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Local NJ Chinese New Year Events to Celebrate Lunar New Year

Friday February 12, 2021 is Chinese New Year!

Maybe you don’t know how to celebrate Chinese New Year … well don’t miss out! It’s a fun, vibrant, 2 week long celebration and Jersey Family Fun is your resource for local Chinese New Year events all over New Jersey.

Before you start – know that 2021 is the year of the ox; it’s the year 4719 in the Lunar New Year. Chinese New Year animals take on a lot of significance in these events each year. Each year the dragon is an important part of Chinese New Year Celebrations. It symbolizes strength, benevolence, and good fortune. Incorporate the dragon and the ox into your fun and find some Chinese New Year crafts your children can do to get them excited for the events.

Coloring a dragon fan for a Chinese New Year Event in New Jersey at Rahway Library

Celebrate The Year of the Ox (Lunar New Year) with these Local Chinese New Year Events

Local Chinese New Year Events in New Jersey

Visit one of the following New Jersey libraries for celebrate the Chinese New Year

NOTE, many NJ libraries have suspended in person activities. We are currently confirming these and other 2021 events for Chinese New Year.

Be sure to check out the Ocean County Library calendar for Chinese New Year crafts that can be picked up at many branch locations throughout February 2021!

The Bergen County Library system also has branches that offer take and make Chinese New Year crafts. Check out their calendar at this link.

Visit one of these other Chinese New Year Events in New Jersey

Celebrate the Chinese Lunar Year or Chinese New Year traditions at the arboretum!

  • Reeves-Reed Arboretum, Summit, February 5, 2021, 4:00 – 5:30 PM, $25/person non members. Come celebrate the Chinese New Year with crafts and stories commemorating the Year of the Ox! Registration is required. For more information visit their site here or call 908-273-8787.

Bridgewater Commons, Bridgewater, February 21, 2021, 1:00 – 2:00 PM, Free. Lion Dance performance by the New York Chinese Freemasons Athletic Club. Visit our event listing here.

New York Chinese New Year Events

Watch a Chinese New Year parade or fireworks!

No Chinese New Year parades that we could find in New Jersey, but head across the Hudson for the following:

NJ Chinese New Year Celebrations
Linden HS students performing a dragon dance

Virtual Chinese New Year events

Would you like to celebrate the Chinese New Year from your home? Check out these virtual events. COMING SOON!

We are updating as we find more Chinese New Year events, celebrations, parades, and festivals. Check back often!

Not ready to dive into Chinese New Year festivities? Start slow and take your family out for some dim sum or traditional Chinese food but be sure to crack open some fortune cookies.

Yummy food at our favorite Chinese/Polynesian restaurant for our NJ Chinese New Year traditions!

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Angelina Capalbo

Friday 16th of February 2018

Play City in Weehawken has a free storytime today at 3:30pm and we are celebrating Chinese New Year with a book and craft.

Jennifer A.

Wednesday 21st of February 2018

Thank you so much for letting us know. However, it was too short notice for us to include it on our calendar of events. - Jenn

Annette Tsang

Saturday 28th of January 2017

There appears to be a typo posted on January 18 - it should be Year of the Rooster (not monkey) Chinese New Year January 28, 2017 Thanks.

Jennifer A.

Sunday 29th of January 2017

Thank you Annette. - Jenn


Sunday 27th of December 2015

Will you be doing another list for 2016? Thanks.

Jennifer A.

Monday 28th of December 2015

Yes, we will Donna. The updated list should be out soon. - Jenn

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