Lunar New Year Celebrations in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Looking to introduce your kids to this cultural event? This year, the Spring festival falls on Feb. 1, 2022, and there are many celebrations to enjoy.

Happy New Year … again! About a month after the standard American New Year fun kicks off Jan. 1, the Lunar 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 2022, it begins on Tuesday, Feb. 1 and ends on Feb. 16.

And, as you might know, there’s also a critter to represent the new year, thanks to the Chinese 12-year animal zodiac. And 2022 is the Year of the Tiger!

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.

Virtual 2022 Lunar New Year Gala

Jan. 29, 2022

  • Address: Virtual
  • Time: 7 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

The gala features entertainment including musical performances, dancing, songs and much more. Performances will be given by WMU and its global and community partners. Interactive activities and chances for everyone to win prizes, too.

Lunar New Year Virtual Cooking Demo

Feb. 1, 2022

  • Address: Virtual
  • Time: 5:30 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

Celebrate the Lunar New Year by learning how to make homemade dumplings via Zoom or Facebook Live!

Chinese New Year Tasting Menu

Feb. 1-5, 2022

Kick off the New Year with a raffle and a spectacular Lion Dance.

Chinese New Year Virtual Celebration

Feb. 2, 2022

  • Address: Virtual
  • Time: 7-8 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

Join the Chinese American Museum of Chicago in welcoming and celebrating the Year of the Tiger at the Annual Chinese New Year Celebration on YouTube. Festivities include musical performances, lion dance, and much more.

ACA 2022 Lunar New Year Celebration

Feb. 5, 2022

  • Address: Virtual
  • Time: 2:30 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

This virtual celebration for the arrival of the Year of the Tiger via Zoom includes Chinese folk dance, Chinese traditional operas and other performances.

Virtual Lunar New Year Celebration

Feb. 5, 2022

  • Address: Virtual
  • Time: 10 a.m.
  • Cost: Free

Enjoy streamed video performances of acrobatics, dances and yo-yo tricks by the Madison Chinese Dance Academy. Then, watch demos of traditional Chinese crafting and Lunar New Year traditions including the classic lion dance.

Lunar New Year Lion Dance

Feb. 6, 2022

Kick off the New Year with a raffle and a spectacular Lion Dance.

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

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