The Chinese New Year is centuries old and it is one of the most important festivals celebrated throughout Chinese culture. During the festivus event, food is shared, traditional dances are danced, classic Chinese music is played and there is certainly no shortage of firecrackers popped. Usher in the Chinese New Year at these DFW events and celebrate the year of the rooster.
Where: 2010 Flora St
When: January 28
This free event takes place in the heart of the Dallas Arts District. The Crow Collection of Asian Art, which showcases historical and contemporary arts from Asia, puts on the yearly event, and this year visitors can expect live performances, art-making activities, face painting and more. There will also be food trucks nearby for hungry revelers. And, at the end of the event, attendees can look up to the sky to see the grand finale fireworks show.
Where: AT&T Performing Arts Center, 2403 Flora St.
When: January 28 through February 5
Each year a group of classical artists come together and travel for about six months, performing in 20 countries and 100 cities across the world. What are they performing? Shen Yun explores the connection between humankind and the higher universe through cultural dance and movement, telling the classic stories of ancient legends and tales featuring heroic characters. Shen Yun arrives in Dallas on January 28 and is performing through February 5 at the AT&T Performing Arts Center. For more information about Shen Yun, and ticket pricing, visit the Shen Yun website.
Where: 2615 W Pioneer Pkwy., Grand Prairie
When: February 5-6
Celebrate the Chinese New Year at Asia Times Square in Grand Prairie. It is the largest celebration of its kind in North Texas, drawing in over 40,000 attendees from around the region. This year marks the tenth anniversary of the lunar celebration, which means there is no doubt it will be bigger, and better than ever before. Guests can take part in a variety of free daytime activities, including Vietnamese bingo, firecrackers and multicultural performances. There will be a kid’s zone, great for children of all ages. Plus, festival-goers can tune into live music at the event’s nightly concerts. Admission and parking is free, and food will be available for purchase.
When: February 12
Where: JS Chen’s DimSum & BBQ, 240 Legacy Dr., Plano
Welcome the Chinese New Year with dinner at JS Chen’s DimSum & BBQ in Plano. This eighth annual dinner will celebrate the year of the rooster with food, performances including a Lion Dance, and music from the traditional Chinese Orchestra, Hua Yun. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the North Texas Food Bank. Tickets range from $25 to $55 and can be purchased online.