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.
- The Philadelphia Orchestra performs a FREE Chinese New Year Concert, Tuesday, January 29, 7:30 p.m. in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center, featuring the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra with Liang Zhang and Kensho Watanabe conducting.
- The Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation partners with the Reading Terminal Market for a Chinese New Year celebration, Saturday, February 2, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., with demonstrations, performances, activities, food and more.
- Independence Seaport Museum’s annual Lunar New Year celebration is Saturday, February 2, 2019, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., with craft activities such as creating your own Chinese lanterns, dragon puppets and rooster drums, calligraphy classes and storytelling.
- The Philadelphia Museum of Art opens its New Chinese Galleries on February 3 with a Family Festival from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The day includes pay what you wish admission, crafts, performances and more. While at the museum, see “The Watering Trough” by Marc Chagall in the Modern and Contemporary Art gallery and a locally-made pig flask by Pennsylvania Germans in the American art gallery.
- Philadelphia’s Mayfair neighborhood hosts its first ever Chinese New Year Festival, Sunday, February 3, 12:30 p.m., with music, authentic Asian cuisine, dance performances and more at Cottman and Frankford avenues.
- The Philadelphia 76ers host a Chinese New Year Night on February 5, 8 p.m., while hosting the Toronto Raptors at the Wells Fargo Center. The Philadelphia Suns will perform at halftime and event details include Chinese calligraphy and themed giveaways for the first 5,000 fans in attendance.
- International House Philadelphia’s annual Lunar New Year Celebration takes place Thursday, February 7, 7 p.m. Enjoy traditional musical and dance performances and a sampling of traditional Chinese cuisine.
- The Rail Park celebrates the Chinese New Year on Saturday, February 9, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. with a Philadelphia Suns Lion Dance, calligraphy lessons, food trucks, Free Library of Philadelphia‘s mobile Book Bike and more.
- The Please Touch Museum’s Lunar New Year Family Festival takes place Saturday, February 9, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. with live performances, crafts, stories and a parade.
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.
- 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.
- 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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