MOCAFAMILY: Lunar New Year Family Festival

Sat, Feb 28, 2015 @ 11:00am - 4:00pm

Blaaast into the New Year with MOCA! Visitors of all ages are invited to celebrate Chinese and Chinese American traditions and folk arts! Enjoy an awe-inspiring lion dance, create zodiac themed crafts, embark on storytelling journeys, and sway along with Chinatown's Red Silk Dancers – and much more family fun at MOCA, so herd on over!


Tickets: $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. Advance online purchase recommended.


View festival schedule in PDF.


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Performances & Demonstrations

11:00 am: Lion Dance Performance and Workshop by the Columbia University Lion Dance Troupe
1:00 pm, 3:00 pm: New Year Festival Dances with the Chinatown’s Red Silk Dancers*
2:00 pm: Tastes of the New Year: Tasting & Demonstrations


Workshops & Other Activities

11:00 am – 4:00 pm: Drop in Arts and Crafts Activities: Fantastic Firecrackers and Zany Zodiac Puppets
11:00 am – 4:00 pm: Rest + Play
12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm: Legends Story Time


Teaching Artist Demonstrations

11:00 am – 4:00 pm: Calligraphy Corner with Tianyi Shan
11:00 am – 3:00 pm: Fish for More! with’s Jenny Chan
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Balloon Animal Art with Artist Corinne Robkin
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Zodiac Face Painting

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Puppet Making + Puppetry with Chinese Theatre Works

* Denotes a ticketed event. Ticketed events are free with admission, but have limited capacity.

Save the date for more Lunar New Year activities:


MOCACREATE: Museum Makeover!
Dates: Saturday, February 7 and 21, 2015
Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Free with Museum admission.

Walking Tour Special: Preparing for the New Year in Chinatown

Dates: Offered on Saturdays and Sundays in February from Saturday, February 7, 2015 through Sunday, February 22, 2015
Time: 11:00 am and 1:00 pm.

CELEBRASIA: New Year Festivities for Families

CelebrASIA NYC is a collaboration amongst leading cultural institutions in New York City designed to introduce children to Asian festivals and themes. Children are invited to ring in many Asian New Years from January to March by participating in handsā€on workshops and programs. Follow CelebrASIA on Facebook for the latest updates on events.