Vancouver LunarFest Brings Dumplings, Lanterns and Lion Dancing to Art Gallery Plaza, February 15 – 17

Lunar New Year Vancouver 2013 Events

Traditional lanterns at LunarFest. Photo credit: CIBC LunarFest

Lanterns! Lion dances! Dumplings galore! If you thought our city’s Chinese New Year/Lunar New Year festivities were limited to the annual Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade this Sunday, February 17, think again.

LunarFest –  a free, family-friendly, weekend-long Lunar New Year party – takes place February 15-17. Head on over to the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza from 12-8pm and get involved in welcoming the Year of the Snake.

Vancouver’s Asian community is diverse and LunarFest is a full-on, contemporary celebration of that diversity, showcasing lion dances, food and art from Korea, Japan, India, Taiwan and Northern China and Southern China.

Expect the largest display of multicultural lion dancers, a stunning animal lantern jungle  including many glowing versions of the snake, musical performances, lantern hat-making, DumplingFest and more.

Find highlights from the LunarFest schedule after the jump.

Lunar New Year Vancouver 2013 Events

Lantern snake hat. Photo credit: CIBC LunarFest

 Lunar New Year “LunarFest” Schedule Highlights

  • Lantern Jungle, 12-8pm, Friday, February 15 to Sunday, February 17 – FREE
    A stunning display of animal lanterns including snakes.
  • Eastern Legends Show, 5-6pm, Friday, February 15 to Sunday, February 17 – FREE
    A rock ‘n’ roll version of Chinese Chamber Music
  • Lantern Making How-To, 1-2pm, Friday, February 15 to Friday, February 15 to Sunday, February 17 – FREE
    The master of lantern-making is on hand to share his secrets with you.
  • Lunar Drum Medley, 3-4pm, Sunday, February 17 -FREE
    Welcome the new year with beats from Darma Drum Mountain group.
Lunar New Year Vancouver 2013 Events

DumplingFest offerings. Photo credit: CIBC LunarFest

Dumpling Fest, 12-8pm, Friday, February 15 to Sunday, February 17

Many Asian cultures celebrate Lunar New Year; each has their own version of Lunar New Year dumplings. Taste them all at DumplingFest, taking place daily at LunarFest. There’s five versions on offer for $7 and under per serving.

LunarFest takes place 12-8pm Friday, February 15 through Sunday February 17. Looking for more Lunar New Year Vancouver events? Check out this list of the city’s 5 best Chinese New Year events.

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