Chinese New Year Events in Vancouver

Chinese New Year Events in Vancouver

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My List of Chinese New Year Events in Vancouver or Richmond

It’s the Year of the Rat in 2020 and this Chinese New Year I will be really celebrating as I am, as you guessed, a dirty rat! . Come back as I’ll be adding more Chinese New Year Events in Vancouver and Richmond. So I’ll be footloose and dragon-free and out and about celebrating the Chinese New Year at some of the following Chinese New Year events in Richmond or Vancouver.  But I’ll be adding more events to my Chinese Year events in Vancouver and Chinese New Year events in Richmond as I find them.

 

2020 Chinese New Year Events in Vancouver or Richmond

January 10: 6:30-9pm
The True NOSH Kitchen, 2200 Ontario Street
Learn to Make Soup Dumplings & Glutinous Rice Balls with Sesame: LEARN to make soup dumplings and MOCHI sesame balls in ginger soup from scratch, learn some Chinese words and Meet New People. Tickets $40 – click on link to buy tix

January 11-18: 11am-7pm
Aberdeen Square, 400 No. 3 Road, Richmond
The 2020 CNY Vancouver Carnival at Aberdeen Square (Richmond): This family-friendly event will feature awesome cultural performances and authentic food.

January 11: 6pm-8:30pm
The True NOSH Kitchen, 2200 Ontario Street
A NoshDown! Make dumplings from Scratch & Learn Chinese
A NoshDown! Make dumplings from Scratch & Learn Chinese: The class will teach you everything about making steamed, panfried and boiled dumplings! Also learn Chinese – both Mandarin and Cantonese as well as written and Pinyin (for texting!) Tickets $40 – click on link to buy tix.

January 16 – February 1
Oakridge Mall
Come see our “Castle” installations and photo opportunities. This exhibit was created as a reflection for all the communities who celebrate Lunar New Year – Chinese, Korean, Taiwanese, and Vietnamese cultures.

  • January 18: 1pm (West Galleria) – traditional LION DANCE and “Lucky Lettuce” blessing with special guest, the God of Fortune and lantern crafts for kids.
  • January 23: 6PM – 9PM (mall-wide): live entertainment, Asian food market, shopping promos, photo opportunities, door prizes, and so much more!
  • January 25: starting at 12Noon: come and get your photo taken with Toopy & special guest Binoo. There will be face painting and lantern crafts for the kids.
  • February 1: Join us for our live Cultural Performance Showcase as we celebrate Lunar New Year’s Chinese, Korean, Taiwanese, and Vietnamese cultures

January 16 – February 16
FlyOver Canada 
Soar over Taiwan:It’s the beauty of Taiwan as seen from above—from the Ruan’an Bagua Tea Farm to the glittering towers of Taipei, see the best of Taiwan from downtown Vancouver.

January 17: 6pm
Floata Restaurant, 180 Keefer Street, Vancouver
Vietnam Education Society Lunar New Year Fundraiser & Cultural Event: Support Anti-Trafficking Camps an building schools in Rural Viet Nam. Live enteratainment, dance, fashion show and more
General Admission $60

January 18: 6-9:30pm
Continental Seafood Restaurant, 11700 Cambie Road, Richmond
Rotary Club of Richmond Chinese Lunar Year Gala: 10 course Chinese Dinner, Lion Dance, Entertainment, Silent Auction, Photo Booth, Lucky Draw, Games, Raffle and Prizes
Tix $98. Purchase tickets from our members or Jacqueline Ho treasurer@richmondrotary.com ; Chair James Kao 778.895.8116; President: Henry Lee 778.998.0347 or Keith Tsukishima 604.319.0711

January 18-19: 11am-4pm
Bodhi Meditation, 7740 Alderbridge Way, Richmond, BC
Activities include time-travelling photography studio, traditional tea house, children’s courtyard, dharma gift shop, oracle readings, multicultural performances and international veggie food hutongs

January 18: 1pm
IKEA Richmond and IKEA Coquitlam
Join us in store for a Traditional Lion dance as we welcome the year of the Rat. The celebration will begin in the main entrance with a dotting of the eyes ceremony followed by a lucky tour around the store.

