Events \\ Lunar New Year Festival

The Year of the Dog

Saturday, February 17, 2018 from 10 am–4:30 pm

Join us for games, art making and other traditions. All programs included with admission.

Drop-in art making

Chinese Shadow Puppets

10 am–4 pm | Studio 1, Create Space

Shadow puppetry is said to have originated in China over 2,000 years ago. Create your own puppet with Jennifer DeCristoforo, artist and author of The Lucky Bamboo Book of Crafts. Then, practice your storytelling on a shadow puppet stage.

Lucky Year of the Dog Decoration

10 am–4 pm | Art Nook

Stop by the Art Nook to create your own tasseled Year of the Dog wall hanging, certain to bring you luck all year long.

Drop-in activity

Therapy Dog Demonstration

11 am–4 pm | PEM Connect Building

The certified dogs and trainers of ColdSprings Healing Paws Therapy Foundation show off their skills through games, obedience demonstrations and interactive activities. A treat for the whole family, these exceptional pups will help you understand why the Chinese zodiac associates dogs with friendliness, loyalty and determination.

The Dog-tor is In

2–4 pm | Atrium

Take a break with a certified therapy dog and chat with a trainer from ColdSprings Healing Paws Therapy Foundation.


Cubs Lion Dance

11–11:30 am | Atrium

Help us kick off the festival with a lion dance performance by The Cubs of Gund Kwok. These young dancers (ages 6 to 9) have mastered the strength, skill and coordination required to perform this tradition.

Gund Kwok Lion Dance

11:30 am–noon | Atrium

Gund Kwok Asian Women’s Lion Dance Troupe, the only all-women lion dance group in the country, performs this traditional dance to ward off evil for the coming year. Following their dance, talk with the performers and get up close to their costumes.

Guzheng Youth Band

Noon–1:40 pm | Morse Auditorium
Seats are first-come, first-served

Join us for a performance by young masters of ancient Chinese string instruments. A nonprofit organization founded in 2007, the band promotes Chinese music and culture in the U.S. and seeks to improve children’s appreciation of Chinese music.

Chinese Folk Art Workshop

1–1:45 pm | Atrium

Members of The Chinese Folk Art Workshop, all between the ages of 12 and 18, present traditional dances for the New Year. Listen to drumming, watch graceful performances and see a diabolo (a traditional Chinese yo-yo) in action


Rock Dog

3-4:30 pm | Morse Auditorium
Seats are first-come, first-served

When a radio falls from the sky, a young Tibetan Mastiff named Bodi is inspired to leave his home on Snow Mountain to follow his dream of becoming a rock musician. Based on a Chinese graphic novel, Rock Dog was co-produced by Chinese and American film studios. 2017, PG, recommended for ages 6 and older.