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FREE Lunar New Year Events in Metro Vancouver

FREE Lunar New Year Events in Metro Vancouver

February on the local Chinese calendar marks the biggest holiday of the year! It’s Lunar New Year, and 2020 is the Year of the Rat. There are parades, festivities and events all over Vancouver from the streets of East Van and Granville Island to downtown Vancouver, and, of course, Richmond. And let’s not the forget the malls. Metropolis at Metrotown has a dazzling lantern display, while Oakridge and Pacific Centre are also decked to the nines with red lanterns. There will also be live entertainment, craft-making, treats, and even red envelopes!

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Lunar New Year: 16 FREE Events, Parades and Festivities

Here are just a few of the family-friendly festivities happening in Metro Vancouver over the next three weeks.

Lunar New Year at Metropolis at Metrotown

January 24 — February 9 2020 Burnaby

Lunar New Year at Metropolis at Metrotown

Get ready to snap a few pics of family and friends! This Instagram-worthy lantern display at the Grand Court at Metrotown at Metropolis features hundreds of lanterns, and that’s not all! Metropolis is hosting kid-friendlu Chinese calligraphy, and lantern making, traditional Chinese dance performances and more.

>> Lunar New Year at Metropolis at Metrotown

Chinese New Year at Aberdeen Square

January 11-18 2020

Richmond’s Aberdeen Square will be chock-full of Lunar New year celebrations from countdowns and live entertainment to a lion and golden lion dance. Festivities includes  dances, music, dance, fortune telling, giveaways and even a “surprise” visit by the Chinese God of Fortune who will also be available for photo ops!

>> Chinese New Year at Aberdeen Square

Lunar New Year at Oakridge Centre

January 16 – February 8 2020 Vancouver

Oakridge Centre celebrates the Taiwanese, South Korean, Vietnamese, and Chinese cultures this Lunar New Year. Come see the “Mighty 6” Lion Dance, take part in the Lunar New Year Party, celebrate Year of the Rat, or watch their performance showcase of four Asian communities.

>> Lunar New Year at Oakridge Centre

Coastal Lunar Lanterns

January 18 – February 9 2020 downtown Vancouver

Lunar New Year Vancouver

The eight giant Coastal Lunar Lanterns at Jack Poole Plaza brings together local indigenous artists for a unique Very Vancouver sight. With the backdrop scenery of the beautiful mountains and waters, Vancouver celebrates the Lunar New Year like no other! 

>> Coastal Lunar Lanterns 

Lunar New Year at Wesbrook Village

Saturday January 25 2020 Vancouver

Head up to Wesbrook Village on Saturday and help ward off any evil spirits at the annual Lion Dance. Follow that up with some festive craft-making at the community centre.

>> Lunar New Year at Wesbrook Village

The Chinatown New Year’s Parade

Sunday, January 26 2020 Vancouver

Lunar New Year Vancouver

If you’re looking for a big, historic event, head downtown on Sunday to The Chinatown New Year’s Parade featuring over 4,000 performers and drawing almost 100,000 spectators along the route. It will be a ton of fun with lots of colour, music and food, but bear in mind that it’s also loud and crowded so make sure you little ones are up for it!

>> Chinatown New Year’s Parade

International Village in Chinatown

Sunday January 26 2020 downtown Vancouver

This Chinatown mall will be filled with traditional Chinese spring festivities and rituals over three days, with Chinese New Year items, souvenirs, culinary delights and gift wares, live stage performances and lucky draws. There will be a ceremonial opening and lion dance, attended by officials from three levels government, consulates, and local celebrities. The event caps on the last day with the  Chinatown New Year’s Parade.

>> Chinese New Year at the International Village

Granville Island Lion Dance

Sunday January 26 2020 Vancouver

Lunar New Year Vancouver

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with a traditional Lion Dance parade. Follow the lion dancers as they travel to the Net Loft, Creekhouse and Railspur Alley. Take in sugar painting showcase where the artist uses a traditional Chinese form of folk art using hot, liquid sugar to create two or three dimensional figures.

>> Granville Island Lion Dance

Soar Over Taiwan at FlyOver Canada

January 16 – February 16, 2020 Vancouver

Lunar New Year Vancouver

During this special feature, you’ll soar over some of the island nation’s most iconic sites from downtown Vancouver through the water at Green Island, above the famous Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Festival, past tea farms and into the heart of bustling cities.  Starts with a unique Lunar New Year themed pre-show celebration before the film.

>> Flight of the Dragon at FlyOver Canada

CF Richmond Centre & CF Pacific Centre Lunar New Year Celebration

January 26 (Richmond) & January 31 2020 (Vancouver)

Lunar New Year Vancouver

If you’re downtown shopping, check out the CF Pacific Centre Mall for Lunar New Year celebrations in the Rotunda. Enjoy a Lion Dance, eye-dotting Ceremony, God of Fortune and our iconic red lanterns decorated throughout the mall to signify prosperity for the year ahead.

>> Lunar New Year at CF Pacific Centre Mall

>> Lunar New Year at CF Richmond Centre

Telus Lunar Fest at the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza

January 25 & 26 2020 Vancouver

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This free two-day festival is steeped in lunar traditions, features culinary delicacies, crafts, traditional lunar performances, art installations and more.  Celebrate the Lunar New Year and the Year of the Rat in downtown Vancouver! Visit the Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza for fun games, great food, and immerse yourself in cultures from around the world! Explore the different food cultures as a little rat in “Kitchen Runners”, and get your fortune told for the year.

>> Telus Lunar Day Festival

Year of the Rat Temple Fair

Sunday January 26 2020 downtown Vancouver

Lunar New Year Vancouver

This annual temple fair celebration at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden returns to usher in the Year of the Rat. Come after the Parade with friends and family, and enjoy traditional crafts and activities, live music performances, tea tastings, a calligraphy contest, and more.

>> Lunar New Year at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Chinese New Year Flower & Gift Fair at Aberdeen Centre

January 18-26 2020 Richmond

Stock up on Chinese New Year essentials, including decorations, food, gifts, apparel, accessories, and check out the free cultural shows and displays as well as their famous Golden Dragon and Lion Dance.

>> Aberdeen Centre Chinese New Year

Burnaby Heights Lunar New Year

Saturday Feb 1, 2020 Burnaby

Burnaby Heights celebrates the Year of the Rat with merchants and shoppers. Lion dancers will perform the traditional blessing ceremony at participating Heights merchants along Hastings Street (between Boundary Road and Gamma Avenue) to spread good fortune.

>> Burnaby Heights Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year at Lonsdale Market

Saturday February 1 2020 North Vancouver

Celebrate the Year of the Rat at the Market with a variety of fun activities including Jessica Yue, a traditional fan dancer, Lion dancers, a Fortune God and balloon twisters.

>> Lunar New Year at Lonsdale Market

Lunar New Year at the International Buddhist Temple

Monday February 3 2020 Richmond

Looking for a culturally interesting outing? Head to the Buddhist Temple in Richmond on Feb 3 in the evening for Lunar New Year’s Eve. Although the celebrations go all day, nighttime is when they really shine.

>> Lunar New Year at the International Buddhist Temple

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