FAMILY FESTIVAL: Gallop into the New Year with MOCA!

Sat, Feb 1, 2014 @ 11:00am - 4:00pm

Join us for a Lunar New Year celebration to usher in the Year of the Horse! Visitors of all ages are invited to MOCA’s popular annual family festival to celebrate Chinese cultural traditions and the arts.

Tickets: $10 per person. Free for MOCA Members, children under 2, and Cool Culture families. Stroller parking limited. Email for advance reservations. 




The Mane Event: Lion Dance Performance + Workshop

11-11:15 AM - Dance Performance

11:15-12 PM - Workshop


An awe-inspiring Lion Dance performance by the United East Athletic Association kicks off the Family Festival in front of MOCA, followed by an interactive workshop in the Museum's Classroom.

New Year Festival Dances

2 Sessions: 12-1 PM and 1-2 PM


Put on your dancing shoes and practice your moves! The Red Silk Dancers present an enchanting program to delight the whole family. Enjoy the Snaking Fan Dragon, Blossoming Sunflower, and Swirling Red Silk dances.

Dim Sum Warriors Meet and Greet

1-1:30 PM - Photo Opportunity

1:30-2 PM - Reading

2-2:30 PM - Book Signing


Join us and special guest, Prince Roastpork Bao, for the book launch of Dim Sum Warriors Vol 2 - Feast of Fury. Dim Sum Warriors is a wacky martial arts adventure comic book series whose characters are dumplings, pork buns and other Chinese delicacies.

Rattle Drum Workshop

2 Sessions: 2-2:45 PM and 3-3:45 PM


Turn ordinary household items into festive rattle drums with MOCA educator, Alice Fung. Then, put your customized noisemakers to good use during our legends storytime.


Legends Storytime

3 sessions: 12:30 PM, 2:30 PM, and 3:30 PM


Horse around with MOCA educators during these interactive storytelling sessions of classic tales ‘The Legend of Nian’ (sessions at 12:30 PM and 3:30 PM) and ‘The Great Zodiac Race’ (2:30 PM).



Welcoming Spring with Shu-Shia Sanborn!

11-4 PM


Artist Shu-Shia Sanborn demonstrates the intricate art of paper cutting and folding as she prepares special spring characters for Family Festival goers.


Traditional Chinese Calligraphy

11-4 PM


Calligrapher Tianyi Shan demonstrates this traditional art form as she paints festive Lunar New Year messages on textured rice paper. Visitors also have a chance to practice their brushstrokes by fashioning the Chinese character for “horse” on a calligraphy practice pad.



Holiday Card Making with Tomie Arai

12:30- 1 PM

Join Tomie Arai, the artist behind the MOCA's latest exhibit, Portraits of New York Chinatown, in silk screening cards for the Year of the Horse.


Fabulous Florals
11-4 PM


Fresh flowers symbolize hope and promise for the new year. Transform ordinary coffee filters into elaborate flowery patterns. Use them to decorate the Museum or your home!


“H” is for Horse
11-4 PM


In honor of the Year of the Horse, craft a horse in the shape of the letter “h” and adorn it with yarn, sparkles, and more.