Celebrate the Year of the Ram

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The Chinese New Year celebrates the first day of the year of the Chinese calendar with festivities going on from Chinese New Year’s Eve, the last day of the last month of the Chinese calendar to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month. Here in the Portland-Vancouver metro area, we have many opportunities experience the culture of Chinese New Year, from dances and performances to crafts and stories. Below events for you to celebrate with your family.

Lan Su Chinese New Year
This stunning Portland haven has celebratory events every day from Feb. 19 – March 5. Lion dances, children’s music and dance performances and more animate the weekends. The festivities wrap up with lantern viewing March 2-5 (extra charge).
When: The Garden is open daily 10 am-5 pm
Where: 239 NW Everett St. 503-228-8131
Cost: $9.50 for adults, $7 for students age 6-18 and kids ages 0-5 are free

Lunar New Year at Multnomah County Library locations
The Lunar New Year is one of the most important holidays in many Asian cultures celebrating life, good health and prosperity. Join us to bring in the new year with cultural performances, educational activities, and light refreshments. Happy New Year!

Chinese New Year Cultural Fair at the Oregon Convention Center
Stage performances Dragon Dance, Lion Dance, Puppet Show, food, booths & much more.
When: Feb 21, 10 am-5 pm
Where: Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE MLK. 503-777-2122
Cost: $8, free admission for children under 3

Free Admission Day at the Japanese Garden
Free admission to this beautiful garden on February 17th.
When: February 16, 10 am-4 pm
Where: 611 SW Kingston. 503-223-1321
Cost: FREE

Chinese New Year at Child’s Play Toys
Win a prize in the Dragon’s Den, Make a craft with Creative Roots
When: February 21, 10am-12pm
Where: NW 23rd and Kearney St.Cost: FREE

photo courtesy of Lan Su Chinese Garden