Event Date: Saturday, February 11, 2017
Event Time: 11:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Admission: $12 person; $8 for all MOCA Dual and Individual Level Members; Free for MOCA Family Level Members and above, Children under 2 and Cool Culture families.
Location: Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013


[New York, NY] January 26, 2017-The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is hosting its annual Lunar New Year Family Festival on February 11, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Visitors of all ages are invited to participate in celebrating the Year of the Rooster with a fun-filled day of activities including folk arts with zodiac-themed arts and crafts, festive music and dance performances, teaching artist demonstrations, storytelling, and more!


The festival kicks off at 11:00 a.m. with The Mane Event, where visitors will move to the rhythm of the drumbeat in a dazzling Southern lion dance performance by Columbia University Lion Dance. The Red Silk Dancers return this year with a new and exciting program featuring a snaking dragon, striking kung fu fans, flying silk ribbons, and floating purple flowers.


Feast on sweet and savory dumplings, sesame balls, and other bite-sized holiday treats at New Year Nibbles. Then, learn to make your own lucky dumplings with Auntie Tina Yao at DIY Dumplings. Stick around to watch an expert noodle puller from Lao Bei Fang Dumpling House demonstrate the art of pulling long life noodles, an especially auspicious New Year’s tradition.


Festival attendees can learn about how the rooster earned its spot in the zodiac at Legends Storytime. It’s not a New Year’s celebration without a Great Race Gallery Hunt. Help us find the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac in all corners of our gallery. Then, Learn Animals in Mandarin with Gordon & Li Li with local author Michele Wong McSween for a special mandarin lesson.


Throughout the day, families can drop-in for different arts and craft activities like Zodiac Puppets, where visitors can create a festive hand puppet in honor of their zodiac animal. Fish symbolize abundance in the New Year. Fish For Fortune! by using traditional Chinese paper cuts as inspiration. Fold and cut a moveable paper koi fish to usher in a year of plenty. Don’t forget to strut your stuff at the Lunar New Year Selfie Station with your favorite holiday food or decoration at our signature photo corner.


MOCA offers a series of other Lunar New Year programs this winter like MOCAEATS: Dumpling Making Workshop on Saturday, February 4, at 11am and MOCAEATS: Dim Sum Brunch on Sunday, February 12 at 10am.


Visit the Museum’s website at mocanyc.org for a full family festival schedule and other updates on upcoming programs and events. For press images, please email press@mocanyc.org.


MOCA’s Family Festival Series is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, along with the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the National Endowment for the Arts.