5 Southeast Michigan Events to Ring in the Lunar New Year

Say goodbye to the Year of the Rabbit and welcome the Year of the Dragon at these local events.
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Many people celebrate the first day of a new year on Jan. 1, but for the billions of people around the world that celebrate the Lunar New Year, also called the Chinese New Year, the year 2024 — otherwise known as The Year of the Dragon — won’t start until Feb. 10.

The Lunar New Year lasts for 15 days, and includes fireworks, music and dance performances, Asian food, and more. Here’s a sampling of celebrations around southeast Michigan.

Winter at Valade: Lunar New Year

The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy hosts an international food truck rally, dance performances by a variety of Detroit artists, and much more in celebration of the Lunar New Year. Feb. 23-25. No cost for admission. Robert C. Valade Park, 2670 Atwater St., Detroit; detroitriverfront.org

Lunar New Year Celebration Concert

Yvonne Lam, a violin and viola faculty member at MSU The College of Music, brings together Michigan State University artists as well as special guests who will perform the works of composers of Asian descent. A reception immediately follows the concert. Feb. 10. $10-$12. Cook Recital Hall, 333 W. Circle Drive, East Lansing; music.msu.edu.

Taste of Culture: Lunar New Year

The International Center at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor is hosting a grab-and-go event that features snacks from Lucky Kitchen, a Chinese restaurant in Ann Arbor. Reservations requested to ensure there’s enough food. Feb. 9. Fees may apply. Call ahead for details. University of Michigan International Center, 1500 Student Activities Building, 515 E. Jefferson St., Ann Arbor; events.umich.edu.

Lunar New Year Concert with Xiao Dong

Xiao Dong Wei was accepted into the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing at 11 years old. A decade later, she earned her degree and became a Master of the Erhu, the two-string Chinese violin. She has performed as a soloist with the DSO and was featured on NPR. Enjoy her musical talents at this Lunar New Year celebration. Feb. 10. Ticket fees apply. Hawk Community Center, 29995 W. 12 Mile Road, Farmington Hills; facebook.com.

Chinese New Year Celebration Photo Craft

Make-and-take a photo frame inspired by the sights, sounds, and colors of Lunar New Year celebrations around the world. Feb. 12. No cost for admission. Detroit Public Library, Jefferson Branch, 12350 Outer Drive E., Detroit; detroitpubliclibrary.org

 Did we miss your favorite Lunar New Year event? Tell us about it in the comments so we can add the event to our list. 

This post has been updated for 2024.