Celebrate the Lunar New Year in NJ with Food, Festivals and Music

Are you a lucky dog?

If you were born in 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, then you were born in the year of the dog. The Year of the Dog is back for 2018, as Lunar New Year begins on February 16.

The Lunar New Year — celebrated in many countries throughout Asia and the world — is an opportunity to usher in the Spring, wish for a good harvest, and scare away the mythical beasts with firecrackers.

Those born during the Year of the Dog are considered to be true, honest, loyal and reliable. No matter which year you were born, New Jersey has many opportunities for you to celebrate. We’ve put together a list for you below.

Events and Performances

Nai Ni Chen Dance Company at NJPAC
Saturday, February 10. Two Performances at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
1 Center Street, Newark

Colorful costumes, twirling ribbons, dancing dragons – they’re all a part of Year of the Dog, a dance and music celebration of the Chinese New Year, courtesy of NJ’s acclaimed Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company.

Lunar New Year in Paramus
Saturday, February 10, 11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Garden State Plaza
1 Garden State Plaza, Paramus

Lion Dance, Live Performances, Kids Activities, and Retail Promotions from 11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in Level 2 Macy’s Court.
The first 1000 guests will receive a red envelope filled with retail offers and prizes including a $1000, $500 and $250 shopping spree.

Lunar New Year in Hackensack
Saturday, February 10, 1 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The Shops at Riverside, Level 1 Barnes & Noble Wing
390 Hackensack Avenue, Hackensack

Celebrate The Year of the Dog with The Shops at Riverside with performances by the Korean Traditional Dance Group, Choomnoori. Dancers will be dressed in beautiful costumes performing traditional Korean dances, such as the fan dance and the drum dance.

Lunar New Year and Spring Celebration at the Hartshorn Arboretum in Short Hills
Saturday, February 10, 12:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Cora Hartshort Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary
324 Forest Drive South, Short Hills

Join the CHA and the Chinese Association of Millburn-Short Hills as we shake off the winter blues, and celebrate the Lunar New Year by following our lion through the woods.  Be prepared to make some noise as we welcome spring with games, trivia, crafts, and stories. Price: $8 per person and pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Register for the event here.

Lunar New Year in Berkeley Heights
Saturday, February 10, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Berkeley Heights YMCA
550 Springfield Avenue, Berkeley Heights

Enjoy a lion dance, arts & crafts, folk drumming, a children’s dragon parade, Chinese zodiac face painting, and more.

Chinese New Year Celebration at Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit
Friday, February 16, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Reeves-Reed Arborteum
165 Hobart Avenue, Summit

Come celebrate the Chinese New Year as we create crafts and enjoy stories commemorating the Year of the Dog!  Registration is required. Please note that the Non-Member cost is $15 per child. For children ages 3 and up. Register for the event here.

HXPCS Chinese New Year Spectacular
Saturday, February 17, 7:00 p.m.
State Theatre New Jersey
15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick

2018 HXPCS Chinese New Year Spectacular is a performance to celebrate the legacy Chinese New Year. HXPCS (HX Chinese School at Plainsboro) is a non-profit, non-religious, and non-political, cultural education institution, in pursuit of teaching Chinese language and Chinese culture, and engaging in cultural awareness activities in the community.

Lunar Fest NJ – Celebrates the Year of the Dog
Sunday, March 4, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
The Woodland, 60 Woodland Drive, Maplewood

Come enjoy Lunar Fest NJ 2018, a multicultural celebration of Lunar New Year, The Year of the Dog. Only one block from the Maplewood train station at The Woodland. Free admission. All are welcome. Starting the celebration is the exciting Lion Dance to chase away evil and bring Luck. Savor the cuisines of Asia while watching the Korean sword dance, Chinese ribbon dance and Vietnamese Fan dance just to name some performances. There will be plenty of vendors, crafts and activities for children of all ages to learn about East Asian cultures.

Recommended food:

China Gourmet
468 Eagle Rock Avenue, West Orange

200 Route 10 West, East Hanover

Cathay 22
124 Route 22 West, Springfield

Asian grocery stores:

Kam Mam (Locations in Edison and East Hanover)
511 Old Post Road in Edison
200 Route 10 West, East Hanover

Gold Valley
211 Morris Avenue, Springfield