Celebrate the Year of the Dragon with Lunar New Year events around Metro Vancouver! If you haven’t been to a Lunar New Year event before, mark these great events on your calendar. They are welcoming and full of fun for all members of your family. Many are free or low-cost, but some require registration in advance.

If we’ve missed a Lunar New Year event, please send us an email (vancouver@familyfuncanada.com) and we’ll add the event to our list.

Gung Hay Fat Choy!


Burnaby:

Lunar New Year at Metropolis at Metrotown (Feb. 9-24): From February 9-24, BC’s largest shopping centre will be transformed into a celebratory hub for the Lunar New Year. With a myriad of live performances, fun workshops, and traditional displays, this is a celebration you won’t want to miss!


Coquitlam

Lunar New Year at Mackin House (Jan. 27): Celebrate Lunar New Year at Mackin House on January 27th with a full afternoon of songs, dance, snacks, and crafts! This event is free, but registration is required.


Surrey:

Lunar New Year Fest (Feb. 4): Celebrate Lunar New Year at Surrey Museum from 1pm- 4pm on February 4th with FREE family activities and entertainment.


Vancouver:

Lunar New Year Market (Feb. 3): UBC Botanical Garden is hosting a Lunar New Year Market to welcome the Year of the Dragon! Check out a wide variety of vendors, in addition to live music, lion dances, and kung fu performances.

Lunar New Year at VPL (Feb. 3): Celebrate Lunar New Year with a Dragon and Lion Dance, a traditional tea ceremony, Guzen (Chinese plucked zither) music, a makeup demonstration with the Vancouver Cantonese Opera, a participatory Qigong demonstration and finally a Water Sleeve Dance!

Lunar New Year Splash Installations (Feb. 9-29): On Cardero and Robson Street, visitors will find handmade bamboo fish in The Gift of Life installation. Peace and Prosperity for Life lanterns can be found on South Granville and the stunning Luna the Dragon is in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery.

The Lantern City (Feb. 9-26): The Lantern City returns to light up the new year with arts and culture! Featuring artworks from Indigenous artists, South Asian artists, and more, these lanterns highlight the beautiful communities of Vancouver.

Get Lucky Art Show (Feb. 10 & 11): Join this free community event celebrating Lunar New Year with 88+ local artists and 300+ original pieces of art on lucky red envelopes, dumplings by Dicky’s Dumps, a lucky prize raffle, silent auction, and more!

LunarFest (Feb 10 & 11, 17-19, 24 & 25): LunarFest returns to Granville Island this February with weekends full of arts, crafts, and stories. Drop in for crafts workshops, take some inspiration from the live artist talks, and explore “Island Tribute”, a stunning weaving exhibition that brings tradition and modern creativity together.https://www.familyfuncanada.com/vancouver/lunarfest-vancouver/

Year of the Dragon Temple Fair (Feb. 11): Everyone is invited to wish each other good fortune, prosperity, and good health at the annual Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden celebrations.

Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade  (Feb. 11): The renowned Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade will return in the Year of the Dragon. This special event will feature lion dances, cultural dances, marching bands, martial arts, and much more. The Chinatown parade is an annual cultural festival not to be missed. Vancouver’s Chinatown is the 3rd largest Chinatown in North America.

Lunar New Year at VIFF (Feb. 16-18):  Gather with friends and family this LNY to watch a selection of comedies and dramas from Asia.