Where To Celebrate Lunar New Year 2024 in DFW
Happy Lunar New Year! This huge, 15-day celebration, observed by countries and cultures around the world, begins Saturday, February 10 to mark the start of a new year on the lunar (moon cycle) calendar. Traditional festivities include gathering with family and friends, fireworks, and lots of feasting. Each lunar year is named after one of twelve animals in Asian folklore, and 2024 is the Year of the Dragon. To learn more about this holiday, look here. And look below to fnd out just a few of the many places around town where you can celebrate with family—and food—in DFW.
Where To Celebrate
Chinese New Year Festival at NorthPark CenterFrom 9 AM to 12 PM on February 10, celebrate Lunar New Year with a free festival at NorthPark Center. Organized by the Crow Museum of Asian Art, this free event will feature storytime, music, a lion dance, art and calligraphy demos, and more throughout the mall.
For schedule and more info, look here.
Asia Times Square in Grand PrairieEnjoy a free Firecracker Celebration and lion dance on Saturday, February 10.
Find more info here.
Lunar New Year Festival at GrandscapeBring the family to Grandscape on Saturday, February 10 from 4–10 PM to enjoy free stage performances, giveaways, and a night market. Traditional foods available for purchase. Look here for more info.
Galleria Dallas At 2 PM on Saturday, February 10, Galleria Dallas will host a Lunar New Year performance by the HD Lion Dance Foundation. The whole family will enjoy this signature dance to usher in the new year.
Richardson/DFW Chinatown Lunar New Year Festival
From 11 AM-3 PM on Sunday, February 11, this annual festival will feature dragon and lion dances, a fashion show, art and calligraphy demonstrations, musical and martial arts peformances, and more. See the schedule of events and reserve your free tickets here.
Frisco Ranch Shopping Center
Frisco Ranch hosts its own Lunar New Year Night Market Celebration, with lion dances, music, an art competition, and more on Friday, February 9 from 5–9 PM. Find more details here.
Where To Eat
Ngon Vietnamese Kitchen’s Lunar New Year CelebrationEnjoy traditional Vietnamese food and festive decorations at Ngon on Lower Greenville. The restaurant will host a Rising Phoenix lion dance performance at 2:30 PM on Saturday, January 21.
Sample some Taiwanese-style sweets with seasonal grab-and-go traditional Lunar New Year mooncakes, pineapple cakes, assorted buns and pastries, coffee, tea, and more. Look here for more info, including menu, DFW locations, and pre-ordering options.
J.S. Chen BBQFor a full-blown Lunar New Year banquet experience, check out the CNY (Chinese New Year) “Harmony Feast” at J.S. Chen's in Plano. The set menu offers twelve traditional new year’s dishes for family-style dining with a large group. View the menu here.
Jeng ChiLocated in Richardson, this local favorite Chinese restaurant offers both in-house dining and a to-go bakery and coffee bar. Tip: the bakery often has packages of pre-made meat or vegetable filled buns to enjoy at home. On Sunday, January 22, they will also host a lion dance at 1 PM to ring in the new year. Find more info here.
Fat StrawsTry a delicious twist on the classic donut with Fat Straws’ Year of the Dragon mochi donuts. ts Made with rice flour, these chewy, puffy, glazed treats resemble a giant teething ring. Special Lunar New Year flavors (including strawberry with gold sprinkles, and creamy "White Rabbit") available through this weekend. Pre-order here.
Grab some family and friends to try something new this Lunar New Year!