Celebrate Lunar New Year in Houston

Houston, the fourth-largest and one of the most diverse cities in the United States, celebrates the Lunar New Year with various colorful and lively events. The city's Asiatown, multiple associations, restaurants, malls, and museums all put their creative twists on the occasion.

A child standing in front of a person wearing a traditional chinese lion dancer costume

Check out all the ways Houston is celebrating Lunar New Year in 2024. 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 Dragon in style.

Close up view of chow mien noodles and stir fried vegetables

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.

Asia Society Lunar Year Celebration Photo: by Asia Society Texas Center (courtesy)

Join the Celebration

If you'd love to join in the party, we've got the answer. 

Asia Society
The Asia Society of Houston will ring in the Year of the Dragon with performances, arts and crafts activities, and food inspired by Lunar New Year traditions across Asia. Taking place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb.10, performances will include traditional lion dancers. Admission is free.

Chinese Community Center
The Houston Chinese Community Center invites all to join in their 2024 Lunar New Year Festival, on Feb. 10, 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 Dragon!

Texas Lunar Festival 2024 will be held on Saturday, February 10th, at the Alief Career Center located at 12160 Richmond Avenue. Get ready for live performances, including dance and music. The festival will be televised through STV 21.8 local station online at scdaily.com, and through the phone app Southern News TV.

Lunar New Year Houston at Viet Hoa Center (at Beltway Plaza 8388 W. Sam Houston South) awaits you on February 17 and 18. Enjoy two days filled with dance, martial arts, great food and treats for all ages. This festival features the best martial arts teams in Texas, showcasing the exhilarating Vovinam styles of Vietnam and the soaring Shaolin Kung Fu traditions of China.

These Dragons 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. 

Several plates filled with traditional chinese lunar new year foods

Phat Eatery Hosts Chinese New Year Feasts & Lion Dances

To welcome the Year of the Dragon, Phat Eatery will once again host multiple seatings for its Malaysian New Year’s feast. This year’s seatings include: Friday, Feb.9, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb.10, at 11:30 a.m. (Lunar New Year’s Day), Sunday, Feb.11, at 11:30 a.m. and on Valentine’s Day, Wednesday, Feb.14, at 7 p.m. (early arrival advised, no walk-ins). At each seating, guests will enjoy a special tasting menu, presented family style, plus Lion Dance performances by Lee Golden Dragon. $88 per person. Children aged 4 to 12: $28 (includes choice of pineapple fried rice or chicken stir-fried noodles and ice cream). Pre-paid reservations are available now at phateatery.com.

Hongdae 33

BOGO Korean Soju at Hongdae 33

Keep the festivities flowing with BOGO Korean Soju all weekend (Feb. 9-11, 2024) to accompany premium AYCE Korean barbecue. In addition to Chamisul (Original and Fresh) and Jinro Is Back Chum-Churum, there are six flavors like green apple, strawberry and peach.

Bravery Chef Hall

Bravery Chef Hall - Lunar Night Market

Head over to Bravery Chef Hall on Feb. 10, 2024 from 9 p.m. - midnight. Their Lunar Nigh Market celebration is a unique opportunity for the community to come together, celebrate cultural diversity, and welcome prosperity in the Year of the Dragon, thanks to the generous co-presentation by Zephyr Gin and Fever Tree.

Don't miss out on this unforgettable Lunar New Year celebration! Admission is free, so gather your friends and family for an evening of joy, laughter, and cultural enrichment. 

Event highlights include: Lion Dancing Performance, DJ, Lunar New Year Menus, Night Market Vendors, Casino Games, Traditional Games, and Raffles & Prizes.

Explore more events in our HOUSTON EVENTS CALENDAR and celebrate the Year of the Dragon in style!