2016 Houston Lunar New Year Celebrations

You know how the United States goes bonkers at Christmas time? It’s a time of joy, presents, and family/loved ones. People go crazy to get the house decorated and in order, and shopping is done to ensure everyone is looking their finest. Everyone secretly wishes their trousers had an elastic waistband to allow for a LOT of social eating. Well, that’s how it is traditionally for people of Vietnamese and Chinese heritage when the Lunar New Year rolls around every January/February. The Lunar New Year is the joy and anticipation of Christmas joined with the gluttony of Thanksgiving and the fireworks of July 4th.

This year, the Lunar New Year starts on February 8th {celebrated for 3 days}. Given that Houston has the third largest Vietnamese population in the United States and a sizeable Chinese population too, celebrations abound around town. It’s time to go bananas to ring in the Year of the Monkey.

Not familiar with Vietnamese and Chinese customs for the Lunar New Year? Fear not. Get a crash course on traditions and general information. Long story short :: eat, drink, and be happy to set the tone for the new year for yourself, as well as the ones you love. Go local and tackle the list of events here in Houston! 

2016 Houston Lunar New Year Celebrations | Houston Moms Blog

Lunar New Year Bash

When :: January 30, 2016 // 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Where :: Children’s Museum of Houston // 1500 Binz, Houston, Texas 77004


Chinese New Year :: The Woodlands Children’s Museum

When :: January 30, 2016 // 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Free with admission {$5; free under 2}.

CCC Lunar New Year Festival

When :: February 6, 2016 // 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Where :: Chinese Community Center // 9800 Town Park Dr., Houston, Texas 77036

Free admission.

Lunar New Year Festival

When :: February 7, 2016 // 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Where :: Discovery Green // 1500 McKinney,  Houston, Texas 77010  

Free admission.

Lunar New Year Houston

When :: February 13 & 14, 2016 // 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Where :: Viet Hoa Center @ Beltway 8 Plaza // 8388 W. Sam Houston Parkway South Houston, Texas 77072

Free admission.

Texas Lunar Festival

When :: February 13, 2016 // 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Where :: Hermann Square – Houston City Hall // 901 Bagby St. Houston, Texas 77002

Free admission.

Know any other celebrations or festivities?  Chime in below!

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Kristine H
Kristine grew up in Houston where she met her husband Richard. The high school sweethearts welcomed their daughter Kara {2014} after naturally overcoming infertility. Sixteen months later, their son Ray {2015} joined their family. She balances the allergy mom life as well as a full-time job at an oil & gas supermajor where she is the queen of PowerPoint. Her Houston roots run deep with her Bachelors degree from the University of Houston and MBA from Rice University. Kristine loves traveling, good food, and experiencing all things H-town with family and friends, especially drinks {bars, breweries, boutique coffee shops!}, museums, and of course, BEYONCÉ. You can follow her adventures on vu hu life, Instagram and Twitter {@vuhulife}.


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