Welcome the Year of the Pig in Philadelphia

The Friendship Gate at the intersection of Arch & 10th Streets welcomes visitors to Philadelphia’s Chinatown. The 40-foot tall authentic archway was a gift from Philadelphia’s sister city, Tianjin, China. The four Chinese characters at the top read “Philadelphia Chinatown.” Photo by Kyle Huff for PHLCVB.

Settled in the 1870s, Philadelphia’s Chinatown is the second largest on the East Coast and is an exciting place to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

Enjoy dinner in Chinatown and then follow the Philadelphia Suns lion dancers as they bestow good luck and good fortune with a Midnight Lion Dance Parade, Monday, February 4, 11:30 p.m., with firecrackers, martial arts performances, and more, 10th and Race Streets. There’s another opportunity to see the lion dance parade featuring the Philadelphia Suns on Sunday, February 10, 11 a.m. at 10th and Race Streets.

There are many ways to revel in the Chinese New Year in the City of Brotherly Love.

Philadelphia Suns Lion Dance. Photo by Lauren Lowe.

Plan your own Year of the Pig scavenger hunt with these amusing ways to find pigs all over the Philadelphia region.


Philbert the Pig at Reading Terminal Market. Photo by Kyle Huff for PHLCVB.

Center City


West Philadelphia





  • Jamie Wyeth’s “Portrait of Pig” can be seen at the Brandywine River Museum of Art, known for its extensive collection of Wyeth family art. The museum galleries are dedicated to the work of N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth and Jamie Wyeth and offers American art with a special focus on artistic practice in the Brandywine valley. See Helen by Andre Harvey, an outdoor sculpture of a pig located near the riverside entrance.


Lehigh Valley

  • Catch an IronPigs game in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies kick off their season in April 2019.






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