Embrace the Magic of Lunar New Year 2024



02/03/2024 11:00 am - 4:00 pm




I Street between 5th and 6th Streets NW

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A Prosperous Celebration of the Year of the Dragon!

The DowntownDC BID invites you to Embrace the Magic of the Lunar New Year! Join us on Saturday, February 3 from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Chinatown Park/Lotus Plaza (I Street between 5th & 6th Streets NW) for a free, family-friendly kick-off celebration of the Lunar New Year.

As we usher in the Year of the Dragon, experience a day filled with unity, prosperity, and enchantment. Begin the celebrations with a gentle Tai Chi class led by True Tai Chi, embracing the tranquility and good fortune the Year of the Dragon promises. Dive into the rich tapestry of Chinese culture with calligraphy art by Bertrand Mao and the rhythmic movements of lion dancers from the Wong People Association.

Indulge your taste buds in traditional foods promising good fortune including dumplings, egg rolls, clementines, and other sweet treats. Wander through the vibrant flower market and grab a flower bouquet or plant while supplies last (limited to one item per person). The event will also feature live music, children’s activities such as lantern-making, Mahjong (Chinese strategy tile game), and a glorious Dragon sculpture that promises a photo-worthy moment.

That’s not all! The day’s celebration extends to New York Avenue Park (900 11th Street NW) with special lanten display and dragon sidewalk chalk art (weather permitting). Explore the visually experiential Lunar New Year event complete with pinwheels and ground decals, creating a seamless connection between Chinatown Park and the New York Avenue Park corridor.

Don’t miss out on this unforgettable day of luck, fortune, and cultural celebration. Bring your friends and family to savor the flavors, sights, and sounds of the Lunar New Year in DowntownDC. We can’t wait to share the magic with you!

For more information and to RSVP, click HERE.

But wait, there’s even MORE! The festivities continue the following week with the return of the Lunar New Year Parade throughout DowntownDC’s own Chinatown community. Click here for details.