Lantern festivals in Nagasaki, Táşżt in Vietnam, and the exchange of lucky red envelopes in China are just a few traditions that go along with the Lunar New Year (Jan 25-Feb 8). In Seattle, ways to welcome the Year of the Rat are no less diverse, ranging from dragon and lion dances at the International District's annual Lunar New Year Celebration to a week of Chinese beer specials at Lucky Envelope Brewing. Plan ahead with our roundup of this year's biggest celebrations, and find even more events on our complete Lunar New Year calendar.


Táşżt in Seattle
Celebrate the Year of the Rat at this annual festival in anticipation of the Vietnamese Lunar New Year in early February. As always, there will be hands-on cultural activities, traditional food, crafts, martial arts performances, a market, and more.
Seattle Center


Lucky Envelope Chinese New Year Celebration
Cofounders Raymond Kwan and Barry Chan named their Ballard craft brewery Lucky Envelope for the colorful red envelopes traditionally stuffed with money and given out on Chinese New Year to bring good fortune. So it only makes sense that it's the perfect place to usher in the Year of the Rat. On January 20, they'll unveil a bevy of brews inspired by Chinese tea, and on January 22, they'll follow that up with a lineup of beers based on popular Hong Kong cocktails. On January 25 and 26, they'll debut multiple limited releases, like the Mijiaya Historic Chinese Beer (brewed from an ancient recipe) and Metal Rat Hazy IPA (a collaboration made with the Chinese American–owned Highland Brewing in Asheville), and Panda Dim Sum will serve up Chinese bites from a refurbished school bus. Naturally, 88 lucky red envelopes filled with special surprises will be given out each day. JULIANNE BELL
Lucky Envelope Brewing (Ballard)


Lunar New Year Fair
After witnessing a lion dance, take a "passport journey" through the museum to make crafts with local artists, learn about the Asian zodiac, win prizes, and discover all the different ways the Lunar New Year is celebrated around the world.
Wing Luke Museum (Chinatown-International District)

Sammamish Lunar New Year
Welcome the Year of the Rat with Asian American cultural traditions like lion dances (performed by the International Lion Dance Team), a martial arts demonstration, and visual arts. 
Central Washington University (Sammamish)

This event has been canceled

Snoqualmie Lunar New Year Celebration
Dancing lions will bless select lucky businesses along Center Boulevard with acrobatic stunts "involving lettuce." This Lunar New Year celebration also promises Asian-inspired food trucks, a local gift market, and kids' activities. 
Snoqualmie Valley YMCA


Bellevue Lunar New Year Celebration
See martial arts, music, and dance performances, and taste food from Din Tai Fung and Baron's Xi'an Kitchen and Bar.
Bellevue Square


Chinatown-International District Lunar New Year
Ring in the Year of the Rat at this massive Lunar New Year celebration that showcases the diversity, richness, and culture of the Asian community. See traditional dragon and lion dances, Japanese Taiko drumming, martial arts, and other cultural performances on the Main Stage, plus arts and crafts and family activities—and don't miss the $3 food walk.
Various locations (Chinatown-International District)

You may also be interested in the Asian Art Museum Reopening (Feb 8–9).


Seattle Night Market: Lunar New Year
This massive indoor night market will pop up for the Lunar New Year, bringing over 100 local Asian-inspired vendors and food trucks, plus a live DJ, to Magnuson Park.
Magnuson Park Hangar 30 (Sand Point)

Planning ahead for other holidays? Check out our special calendars for MLK Day (Jan 20) and Valentine's Day (Feb 14).