Event Date: Saturday, February 28, 2015
Event Time: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Admission: $10/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
Advance online ticketing purchase recommended at www.mocanyc.org


[New York, NY] February 2, 2015 -The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) will usher in the Year of the Sheep with a day-long festival at the Museum.

Visitors of all ages are invited to MOCA’s popular annual festival to celebrate Chinese cultural traditions and the arts, with tours, workshops, and performances on February 28.

The festival will kick-off at 11:00 a.m. with a high-energy lion dance by the Columbia University Dance Troupe. Visitors can participate in a lantern dance with the Chinatown's Red Silk Dancers. Also on schedule: Sample sticky, crunchy, and chewy festive foods and learn more about the symbolism of these auspicious treats. Festival attendees can enjoy hands-on origami folding, balloon animal art, zodiac-themed face painting and calligraphy with teaching artists. To usher in good tidings, MOCA will also host a Lunar New Year decorating bonanza as well as special walking tours of Manhattan Chinatown to observe preparations for this festive occasion. Details are available below.



A festival schedule is available on the Museum's website.



MOCA's Lunar New Year Festival Schedule


Performances & Demonstrations

11:00 a.m.    

Lion Dance Performance and Workshop by the   Columbia University Lion Dance Troupe
1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m.

New Year Festival Dances with the Chinatown's Red Silk Dancers

2:00 p.m.

Tastes of the New Year: Food Tasting & Demonstration



Teaching Artist Demonstrations
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Calligraphy with Tianyi Shan

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Fish for More! with Origami Tree's Jenny Chan
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Balloon Animal Art with Artist Corinne Robkin
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Zodiac Face Painting



Drop-in Arts & Crafts and other activities
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Fantastic Firecrackers

Zany Zodiac Puppets
Rest + Play


12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m.

Legends Story Time

Special Program: Lunar New Year Museum Makeover
Event Date: Saturday, February 7 and 21, 2015
Event Time: 1p.m. – 4p.m.
Free with Admission.


This participatory project is a Lunar New Year decorating extravaganza to adorn the museum space. Participants will use an assortment of creative tools and materials supplied by the Museum to make the colorful creations, which will be on display in the Museum’s Cultural Programs Center through the annual Lunar New Year Family Festival.



Walking Tour Special: Preparing for the New Year in Chinatown

Tour dates: Offered on Saturdays and Sundays from Saturday, February 7, 2015 through Sunday, February 22, 2015
Tour schedule: 11a.m and 1p.m.
Admission: $15/Adult, $12/Student & Senior; $8/MOCA Member. Free for children under 5.
Advance reservation required: To purchase tickets online, please visit www.mocanyc.org.


Lunar New Year is the liveliest and one of the most important celebrations in Chinese culture and Manhattan Chinatown is the place to experience it. MOCA’s walking tour takes visitors through Chinatown to learn about holiday traditions and customs observed by Chinese households. Witness how the neighborhood transforms itself in preparation to welcome the Year of the Sheep and discover the characteristics that make this holiday unique.


MOCA’s Family Festival Series is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council of the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York Legislation, and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

About Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)

MOCA’s mission is to celebrate the living history of the Chinese experience in America, to inspire our diverse communities to contribute to America’s evolving cultural narrative and civil society, and to empower and bridge our communities across generations, ethnicities and geography through our dynamic stories.