The Lunar New Year is 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 Rat this January.
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, January 26 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, January 24 through Sunday, January 26, 88 West Pender Street. Details here.
3. Soar over Taiwan: From the Ruan’an Bagua Tea Farm to the glittering towers of Taipei, you’ll see the best of Taiwan. Soar over Taiwan is at FlyOver Canada for a limited time only. Feel the ocean breezes, enjoy the scents of lush national parks and thrill to the sounds of bustling cities. Runs January 16 to February 16, purchase a dual feature and get 50% off the second ticket.
4. 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.
Don't miss your chance to see Soar Over Taiwan at FlyOver Canada on January 16 until February 17, 2020! Reserve your spot now.