A roaring good time: Where to celebrate Lunar New Year in Brooklyn

Sunset Park was filled with revelers ringing in 2023's Lunar New Year and Year of the Rabbit. Jan. 27, 2023
Sunset Park was filled with revelers ringing in 2023’s Lunar New Year and Year of the Rabbit.
Photo by Arthur de Gaeta

Brooklyn is gearing up for a number of spectacular celebrations as Lunar New Year approaches, promising an array of culturally rich events and festivities that reflect the vibrant tapestry of the borough. This year, Lunar New Year kicks off on Feb. 10 and the event — which varies in date each year — is typically celebrated for 15 days, from the new moon to the full moon.

This year marks the Year of the Dragon, symbolizing power, nobility, honor, luck and success in Chinese culture.

Here are some ways to usher in the Year of the Dragon in Brooklyn:

Lunar New Year Celebration & Balloontopia Dragon Edition

Saturday, Feb. 3, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
City Point BKLYN, 445 Albee Square West, Brooklyn Heights
All ages

Celebrate Chinese New Year with traditional Lion Dances, Balloontopia Dragon Edition, Kids Lunar New Year-inspired crafts, and family portraits.

Saturday, Feb. 3, 1-2 p.m.
Brooklyn Public Library, Dyker Branch, 8202 13th Ave., Dyker Heights
All ages

Ba Ban Chinese Music Society will perform nine unique pieces celebrating Lunar New Year.

A past Lunar New Year celebration in Downtown Brooklyn.File photo

Lunar New Year Celebration at IKEA Brooklyn

Sunday, Feb. 4, 12-2 p.m.
IKEA Brooklyn, 1 Beard St., Red Hook
Ages 5 and older
RSVP online

Take part in a Year of the Dragon kids’ craft, FÖSSTA collection giveaways, food samples, special offers and more! 

BCA Lunar New Year Parade

Sunday, Feb. 11, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
50th Street and Eighth Avenue, Sunset Park
All ages

Since its inception in 1988, the Annual Chinese New Year Celebration Parade has been a vibrant showcase of Chinese culture in Brooklyn, fostering unity among neighborhoods. This year, mark your calendars for Feb. 11, as the traditional parade (hosted by the Brooklyn Chinese-American Association) returns to dazzle the borough with firecrackers and lion dances. Join us in the age-old ritual cleansing of homes and businesses, setting the stage for a prosperous and luck-filled year ahead.

Lunar New Year at BCM

Sunday, Feb. 11, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Ave., Crown Heights
All ages
$15; free for BCM members

Learn about the traditions of Lunar New Year through storytelling with authors Michele Wong McSween and Yobe Qiu; live music, dance, and Kung Fu workshops with the New York Chinese Cultural Center; calligraphy workshops with artist Nelson Leung, and a rooftop lion dance parade led by the Chinatown Community Young Lions.

Lunar New Year Celebration at Atlantic Terminal Mall

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 3-5 p.m.
Atlantic Terminal Mall, 139 Flatbush Ave., Fort Greene
All ages

Celebrate the joy and traditions of the Lunar New Year with a dazzling event at Atlantic Terminal Mall. Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Chinese culture through captivating traditional Chinese dances and mesmerizing performances by the New York Chinese Cultural Center!