January 18-26: from 11am all day
IKEA Richmond only
Enjoy your choice of Braised Beef Stew or Dim Sum Combo meal for only $13.88!  Plus, IKEA Family members will receive a red envelope when enjoying one of these delicious meals.*

  • Braised Beef Stew – includes Daim Cake & Pear Cider
  • Dim Sum Combo – includes BBQ Pork Bun, Sui Mai (pork dumpling), Vegetarian Spring Rolls, Sticky Rice (pork), Daim Cake & Pear Cider

January 18-26
Aberdeen Centre: mall hours

  • Jan 24: 8:30pm-midnight (Central Atrium) – countdown night to Chinese New Year of the Rat – Fairchild Radio stage show, personal blessings, live countdown
  • Jan 25: 11am (outdoor courtyard): Golden Dragon and Lion Dances
  • Jan 25: 1:45-4:30pm (Central Atrium): music and dance performances
  • Jan 26: 1-4:15pm: (Central Atrium): music and dance performances

January 20 – February 2
Tsawwassen Mills
Celebrate the Lunar New Year at the Wishing Tree! Tie a wish on the wishing tree and receive a lucky fortune cookie with a well wish or prize inside! Open daily from 12pm – 7pm, at the Promo Court, inside Entry 3. *One fortune cookie per person, per day. One prize redemption per person, per day.

January 22: 6-8pm
39th & Cambie BC Liquor Store
Chinese New Year Celebration with The Delmore:  A walk through tasting and education session of The Dalmore’s history and Principal Collection with Louis-Jérôme Doise; Dalmore’s Single Malt Specialist for Canada. Each Scotch paired with a selection of small bites.  Tickets are $35 – Includes a complimentary transit pass and may be purchased at any BC Liquor Store location.

January 23: 11am-2pm
Kwantlen Polytechnic University – Richmond Campus, Room WSOD 1940, 8771 Lansdowne Rd, Richmond,
Rotary Club of Richmond Chinese Lunar Year Gala: Come celebrate the Lunar New Year with us! There will be food, music, presentations and performances

January 23: 5-8pm
39th & Cambie BC Liquor Store
Celebrating an Auspicious New Year with the 2019 Penfold Collection:  A elevated tasting experience showcasing the new Penfolds vintage released in the Penfolds 175th anniversary year. Edward Lee, Luxury Wine Ambassador will share his knowledge with international audiences in both English and Chinese. Customers looking to gift wine this Lunar New Year will have the opportunity to taste and create a personalized message for your purchased bottle.Tickets are $35 – Includes a complimentary transit pass and may be purchased at any BC Liquor Store location.

January 24: 10am to 12am
International Buddhist Temple, 9160 Steveston Hwy., Richmond, BC
Celebrations begin on January 24th, New Year’s Eve, and nowhere are the festivities more culturally interesting than at the International Buddhist Temple between 10:00 am and midnight. Although the celebrations go all day, it’s at night when they become especially amazing for the Chinese New Year Countdown 10:30pm to 12:00 midnight.

January 24: 11am-5pm
International Village Mall
Vendor and exhibition booths on both the main and upper levels of the mall showcasing festive Chinese New Year goods, souvenirs, culinary delights and gift wares, multicultural performances live on stage, lucky draws for prizes, and much more

January 24, 12:45-1:45pm
Kerrisdale Community Centre
Dance/Cake Demonstration: Learn the history, customs, and tradition behind the celebration of the Chinese New Year Festival. Instructor Jessica Yue will first perform Chinese Fan, Ribbon, Handkerchief, Drum Classic dance, doing some basic dances with Chinese New Year music on the chair with children and families.  Demo on how to make sesame balls or baked rice cake also known as “New Year Cake”. You?ll get a chance to sample each of the sesame balls or New Year Cakes as well. Register – $44.76

January 24: 9am-12am
River Rock Casino
Master Sherman Tai Fortune Readings – by donation to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation

January 24: 6pm-9pm
Floata Restaurant, 180 Keefer Street, Vancouver
Gung Haggis Fat Choy: THIS YEAR IS IT! EVERY 60 YEARS ROBBIE BURNS DAY AND LUNAR NEW YEAR FALL ON THE SAME DAY! IT ONLY HAPPENS ONCE EVERY 60 YEARS! JOIN US for an evening of intercultural fusion at Gung Haggis 2020 with food, music, readings, and scotch! This year’s schedule of events include a dinner menu, with the now world-renowned haggis wonton, More readings, more music, and more fun!  Table of Ten $650.00 (fee $40.58), Individual Ticket $70 (fee: $5.28) – click on link above to order online

