YEAR OF THE RABBIT

6 Festive and Family-Friendly Events to Ring in the Lunar New Year in Houston

Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit at these local events.

By Rosemary Akpan

POST Houston Lunar New Year Event.

Image: Post HTX

LUNAR NEW YEAR, ALSO KNOWN AS CHINESE NEW YEAR or Spring Festival, begins this year on January 22. Each year Chinese New Year comes along just in time to provide us all with a much needed fresh start. Expressed through one of 12 animals, combined with of one of five elements, a cyclical 60-year system is created with the 2023 Lunar New Year being the Year of the Water Rabbit. 

It’s been a tough few years for the world collectively, and with the rabbit symbolizing peace, patience, and prosperity (also said to be the luckiest zodiac sign of them all), a hopeful and bright new year may be just the fix. The Lunar New Year is traditionally celebrated in China and across Asia with food festivals, lantern celebrations, lion and dragon dances, and the gifting of red envelopes filled with money for good luck. 

Below, find 6 amazing ways to ring in the Lunar New Year in Houston.

Lunar New Year Celebration

JANUARY 15 THRU JANUARY 16  | 12 P.M. – 2 A.M. | POST HTX | FREE

This Lunar New Year, Post Houston will be transforming their space into an unforgettable night. A two-day celebration will feature an Asian market, a show-stopping lion dance performance, and the cast of HBO Max’s “House of Ho” as host. As the night falls, jam out to the best top 40 tracks and throwback tunes at their Lunar New Year Night Party. Upgrade your experience even more with a $36 VIP package, which includes access to an exclusive VIP area, cocktail tables, and VIP bars with shorter lines.

Year of the Rabbit

JANUARY 17 THRU JANUARY 22, 10 A.M. – 6 P.M. | CHILDREN’S MUSEUM HOUSTON, $15 AND UP

This children’s event features creative art activities such as DIY origami, 3D paper rabbits, and homemade dragon puppets. The museum welcomes all ages to the festive event to keep the inspiration, interaction, and imagination going. Although their WonderWeek is a little shorter than a typical Chinese New Year celebration, families are encouraged to join the festive New Year all WonderWeek long.

Lunar New Year 2023: Celebrating the Year of the Rabbit

SATURDAY, JANUARY 28 | 11 A.M. – 4 P.M. | MUSEUM DISTRICT| FREE

Join Asia Society Texas in welcoming the Year of the Rabbit with free festival performances and demonstrations by Lunar New Year storytime, qigong demonstration, and storybook opera. The event will also hold fun and educational arts and craft activities, and serve Lunar New Year inspired food from vendors like Dumpling Haus, The Custard Box, Mama Marie's Filipino Soul Food, and more. Dance to the beat of traditional lion dancers as they perform outside the festival grounds. A limited quantity of red envelopes will also be given to children, so get there early!

Buchaechum (fan dance) at Discovery Green.

Lunar New Year at Solstice

SUNDAY, JANUARY 22 | 5 P.M. – 8 P.M. | DISCOVERY GREEN | FREE

Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit with your family at Discovery Green’s winter art installation, Solstice, by Studio Iregular. Sponsored by PNC Bank, the event will feature performances by Dance of Asian America, Nanta Drumming, and Aurelia Sky. Eat delicious bites, dance to live music, and take pictures with the color-changing Solstice installation.

Lunar New Year Houston

JANUARY 28 THRU JANUARY 29 | 11 A.M. – 6 P.M. | VIET HOA CENTER | FREE

Enjoy all the makings of Chinese New Year with lion and dragon dancing and firecracker light shows at the Lunar New Year festival at Viet Hoa. The festival will be held in the parking lot of the southwest Houston market and will feature food, martial arts, and kung fu demos. Mayor Sylvester Turner and Judge Lina Hidalgo, who were named grand marshals of this year’s festival, will help ring in the Lunar New Year. 

5th Annual Chinese New Year Feast At Phat Eatery

JANUARY 27 THRU JANUARY 29 | 7:30 P.M. & 11 A.M. | PHAT EATERY | Children $28 & Adult $88

The chef and owner of Phat Eatery, Alex Au-Yeung, is happily ringing in the new year at his Malaysian restaurant. Devour a special five-course menu, served family style. The traditional cuisine will include a dim sum trio, chilean sea bass, beef short rib rendang, and honey truffle ice cream. The celebration highlights Chinese heritage by including a prosperity toss and a lion dance to call in good fortune for 2023.

Yu Sheng “Prosperity Toss” at Phat Eatery: House-smoked Scottish salmon, pickled carrot and cabbage, radish, sesame seed, plum sauce, cracker, and sesame oil.

Image: Kimberly Park

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