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Lunar New Year Celebration S+23
At The Seaport

Live lion dance performances. Calligraphy and crafts. Save the date on Saturday, February 17, for the upcoming Lunar New Year celebration, which we’re once again celebrating in partnership with the New York Chinese Cultural Center and the South Street Seaport Museum. Activities will take place throughout the day as we come together to welcome the Year of the Wood Dragon.

Event Info

Saturday, February 17

Multiple activities and locations

What’s On S+4

Lion Dance at the Seaport


Three lion dance performances will take place on Seaport Square, kicking off at 1:00pm. If you miss your chance to catch the action and snap some photos during the first performance, the lions will perform again for you to enjoy.

Three 15min Lion Dance performances followed by a 10min photo op:

1:00-1:25pm: 1st opening performance
15 min Break
1:40-2:05pm: 2nd performance
15 min Break
2:20-2:45pm: Final performance

RSVP is encouraged, but not required. 

calligraphy workshop at the Seaport Museum

Chinese Calligraphy Workshops

February 17 | 2pm, 3pm, 4pm | 207 Water Street | Free

Join the Seaport Museum and skilled teaching artists from the New York Chinese Cultural Center for one of three delightful 45-minute workshops exploring the art of Chinese Calligraphy and its importance to the Lunar New Year. While primarily designed for children ages 7–12, these workshops are open to all ages free. As part of the neighborhood Lunar New Year celebration, the Seaport Museum is offering free General Admission on February 17.

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nautical Chinese lion chain workshop

Nautical Chinese Lion Chains

February 17, 18 | 11am–4:30pm | 12 Fulton Street | Free with General Admission

Celebrate the Lunar New Year all weekend long with the Seaport Museum’s maritime-inspired spin on a Chinese Lion Chain craft. Come create your own, unique lion chain decoration using paper links inspired by the colorful signal flags, which sailors use to communicate.

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Eat & Drink S+8


Keep the traditions going after the day’s activities with a meal to celebrate the Lunar New Year. The holiday is a time for togetherness, and to enjoy lucky and traditional dishes. Gather with loved ones for a delicious Chinese-inspired dinner at the House of the Red Pearl. Or shop for your own ingredients at Mercantile East at the Tin Building and craft your own Lunar New Year meal at home.


About the New York Chinese Cultural Center

New York Chinese Cultural Center (NYCCC), a nonprofit cultural and educational institution, is dedicated to deepening the understanding and appreciation of Chinese culture through the arts in the global and local communities. NYCCC fulfills its mission by offering professional classes, workshops, and performances while nurturing creative and innovative new works through artist residency programs that reflect the rich cultural heritages and diverse communities of today. Follow NYCCC on Facebook, Instagram.

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About South Street Seaport Museum

The South Street Seaport Museum, located in the heart of the historic Seaport district, preserves and interprets the history of New York as a great port city. Founded in 1967, the Seaport Museum includes an extensive collection of works of art and artifacts, a maritime reference library, galleries, working 19th-century print shop, and a fleet of historic vessels that all work to tell the story of “Where New York Begins.”

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