January 24 to February 9
Metropolis at Metrotown, Grand Court
To usher in the 2020 Lunar New Year, Metropolis at Metrotown will be hosting over 2 weeks of family-friendly festivities along with a popular Instagram-worthy lantern display. Starting Friday, January 24, Metropolis at Metrotown’s Grand Court will be the home to 388 red lanterns, great for taking photos with your family & friends! Each weekend, Metropolis will be hosting a series of activities including traditional & modern Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean dance performances, live music performances, paper craft & cookie decorating workshops, fortune telling workshop & consultations, and Travel through Asia photo booth.

Lunar New Year isn’t complete without a traditional lion dance on January 29th, arriving in Grand Court at 10am and proceeding through the mall to provide the stores with its lucky blessings.

With a Spin to Win promotion when you spend $188 or more shopping, as well as weekly Instagram and Facebook contests, visitors to Metropolis will have various opportunities to win a prize from some of the shopping centre’s retail stores. From January 24 – February 9, visitors to the exhibit can also enter at Grand Court for a chance to win a $1000 Metropolis shopping spree. Don’t forget to share your photos on Instagram using hashtag #METLunar and tag @metropolisatmet for another chance to win either a weekly prize package or a $500 Metropolis gift card.

Lunar New Year Celebrations at Metropolis at Metrotown Event Schedule:

  • January 24 – February 9:  Lunar New Year Red Lantern Display.  Daily Spin to Win Giveaways – Spend $188+ shopping & dining at Metropolis and receive a lucky spin for a chance to win prizes.
  • January 25 & 26:  Dance performances by South East Asian Cultural Heritage Society, Charm Dance Company, Lorita Leung Dance Academy, and Flying Dance Studio
  • January 29:  Traditional Lion Dance
  • January 30:  MUJI Lunar New Year Illustration Workshop
  • January 31:  Lunar New Year Sweet Treats Sampling with MUJI and Squish
  • February 1 & 2:  Paper Art Workshop with Fox and Unicorn Arts & Cookie Decorating Workshop with Sugar Sugar Studios
  • February 7:  Lunar New Year Sweet Treats Sampling with MUJI
  • February 8:  Vancouver Oriental Philharmonic Choir live musical performance
  • February 9:  Fortune Teller & Feng Shui Master Sherman Tai Workshop & Consultations by Donation to Burnaby Neighbourhood House (min. suggested donation $10), and Travel through Asia Photo Booth

 

January 25: 7pm
Parq Vancouver
Lion Dance begins in the lobby and will move through Parq Casino to bring wealth and prosperity for the New Year

January 25
Yaohan Centrel
Lion dance. Also enjoy the Lucky wheel of fortune draw. Each receipt with total of $30 or more spending during our promotion period, is entitled to play Wheel of Fortune once, prizes including lucky charm, zodiac animal, “Fortune Bag” ect.

January 25: 
River Rock Casino
5:45 pm | Dragon Dance
6:00 pm | Lion Dance
6:15 pm | Blessing Ceremony
9 pm – 12 am | Master Sherman Tai Fortune Readings by donation to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation

January 25: 11:45am- 
Lougheed Shopping Centre
Lunar Festival:  Visit The City of Lougheed on Saturday, January 25 for your chance to receive a Lucky Red Envelope with a $10 Gift Card voucher. Lucky Red Envelopes will be distributed at random throughout the day while supplies last. One envelope per guest.Must be 18+ to redeem gift card voucher.

  • 11:45 AM- Introductions
  • 12:00 PM- Dance performances from Vancouver Beauty Dance World
  • 12:00 PM- Chinese Calligraphy in the Eateries
  • 1:00 PM- Cheondoong Drumming Performance
  • 2:00 PM- Dance Performance by Li Hua Sun
  • 3:00 PM – Chinese Beaded Art in the Eateries
  • 3:30 PM- Lion Dance and blessing of the merchants

January 25: 1-5pm
Tsawwassen Mills, Promo Court, inside Entry 3
Check out a variety of live demonstrations of traditional Chinese arts and crafts, plus take a gift home (*Limit to one craft, per person, per station, while supplies last). Enjoy live music featuring traditional Chinese instruments, performed by members of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music Azalea Chinese Music Ensemble. Live music from 2 – 2:45pm.

