Lunar New Year Celebration
- Late January or early February
Also known as Chinese New Year, is considered a major holiday in Chinese as well as many Asian cultures. The festival begins on the first day of the first lunar month in the Chinese calendar and ends on the 15th; the dates varies each year but is usually celebrated between late January to the beginning of February on a western calendar. Traditionally, members of the family will gather together for a reunion dinner, and elderly will pass out red envelopes that contain money to young children as a symbol of good luck. Lion and dragon dances are common during the Lunar New Year celebration. It is also a cultural tradition to light up firecrackers to create small explosions that intends to scare evil spirits away. Decorations such as Chinese calligraphy posters as well as red paper lanterns are part of greeting the New Year.
McDonald's Presents Dragon Fest
- Mid July
Our neighborhood hosts the largest Pan-Asian American street-fair in the Pacific Northwest. The Chinatown International District Dragon Fest has been a community event since 1975. This annual two-day event includes kids & family activities, authentic cultural performances, $2 Food Walk, Anime Costume Contest, and over 100 booths featuring arts & crafts, local business, community organizations and much more!
- August or September
Held during summer nights every year, the evening features local vendors offering shoppers tempting foods, gifts, art and other must have accessories. This annual open-air street market brings together thousands of people, young and old, to experience shopping, eating, ongoing entertainments, games and movies at the heart of Chinatown International District.