Lunar New Year at Freer|Sackler, SAAM and Kennedy Center

Lunar New Year Celebration at Freer|Sackler

Sunday, February 11, 11 am–5 pm

Freer|Sackler and Ripley Center

Free and open to the public


Join the Freer|Sackler for our fourth annual Lunar New Year celebration to ring in the Year of the Dog. Discover the richness of arts and culture in Sichuan Province, home to China’s beloved giant pandas. Experience interactive food and art demonstrations, live acrobatic and puppetry performances, and creations by local and international artists. And enjoy the six reimagined Chinese art exhibitions in the Freer and the innovative Resound: Ancient Bells of China in the Sackler.

Learn more about our Lunar New Year Celebration.

  Lunar New Year Concert: Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra / Tan Dun, conductor

Thursday, February 15

8:00 pm


Join the Kennedy Center for a full weekend of celebration, from puppets, opera, and the family day, to the cornerstone event of the Kennedy Center 2018 Lunar New Year festivities! World-renowned artist Tan Dun conducts one of China’s most outstanding orchestras in a program of Stravinsky classics combined with works by Guan Xia and Tan Dun himself.


Full Kennedy Center celebration information here



Chinese New Year Family Festival

Saturday, February 10

11:30 am–3 pm


Celebrate the Lunar New Year at SAAM to begin the Year

of the Dog! Enjoy a variety of activities and demonstrations including traditional paper cutting, an art scavenger hunt, red paper lantern making, and panda crafts. Performances by special guest artists from Chengdu, China, will include traditional music, Sichuan Opera, and acrobatics. Help us “awaken the lion” and ring in the New Year!