January 25:  2pm 
City Square Mall
Dragon dance and more

January 25: 2-3pm
Vancouver Public Library
Lunar New Year Celebration: Celebrate Lunar New Year with stories, songs and crafts – suitable for young children.

January 25-26:  
Vancouver Art Gallery
Lunarfest: Activities from movies and crafts from Taiwanese merchants to enjoying Lunar New Year foods

January 26: 11am-4pm
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden
Temple Fair: Join us after the Spring Festival Parade in Chinatown for traditional crafts and activities, live music performances, tea tastings, a calligraphy contest, and more. Suggested donation $5.

January 26, starting 11am
Chinatown
Chinese New Year Parade:   http://www.cbavancouver.ca/

January 26: 11am-4pm
Creative Chinatown Fair
Chinatown House, 188 East Pender St, Vancouver
Temple Fair: Join us after the Spring Festival Parade in Chinatown to buy goods from local artists & artisans who showcase sustainable made-in-Vancouver and made-in-Chinatown goods.

January 26: 9-10:30pm
Blossom Dim Sum, 808 Bute Street, Vancouver
Blossom Dim Sum Chinese New Year Comedy Night: On the weekend of the Chinese New Year we will be celebrating the onset of the Year of the Rat with stand up guests, including An-Te Chu (of Lil Comedy)

January 26: 10:30am-12:30
Granville Island
Lunar New Year 2020:

  • Lion Dance (10:30am – 12:00pm) – Follow the lion dancers as they make their way through the market and around the island bringing good luck and prosperity. The God of Fortune will hand out lucky red envelopes and good wishes for the year. This annual tradition will begin in the Public Market at 10:30am.
  • Sugar Painting (10:00am – 12:30pm) – Watch a traditional form of Chinese folk art that uses hot, liquid sugar to create two and three dimensional figures. Walk away with a tasty edible art piece, Location: Public Market, Southwest entrance
  • Lantern Installations, January 25th – February 9th.  Snap a photo in front of our lantern installations around the Public Market and inside of the Net Loft atrium.

January 26: 11am-6pm 
Richmond Centre, Main Galleria
Join in on the festivities with a traditional Lion Dance that includes a meet the God of Fortune who will be gifting lucky red pockets filled with chocolate coins.. As part of an exclusive Cadillac Fairview and Alipay offer, Alipay users can receive an FX Rate only available through CF and a 50RMB  discount when they spend 1200RMB for any purchase of a CF SHOP! Card, from January 10 to February 15, at participating CF shopping centres where Alipay is accepted. Furthermore, Alipay users at CF CF Pacific Centre and CF Richmond Centre will receive an exclusive bonus offer with the purchase of a CF SHOP! card.

January 30: 5:30-8:30pm
Grand Crystal Seafood Restaurant, which is located on the second floor of Crystal Mall, 4500 Kingsway
Burnaby Board of Trade – Enjoy a 10-course banquet of Chinese delicacies while enjoying live entertainment and great networking with leaders from Burnaby’s Asia-Pacific business community. Tickets are on sale now and cost – Member: $69 per person/ $660 table of ten or Non member: $89 per person/ $870 table of ten. Register: Register by calling 604-412-0100, sign up online, or by email.

January 30: 6-8pm
39th & Cambie BC Liquor Store
Lunar New Year with Chinese Chinese Baijiu:  An introduction to Chinese rice wine.   Learn about the history, major varieties, production process, unique aromas and tastes of Baijiu as well as their food pairing. Food pairings provided by Peninsula Seafood restaurant. Guests will receive a special gift with every purchase. Tickets are $20 – Includes a complimentary transit pass and may be purchased at any BC Liquor Store location.

