Brooklyn's Lunar New Year Celebrations

Five Ways to Celebrate the Year of the Monkey

Celebrate the year of the Monkey in Brooklyn. The month, Brooklyn is home to many celebratory activities centered around the festive holiday. From a weekend-long celebration at the Prospect Park Zoo to an annual lively parade through the streets of Sunset Park, there are many ways to enjoy the Lunar New Year festivities in Brooklyn. If you want to celebrate on your own, spend Lunar New Year weekend dining in Sunset Park’s Chinatown. An added plus, this is the historic first year that New York City schools are closing to honor the significant festive holiday!

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    Lunar New Year Parade

    Sunset Park Lunar New Year Parade
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    Lunar New Year Parade 

    Watch this colorful parade that runs along Eighth Avenue in Sunset Park. The parade starts at 11am on 50th Street on Sunday February 14th. The street parade is sponsored by Brooklyn-Chinese American Association. Get there early to snag a good spot, because it gets crowded. There's no sweeter way to celebrate the Lunar New Year and Valentine's Day. After the parade, eat some dim sum at one of the many restaurants in the area.

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    Lunar New Year Plants at Botanic Garden

     Brooklyn Botanic Garden

    On February 6th from 11am-12pm, celebrate the Lunar New Year at the Steinhart Conservatory in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Learn about Asian fruits and plants and listen to stories about these plants on this popular wintertime tour. 

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    Family Celebration at Brooklyn Children's Museum

     Brooklyn Children's Museum

    The weekend of February 6th, the Brooklyn Children's Museum will host a three day long celebration for the Lunar New Year. Activities include art making and science. Enjoy learning about the New Year at these family friendly activities. If you can't make it to Sunset Park to celebrate the Lunar New Year, be sure to check out the museum's interactive exhibit where kids can immerse themselves in a play area modeled after shops and restaurants in Brooklyn.

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    Celebrate the New Year in Prospect Park

    Prospect Park

    On Monday, February 8th the Prospect Park Alliance celebrates the Lunar New Year at the Audubon Center and Lefferts House. Activities take place from 12pm-4pm and include nature and art workshops. Since kids are off from school this day, it's the ideal time to spend an afternoon learning about this cultural holiday at these two events in Prospect Park.

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    Year of the Monkey at the Zoo

    Prospect Park Zoo


    Celebrate the Year of the Monkey during the weekend of February 27th and 28th at the Prospect Park Zoo. Families will enjoy watching the Chinese Theaterworks perform the Hao Bang Ah Monkey Puppet Show at 1 & 2:30pm. Other weekend activities at the zoo include art projects, a scavenger hunt and a calligraphy workshop.