New York City is known for its welcoming spirit for diverse cultures and celebrations. With the lunar new year approaching, the big apple is gearing up for the culturally colorful and festive events of the year.
This is the year of the rat that symbolizes wealth and prosperity and what better way to start off the Chinese New Year than with 15 days of festivities, parades, performances, fireworks, colors, great food, et al.
Carmel Limos NYC is delighted to be the official riding partner of New Yorkers for all the events in town from Lower Manhattan’s 21st annual Chinatown parade to the exuberant Market Line at Essex Crossing, which is a foodie’s paradise.
Don’t miss out on the first-of-its-kind Asian comedy festival this year! Let us delve into the top six must-visit venues to ring in the Asian extravaganza.
1. Firecracker Festival
The organizers, Better Chinatown, USA, have been running this highly-electrifying annual lunar New Year event for quite some time now. New Yorkers, especially the large Asian communities, take pride in this sparkling display of heritage at the Sara D. Roosevelt Park, Grand Street.
This year, you will get to witness it on Saturday, January 25, by 11 am. It is believed that the loud sounds and bright lights ward off lurking evil and ill-spirits from the surroundings. To add to the extravaganza, they have live performances and crafts to keep onlookers engaged and enthralled.
The event runs until 3.00 pm and is something children and adults will enjoy breath-taking views. Don’t forget to book your Carmel ride to the venue and arrive in style for this fun-filled fiesta, on-time.
In addition to the amazing pyrotechnics that are stunning, you can also see lion dances and decorations giveaways, plus indulge in some lip-smacking and authentic Chinese food. It’s believed that the more dumplings you binge on at the celebration, the richer you become in the coming year, so come hungry.
2. Art Indulgence at the Pearl River Mart
The Pearl River Mart at Tribeca will showcase NYC’s Asia-inspired emporium on January 25 and January 26 with a host of events from 1 pm until 6 pm. We hope you don’t forget to catch the magnificent illustrations at Chinatown Odyssey art exhibition by Jerry Ma that is inspired by the life of the Monkey King and his minions.
If you love Chinese delicacies, head to Tribeca for tasting some Lunar New Year treats from 1 pm to 5 pm. You can also make your own dumplings and taste them too between 1 pm and 3 pm. Then, get into your food connoisseur shoes at the dim sum tasting event that also has a happy hour (3:30–5:30 pm) and a lantern procession (4–4:30 pm).
On January 26, the Chelsea Market location will treat you with a ribbon dance performance (3–3:30 pm), a lion dance extravaganza topped with drumming and acrobatics (4:30–5 pm). As a token of gratitude, the venues are offering a 15 percent discount on that day. So get geared up to experience fun and delight at this event with Carmel limousines by your side to take care of transportation. We recommend that you book your ride on the Carmel app and ride stress-free to the venue.
3. New York Philharmonic: Lunar New Year Concert
The renowned symphony of the exceptional New Year’s concert at the Geffen Hall (at Lincoln Center) endows musical delight and excitement on music lovers. Catch the US Premiere of Zhou Tian’s Gift, Haochen Zhang’s version of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Texu Kim’s ping pong–inspired Spin-Flip premiering in NYC, and Gil Shaham in Chen Gang and He Zhanhao’s The Butterfly Lovers, the violin concerto, and more at this musical venue. These will transport you into a surreal world of Beethoven’s with an Asian twist.
The event starts at 7.30 pm so be sure to be there on time with Carmel cars. You could also grab some dinner on your way back home with the multiple destination feature on the Carmel app. You are assured of the best venue and musical experience at the NY Philharmonic.
4. Snug Harbor Lunar New Year Celebration
Spanning over 83-acres are the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and the Botanical Garden on Staten Island. You can expect culturally enriching activities ranging from storytelling, crafts, parade, and of course, great Chinese food!
You can also participate in a parade to the Chinese Scholar’s Garden with drum beats, cymbals, and popping crackers to enhance the experience. Art lovers can learn about ink wash painting and Chun Lian writing with quick classes. To showcase solidarity, we recommended you go dressed in red and gold. You can take some Instagram-worthy pictures at some of the colorful frames at the venue.
The main attraction for kids is making the hong bao envelope for gifting and fu dao with Chinese characters. Join the event on January 25 between 11.00 am and 2 pm. Book your Carmel limo on our app to get to the venue with your gang and have a great time. Gung hay fat choy!
5. China Institute’s Chinese New Year Celebration
What better than a complete cultural heritage experience on the Lunar New Year? The China Institute hosts some of the most engaging art activities from January 23 until February 29 this year.
This eventful month will host a melange of exploratory activities that include business, culture, and fashion. The hands-on activities and workshops in paper-cutting, shadow puppetry, Nianhua art, and more can add versatility to your Chinese cultural experience. The activities included are:
- Lantern Making
- Calligraphy at Jimmy Choo Boutique
- Chinese instrument workshops
- Fashion showcase
- Chinese products exhibition
- Chinese dance form workshops
Each event is meticulously planned to highlight unique aspects of Chinese heritage, tradition, and contemporary observances within the premise of this annual national holiday and global observance. Plan what you want to do at the venue, and don’t forget to book a cab on the Carmel app to take you right to the heart of the Chinese cultural retreat.
6. NYC Asian Comedy Festival
If you are looking for a good laugh to welcome the year of the rat with some light-witted entertainment, the NYC Asian Comedy Festival (which is making its debut this year) is the best place to be. This event, produced by The Peoples Improv Theater (The PIT), showcases some of the best comic talents from the Asian region.
Some of the comically mesmerizing acts include,
- Asian AF (famous on NBC and NY Times)
- Asian Not Asian podcast (featured on Vulture and AV Club)
- AZN Pop (featured on NBC, PBS)
- Overstep Comedy (NY Sketchfest)
- Bryan Yang (Standup NBC showcase semi-finalist)
- Jes Tom (TimeOut New York’s “LGBTQ POC Comedians We’re Obsessed With.”)
- Karen Chee (Late Night with Seth Meyers)
- Usama Siddiquee (Just for Laughs, Desus and Mero), and more.
The Striker stage event will take place on January 25 between 5.00 pm and 9.30 pm. We recommend you don’t miss the ACF after-party that starts at 11.00 pm. On January 26, the event will happen between 4.30 pm and 9.00 pm.
The Underground stage event will take place on January 25 between 5.00 pm and 10.30 pm. On January 26, the event will happen between 3.00 pm and 10.00 pm.
Book your tickets sooner before they sell out. Carmel rides can also be booked in advance, so that, you don’t miss out on all the crazy fun. Mind you, 23rd street is going to get busy, and public transit leading to this venue can be crowded!
Experiencing the Lunar New Year is going to be memorable and a great way to indulge in the rich Chinese culture.
You will not only learn new skills, but, delve elegantly into the most ancient culture in the world. While you’re at it, we recommend you choose Carmel Limo NYC for a hassle-free commuting experience.