11 Ways To Celebrate The Lunar New Year in Boston + Beyond

Last week on Twitter, @JessicaBurko asked me whether I knew about any local Lunar New Year celebrations so I thought it would be fun to pull together a little roundup! The Lunar New Year is Monday, February 8, but here are 11 places you can ring in the Year of the Monkey (eep, eep!) starting today and running through the end of the month. If you've heard of an event not included here, feel free to share in the comments below!

1. February 2: On Travel Tuesday, learn about Chinese geography, culture, and wildlife, and celebrate the Chinese New Year (Boston)

2. February 6: See a spectacular puppet show, Monkey Makes Mischief in Heaven (Arlington)

3. February 6: Take in a variety of activities Lunar New Year Open House at the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston)

4. February 6: Participate in a Lunar New Year Celebration at the mall, with performances, food, crafts, giveaways and more (Braintree)

5. February 6 and 7: Create monkey sand art at Artbeat (Arlington)

6. February 8 and 9: Storytime at the Blue Bunny has a Lunar New Year theme this week (Dedham)

7. February 13: Make a lantern, see a lion dance, and more during Lunar New Year at Peabody Essex Museum (Salem)

8. February 14: Attend the incredible Lion Dance Parade in Chinatown (Boston)

9. February 14: Spend some time at the Chinese New Year Cultural Village and take part in lots of family-friendly activities (Boston)

10. February 21: Ring in the Year of the Monkey at the Children’s Museum by making shadow puppets, watching and joining dances, and more (Boston)

11. February 28: Celebrate Chinese New Year with family concert designed to introduce Chinese music through different instruments (Boston)

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