The Lunar New Year is just around the corner (this year it begins on Jan. 28) and the DMV is full of cultural events and fun for the entire fam. This Lunar New Year is the year of the Rooster and although the winter weather is sure to be chilly we’ve found some Chinese New Year events that you’ll want to rise and shine–rooster style–for.

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Chinese New Year Family Festival
A week before the holiday officially begins; the American Art Museum will open its doors and welcome the year of the rooster with fun crafts and traditional performances and demonstrations. The event is free and perfect for families of all kinds.

When: Jan. 28, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: free
American Art Museum
8th and F Sts., NW

Chinese New Year Family Day Activities
Kids of all ages can celebrate at the Kennedy Center with paper cutting lessons, Beijing Opera stage makeup demonstrations and dressing up in traditional costume.

When: Feb. 4, 10:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
Cost: Free
Kennedy Center
2700 F St., NW


Lunar New Year Celebration
If you’re looking to explore beyond fashion and art for your Chinese New Year celebration, head to the Sackler and Ripley Center to learn about everything from ribbon-dancing to calligraphy and come away with masks, Lunar New Year resolutions and photo-booth photos.

When: Feb. 5, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Cost: Free
Where: The Sackler and Ripley Center

Chinese New Year Parade
The Chinese New Year Parade will take over Chinatown on the last day of the holiday.

When: Jan. 29, 2 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Where: Chinatown

Lunar New Year
Celebrate with performances, traditional displays and samples of Asian cuisine.

When: Jan. 28, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: free
Where: F. Scott Fitzgerald Theater (Rockville, Md)

Potomac Library Celebration
Celebrate with the Potomac Library with the Li-Ming Chinese Academy as well as calligraphy and Martial Arts. Fun and learning for the entire fam.

When: Feb. 4, 12 p.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free
Where: 10101 Glenolden Dr. (Potomac, Md)


How do you plan to celebrate the Year of the Rooster?

—Miller Jackson and Tricia Mirchandani