Chinese New Year Celebrations in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Looking to introduce your kids to this cultural event? Mark the Jan. 25-Feb. 8, 2020, holiday with Chinese New Year celebrations in metro Detroit and beyond.

Chinese dragon decoration for a Chinese New Year celebration

Happy New Year … again! About a month after the standard American New Year fun kicks off Jan. 1, the Chinese New Year celebrations in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor begin – typically starting sometime between late January and late February.

This festival officially kicks off with the second new moon after the winter solstice, and winds down with the next full moon about 15 days later. This year, in 2020, it begins on Saturday, Jan. 25 and ends on Feb. 8. 

And, as you might know, there’s also a critter to represent the new year, thanks to the Chinese 12-year animal zodiac. And 2020 is the Year of the Rat!

Want to learn more about the Lunar New Year? Introduce your kids to some cultural fun with Chinese New Year celebrations in metro Detroit and beyond.

Lunar New Year Celebration in Canton

Jan. 24, 2020

  • Time: 10 a.m.-noon
  • Address: Canton Summit Center, Chestnut Banquet Room, 46000 Summit Parkway, Canton
  • Phone: 734-394-5485
  • Cost: Free
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Celebrate the Year of the Rat with a potluck, Chinese cultural displays and performances, and more.

Happy Chinese New Year Storytime in Southfield

Jan. 25, 2020

  • Time: 10 a.m.-noon.
  • Address: Curated Lifestyle Boutique, 29286 Northwestern Hwy., Southfield
  • Cost: Free

Visit Curated Lifestyle Boutique for their first ever storytime about the Chinese New Year. Email curatedlifestyleboutique@gmail.com to reserve your spot

Chinese New Year Gala in Detroit

Jan. 25, 2020

  • Time: 6-9 p.m.
  • Address: Wayne State University Student Center Ballroom, 42 West Warren Ave., Detroit
  • Cost: Free

Register online for this evening of traditional Chinese dances and other performances.

Lunar New Year Lion Dance in Detroit

Jan. 26, 2020

  • Times: 1 p.m. 
  • Address: Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-833-7900
  • Cost: Free with museum admission: Free/Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties, $6-$14/others

Members of the Michigan Lion Dance Team invite you to celebrate the Year of the Rat at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Lunar New Year Open House in Detroit

Jan. 28, 2020

  • Time: 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Address: ACA Detroit Center, 4750 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-831-1790
  • Cost: Free

Enjoy a day of celebrating Asian culture, food, art and music.

Chinese New Year Live Music in Detroit

Jan. 28, 2020

  • Time: Preconcert activities 6 p.m., show begins 7:30 p.m.
  • Address: Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-576-5111
  • Cost: $25/general admission

Watch the Detroit Symphony Orchestra bring in the Lunar New Year by performing traditional musical acts.

Chinese New Year Celebration in Ann Arbor

Feb. 1, 2020

  • Time: 6-10 p.m. 
  • Address: Briarwood Mall, 100 Briarwood Circle, Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-769-9610
  • Cost: Free

Briarwood Mall is welcoming the Year of the Rat with its fifth annual Chinese New Year event. With parades and performances, crafts and calligraphy, a fashion show and silent auction, you can spend the whole day celebrating.

Lunar New Year Lantern Festival in Madison Heights

Feb. 8, 2020

  • Time: 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.
  • Address: Association of Chinese Americans Community Center, 32585 Concord Drive, Madison Heights
  • Phone: 248-585-9343
  • Cost: Free

This event celebrates the Year of the Rat with authentic Chinese food, arts and crafts, cultural performances, couplet writing, health screenings and more.

Chinese New Year Celebration in Troy 

Feb. 9, 2020

  • Time: 7-8 p.m.
  • Address: Mon Jin Lau Restaurant, 1515 E. Maple Road, Troy
  • Phone: 248-689-2332
  • Cost: $35/kids, $69/adults (gratuity not included)

Enjoy a some delicious ethnic food as you ring in the New Year with a Traditional Lion Dance performance.

This post was originally published in 2019 and is updated regularly.

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