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Lunar New Year 2013 Events in Seattle

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Seattle Children’s Museum
Through Sunday, January 6
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109
http://www.thechildrensmuseum.org

Explore the Chinese New Year at Seattle Children’s Museum. Kids up to age 10 can enjoy a story time and activity to learn more about this festival and the Year of the Snake. Plus, make paper lanterns to hang at home!

24th Annual Mochi Tsuki Festival
Sunday, January 6
11:00am – 3:00pm
IslandWood
4450 Blakely Ave NE
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
206.855.4300
http://www.islandwood.org

The Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community brings the 24th Annual Mochi Tsuki Festival to IslandWood, celebrating the new year with Japanese culture, performances by Seattle Kokon Taiko, various films and displays, and of course, mochi! Dress for the winter weather and pound rice into mochi cakes along with the mochi masters. There will be three short Seattle Kokon Taiko drumming performances at 12:20, 1:20, and 2:20. Free tickets will be handed out on a first come, first served basis, 20-minutes prior to each show.

New Years All Year Round Family Fun Day
Saturday, January 19
1:00pm – 3:00pm
Wing Luke Museum of the Asian American Experience
719 South King Street
Seattle, WA 98104
206.623.5124
http://www.wingluke.org

Create and decorate your own egg carton dragon. Plus, celebrate the New Year by checking out the opening of our newest KidPLACE exhibit New Years All Year Round featuring Japanese, Vietnamese, and Hmong New Year celebrations.

Seattle Asian Art Museum
Saturday, February 2
11:00am
Seattle Asian Art Museum
1400 E. Prospect St.
Seattle, WA 98112
http://www.seattleartmuseum.org

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at Seattle Asian Art Museum by designing your own snake prints! This celebration will feature live music, performances and family tours throughout the galleries. Plus, it’s the First Free Saturday at the museum! Details online.

Celebrating the Year of the Snake
Saturday, February 2
10:00am – 5:00pm
Wing Luke Museum of the Asian American Experience
719 South King Street
Seattle, WA 98104
206.623.5124
http://www.wingluke.org

A day full of activities for you, your friends and family! Visit the museum’s newest exhibit New Years All Year Round, celebrating the Hmong, Japanese and Vietnamese celebrations in our KidPlace Gallery. At 11:00am, Lieu Quan Lion Dance Team blesses The Wing with their vibrant and energetic team spirit. Come watch and cheer on the dancers as they rid The Wing of any bad luck as we start the lucky year of the snake. Donations to the lion dance team are welcomed by feeding the lions during the dance. Then from 12:00pm – 3:00pm, it’s the Lunar New Years Fair. Take a passport journey/ride through our building, visit and create crafts, play games, read, watch and share new year stories and “pet” a New Year animal.

Seattle’s Lunar New Year Celebration 2013
Saturday, February 9
11:00am – 4:00pm
Hing Hay Park
423 Maynard Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98104
http://www.facebook.com/events/542385059107158/

Come to Seattle’s Chinatown-International District’s Year of the Snake celebration! Enjoy world class cultural performances, from Dragon and Lion Dances to Japanese Taiko Drumming, to the Massive Monkees, and the FYA Drill Team! Come explore Hing Hay Park’s Cultural Pavilion with arts and crafts for kids of all ages! Special guest – Reptile Man will be onsite with 15 different snakes and reptiles! Foodies will be able to take part in the annual $2 Food Walk with over 20 restaurants offering $2 tasting menus! Come eat your way around the neighborhood for a chance to win some amazing prizes! New this year will be the first Uwajimaya Lunar New Year Scavenger Hunt, with a chance to win a trip for two to Hawaii and many other great prizes.

Tết Festival: Vietnamese Lunar New Year
Saturday and Sunday
February 16 and 17
Seattle Center
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109
http://www.tetinseattle.org

The Vietnamese Lunar New Year festival is a free celebration event held annually at the Seattle Center and is a part of Seattle Center Festal, world cultural events. For the past 16 years, Tết Festival has celebrated the traditions of Vietnamese and Vietnamese-Americans by presenting and promoting arts, music, performances and foods that are unique to Vietnam.

Lunar New Year Celebration
Saturday, February 23
11:00am – 6:00pm
Bellevue Square
575 Bellevue Square
Bellevue, WA 98004
http://www.bellevuecollection.com

The Bellevue Collection and The Taiwan Benevolent Association of America welcomes in the 2013 Lunar New Year, sharing in the cultural heritage of our community. The exciting all day event will be held at Bellevue Square in Center Court. The celebration will feature numerous traditional and contemporary cultural demonstrations including martial arts, music, dance, and visual arts. The festival is open to audiences of all ages and includes fun, comlimentary activities for all to participate in. The highlight of the afternoon is sure to be the “New Year Spectaculars” from 2:00 – 3:00 pm. The “Spectaculars” will showcase an exciting demonstration and an integral part of the Chinese culture, the traditional lion dance and dragon parade; a symbol of strength and good luck to the community.

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