Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2021 in Phoenix

ASU’s Lunar New Year event: canceled. PVCC’s 8th annual celebration: canceled. Ditto for University of Arizona and Desert Ridge Marketplace’s yearly festivals. Even Phoenix Chinese Week, the area’s largest Lunar New Year party, won’t be taking place in 2021. What a bao-mmer. 

But this is the Year of the Ox — a year in which we highlight hard work, perseverance and a steadfast determination to overcome obstacles — and a lousy pandemic shouldn’t prevent you from enjoying Chinese New Year, in some form or another. If you’re looking for something (anything!) to do to celebrate CNY 2021, here are a few safe options.

Check Out 2021 Virtual Phoenix Chinese Week  

Phoenix’s annual in-person CNY festival is a no-go this year. However, they’re certainly not giving up on tradition. Instead of hosting a live event, Phoenix Chinese Week will be held entirely online, with various Lunar New Year activities, recorded shows, and performances available for your crafting-cooking-viewing pleasure. 

What to do?

Virtual Children’s Pavilion

  • Folding paper crafts (& tutorials)
  • Printable coloring pages
  • Chinese handwriting tutorials
  • Fun family games
  • Chopstick Challenge

Virtual Stage

  • Chinese Lion Dance performance
  • Cai Wei & Tao Yao Dance shows
  • Martial arts demonstrations
  • Chinese Opera
  • Authentic Chinese music performances

Virtual Culture & History Village

  • Translate your name in Chinese
  • Calligraphy demonstrations
  • Virtual tours
  • Art exhibits
  • Fruit carving exhibit
  • Chinese teapot making

Virtual Food Pavilion

  • Recipes
  • Wonton folding
  • All About Baos 
  • Local restaurants to support

Sure, you’ll miss out on the wonderful smells emanating from the Food Pavilion, but there’s always next year. For now, that’ll do, pig…that’ll do.

Phoenix Chinese Week typically runs from early to mid-February. Find out more by visiting phoenixchineseweek.org.

Join an Online Cooking Class

Interested in hosting your own miniature version of Chinese New Year at home? The key to a good CNY is food. If your cooking skills aren’t up to par, or if you’re not a dumpling or bao connoisseur, join a virtual cooking class like this free one from City of Kitchener. As a virtual student, you’ll learn more about traditional Lunar New Year cuisine, how to make popular dishes, and the types of kitchen equipment to make life easier. 

Lunar New Years Concerts


Attend an Online Concert

Concert — now that’s a word we’ve not heard in a long time. Kick your 2021 off with a vague sense of normalcy by “attending” a virtual Lunar New Year concert. Numerous orchestras across the country are hosting special, live Chinese New Year performances, including:

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra – 2021 Lunar New Year Celebration

Dates: February 1-6, 2021

Cost: Free

Website: njsymphony.org

The Philadelphia Orchestra – Lunar New Year Celebration Concert

Dates: February 4-14, 2021

Cost: $15+

Website: philorch.org

US-China Music Institute – The Sound of Spring: A Chinese New Year Concert

Dates: February 13, 2021

Cost: Free

Website: barduschinamusic.org

San Francisco Symphony – Chinese New Year Virtual Celebration: Year of the Ox

Dates: February 20, 2021

Cost: Varies

Website: sfsymphony.org

Light Chinese Lanterns 

Join thousands of others by releasing lanterns to celebrate the end of the Lunar New Year. If you’re new to the whole Chinese New Year thing, you can check out free virtual CNY events, like the Pacific Symphony’s Virtual Lantern Festival, to get a better idea of how it works. The festival, which will be streamed entirely online, will feature dances, demonstrations, musical performances, and even riddles. 

Honda Pilot's Cargo Space


You can also simply pack some paper sky lanterns and candles in your Honda Pilot, then drive to a secluded place to release them. (To each their own.) The 2021 Pilot offers up to 109 cubic feet* of cargo space, which is certainly enough room for a few lanterns, and its panoramic moonroof is perfect if you plan on releasing lanterns at night. 

Visit a Museum Online 

Get your learnin’ on this February by exploring the exhibits, art and activities at a museum. Many museums are offering free or cheap Lunar New Year celebrations online, including the following:

Smithsonian American Art Museum – Lunar New Year Virtual Celebration

Enjoy streamed video performances and demonstrations of traditional Chinese crafts and Lunar New Year traditions, online crafts, coloring pages, and many other Chinese New Year activities.

Dates: February 13, 2021

Cost: Free

Website: americanart.si.edu

Bowers Museum – Virtual Chinese New Year Festival

Featuring performances, arts, crafts, and food recipes, this online CNY festival will be streamed live for all.

Dates: February 28, 2021

Cost: Free

Website: bowers.org 

Wing Luke Museum – New Years All Year Round

The all-new New Years All Year Round exhibit will be on display at the Wing Luke Museum beginning February 13, 2021. This KidPLACE exhibit highlights various cultural traditions as celebrated during the Lunar New Year season in Asia and the United States.

Dates: February 13, 2021

Cost: TBD

Website: wingluke.org

The Walters Art Museum – Lunar New Year

The Walters Art Museum celebrates Lunar New Year with the Baltimore community every year. This includes live performances, art, activities, and fun. This year, in the Year of the Ox, Walters is continuing the long-standing tradition through an exciting lineup of virtual performances and activities.

Dates: February 12, 2021

Cost: Free

Website: thewalters.org 

Asia Society – Family Day: Virtual Lunar New Year 2021!

Asia Society rings in the Chinese New Year with virtual performances and traditional craft activities inspired by Lunar New Year traditions across Asia.

Dates: February 6, 2021

Cost: Free

Website: asiasociety.org

Zero Percent Financing from Honda


Get 0% APR on a New Honda Pilot

Your Valley Honda Dealers aren’t handing out red envelopes this Lunar New Year, but they are handing out a first-ever 0% APR finance offer* on many 2020 and 2021 Honda models, including the Year of the Ox-like 2021 Honda Pilot. (Get it? Because the Pilot works hard and won’t back down from a challenge?)

Celebrate Chinese New Year with 0% interest on a new Honda. But act quick because this special financing deal expires on March 1, 2021. Speak with a Honda dealer near you to learn more, request a quote or schedule a test drive. Gong xi fa cai!


Disclaimers: 

Maximum cargo space based on SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) J1100 cargo volume measurement standard plus floor space between first and second seats and front seats moved forward. Carrying too much cargo or improperly storing it can affect the handling, stability and operation of this vehicle. Follow applicable load limits and loading guidelines.

Available on approved credit through Honda Financial Services, 0% APR for up to 60 months on select new and unregistered 2021 Honda Pilot models through 03/01/2021, for well-qualified buyers.Not all buyers will qualify. Higher financing rates apply for buyers with lower credit ratings. Actual down payment may vary. Dealer participation may affect actual payment. Dealer sets actual prices. See participating dealers for details. For well-qualified buyers. Example: 10% down payment. 60 months financing at $16.67/month per $1,000 financed.