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! 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.

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

View last year's Lunarfest schedule here
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CLICK for photos of Lunarfest.

Lunarfest in the News

New Haven Register, "Photos of Lunarfest 2017 Lion Dance," 2/4/2017
New Haven Independent, "Lions Dance, & “Sisters” Toast," 2/5/2017
New Haven Independent, "Lunar New Year, One Character At A Time," 2/5/2017
Yale Daily News, "Lunarfest attracts hundreds to celebrate Chinese New Year," 2/6/2017

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Special thanks to our 2017 Sponsors!

International Association of New Haven
Asian Network @ Yale
Office of New Haven and State Affairs
Great Wall Restaurant
New Haven Independent
Koffee on Audubon
Association of Chinese Students and Scholars at Yale


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 1:00-5:00PM, 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). All events are free and open to the public. All events are first come, first served. Please fill out this form to help us anticipate the number of people who will be attending each event.

This free event is sponsored by the Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University, New Haven Museum, and Yale-China Association.

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New Haven Museum
114 Whitney Ave

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