Lunar New Year Celebrations on the Rise

Queen City Lion Dance in Charlotte

Queen City Lion Dance performers (Photo Queen City Lion Dance)

In addition to the traditional celebrations held by such longstanding organizations as the Chinese American Association and the Vietnamese Association of Charlotte, Lunar New Year events are showing up in a wide variety of venues. Lunar New Year begins on Saturday, February 10, 2024.

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library has three Lunar New Year events on its calendar. Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C. is hosting an event. The Mint Museum Uptown is holding a multicultural event that features a Lunar New Year lion dance performance, followed by Casa de la Cultura Afro Latin/x dance and narrative, and tributes to Black American Music. And local breweries Resident Culture Brewing and Devil's Logic either held or are holding events to celebrate the Lunar New Year. The busiest group is the Queen City Lion Dance group, which is performing lion dances throughout the greater Charlotte area, from Mooresville down to Tega Cay, S.C. The biggest events are still those of the Chinese and Vietnamese associations, but the growth in Lunar New Year events is an indication of the growing Asian cultural influences in the greater Charlotte area.

Lunar New Year Events in Charlotte

Saturday, February 3
Lunar New Year Celebration at Resident Culture Brewing Plaza Midwood
5:00 pm–7:00 pm
Resident Culture Brewing Plaza Midwood

Sunday, February 4
Lunar New Year Celebration at Resident Culture Brewing South End
12:00 pm–2:00 pm
Resident Culture South End

Wednesday, February 7
STEAM 101: Lunar New Year Edition
4:30 pm–5:45 pm
For teens ages 12–18
Free, but registration required
Myers Park Library
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Thursday, February 8
Cultural Explorations: Lunar New Year 2024
4:30 pm–5:30 pm
For families with children ages 5–11. 
Allegra Westbrooks Regional Library (formerly Beatties Ford Regional Library)
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Friday, February 9
Queen City Lion Dance performances
1:30 pm: Pho and Sushi, Tega Cay
3:30 pm: I.conic Nails
5:00 pm: Hello Me, Mooresville
6:00 pm: Super G Mart, Independence
7:00 pm: Saku Yakitori
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Mint 2 Move Cultural Dance Night: Lunar New Year’s Eve, Casa de la Culture, & Black Music and Art
7:00 pm–11:30 pm
$10.50 Mint members; $14 nonmembers.
($1 discount before 9:00 pm).
Free admission 7:00–7:30 pm
Mint Museum Uptown
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Saturday, February 10
Lunar New Year Family Storytime
10:15 am–11:00 am
University City Regional Library
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Queen City Lion Dance performance
11:00 am
Kairu, Huntersville

Chinese New Year Gala
Chinese American Association of Charlotte

1:00 p.m–7:30 pm
Show: $5.00/Free for Members (and 6 & under)
Dinner: $15.00 (Free for 6 & under)
East Voyager Academy, 7429 Tuckaseegee Rd., Charlotte, NC 28214
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Tet Festival: Vietnamese New Year Celebration
Vietnamese Association of Charlotte

2:00 pm–8:00 pm (Doors open at 1:00 pm.)
$5.00/free for children under 5 years old
Oasis Shriners, 604 Doug Mayes Place, Charlotte, NC 28262
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Chinese New Year Party
2:00 pm
Devil’s Logic Brewing
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Lunar New Year Celebration at Winthrop University
8:00 pm
$5.00/Students $10.00/public
Winthrop University (Richardson Ballroom)
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Sunday, February 11
Queen City Lion Dance performances
1:30 pm: Moji Teahouse
2:30 pm: Saigon Square
4:30 pm: Super G Mart, Pineville
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Saturday, February 17
AAPI Business Networking Kickoff: A Lunar New Year Celebration
Carolinas Asian American Chamber of Commerce

5:00 pm—9:00 pm
Free, RSVP Requested
The Long Room, 1111 Central Avenue, Ste. 230 Charlotte, NC 28204
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