January 30 – February 5
Aberdeen Centre
Jan 18-26: mall hours
Aberdeen Centre, Richmond
Jan 24: 8:30pm-midnight (Central Atrium) – countdown night to chinese New Year of the Rat – Fairchild Radio stage show, personal blessings, live countdown
Jan 25: 11am (outdoor courtyard): Golden Dragan and Lion Dance3
Jan 25: 1:45-4:30pm (Central Atrium): music and dance performances
Jan 26: 1-4:15pm: (Central Atrium): music and dance performances

January 31: 12-4pm
The Bay Downtown
Check out the lion dance performance at 12 PM, take part in Sky Lantern Decorating from 1 PM-2 PM, and enjoy complimentary fortune cookies and tea at our Lunar Bar

January 31: 3:30pm
Pacific Centre
Receive a lucky Red Pocket and enjoy exciting cultural experiences including a traditional Lion Dance at 3:30PM  (eye dotting ceremony, Mystic Animal, Lion – Blessing)

As part of an exclusive Cadillac Fairview and Alipay offer, Alipay users can receive an FX Rate only available through CF and a 50RMB discount when they spend 1200RMB for any purchase of a CF SHOP! Card, from January 10 to February 15, at participating CF shopping centres where Alipay is accepted. Furthermore, Alipay users at CF CF Pacific Centre and CF Richmond Centre will receive an exclusive bonus offer with the purchase of a CF SHOP! card.

February 1: 2:30-4:30pm
Lonsdale Quay Market, North Vancouver
Lunar New Year at the Market: Dancers and lion dance

February 1: 11:30am-4pm
Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre, 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby, BC
Lunar New Year Celebration: cultural performances, food, and a community fair to meet local groups and societies

February 1: 2:30pm
Tsawwassen Mills
Experience the traditional Lion Dance at Tsawwassen Mills! Enjoy the stage performance in Promo Court, and then follow along as the dragon visits retailers throughout the centre with a special blessing.

February 1: 7-10pm
Maker Labs, 780 East Cordova Street, Vancouver
YVR Communities Community Potluck Dinner: Our dinner and social mixer consists of a selection of food, icebreakers, networking and lots of opportunities to meet other interesting people in our city. We are not going to be selling alcohol, but this is private property so you are welcome to bring your own!. Tickets $15-$30 – click on link to buy tix

February 1: 9am-12am
River Rock Casino
Master Sherman Tai Fortune Readings – by donation to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation

February 6:  5:30-9:3pm
Continental Seafood Restaurant, 11700 Cambie Road, Richmond
Richmond Chamber of Commerce: 2020 Chinese New Year Banquet Dinner featuring banquet dinner, featuring a bi-lingual (English/Mandarin) presentation, networking with VIPs, many exciting door prizes, red pocket give-a-ways and raffles draws, and much more.
$75 + GST or Table of 10 $680 + GST/ Tickets must be reserved and paid for in advance. Register online at the link above or call our office at 604-278-2822 to reserve your seat(s). If you would like to request sponsorship information, please contact Terry Mok at terrym@richmondchamber.ca

February 8: 9am-12am
River Rock Casino
Master Sherman Tai Fortune Readings – by donation to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation

Ongoing
Wild Sweets – order online
We are pleased to announce the release of our 2020 ‘Year of the Rat’ Limited Edition Chocolate Collection. This ‘East-Meets-West’ Wild Sweets® By Dominique & Cindy Duby – One of the ‘25 Best Chocolatiers in the World’ – Limited Edition Chocolate Collection is custom designed for the 2020 Chinese New Year celebration and is inspired on a popular Chinese candy – White Rabbit. To highlight the ‘milky’ notes of the White Rabbit Candy, the filling is an emulsification of white chocolate, which mostly contains milk products, and pure fruit juices – strawberry or mandarin – for an aromatic synergy with the candy.  For more information about this collection, see this link in our company website.

We are also releasing our Lunar Limited Edition Chocolate Art Gateau that is also an ‘East-Meets-West’ cake that is custom designed for the 2020 Chinese New Year celebration. The creative concept behind this cake is based on the Chinese tradition of ‘Red Envelopes’ with its bright red cocoa butter finish and gold coins decor symbolizing ‘Money’. The cake features specific sweet ingredients for their symbolism in Chinese traditions including; Prosperity – Good Fortune – Longevity – Wealth, yet is crafted using modern French based chocolate-making techniques. For more information about this cake, see this link in our company website. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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Dianne

Editor in Chief of Fabulously Frugal in Vancouver.

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