How to celebrate Lunar New Year around Houston this weekend

Thousands gather across the world once a year to celebrate the beginning of a new year on the lunar calendar and the start of spring.

Lunar New Year
Chinese Community Center

Lunar New Year has long been considered the most important holiday celebrated in China and Chinese communities around the world. Thousands of people across the world gather once a year to celebrate the beginning of a new year on the lunar calendar and the beginning of spring. The year of the Dragon celebration falls on Feb. 10, and events around Houston are planning to go all out this year. Here’s how you can celebrate around town.

Texas Lunar Festival– 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Feb. 10
The 2024 Texas Lunar Festival at the Alief Career Center, 12160 Richmond Ave., kicks off at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. Hosted by ITC Cultural and Education Foundation and the Alief School District, the festival will consist of several live performances, and is free to attend.

Chinese Community Center Lunar New Year Festival– 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Feb. 10
The Chinese Community Center will host a Lunar New Year celebration Saturday at 9800 Town Park Dr. An annual tradition in Houston’s Asiatown since 2003, the festival celebrates Houston’s cultural diversity with culinary delights, performances and a Lucky Find Bazaar.

Lunar Night Market– 9 p.m. to midnight, Feb. 10
The Lunar Night Mark at Bravery Chef Hall, 409 Travis St., is free to attend. The food hall will ring in the year of the Dragon with a nighttime market filled with lion dancing performances, a DJ, lunar new year menus, traditional games and more. Bravery Chef Hall is a chef-driven food hall in downtown Houston occupied by several food vendors.

Lunar New Year Celebration in Sugar Land– 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Feb. 10
Fort Bend County’s University Branch Library will celebrate Lunar New Year with riddles, treats, games and activities at a free-to-attend event. Parking inside the gated lot for the event is free to attend.

Pearland Lunar New Year Gala– 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Feb. 10
Pearland Lunar New Year Gala is “the one and only event in Pearland that celebrates Chinese heritage during the lunar new year,” according to Pearland Chinese Association. The celebration will present performances form local artists, students and residents including Lion and Dragon Dance, Chinese Instrumental Music, Chinese Martial Arts, Folk Songs and Ballads and more. Tickets for the event range from $5 to $20.

Lunar New Year at Discovery Green– 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Feb. 11
Discovery Green will host a free-to-attend Lunar New Year celebration on Sunday. The event will feature Lee’s Golden Dragon and other performers, crafts and food vendors.

Otaku’s Lunar New Year Food and Anime Festival– 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., Feb. 11
A famous anime and food festival will be hosted at Karbach Brewing Co., 2023 Karbach St., on Sunday. The event will include more than 100 food, drink, anime and retail vendors, a sumo tournament, cosplay contests and more. Be sure to bring cash, according to the food festival.

Dragon Bowl Lunar New Year celebration– 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Feb. 24
The Dragon Bowl C Noodle Bar will host its second Lunar New Year party on Feb. 24, with the return of the Soaring Phoenix lion dance. Vendors still have time to register for the event at $50.