Lunar New Year (Chinese New Year) Celebrations in Flushing

Traditional performers dance in the Flushing Chinese New Year Parade January 31, 2009 in the Queens borough of New York City. Chinese New Year marks the start of the new year on the lunar calendar with 2009 being the year of the Ox.
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Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year celebrations in Flushing is Saturday, February 21, 2015, with Flushing's 19th annual Lunar New Year Parade. Parade times are from 11 a.m. until about an hour later. It's the Year of the Sheep!

Flushing, Queens, is home to one of the largest Chinese and East Asian populations in New York City, rivaling Manhattan's Chinatown. Also joining the parade are other East Asian groups in Queens, particularly the Korean community.

Plus there are more New Year events in February.

The parade is the highlight of the Chinese New Year celebrations in Flushing. Look for dragon dancers, steel drummers, and fireworks. About 4,000 people march each year.

Viewing Stands: TBD, usually at Flushing Library (Main and Kissena) and at the parade's end. Most people watch on Main St.

Route: Begins, Union St and 37th Ave and usually ends at Main St and 39th Ave.

  • When: February 21, 2015. Start time is 11 a.m. Parade takes about an hour.

Chinese Food and Folk Performances at Queens Crossing Mall:

The Chinese performers in the parade usually end the procession with a celebration at the Queens Crossing Mall, where there's more cultural activities. There will be traditional cultural performances and festival booths.

  • Queens Crossing Mall: 136-17 39th Ave
  • TBD

Korean Lunar New Year Celebration at Korea Village:

The Korean parade contingent usually celebrates at Korea Village's Open Center, a cultural space, where there will be Korean food, games, dancing, martial arts, music, and a karaoke contest.

  • Korea Village Open Center: 150-24 Northern Blvd at 150th St
  • TBD - 718-353-8969

Lunar New Year Festival at Flushing Town Hall:

 

Flushing Town Hall hosts Lunar New Year performances for two months! There are music performances, plus art, dancing, calligrpahy, and mask making. There are performances by professionals and chances for you and your family to participate and make things.

  • Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd, at Linden

Lunar New Year Festival at Flushing Library:

 

February 16, 2014 - There's Chinese folk dance. ballet, kung fu, and "face-changing." The celebration is the weekend after the parade, and it's all first-come, first-serve for limited spots.

  • Queens Library in Flushing, 41-17 Main St at Kissena Blvd, 718-661-1200
  • February 16, 2014, 2-4 p.m.

Parking in Flushing:

The New Year's parade begins next to a large municipal lot, but arrive early if you want a spot. Especially for Saturday, February 8, public transportation is your best bet: LIRR (Port Washington Line, Flushing stop), or 7 train (Flushing Main Street stop). It's then a short walk to the festivities.

  • Municipal Parking Lot: Union St, between 37th and 39th Aves.

Eating and Celebrating Lunar New Year:

The real celebration starts after the parade and performances, and it's held in restaurants all around Flushing.

Many of my favorite restaurants are on Prince Street, including Spicy and Tasty (stellar Sichuan, 39-07 Prince St) and Green Papaya Thai (38-12 Prince St). One of the best dim sum restaurants in Flushing is Gala Manor (37-02 Main St, enter on 37th Ave).

Lunar New Year at Queens Library:

The Queens Library in Flushing jumps with Lunar New Year activities on February 21 with a performance of Chinese opera presented by the New York Chinese Opera Society. It follows the parade, starting at 1:30 p.m. There are more (smaller) events happening at other branches. Check the Library's events page for listing of activities across the borough.