Celebrate the Lunar New Year! The Year of the Pig began on Tuesday, Feb. 5, and there are a variety of events around Austin where you can get your fill of traditional cuisine and enjoy lion dances, firecrackers and special performances.

Starry Nights: Ancient Chinese Legends Star Shows @ Girlstart STEM Studio
Feb. 7, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Join Girlstart for an astronomy experience and related hands-on activities. All ages are welcome and an RSVP is recommended. This month, kids can:

  • Build a Chinese drum and observe how sound travels
  • Engineer a unique bamboo scroll
  • Make a Chinese New Year lantern
  • Explore geometry through paper origami
  • Program SpheroTM robots to help your paper crane migrate

Chinese New Year Celebration @ Asian American Resource Center
Feb. 9, 5:30 – 9 p.m.
Organized by Austin Moonflower Performing Arts Group, this Chinese New Year celebration features modern and traditional Chinese music, dance, Peking Opera, gongfu, qipao fashion show, and more. Performances and lottery drawings begin at 7 p.m. Chinese food samples and free photo booth open at 5:30 p.m.

Photo from the Moonflower Performing Arts Group Facebook page

Little Seedlings Storytime: China @ Asian American Resource Center
Feb. 15,  10 a.m.
Explore Chinese culture through storytelling and crafts! This month features Bringing In the New Year by Grace Lin and Legend of the Milky Way by Jeanne M. Lee. Free with RSVP here.

Year of the Pig Celebration @ Chinatown Center
Feb. 16 & 17, 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.

Photo from the Chinatown Center Facebook page

Library Events:

— Literature Live! presents Tiger Woman – Puppet Show at various branches of Austin Public Library all month long. From the book by Laurence Yep comes a Bunraku-style puppet show based on a traditional Chinese story. This is the tale of a greedy old woman who will not share her food with a beggar. When the old man turns out to be a wizard, he teaches her a lesson in generosity. Click here for the full schedule.

Round Rock Public Library hosts Chinese Bilingual Storytime the first Tuesday of each month, at 10:30 a.m. in Room B. This program, developed for ages 3 and up, celebrates Chinese culture with stories, fingerplays, songs, and other activities in both English and Mandarin.

Happy Lunar New Year!