Lunar New Year, ALSO KNOWN AS CHINESE NEW YEAR or Spring Festival, begins this year on Feb. 1 to give us all a fresh start. Each year the Chinese calendar is expressed through one of the 12 animals in the zodiac, and in 2022, the Lunar New Year will usher in the Year of the Tiger, which symbolizes bravery and strength. The Lunar New Year is 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 12 ways to welcome the Lunar New Year in Houston.
Lunar New Year Festival at Chinese Community Center
The Chinese Community Center is gearing up for a big return this year following their virtual pivot in 2021 because of the pandemic. The outdoor festival will feature a Shaolin kung fu show as well as lion and dragon dances. Free face masks and sanitation stations will be available to help attendees celebrate safely.
Chinese Community Center, 9800 Town Park Dr. Saturday, Feb. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. For more information, visit the website.
Children's Museum of Houston
The children's event will host lion dancers and art activities such as origami and lei making and tiger masks. The event, sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Heritage Association, will also feature performances in honor of the Year of the Tiger.
Children's Museum of Houston, 1500 Binz St. Saturday, Feb. 5, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit the website.
Texas Lunar Festival
While the 25th annual Texas Lunar Festival will be held virtually this year, the event will include international performances in celebration of Asian culture.
Tune in to the Texas Lunar Festival on Channel 15.3 and on Youtube: STV Houston 15.3. You can also download the app.
Phat Eatery Feast and Lion Dance
The chef and owner of Phat Eatery, Alex Au-Yeung, is happily ringing in the new year at his Malaysian restaurant. Guests will be treated to a special six-course menu, served family style. The traditional cuisine will include roti Peking duck roll, a beef short rib rendang, lump crab bone marrow fried rice and a special house dim sum. The celebration will align with Chinese heritage by including a prosperity toss and a lion dance to call in good fortune for 2022.
Phat Eatery, 23119 Colonial Pkwy. Seatings are offered Tuesday at 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 a.m. The tasting menu is $78 per person, service included. A kid’s menu will be available for children ages 4 to 12 for $28. For more information, visit the website.
Lunar New Year Houston at Viet Hoa
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 new year at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Viet Hoa, 8300 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 5-6, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free.
Lion Dance Performance at Tobiuo
Welcome the Year of the Tiger at Tobiuo for Lunar New Year. Reserve a table and watch the Houston Lion Kings perform lion and dragon dances. Plus, in honor of the celebration, Tobiuo will also offer a menu of new cold tastings and desserts.
Tobiuo, 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd., Ste. H130, Katy, Texas. Saturday, Feb. 5. Lion dances at 7 p.m. To make reservations, call 281-294-7156.
Asia Society Texas Center
The Asia Society will host a festival in the Museum District to celebrate Lunar New Year. The event will include live performances, arts and crafts and food. If you bring your kids, they can receive a red envelope gift.
Asia Society, 1370 Southmore Blvd., Saturday, Feb. 5, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. To register, visit the website.