Happy Lunar New Year! This weekend is full of ways to celebrate the Year of the Rat, like this celebration in Staten Island, or this firecracker festival. You can also check out Frost Fest in Bryant Park (with bumper cars!) or meet the dog breeds of the AKC. Keep scrolling to for our top event picks for family fun this weekend in NYC!

Photo: Paul via flickr


Thunderbird American Indian Dancers
Theater for the New City will present its 45th annual Thunderbird American Dancers Dance Concert and Pow Wow featuring dances, stories and traditional music from Native Peoples of the Northeast, Southwest and Great Plains regions. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.

Winter Blast
Play traditional family-friendly American Indian games, like Hawaiian board games, Inuit yo-yos, hoop throwing, and more. Sat. Event Details.

Firecracker Ceremony and Festival
Thousands of firecrackers will be set off to clear evil spirits and make way for the new year at this annual festival. Enjoy the show as traditional costumed performers take over the park and put on spectacular shows among decorations. Sat. Event Details.


Can you say bumper cars in the city? Have some wintery fun with live music, karaoke, “dueling pianos,” a silent disco, an ice carving performance, and yes, bumper cars at this festival. Kids will enjoy the puppet shows and “ice fishing” at the iconic Bryant Park fountain. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.

2020 AKC Meet the Breeds
This family-friendly, educational extravaganza gives animal lovers the unique opportunity to meet and play with hundreds of adorable dogs and cats while learning about responsible pet ownership. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.


Elizabeth Mitchell and You Are My Flower
Twice Grammy-nominated Smithsonian Folkways artist Elizabeth Mitchell brings her family band and special guests to the stage once again for an engaging midwinter concert. Sat. Event Details.

Lunar New Year Celebration
Celebrate the Lunar New Year with special guest author Michele Wong McSween who will read her new book Gordon and Li Li Celebrate Chinese New Year. Afterward, she will lead a Mandarin lesson, followed by an art-making workshop to celebrate the year of the Rat. Sat. Event Details.


Charlotte’s Web
This treasured tale, featuring madcap and endearing farm animals, explores bravery, selfless love, and the true meaning of friendship. Sun. Event Details.

Child’s Play NY Presents: Macbeth
When a coven of witches counsel Macbeth, he sets off on a destructive and tragic quest for power. Along the way, queens go mad, kings become ghosts, forests move and daggers float. Sun. Event Details.


Spooktacular: Out of This Worlds Fair
Spooktacular guests will enjoy exciting performances, live music, face-painting, art-making, scavenger hunts, raffle prizes, and tasty treats for all ages! Sat. Event Details.

Lunar New Year Tinker Festival
Enjoy year-of-the-rat mask making and create glowing paper lanterns in the Tinker Lab. Sat. Event Details.


Family Art Project
Create “choreo-poems” to help capture the stories of the people of the Bronx, and archive who you are in your biological or chosen family. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.

Staten Island

Korean Lunar New Year Celebration
Enjoy art activities, traditional Korean clothing (hanbok), games, customary Lunar New Year refreshments, and so much more! Sat. Event Details.


–Jesseca Stenson


featured image: Paul via flickr