The Year of the Pig in DC

The Year of the Pig, Chinese New Year in DC kicks-off on Feb. 10, 2-5pm with a big parade in Chinatown. 

The festival will feature Chinese Dragon Dances, live musical performances, and more.

The Chinese New Year is a 15-day event that starts with the New Moon on the first day of the new year and ends on the full moon 15 days later.

Lunar New Year Ice Cream Tastings at Ice Cream Jubilee – Jan. 26 – Feb. 5
Join Ice Cream Jubilee for special tasting parties at its Navy Yard, T Street and Tysons II Galleria locations. In honor of the Lunar New Year, the local sensation is offering up tasting flights of six two-ounce scoops and a pint for you to take home. The flavor flight is Lunar New Year-themed, of course, featuring innovative flavors such as Boricha Roasted Barley Tea, Citrus Sichuan Peppercorn and Thai Iced Tea. Reserve a date and time to enjoy this flavor explosion.

  • Celebrate from 12-5 p.m. at the Chinatown Lunar New Year Festival, Chinatown Community Cultural Center, 616 H Street, NW Washington, D.C. Programs and activities will include: live music and dance performances, traditional Chinese calligraphy, children’s crafts, face painting, tai chi and kung fu demonstrations, lion dancing, poetry readings, film screenings, art and photo exhibits, raffle prizes, New Year souvenirs, free giveaways, and much more.
  • Kennedy Center Family Day: Lunar New Year Celebration
    2019 Dates to Be Announced. Roof Terrace, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F. St. NW, Washington, D.C. Free, No tickets required. The event features activities and entertainment for all ages with a special focus on the arts and culture of China’s Chengdu Plain, home to most of the world’s giant pandas.
  • TAP-DC Lunar New Year Celebration
    2019 Dates to Be Announced. National Union Building, 918 F Street NW, Washington, D.C. Open bar, DJ spinning the latest hits, dance floor, night market, photo booth, arts&craft, lion dance performance, traditional Chinese dance, and more

In Maryland

  • MGM National Harbor Lunar New Year Celebration
    2019 Dates to Be Announced. MGM National Harbor, 101 MGM National Avenue, National Harbor, MD. Together as a band for the first time, Chinese pop rock superstars Band of Brothers will bring their spectacular production The Theater at MGM National Harbor. Band of Brothers is a Chinese pop rock band formed by veteran singers Richie Jen, Steve Wong, Edmond Leung and William So. Each member of the band has an extraordinary career spanning more than two decades and have collectively released more than 80 albums throughout their respective careers. Tickets for the Lunar New Year celebration performance range from $68 to $188. The Conservatory at MGM National Harbor will display a 30-foot tall fire rooster, citrus trees and “Lady Luck,” the Chinese empress, a floral masterpiece made of 200,000 flowers (on display through March).
  • Gaithersburg Chinese New Year Events 
    2019 Dates to Be Announced. Lakeforest Mall, 701 Russell Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD. View beautiful Chinese New Year decorations and exhibits throughout the mall. Live entertainment (weekends, noon-5:00 p.m.) includes traditional lion and dragon dances, folk dances and martial arts demonstrations. Demonstrations and workshops include flower/bonsai arrangement, arts and crafts, painting and games.
  • Rockville’s Lunar New Year Celebration 
    February 16, 2019, 10:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. Richard Montgomery High School
    250 Richard Montgomery Dr., Rockville, Maryland. The event will feature samples of Asian cuisine and a variety of multigenerational performances and exhibitors including several dance groups. Past performer have included Central Evergreen Dance Group, Chinese Culture and Community Service Center Dragon Dance Team, Diana Dance Arts, Graceful Postures and Dance, House of Angklung, Lihui’s Youth Choir and Potomac Youth Choir, Indonesian Kids Performing Arts, Migrant Heritage Commission Fil-Am Dance Ensemble, US Chinese Wushu Institution, Washington Asian Philharmonic Orchestra, and West Asian Belly Dance Club.