It’s time to celebrate the Lunar New Year! The Year of the Dog begins on Friday, Feb. 16. Enjoy a variety of celebrations around Austin where you can get your fill of traditional cuisine and enjoy lion dances, firecrackers and special performances.

Little Seedlings Lunar New Year Storytime @ Asian American Resource Center
Friday, Feb. 16, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
On the day of the 2018 Lunar New Year, go celebrate the year of the dog at the Asian American Resource Center and listen to the stories about our long time loyal friends, dogs, and their inspiring stories! Kids will get to create a Lunar New Year’s drum and celebrate with fun sounds after the stories. Free, but please sign up here to attend.

Chinese New Year Dog Party @ Blue Owl Brewing
Friday, Feb. 16. 12 – 10 p.m.
Bring your pooch to ring in the Chinese New Year at Blue Owl Brewing. They’ll have free raffles at 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. (the lucky numbers of the year of the dog), horoscopes for your dog, a photo booth from 7 – 9 p.m. and plenty of Dapper Devil for you to drink. While they don’t have kid-friendly beverages, little ones are welcome to hang out with the parents and play games.

Vietnamese Tet Festival @ Kipp Austin Public Schools
Sunday, Feb. 18, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Tết, the Vietnamese New Year, is the most eagerly anticipated and the most important holiday in the Vietnamese culture. The Austin community is invited to the 20th Annual Vietnamese New Year (Tet) Celebration to greet the year of the Dog with an all-day festival, will includes fun activities for all ages such as a dragon dance, cultural performances, a talent show, activities for kids, and, of course, food vendors aplenty. Admission is $5, and free for children under age 8.

Photo by Mario Villeda Photography, from the Wu Chow Facebook page

Chinese New Year Party @ Wu Chow
Monday, Feb. 19, 5-7:30 p.m.
While Wu Chow will be offering Chinese New Year Specials beginning on Friday, Feb. 16 and running throughout the weekend, we’re most excited about their family-friendly festivities on Monday evening. Enjoy tattoos for the kids, an Austin Pets Alive PUPPY Party from 5 p.m.-7 p.m., and Lion Dancers to perform at 7 p.m.. They will also be selling their Plush Wu Chow Pandas for $10 with all proceeds going to APA.

Year of the Dog Celebration @ Chinatown Center
Sunday, Feb. 25, schedule TBD
Chinatown Center is located in North Austin at the intersection of Kramer and North Lamar and includes a large variety of Asian shops and restaurants. During the Chinese New Year celebration, the entire area is jam-packed with exciting activities, special performances, family-friendly attractions and food. Details are still to come regarding the schedule of events, but this is always a big, exciting party.  Stay tuned to their Facebook page for more info.

AOMA’s Chinese New Year Celebration @ AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine
Monday, Feb. 26, 6-9 p.m.
AOMA staff, students, alumni and community are invited to come together for entertainment and refreshments. Family friendly and encouraged!

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