We draw on cultural traditions from across Asia in festivals and events that bring the museums to life for visitors of all ages. Immerse yourself in celebrations featuring art, music, theater, dance, and food that highlight local and international artists and communities.

Lunar New Year

Sunday, February 3, 11 am–5 pm
Freer|Sackler and Ripley Center

Join us for our fifth annual Lunar New Year celebration to ring in the Year of the Pig. Discover the richness of arts and culture from across Asia, and learn how the New Year is celebrated in China, Korea, Mongolia, and Vietnam. Experience interactive art demonstrations; music, acrobatic, and puppetry performances; and a variety of dishes by local chefs available for purchase. Plus, learn how to make a traditional mooncake, create your own Lunar New Year greeting card, and enjoy exhibitions including Resound: Ancient Bells of China.

Presented in partnership with the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, the Department of Culture and Tourism of Guangdong Province, and the Administration of Culture, Radio, Film, Television, Press and Publication of Guangzhou Municipality.

Additional support provided by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Republic of Korea, and the Embassy of Mongolia.

Part of Lunar New Year DC, presented by the Freer|Sackler, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and Kennedy Center.