Event Date: Saturday, February 19, 2019
Event Time: Programming is offered in two identical sessions. Morning session at 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Afternoon session at 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 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
Online registration required: RSVP HERE

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[New York, NY] February 6, 2019The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is hosting its annual Lunar New Year Family Festival on February 16, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Visitors of all ages are invited to celebrate the Year of the Pig with a fun-filled day of activities including zodiac-themed arts and crafts, lively music and dance performances, festive snacks, and storytelling, all inspired by Chinese and Chinese American New Year’s traditions!


The festival kicks off at 10:15 a.m. with Whirling, Twirling Ribbons, where visitors can watch an elegant ribbon dance by dancer and choreographer Mei-Yin Ng, and participate in a ribbon dance workshop, creating a simple ribbon of their own and learning how to make it twirl. Afterwards, visitors are invited to join Legends Storytime, where they can hear the tale of the Great Zodiac Race and learn how the pig received its place in the Zodiac. A MOCA educator also will share a New Year’s spooky classic: The Legend of the Nian monster. Following the storytelling session, visitors of the Lunar New Year Family Festival can sample bite-sized treats at New Year Nibbles, and find out how each treat brings flavor and fortune to the Year of the Pig.


After satisfying their palates, festival attendees can engage in some light physical activity at the Great Race Gallery Hunt, where they can follow hoof tracks and sniff out clues scattered throughout the gallery. Then, they can get their faces painted with their favorite zodiac animals at Zodiac Face Painting. Afterwards, GONG MUSIC will delight visitors with a performance of classical instruments including the pipa (琵琶) and erhu (二胡) at Sounds of the New Year. While enjoying a mix of old favorites and modern twists, visitors can learn the cultural significance of some of the oldest instruments and discover new meaning.


The 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. morning session of the Lunar New Year Family Festival will culminate with the Mane Event, a lion dance performed in southern Chinese style by the Columbia University Lion Dance group. The lion dance performance rids evil spirits and summons a year of good luck and fortune. The 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. session will start with the Mane Event at around 2:00 pm, and is followed by activities and programs identical to those offered in the morning session.


Throughout the day, families are invited to drop by the Museum for different arts and craft activities. At Ham It Up!, they can hog wild with their Year of the Pig DIY wearable pig snouts. Visitors can tap into their own imaginations and create their own version of the Nian monster with mixed-media collages and masks at Nian Monster Mash-Up. Getting a bit spooked by the frightening Nian monster? At Let’s Get Loud, families are invited to transform ordinary household items into festive rattle drums to scare it away.


Visit the Museum’s website at mocanyc.org for a full family festival schedule and other updates on upcoming programs and events. Follow MOCA on Facebook at www.facebook/mocanyc or on Twitter and Instagram at @mocanyc. For media inquiries, please email press@mocanyc.org.


MOCA’s Lunar New Year Family Festival is part of MOCA FEST 2019, an 8-week celebration to ring in the Year of the Pig! Other upcoming MOCA FEST programs include: Digitization Days at MOCA Collections at 70 Mulberry Street on Monday, February 11. For the full MOCA FEST 2019 calendar, visit 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.


About Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)
The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) aims to engage audiences in an ongoing and historical dialogue, in which people of all backgrounds are able to see American history through a critical perspective, to reflect on their own experiences, and to make meaningful connections between: the past and the present, the global and the local, themselves and others.


MOCA is a proud partner of the New York City IDNYC card benefit program and Culture Pass, a program for cardholders of Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library, and Queens Library in which New Yorkers 13 and older can reserve passes and get free admission to dozens of NYC cultural institutions.


Monday – Closed
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday – 11am-6pm
Thursday – 11am-9pm
MOCA First Free Thursdays: Free gallery admission on the first Thursday of each month


General Admission: $12
Seniors (65+ with ID), Students (with school ID: $8
Children under 2, in groups less than 10: Free
Cool Culture Families: Free
MOCA Members: Free