5 Happy Ways to Celebrate the Lunar New Year on the Front

Photo Courtesy of Truong An Gifts/Far East Center

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The Chinese Lunar New Year falls on February 1, meaning strength and prosperity lie ahead. Ring in the Year of the Tiger with these lucky festivities in the city.


Truong An Gifts & Far East Center’s Lunar New Year Celebration | until February 6
Ring in the New Year at South Federal Boulevard’s Far East Center. The beloved community hub’s 28th annual anniversary kicks off with a street market through January 31, featuring all the fresh fruit, flowers and red envelopes you need to celebrate properly. Round out the good fortune with a two-day series of festivities starting February 5, including ice carving, fashion shows, lion dances, karate shows and special performances by groups such as JA-NE Cultural Mixtape, which combines traditional Taiko drumming with hip-hop emcees and choreography. different times; 333 S. Federal Blvd.; free

Chinese New Year Film Festival | January 28-31
Celebrate from the comfort of your home with this weekend-long series of virtual films, including documentaries, dramas and more about Chinese history, culture, art and personal stories about the New Year. If you’re interested in getting out and about, don’t miss Monday night’s in-person finale: a screening of the award-winning document Beethoven in Beijing at the historic Kimball’s Peak Three Theater in Colorado Springs. different times; Festival passes to access all online screenings from $35, tickets to the January 31 screening of Beethoven in Beijing starting at $10 (discounted price with available pass); ticket prices for individual movies vary

Joyful Chinese Cultural School’s Chinese New Year Celebration | January 28
Enjoy the arrival of the new moon as students from the heritage-focused school showcase traditional Chinese dance and music performances, including an inaugural production from the JCCS Lion Dance Club and a must-see guest appearance by Guinness World Record-holding acrobat, Lina Liu. Join the live audience and celebrate the pre-celebration at Waterstone Community Church for crafts, food, raffles and more – or watch the action virtually. 6.45 pm; 5890 S Alkire St, Littleton; from $15 for adults (ages 18 and older), $8 for children (ages 4 and up); $15 per family for virtual streaming

Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company: The 2022 Lunar New Year of the Water Tiger | 12th of February
The famed traveling group embodies the tiger’s brave and confident spirit in their dynamic annual dance production that features mesmerizing fireworks, intricate costumes, acrobatics and more. Combining traditional and modern Chinese art with lion and dragon dance, folk dance, and contemporary movement, the vignettes come together to tell a compelling story honoring Asian-American heritage. 8 p.m.; Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree; tickets from $35

Nathan Yip Foundation Chinese New Year Party | 12th of February
Welcome the Year of the Tiger in style at this extravagant jungle-themed bash featuring a family-style banquet, casino games and more. Join the usual Good Luck Salad Toss to channel the impending prosperity, check out the night market after the ceremonial lion dance, and dance the night away to live music from local band SolOverLuna. Proceeds will go to the nonprofit Greenwood Village’s efforts to support rural schools in Colorado, China and other communities worldwide. 5 p.m.; Grand Hyatt, 1750 Welton Street; Tickets from $150

(Read more: Where to Find Lucky Lunar New Year Eats in the Denver Metro Area)

Madi Skahill

Madi Skahill

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