4 ways to ring in the Lunar New Year in Austin

Dragon Dancers perform at the Chinatown Center's Lunar New Year Celebration

Dragon Dancers perform at the Chinatown Center's Lunar New Year Celebration

Lunar New Year is Friday, Feb. 16. Check out these Austin area events celebrating the Year of the Dog.


Enjoy kid-friendly lunar new year crafts and stories
The Asian American Resource Center hosts “Lunar New Year Little Seedlings Storytime” with stories about the Lunar New Year and East and South Asian inspired crafts. 8401 Cameron Road, Austin. 10 a.m.-noon. Free. www.austintexas.gov/aarc


Celebrate Vietnamese Lunar New Year
Guests can see Dragon Dancing, a fashion show, martial arts and more at The Vietnamese American Community of Austin Texas’s Lunar New Year celebration held at Kipp Austin Public School’s North Austin Campus. 8004 Cameron Road, Austin. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $5. www.vacat.org

Ring in the Year of the Dog at a Buddhist Temple
Celebrations at Xiang Yun Temple at 6720 N. Loop 360, Austin, begin with a chanting service followed by a vegetarian food fair and dance and martial arts performances. Culture booths will exhibit Chinese Tea Ceremonies, calligraphy, Buddhist texts, face paint and games. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Free. www.ibps-austin.org


Take part in Lunar New Year Activities at Austin’s Chinatown Center
The Chinatown Center on North Lamar Boulevard hosts an all day Lunar New Year celebration complete with food trucks, firecrackers, dragon dancing and dogs performing tricks. Mayor Adler will be in attendance as a special guest for the firecracker lighting. 10901 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free admission. www.chinatownaustin.com

By Emma Whalen
Emma is Community Impact Newspaper's Houston City Hall reporter. Previously, she covered public health, education and features for several Austin-area publications. A Boston native, she is a former student athlete and alumna of The University of Texas at Austin.


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