Here are some local events happening in and around Boston to celebrate the year of the rat (with a couple insider tips because I used to lion dance at a couple of the events):
Saturday, January 25, 10am-4 pm
Experience the sights and sounds of this annual festival with music, art making and classic traditions, including colorful lion dances. Then celebrate the release of PEM’s first children’s book, Piece by Piece, with author Susan Tan and special programming to celebrate Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese House.
Tip: If you can grab a spot on the upper level, it’ll be a nicer, unobstructed view of the lion dance performance.
161 Essex St, Salem, MA
Sunday, January 26, 2pm-3pm
a special concert in celebration of Chinese Lunar New Year 2020, the Year of the Rat. Students from the Boston Art School for Chinese Music will perform.
Newton Free Library, Druker Auditorium
330 Homer St, Newton, MA
Tuesday, January 28, 5pm-6:30pm
Experience the Vietnamese Lunar New Year through sound and dance, and a taste of Vietnamese cuisine.
Sponsored by NOVA (Networking Organization for Vietnamese-Americans), Vietnamese American Community of MA and The Friends of The Fields Corner Branch Library
Fields Corner Branch of the Boston Public Library
520 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester, Boston, MA
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Friday, January 31, 6pm-8:30pm; Saturday, February 1, 11am-3:30pm; Sunday, February 2, 11am-3:30pm
Welcome the Year of the Rat! Throughout the weekend, explore how communities in Boston celebrate the Lunar New Year through dance, games, and art with a focus on Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese traditions. Join a variety of performances and activities with local artists.
308 Congress St, Boston, MA
Saturday, February 1, 10am-5pm
Ring in the Year of the Rat with free admission to celebrate Lunar New Year! Explore Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese traditions while enjoying a variety of activities, demonstrations, and performances throughout the day. Free admission.
Tip: There will be a lion dance stage performance at Remis Auditorium which you will need (free) tickets as seating is limited. So, get your tickets first before doing anything else.
Avenue of the Arts
65 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA
Saturday, February 1, 12pm-2pm
Come celebrate Lunar New Year with Asian Caucus, Chinese Students Association, International Club, Korean Students Association, Philippine Society and Vietnamese Students Association at the McMullen Museum! We will serve various New Year’s food and have arts & crafts stations for you to make New Year’s decorations.
Free & open to the public
2101 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA
Sunday, February 2, 10am-3pm
Lion dance stage performances at Phillips Sq kicks off the event. As each team finishes their performance, they will then start going throughout Chinatown blessing shops and restaurants. Be prepared for some firecrackers.
Tip: It’s most likely going to start at 10:30am-ish given that there will probably be speeches from community members. But the stage performances are a great chance to check out some impressive routines. Also, be prepared with hand & toe warmers.
Harrison Ave & Essex St, Boston, MA
Sunday, February 2, 11am-4pm
Enjoy cultural performances, origami & paper crafts, storytelling, a gaming area with a Super Smash Bros. tournament, fun prizes, some lion dance and…a “Year of the Rat” Photo Booth! FREE admission & parking!
North Quincy High School
316 Hancock St, Quincy, MA
Sunday, February 2, 11am-3pm
Celebrate at the Pao Arts Center if it gets too cold outside during the Boston Chinatown lion dance parade! Activities include Chinese and English calligraphy demonstrations, art making, storytelling activities, and more. Admission is FREE.
Tip: Check out the free children’s lion dance workshops led by the Nüwa Athletic Club (shout out to the lion dance team I’m currently a member of!). You will need to register for specific sessions: three 30-minute sessions are available – at 12 pm, 1 pm, and 2 pm. Workshops are geared toward children ages 5-12.
99 Albany St, Boston, MA
Thursday, February 6, 8pm
The Chinese New Year Concert is an annual celebration among Chinese and other Asian populations at Berklee. Its main purpose is to celebrate the Spring Festival for Chinese students, as well as other students who celebrate this festival. Admission: $10 in advance / $15 day of show.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA
Saturday, February 8, 3pm-5pm
Enjoy lion dancing, crafts & games, music & performances, food and more. FREE and open to all – RSVP here!
Brookline High School, MLK Room and Atrium
115 Greenough St, Brookline, MA
Sunday, February 16, 10:30am-5pm
Celebrate the upcoming Vietnamese Lunar New Year with cultural dances, children’s games, and more! Admission is $5.
Boston College High School
150 William T Morrissey Blvd, Dorchester, Boston
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