Celebrate Lunar New Year in Houston
Check out all the ways Houston is celebrating Lunar New Year. Whether it's watching lion dances, listening to traditional music or exploring the culinary offerings of Asiatown, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Families of all backgrounds can share the fun of these exciting cultural festivities and greet the year of the tiger in style.
All That and Dim Sum
Great value is placed on the importance of Lunar New Year's Reunion Dinner, and there is no better time to indulge in some of your favorite Asian treats. From spring rolls and hand-pulled noodles to dumplings galore, local chefs will be serving up their finest fare to ensure an auspicious start to the year for you and your loved ones. Whatever you do, be sure to grab a piece of nian gao (New Year Cake) for luck, said to bring a better year than the last and even a few extra inches for growing children. For plenty of culinary recommendations, check out our guide to Asiatown.
Join the Celebration
If you'd love to join in the party, we've got the answer.
The Asia Society of Houston will ring in the Year of the Tiger with performances, art and craft activities, and food inspired by Lunar New Year traditions across Asia. Taking place from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on February 5, performances will include traditional lion dancers. Admission is free.
Chinese Community Center
The Houston Chinese Community Center invites all to join in their 2022 Lunar New Year Festival, on February 5, 10 am. - 4 p.m. This free, family outdoor event will host Lunar New Year merchandise, delicious food, and exciting performances to welcome in the Year of the Tiger!
These Lions Get Around
Asiatown isn't the only place you can get into the spirit of Lunar New Year. All over the city, events are popping up where you can catch dance performances and enjoy a delicious family feast.
Lunar New Year at Tobiuo with Lion Dance Performance
Reserve a table for a special celebration on Saturday, Feb. 5, to welcome the Year of the Tiger at Tobiuo. Houston Lion Kings will perform lion and dragon dances at 7 p.m., and a menu of new cold tastings and desserts will be available alongside popular favorites. Call 281-294-7156 for reservations.
Phat Eatery Hosts Chinese New Year Feasts & Lion Dances
February 1 marks the beginning of the Chinese Lunar New Year (Year of the Tiger!) and Phat Eatery’s annual celebrations are back! This year, choose from three seatings: Tues., Feb. 1, at 7 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 5, at 11:30 a.m. or Sun., Feb. 6, at 11:30 a.m. At each seating, guests will enjoy a special six-course tasting menu of brand new specials, presented family style, and Lion Dance performances by Lee Golden Dragon. The feast will feature typical Lunar New Year dishes, such as the interactive Yu Sheng, or Prosperity Toss, a traditional Malaysian dish symbolizing abundance, as well as chef specialties. $78 per person (service included); children, age 4 to 12: $28 (includes choice of pineapple fried rice or chicken stir-fried noodles and ice cream.) Make pre-paid reservations at phateatery.com.
Ginger Kale at Hermann Park
6104 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030
This classy indoor/outdoor cafe will be hosting a free dragon dance performance on January 30 at 11 a.m. As you take in the show, be sure to nosh on their excellent selection of salads and sandwiches accompanied by cold-pressed juices and fresh-baked cookies.