Date Idea, Festivals & Fairs, Kid Friendly, Performing Arts
Tuesday, Feb 1st marks the beginning of the 2022 Lunar New Year (Year of the Tiger), a 15-day celebration of rebirth, renewal and hope. As the days get longer and the skies get brighter, the New Year is a time to honor the return of spring and its abundance. The festival commences with the New Moon, and celebrations include vibrant firework shows, delicious feasts, dragon dances and city squares adorned with red decorations and glowing lanterns. We’ve rounded up 8 ways you can honor the Lunar New Year around Boston, from watching cultural performances to digging into dumplings at a popup.
Experiences are listed in chronological order.
Chinese New Year Flower Popup Market
When: Sat, 1/22–Mon, 1/31 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Info: Celebrate the return of Spring with fresh flowers. Stop by Chinatown’s new year flower pop-up market and take home everything from bamboo stalks to bright red carnations.
Peking Duck Pop Up at Frenchie
When: Tue, 2/1 from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Info: Marvel at Peking Duck Pop Up’s special menu. Highlights include a three-course peking duck feast, homemade shumai dumplings and sweet fried sesame donuts.
Chinese New Year Concert–Reunion
When: Thu, 2/3 from 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Info: What’s a celebration without music? The Berklee Performance Center’s 11th annual concert includes hit Chinese songs and lively dances for Bostonians of all ages to enjoy.
Lunar New Year Celebrations at the MFA
When: Sat, 2/5 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Info: Stroll through decades of history at the oldest art museum in Boston. On Feb. 5, the MFA invites you to explore their ancient Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese art collection and celebrate the New Year with a lion dance in the courtyard.
Tet in Boston: Vietnamese Lunar New Year Festival
When: Sun, 2/6 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Info: Don’t miss out on Tet, the New Year festival hosted by The Vietnamese American Community of Massachusetts. Stroll past over 140 vendors and learn about the cultural significance of Boston’s Vietnamese community.
Lunar New Year Celebration at Pao Arts Center
When: Tue, 2/8–Sun, 2/13 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Info: Start your new year with the Pao Arts Center, which is hosting virtual and in-person activities through the second week of February. This family-friendly fun will include arts and crafts, Lion Dance performances and their impactful new exhibit, “Intergenerational Storytelling.”
Chinese New Year Parade
When: Sun, 2/13 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Info: End your New Year festivities with a bang. To wrap up two weeks of merrymaking, Chinatown residents are clearing the streets for a lion dance parade.
Chinese New Year Cultural Village
When: Sun, 2/13 from 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Info: While you're at the the lion dance parade, stop by China Trade Center for Chinatown’s Cultural Village, a fete filled with arts and crafts, cultural dancing, origami, chinese calligraphy, homemade dough characters and more.
From all of us at The Boston Calendar– 新年好! Chuc Mung Nam Moi! We hope the Year of the Tiger will bring good fortune to whoever’s reading this.
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