Chinese New Year and the Lunar New Year are a big deal in Vancouver! This multicultural city goes all out to celebrate the beginning of the second new moon after the winter solstice and ending on the full moon that's 15 days later. Here are some of the best ways to ring in the Year of the Dog this February.
1. The Big Parade: Making its way through the heart of Chinatown since 1979, the Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade is a high-energy celebration that draws hundreds of thousands of people. The parade features the largest assembly of traditional lion dancers in Canada as well as cultural dance troupes, marching bands and martial arts. Parade begins at the Millennium Gate on Pender Street on Sunday, February 18 at 11 AM.
2. Tinseltown Extravaganza: The festivities at International Village, aka "Tinseltown", include craft tables, dancers and a heritage village. It's in the heart of historic Chinatown. Friday, February 16 through Sunday, February 18, 88 West Pender Street. Details here.
3. LunarFest: At this year's festival of Asian arts and culture, dogs will take centre stage, including Canadog - the Space Husky, who is on tour throughout Vancouver. Stop by Oakridge Centre to see the Lanterns of Blessings to discover the role lanterns play in several Asian traditions or take in Chinese ballet in The Butterfly Lovers at the Vancouver Playhouse. There's also a food festival at the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza. More information here.
4. Soar over China: Maybe you can't fly to China, but you can soar over China! Flight of the Dragon is back at FlyOver Canada for a limited time! During this special feature, follow a mythical dragon as it soars over some of China’s most spectacular landscapes and scenery - including the Great Wall of China, Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, the city of Shanghai and more. Runs through February 25.
5. 12 Stars: The Vancouver Symphony presents The 12 Girls Band, who combine Chinese folk melodies with a modern sound. The 13 (yes, 13—although they appear as 12 onstage) female members use traditional Chinese instruments for an upbeat performance that blends pop with classical music and has won fans around the world. February 19 at Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe St.
6. A Wok Around Chinatown: Dig a bit deeper into Chinese cuisine and the plethora of wonders in the Chinatown market on a tour with chef Robert Sung, a third generation Chinese Canadian. His tours explore culinary and cultural elements (including a dim sum lunch) and run daily at 10 AM.
7. Parade on the Docks: Head to Granville Island on February 17 for a Lion Dance parade at 10:30 AM and sugar painting classes running throughout the day.
Don't miss your chance to see Flight of the Dragon at FlyOver Canada on now until February 25, 2018! Reserve your spot now.