Ultimate Guide to Lunar New Year Celebrations Around Metro Vancouver

Lunar New Year 20202020 is the Year of the Rat. People born in the Year of the Rat are instinctive, acute and alert in nature. They are also sophisticated and popular in social interaction. Recent birth years for rats are: 1972, 1984, 1996, and 2008. While the majority of the Lunar New Year celebrations happen in Vancouver and Richmond there are a few events happening in other communities as well.

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Lunar New Year at BrentwoodLunar New Year at Brentwood: Come to Brentwood Town Centre and celebrate Lunar New Year.  The celebrations include lion dance & dotting ceremony, dough & origami artisans, calligraphers, balloon artists, live music & dancing, as well as a blessing of the merchants ceremony.

North Vancouver:

Lunar New Year at Lonsdale Quay:  Lonsdale Quay is excited to celebrate this year (the Year of the Rat) at the Market with a variety of fun activities! Expect to see Jessica Yue, a traditional fan dancer, Lion dancers, a Fortune God and balloon twisters.


Countdown to Chinese New YearCountdown to Chinese New Year: Countdown to Chinese New Year at Aberdeen Centre. This event will provide an unforgettable night of entertainment and celebration!  When you’re not watching the events on the main stage, you can browse the shopping centre or dine at one of the many on-site establishments. Featuring countdown shows by Fairchild Radio & Fairchild TV.

Golden Dragon & Lion DanceGolden Dragon & Lion Dance: Travel from the outdoor courtyard through Aberdeen Centre and watch the dragon pick-the-green from all the stores. The event will start at 11am and the dragon will travel throughout the entire mall, all levels.

Lunar New Year LansdowneLunar New Year at Lansdowne: Richmond pulls out all stops to celebrate the Lunar New Year, one of the most important annual events for the city’s large Asian community. Giant dragons & lions twist & dance to drums, cymbals & cheering crowds. Restaurants introduce special menus for the holiday & quickly fill their reservation books for extravagant New Year’s feasts.


Lunar New Year Fest at Surrey MuseumLunar New Year Fest: Celebrate Lunar New Year at Surrey Museum from 12:30pm – 4pm on February 1 with FREE family activities and entertainment.


FlyOver Canada presents Soar Over TaiwanFlyOver Canada presents Soar Over Taiwan: To celebrate Lunar New Year, FlyOver Canada invites you to experience an all-new feature film: Soar Over Taiwan. The film, created by Brogent Technologies, will give audiences the chance to see some of Taiwan’s most iconic natural wonders, picturesque scenery and bustling cities.

Lunar New Year at River DistrictLunar New Year at River District: The River District Lunar New Year Celebration offers good luck and fortune to all. Enjoy lion dances, lucky red envelopes, fortunate cookies, Tai Chai demonstrations, fried rice, a tea stand and more.

Wesbrook Village Lunar New YearWesbrook Village Lunar New Year Celebration: Join Wesbrook Village and the UNA in welcoming in the Year of the Rat! This family event at the Wesbrook Community Center will feature an indoor lion dance, cultural dance performances, music, games, crafts and other exciting activities.

Year of the Dog Temple FairYear of the Rat Temple Fair: Everyone is invited to wish each other good fortune, prosperity, and good health at the annual Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden celebrations.

Lunar Fest 2020LunarFest 2020: Welcoming the Year of the Rat, LunarFest prepares five new Lunar New Year games for you! Play “Fortune Keeper” to check your fortune, “Kick Start” your next year, and use your physical coordination to knock on wood and get good luck. There are more games for you to experience, try Lunar Games at LunarFest and have a happy Lunar New Year!

Lunar New Year OakridgeLunar New Year Celebrations at Oakridge: The Lunar New Year Celebrations at Oakridge Centre are a month-long extravaganza. And if your little one loves Toopy & Binoo you don’t want to miss the meet & greet on January 25.

Lunar New Year ParadeChinese New Year Parade: The renowned Chinese New Year Parade will return in the Year of the Rat. This special event will feature lion dances, cultural dance, 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. It is the city’s 47th Chinese New Year Parade.

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