Every year, the City of Philadelphia fills with vibrant enthusiasm to commemorate the Lunar New Year. The city celebrates the Chinese New Year with traditional lion dances, family-friendly festivals, and a parade, many situated in the historic Chinatown neighborhood. Experience the beginning of a new year with these annual Lunar New Year celebrations.
Watch a traditional lion dance and parade
Each Lunar New Year, the Philadelphia Suns, a long-time community partner of the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation (PCDC), performs traditional lion dances in honor of the holiday. The Philadelphia Suns Lion Dance Troupe preserves the cultural significance of the traditional lion dance during the annual Midnight Eve and Lunar New Year Day parades. The parades consist of lion dancing, drumming, music, and lighting firecrackers to bring good fortune and good luck to businesses in the community. Both parades start at 10th and Spring Streets in Chinatown.
Attend Culturefest! Lunar New Year at the Penn Museum
Every year, the Penn Museum hosts a Culturefest! Lunar New Year event in partnership with The American Chinese Museum. Guests of all ages enjoy storytelling and artmaking while learning more about diverse cultural traditions through live music and dance performances. There’s also a marketplace where visitors can shop from various vendors selling unique goods. And the traditional Lion Dance finale is performed by the University of Pennsylvania’s premier lion dance troupe, Penn Lions. All CultureFest! Lunar New Year activities are included with museum general admission.
Savor authentic Chinese flavors
Philadelphia’s Chinatown is a bustling neighborhood with a wide variety of restaurants serving authentic Sichuan, Cantonese, Shaanxi, and other Asian specialties. Ocean Harbor, Sang Kee Peking Duck House, EMei, and Nom Wah Tea Parlor are just a few of the popular options available throughout the district. They each offer dine-in, take-out, delivery, and, in some instances, outdoor dining.
Skate into the new year
Every winter Dilworth Park — home to Philadelphia’s City Hall — transforms into the Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink in Dilworth Park. Visitors can skate along the cityscape, enjoy drinks and winter treats at the Wintergarden, shop at seasonal craft markets, and cozy up next to warm firepits. Each year, the park hosts a special Lunar New Year evening featuring giveaways and special programming.