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Celebrate the Year of the Dragon ALL WEEK in the Chinatown-International District!
There’s no place like the Chinatown-International District during Lunar New Year!  The streets come to life with Lions and Dragons, family-friendly events, food and tea tastings, coloring and costume contests and more; culminating in Seattle’s Annual Lunar New Year Festival on Saturday, January 28th.

Saturday, January 21 – Opening Celebration at the Wing Luke Museum, 10am to 8 pm
Kick off the mighty Year of the Dragon with The Wing’s with the pow-pow-pow of firecrackers, drums and a Lion Dance.  Children will enjoy a scavenger hunt and coloring contest with over $1,700 in prizes!  More info about opening celebration and Year of the Dragon at The Wing can be found here.
  • 11am – The Wing explodes with a festive Lion Dance complete with drums and firecrackers.
  • 1pm to 3pm – A local artist will lead a free family-friendly craft activity great for all ages.
  • 4:30pm – Experience a Japanese Oshogatsu Tea Ceremony, a special New Year tradition, and enjoy green tea and sweets.
Saturday, January 21 – Hong Kong Association of Washington Chinese New Year Gala, 5:30pm
Celebrate Chinese New Year at the Annual Hong Kong Association of Washington Gala at the Seattle Sheraton Hotel. Proceeds from the gala will benefit WISE, a South Downtown organization that supports people with developmental disabilities. Seating arrangements are based on first-come, first-served basis. Reserve your seat now!  For questions please call (206) 588-5452, or email at gala@hkaw.org.  

Sunday, January 22 – Lion Dances at the Seattle Uwajimaya in the Chinatown-ID, 3pm

Saturday, January 28 --  2nd Annual Lunar New Year Food Walk: 11am to 8pm
Back by popular demand, the Festival will host the 2nd Annual Lunar New Year Food Walk with 20 Chinatown-ID restaurants offering up a variety of $2 menus to give visitors the chance to sample cuisines from around the world. Diners who sample various restaurants will even be eligible to enter a drawing for a grand prize.  Come sample food from your favorite C-ID eateries including the Four Seas Restaurant, the Panama Hotel Tea House, Sea Garden Restaurant, Oasis Tea Zone, Fuji Bakery, Fu-Lin Ramen House, Harbor City Restaurant, Phnom Penh Noodle House, A Piece of Cake Bakery, and Dim Sum King.  For a full list of participating restaurants and scheduled entertainment, or to download your own map and menu, please visit www.cidbia.org. To participate in the next food walk, contact don@cidbia.org.

Saturday, January 28 – SEATTLE’S ANNUAL LUNAR NEW YEAR FESTIVAL in Hing Hay Park, 11am to 4pm
Get ready for the return of Seattle’s Annual Lunar New Year Festival in Hing Hay Park—usher in the Year of the Dragon as the neighborhood blossoms with thousands of families and visitors enjoying the tastes and sounds of authentic Asian cuisine and cultural entertainment.        
More information here.
  • Family Cultural Arts & Crafts Pavilion (11am to 4pm) – The festival also features a wide range of interactive cultural activities from authentic calligraphy drawing and Chinese paper cutting, to lantern-making and origami, as well as a dragon coloring contest sponsored by the Wing Luke Museum!
  • Vibrant Lion and Dragon Dances (12pm, 2pm, 3:30pm) – Nothing embodies the color and spirit of Chinese New Year like the Dragon and
  • Lion Dances.  See performances by the talented Mak Fai Kung Fu Club, the Master David Leong Shaolin Kung Fu Academy, and the Tony Au International Lion Dance & Martial Arts Team!  These young Kung Fu fighters have won numerous awards and traveled across the country and abroad to compete in tournaments.
  • Japanese Taiko Drumming (12:30pm) – Kaze Daiko is a Japanese American performing Taiko group for youth that strives to develop an appreciation of Japanese American culture, history, and heritage.
  • 3rd Annual Children’s Lunar New Year Costume Contest &Parade (1:30pm) – NW Asian Weekly & the Seattle Chinese Post bring back the popular Children’s Costume Parade—giving kids from around the region the chance to show off their best Dragon and New Year’s outfits on stage for prizes!  Registration here.
  • Martial Arts Demonstrations! (1pm, 2:30pm) – Witness the local talent of Northwest Wushu and the Seattle Wushu Center’s children, teen and adults.  These programs develop fitness and health while improving self confidence, self esteem, and self discipline to share the internal and external health benefits of Chinese Martial Arts, and to foster the sense of community within our city, school, and with other art methods.
              
If you'd like us to announce your upcoming events or any news about your organization, please email Juia Nelson at julia@cidbia.org by 5pm on Tuesday for that week's edition.
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