Lunar New Year celebrations in San Antonio

Celebrate the year of the Green Wooden Dragon with these events and celebrations.

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Catch a performance by the San Antonio Lion Dance Association at a couple of Lunar New Year events.

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The Lunar New Year is upon us. Around the world — especially in East and Southeast Asian cultures — communities will celebrate the Year of the Dragon (or, in some cultures, the Year of the Naga) starting Saturday, Feb. 10. The dragon, one of the twelve animals in the Chinese zodiac, symbolizes intelligence, honor, luck, and success.

In San Antonio, you can partake in the fun at several local festivals, events, and dinners — many of which are free.

Lunar New Year Celebration | Friday, Feb. 9 | 8-10 p.m. | Phuoc Hue Buddhist Temple of San Antonio, 6292 Lockhill Rd. | Free | Celebrate the Lunar New Year with an opening ceremony of the great drum + bell, food, a lion dance, and firecrackers.

San Antonio Asian New Year Festival | Saturday, Feb.10-Sunday, Feb.11 | 12-6 p.m. | Rolling Oaks Mall, 6909 N. Loop 1604 E. | Free | Bring the family out for an afternoon of KPOP dances, martial arts + cosplay contests, sumo wrestling, arts + crafts vendors, and other performances.

Chinese New Year Lion Dance | Sunday, Feb. 11 | 2 p.m. | Tim’s Oriental & Seafood Market, 7015 Bandera Rd. #8 | Free | Hang out at this local Asian grocer for it’s annual celebration including performances in the parking lot. Pro tip: Parking is limited and is standing room only.

Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration | Saturday, Feb. 17 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m.| The DoSeum, 2800 Broadway | $0-$18 | Enjoy traditional craft making, Chinese sweets, performances, and science experiments with the International School of San Antonio.

Enter the Dragon: Reunion of the Grandmasters | Monday, Feb. 26 | 5-9 p.m. | DASHI Chinese Kitchen + Bar, 2895 Thousand Oaks Dr. | $260-$350 | Dine + drink at this collaboration dinner featuring 15 San Antonio celebrity chefs. Don’t miss: Enjoy martial arts demonstrations, lion dances, and live music.