The new year is all about renewal and 2019 is no different. It’s time to usher in the year of the pig, which is associated with eating and sleeping. How is that for refreshing and renewing our souls? It certainly bodes well for parents of picky eaters and sends good vibes to more nap times. The pig is also harmless, with a nod to affluence, good temper and mercy. What parent doesn’t love that? The zodiac sign focuses on yellow and we here in the DMV hope that means more sunshine in the new year, too.

4383764417_d09a89652a_zPhoto: Photo Phiend via Flickr

D.C.

Chinese New Year ‘s Parade
It’s all about the dragons, baby. Celebrated each year by the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, it’s the annual Chinatown parade that has all the tradition as well as diversity. Think live music, parades, kung fu, beauty pageants and more. Get there early for the best view. Then head over to the Chinatown Cultural Center for more family fun (616 H Street, NW).

When: Feb. 10, 2 pm
Where: 7th and H Sts., N.W.
Online: dcparade.com

Ice Cream Jubilee
Get the inside scoop in February and celebrate the Lunar New Year, a.k.a. Spring Festival, by sharing a taste of some of the districts most daring ice cream flavors like Thai Iced Tea, Roasted Barley Tea or Kiwi Lemongrass Chia tiny tykes will get a kick out of the six frozen flavors in the flight. Tasting tickets are on sale now for the limited-edition flavors.

When: Feb. 3, 13, 17 at 301 Walter St., SE and Feb. 4, 7, 14, 18 at 1407 T St., NW.
Where: Ice Cream Jubilee, The Yards DC
Cost: $16 per ticket per flight of ice cream (6 flavors in each)
Online: icjlunar or icecreamjubilee.com

Kennedy Center Chinese New Year Family Day
Kick off your Saturday with this fun-filled family event sponsored by the Kennedy Center and with the Confucius Institute from GW Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. Full of free activities that all ages can enjoy it is a great way to celebrate Chinese culture in this special three-day long arts and culture showcase.

When: Feb. 9, 10 am-4 pm
Where: 2700 F St., NW
Online: confucius.columbian.gwu.edu

Photo: maywong via flickr 

Virginia

Chinese New Year Festival
Check out the fun as Falls Church hosts a day filled with games, art booths, a dragon parade, children’s crafts, food and live Asian performances that preschool peeps on up will enjoy. Each kiddo receives a red envelop of “lucky money” and any little one wearing Asian attire can join in the Dragon Parade at 2 p.m. that day.

When: Feb. 2, 10 am-6 pm
Where: Luther Jackson Middle School
3020 Gallows Rd. (Falls Church, VA)
Online: chinesenewyearfestival.org

Photo: Chinese Fine Arts Society

Maryland

City of Rockville
In partnership with Rockville’s Asian Pacific American Task Force this Lunar New Year Celebration brings out both community pride and educational moments for little ones. This free event offers Lunar New Year-themed crafts, interactive moments and many performances sure to delight pint-sized kiddos. Be there by 11 a.m. for the performances and get in some pre-naptime fun.

When: Feb. 16, 10:30 am-1:30 pm
Where: Richard Montgomery High School
250 Richard Montgomery Dr. (Rockville, MD)
Online: rockvillemd.gov

—Victoria Mason

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