Chinese New Year 2018: The Year of the Dog in Denver

It is time to celebrate the Chinese New Year 2018, the Year of the Dog and we wanted to let you know the best places to get your Red Envelopes, watch the Lion Dance, enjoy cultural displays and see the arts and crafts around Denver. 

The Asian Pacific Alliance of Longmont is at Silver Creek High School at 4901 Nelson Rd. Saturday, February 24, from 2 pm to 5 pm to celebrate the Chinese New Year. There will be an art show, food, live performances, including the Lion Dance, Taiko Drummers, Tai Chi, Kung Fu, dancers and singers. Discover Chinese paper cutting, Origami, Chinese brush painting, chopstick lessons, a tea ceremony and more.

The Highlands Ranch Recreation Center at Southridge at 4800 McArthur Ranch Rd. is celebrating Asian art and culture for the Chinese New Year Saturday, February 17. from 2 pm to 3 pm. Great Wall Academy is also performing, featuring dragon and lion dancer, and Chinese folk dances. It is free admission to the cultural fair and tickets to the performance are $8 in advance and $11 at the door, if not sold out. Ages 2 and under free on parents lap.

Thursday, February 15, from 4 pm to 8 pm at Lixin Acupuncture Clinics at 155 Cook Street Suite 401, celebrates the Chinese New Year with a party. There will be free appetizers as well as free herbal face masks for the first 20 people who reserve them in advance. To reserve a face mask, email here.

Thursday, February 15, from 5 pm to 7 pm at the Loveland Museum Gallery at 503 N. Lincoln Ave., celebrate Chinese New Year with red envelopes, lantern-making, Chinese Zodiac games and cultural cuisine. This event is free to attend.

This February, Outlets at Castle Rock is celebrating Chinese New Year with nearly three weeks of Chinese themed traditions and activities all throughout the center. From Thursday, February 1, through Monday, February 19, the center will be honoring the ancient Chinese “Red Envelope” gifting tradition by giving away red envelopes filled with gift cards and center promotions at customer service. The red envelope tradition - symbolizes good luck and well wishes for the New Year. Chinese New Year lanterns and decorations will be available for kids 12 years old and under as well at customer service. By turning in their decorated lantern to customer service, participants will receive an $8 center gift card, a number that traditionally indicates good fortune in China. Finally Sunday, February 18, at 1:00 pm, live dancers and artists from the Denver Chinese School-Jasmine Flower Dance Academy and the Denver Shaolin Kung Fu Academy will perform dragon dances and traditional folk dances in the courtyard by Under Armour.

Pacific Ocean Marketplace is known as the place in town to find Asian fare and Saturday, February 17, at 12:45 pm they will be having a Lion Dance for Chinese New Years at their Denver location at 2200 W. Alameda Ave., Sunday, February 18, at 10 am at their Aurora location at 12303 E. Mississippi Ave. and Sunday, February 18, at 12:30 pm at their Broomfield location at 6600 W. 120th Ave.

To celebrate the Chinese New Year, Panda Express is giving you a traditional red envelope this Friday, February 16, that gives you the gift of an 8 Treasure Chicken Breast entrèe for your next visit. The 8 Treasure Chicken Breast is all-white meat chicken, diced Chinese pork sausage, red and green bell peppers, celery, Chinese black beans and whole dry chili peppers, wok-tossed with a spicy and savory sauce.

Truong An Gifts at 333 S Federal Blvd. is having their annual street fair Saturday, February 17, and Sunday, February 18, at 10 am. All the groups involved will be performing on both days. You can see the Dragon and Lion dances, firecrackers, ice carvings and martial arts performances. This event is free to attend.

2018 is the Year of the Dog. Join Valkarie Fine Art Gallery at 445 Saulsbury in helping celebrate with the Every Dog Has Its Day: Chinese New Year Invitational exhibit starting Wednesday, February 14, through Sunday, March 11, with the Opening Reception on Friday, February 16, from 6 pm to 9:30 pm. There will be over 50 Colorado artists showcasing our favorite furry friends through paintings, mixed media, digital illustrations, and other mediums formatted to fit on an eight-inch-by-eight-inch canvas. This event is free to attend.

Kristina Corcoran
March 12, 2020
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