallery that will bring the Lan Su aglow at this special after-hours event. Tickets: $12 – member, $16 – general. For more information, please visit: www.lansugarden.org.

The Vietnamese Community of Oregon (VNCO) Annual Tet Festival
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland, Oregon.
This all-day event begins at 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Activities include a lion dance, bands, singers, traditional and modern dances, martial arts, a Miss Vietnamese pageant, youth games and activity center, and business, community, non-profit and health vendors. For more information, visit: www.congdongvietnamoregon.org.

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