The Year of the Rooster is upon us and there is an abundance of ways that you can celebrate the Lunar New Year around Houston. While Chinese New Year falls on Saturday (January 28) events will happening next weekend as well, alongside the Super Bowl. Call it a Super Lunar New Year.
Here are a few events that are worth adding to your Lunar New Year plans:
The Chinese Community Center's festival features a full day of more than 20 unique cultural performances from China, Vietnam, Korea, and India, an Asian bazaar with over a dozen Asian street-style foods and Asian arts and crafts;\, and an array of Asian cultural exhibits, workshops, games, raffles, and face paintings for kids.
Saturday, 10 am
The museum's Lunar New Year festival marks the closing weekend of the Emperors’ Treasures: Chinese Art from the National Palace Museum, Taipei exhibition, and features art making, musical performances, traditional dancing, a guided tour of the exhibition and eats from Tu-Go Kitchen food truck.
Saturday, 11 am - 2 pm
Bring in the Year of the Rooster (thought to be a self-assured, ambitious, and hard-working animal in the Zodiac) at the Asia Society Texas Center, which offers visitors the opportunity to view the new exhibition Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art, and explore the customs and cultures of East Asia with performances, art activities, games, and storytelling.
Saturday, 1 pm
Enjoying a dinner with loved ones is a tradition of Chinese New Year celebrations. The creative minds behind the Aces of Taste popup dinners have partnered with Chef Cuc Lam to create a memorable Lunar New Year dining experience. Lam has created a tasty menu featuring shrimp rocket egg rolls, New Year's sticky rice with slow-cooked lemongrass and beef stew, and coconut panna cotta among other dishes that'll lead diners on a culinary journey. Remy Martin specialty cocktails will be paired with this Lunar New Year dinner.
Saturday, 7 pm-10 pm
Celebrate the Lunar New Year in River Oaks District at the new Vietnamese French-influenced restaurant. The festive evening will feature lion and dragon dancers and a special menu that includes oxtail fried rice, garlic egg noodles, and pan-fried tet rice cakes. While guests dine and take in the traditional dance that includes the "feeding of the lion," they'll also be able to donate to The Soaring Phoenix, an organization that raises money for impoverished in Vietnam.
Saturday, 6:30 pm
Teo Chew Association Unicorn Dragon & Lion Dance Team celebrates the Year of the Rooster on January 31 at 5:45 p.m. on the main stage at Clay and LaBranch streets near Discovery Green. Also, sparkling lions and dazzling gragons, with giant drums and gongs, send Great Good Fortune blessings during Super Bowl LIVE in Discovery Green January 28 through Feb. 5.
Celebrate the Year of the Red Fire Rooster during Super Bowl weekend February 4 and 5 with the city’s vibrant Asian communities at Viet Hoa Center in southwest Houston. There'll be 100 lions and dragons and one million lucky red firecrackers at this free event.
Celebrate Asia! is a special concert at Houston Baptist University featuring music from China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea and Vietnam under the direction of Conductor Mei-Ann Chen. In a nod to the Lunar New Year festivities, the concert ends with a sing-a-long version of the Chinese song “Gong Xi Gong Xi.”
Saturday, February 11 7:30 pm