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Ways to Celebrate the Lunar New Year in Washington, DC

Honor the turn of the calendar with these Lunar New Year activities and events in DC.

Lunar New Year, a celebration known in China as “Spring Festival,” begins on Jan. 29, 2025. With a variety of Asian cultures in the DC area, including Chinatown, the nation's capital features numerous ways to celebrate the holiday. We’ve detailed events and activities in Washington, DC that can help you kick off the Year of the Snake just right.


Winter Lantern Festival

Explore Chinese myths, legends and zodiacs though a dazzling wonderland of over 1,000 handmade lanterns and displays. Discover designs featuring mammoths, polar bears, penguins and more. Plus, enjoy interactive light swings, see-saws and tunnels.
8025 Galleria Drive, Tysons, VA 22102


Lunar New Year at The Kennedy Center

The Kennedy Center welcomes you and your entire family to this free Lunar New Year celebration on its Millennium Stage. Honor the Year of the Snake with performances of The Lion Dance by the Tai Yim Kung Fu School and songs from the Concert Chorale of Washington.
Free admission
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566


Lunar New Year Family Festival at the National Museum of Asian Art

National Museum of Asian Art

National Museum of Asian Art

The Smithsonian's free National Museum of Asian Art, known for an extensive collection of vibrant and colorful Asian art, will ring in the Year of the Snake with a family festival filled with all kinds of fun dedicated to the Lunar New Year. Expect performances, talks, tours, hands-on activities and more.
Free Admission
Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art, 1050 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560


Embrace the Magic of the Lunar New Year with DowntownDC

Join the DowntownDC BID in welcoming the Year of the Snake with a free, family-friendly event. Engage in a day of unity and prosperity featuring Tai Chi, calligraphy art, lion dancers and traditional foods. The event will also feature live music, children’s activities and a flower market. The festivities continue down the street at New York Avenue Park with a lantern display and sidewalk chalk art.
Chinatown Park, I Street between 5th & 6th Streets NW, Washington, DC 20001


Savor the Flavors of China Chilcano - Feb. 8-11

Enjoy a specialty menu from renowned chef José Andrés' Peruvian-Asian fusion concept. Celebrate Chinese New Year with traditional dishes like seared turnip cakes, spring rolls and Cantonese poached chicken by head chef Daniel Lugo. Plus, you may even get to experience a traditional Lion Dance!

418 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004


Smithsonian American Art Museum's Lunar New Year Celebration

The Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) honors the Lunar New Year with this free celebration presented in partnership with the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the United States of America. Enjoy a plethora of Chinese and Korean traditions as well as dances, performances, arts and crafts, food and much more. The Kogod Courtyard Cafe will also offer a special Lunar New Year menu. Be sure to explore even more activities on SAAM’s Lunar New Year Family Zone.
Free Admission
Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G Streets NW, Washington, DC 20004


DC Lunar New Year Parade

Join Mayor Muriel Bowser in downtown DC for the 2025 Lunar New Year Parade in honor of the Year of the Snake. The annual parade includes colorful and diverse contingents, a ceremony with traditional performances and an exciting firecracker finale. The parade historically kicks off at 6th and I streets NW and the staged ceremony begins at the end of the parade route at 6th and H streets.
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6th and I Streets NW, Washington, DC 20001


Lunar New Year Festival at DAR Museum

Join the DAR Museum in collaboration with the Vietnam Society, the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Representative Office and the Fairfax High School Korean Club for a celebration of Lunar New Year traditions. This free, family-friendly event will feature live performances, activities and games.

Free Admission

1776 D Street NW, Washington, DC 20006


Explore the Penn Quarter/Chinatown neighborhood

Penn Quarter/Chinatown is one of the liveliest neighborhoods in the District. There are plenty of restaurants nearby, as well as the shopping hub that is CityCenterDC. The Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery are housed in the same building across the street, while the National Gallery of Art is a short walk away. You can also check out a play at Ford’s Theatre or Shakespeare Theatre Company.


Check out the Kennedy Center's virtual Lunar New Year programming

Kennedy Center, Interior

The Kennedy Center offers a plethora of digital programming focused on the Lunar New Year, including performances from past celebrations, on its website. Enjoy videos and an array of virtual learning options from DC's most beloved cultural institution.

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