Ways to Celebrate Lunar New Year in Memphis

Celebrate Memphis' AAPI community this Lunar New Year with traditional lion dances, food specials, live music, and more.


The Lunar New Year starts on Saturday, February 10th. 2024 celebrates the Year of the Dragon. In Chinese culture, the dragon is a popular symbol representing many things: luck, power, success, and honor.

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Andrea Zucker

Lunar New Year Celebrations

1. Attend Good Fortune's Lunar New Year Celebration

A month-long celebration kicks off at Good Fortune, in South Main, on February 3rd, with a free lion dance performance. The restaurant will also be offering door prizes to the first 50 guests, welcome drinks, and merch discounts. The fun continues with participating bars offering unique cocktails. Participate by buying the cocktails (and supporting local!) to earn a "LNY dollar" that can be redeemed for a limited edition Year of the Dragon shirt.

2. Celebrate Lunar New Year at the Brooks Museum

Spend a day filled with celebration, exciting performances, live music, art making for all ages, authentic food, and more. The Brooks Museum is hosting this LNY celebration on February 10th. Enjoy a performance of a traditional Chinese Fan Dance or the culminating performance of the Vietnamese Lion Dancers.

3. Lunar New Year Banquet 

Join the Chinese Historical Society of Memphis and Midsouth, on February 25th, for this annual gala that includes cultural performances, authentic cuisine, and community spirit. There will be traditional Chinese and contemporary music with a dance floor and a 9-course meal with Dim Sum King.

4. Watch a Chinese piano performance at the Amro Piano Gallery

Wei Luo is recognized as "one of the most significant pianists of her generation." Enjoy light refreshments with Amro Piano Gallery, on February 3rd, while celebrating the Lunar New Year and Wei Luo's live performance from Steinway Hall. The performance will be broadcast live through the Spiriocast technology on the Steinway Spirio.

5. Partake in this Vietnamese Lunar New Year celebration

 An annual celebration put together by the Vietnamese American Community West Tennessee. On February 4, this Lunar New Year celebrate with include celebratory performances, music, authentic food, ao dai fashion show, and vendor booths.

6. Celebrate Chinese New Year at Cordova Branch Library

A family-friendly way to celebrate the Lunar New Year and learn more about Chinese culture. The Cordova Branch Library will celebrate on February 3rd with activities like shared stories and music, decorate a Chinese fan, and taste yummy Chinese food. For all ages, no registration is needed

7. See a Chinese New Year Celebration performance

Celebrate the Chinese New Year, on February 10th, at the University of Memphis Michael D. Rose Theatre for an evening filled with cultural performances, traditional dances, and festive music. Immerse yourself in the spirit of the Lunar New Year as our talented performers showcase the richness of Chinese traditions. 

8. EXTRAVAGANZA Year of the Dragon Celebration

On February 24, Begin the night with a dragon-themed art exhibition opening then start the party with live music by Marcella and Her Lovers. Featuring throughout the night are live tai chi, fire, aerial, and modern dance performances, as well as a drag(on) show by local drag queen Blanca Flores. 

Photo of people eating on the patio of Good Fortune Patio
Alex Shansky

About the Author

Hello! I'm Jalyn Souchek, the Director of Content for I Love Memphis Blog! I love calling the 901 home. When I'm not running the blog you can find me cheering on the Grizzlies, at a concert, exploring a new restaurant or kicking back at one of our breweries. I hope you'll love experiencing Memphis with me.

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