Chinese New Year Celebrations in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Looking to introduce your kids to this cultural event? Mark the Feb. 11-26, 2021, holiday with Chinese New Year celebrations in metro Detroit and beyond.

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 2021, it begins on Thursday, Feb. 11 and ends on Feb. 26.

And, as you might know, there’s also a critter to represent the new year, thanks to the Chinese 12-year animal zodiac. And 2021 is the Year of the Ox!

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.

Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some events may be virtual or may have a limited capacity. Families who choose to participate in in-person activities should wear face masks and practice social distancing.

Lunar New Year Celebration

Feb. 10, 2021

  • Address: Virtual
  • Phone: 313-831-1790
  • Time: 7-9 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

This Zoom event features dance and music performances, poetry reading and more. Registration required.

Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company Lunar New Year Celebration

Feb. 11-13, 2021

  • Address: Virtual
  • Phone: 720-509-1000
  • Time: 5:30 p.m. Thursday, 9:30 a.m., 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday
  • Cost: $25

This weekend-long virtual celebration of The Year of The Ox offers daily one-hour performances that include dance, music, acrobatics, Chinese opera and more. Registration required.

Facebook Live: Chinese New Year Craft

Feb. 12, 2021

  • Address: Virtual
  • Phone: 586-725-0273
  • Time: 11-11: 30 a.m.
  • Cost: Free

The MacDonald Public Library in Pontiac hosts this virtual crafting session for elementary-aged kids. In it, they’ll make a paper lantern in celebration of the holiday. Registration required.

Chinese New Year Celebration

Feb. 12, 2021

  • Address: The Ideal Bite Community Kitchen, 25938 Middlebelt Road, Farmington Hills
  • Phone: 248-516-5225
  • Time: 4 p.m.
  • Cost: Varies by order

The Ideal Bite in Farmington Hills is celebrating the Chinese New Year with a special menu that includes sticky chicken, sweet and sour shrimp and more.

Lunar New Year Lion Dance

Feb. 13, 2021

  • Address: Kim Nhung Super Food, 30925 Dequindre, Madison Heights
  • Time: 10:30 a.m.
  • Cost: Free

Kick off the New Year with a spectacular Lion Dance.

Lunar New Year Embroidery

Feb. 13, 2021

  • Address: Virtual
  • Phone: 917-690-8287
  • Time: 1-3 p.m.
  • Cost: $53

This virtual New York-based embroidery class will teach you what you need to embroider a Chinese New Year-style design. Registration required.

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

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