Lunarfest

Year of the Dog

Lunarfest is a day-long event offering arts and cultural programs for adults and children of all ages in celebration of the Lunar New Year, kicking off with the Lion Dance down Whitney Avenue! The parade begins at 10am on Saturday, February 17. Join us on Whitney Avenue and Audubon Street between Grove and Trumbull Street. This year, the theme of the festival is "People-to-People."

People-to-People reflects a spirit of cross-cultural dialogue, specifically between the American and Chinese cultures. People-to-People also underscores the commonality of all people. Regardless of an individual’s culture, there are innate aspects of the human experience that connect us all around the world--humor, food, art, music, literature. This year’s festival will focus on promoting what brings us together—people-to-people.

Lunarfest 2018: People-to-People: Saturday, February 17, 2018.

View the 2018 Lunarfest schedule here!
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View the 2018 Lunarfest Venue Map!

Teacher Resources

View a range of lesson plans and resources to introduce the Chinese New Year in your classroom. All materials can be found by visiting the Teacher Resources page.

Preview Lunarfest 2018 Events

View Canine Cognition Center at Yale's Preview Video for Lunarfest 2018

Lunarfest in the News

Yale Daily News, "Lunarfest Kicks off Year of the Dog," 2/19/2018
FOX61, "Crowd gathers in New Haven to Celebrate Lunarfest," 2/18/2018
The Arts Paper, "Lion Dance In the Year of the Dog," 2/17/2018
WTNH Channel 8, "8 Things to do This Weekend: Murder on the Orient Express, Essex Steam Train and More!," 2/15/2018
CT Visit, "Celebrate the Year of the Dog and Chinese New Year"
CT Post, "Lunarfest celebrates Year of the Dog in 3 New Haven locations Feb. 17," 2/13/2018
The Arts Paper, "Year of the Dog Gets A Local Throwback," 2/12/2018
YaleNews, "Yale and New Haven usher in Year of the Dog," 2/6/2018

Sponsor Lunarfest 2018!

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City of New Haven Mayor's Community Arts Grants Program
International Association of New Haven
Asian Network @ Yale
Yale's Office of New Haven and State Affairs
Whitney-Audubon Retail & Arts District
Town Green District
Great Wall Restaurant
Koffee on Audubon
Katalina's
Hull's Art Supply and Framing
Neighborhood Music School
Creative Arts Workshop
Ely Center of Contemporary Art

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Volunteering

Volunteers must attend one of the mandatory Lunarfest Meetings:
Thursday, February 8, 2018 4:00 pm 442 Temple Street
Friday, February 9, 2018 4:00 pm 442 Temple Street

Click here to sign up to volunteer for Lunarfest 2018!

About Lunarfest

Lunarfest kicks off at 10:00AM with a traditional lion dance on Whitney Avenue between Grove Street and Trumbull Street. Celebrate alongside the Wan Chi Ming Hung Gar Institute’s lion dance troupe as they bring good luck and prosperity to New Haven merchants and community members. Keep on the look out for a special performance by local performers at the intersection of Whitney and Audubon Street.

Between 12:00-5:00PM, join us for a series of Chinese arts and culture workshops, talks, and demonstrations, including:

• opera
• music
• exhibits
• dances
• painting
• calligraphy
• arts & crafts
• and many more!

The dog is one of twelve designated animals celebrated in the Chinese culture based on the lunar calendar. The Year of the Dog begins February 16, 2018 and will end on February 4, 2019.

The venue locations for Lunarfest are: Henry R. Luce Hall at Yale University (34 Hillhouse Avenue), New Haven Museum (114 Whitney Avenue), and Yale-China Association (442 Temple Street)), Creative Arts Workshop (80 Audubon Street), Neighborhood Music School (100 Audubon Street), and the Ely Center of Contemporary Art (50 Trumbull Street). . All events are free and open to the public. All events are first come, first served.


Sponsored By

New Haven Museum
114 Whitney Ave

Thanks to our 2018 Sponsors!

City of New Haven Mayor's Community Arts Grants Program
International Association of New Haven
Asian Network @ Yale
Yale's Office of New Haven and State Affairs
Whitney-Audubon Retail & Arts District
Town Green District
Great Wall Restaurant
Koffee on Audubon
Katalina's
Hull's Art Supply and Framing
Neighborhood Music School
Creative Arts Workshop
Ely Center of Contemporary Art


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