2018 Lunar New Year – Year of the Dog

The 2018 Lunar New Year or Spring Festival but commonly known in the U.S. as Chinese New Year takes place on Friday, February 16, 2018.   According to the Chinese Zodiac, it is the Year of the Earth Dog and those born in the years 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018 are characteristically persistent, meticulously attentive, with good fortune in wealth.  The Lunar New Year is one of the most celebrated holidays in Asian culture and growing in popularity.  It is celebrated with lucky symbolic foods, family reunions, and time spent with friends and loved ones.

2018 Lunar New Year events in Northeast Ohio and Beyond:

Wednesday, January 31, 5:30-8 p.m.  2018 Chinese New Year Celebration Networking event with the Greater Cleveland Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Cleveland City Hall Rotunda, 601 Lakeside Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio.  Come and learn more about the Chinese Chamber past and future events in 2018, including business lectures, mission trips, and overseas operations. FREE and open to all, RSVP HERE by 1/29.

Saturday, February 3, 1-2:30 p.m.  A concert for the Chinese New Year 新年音樂會 by the Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble 克里夫蘭民族樂團, Burton Public Library, 4588 West Park Street, Burton, Ohio in Geauga County.  The concert, which will be held in the library’s meeting room, is free and open to the public and no tickets are required; arrive early for the best seats. All ages are welcome. For more information, call (440) 834-4466.  

Saturday, February 3, 2-3:30 p.m., Cleveland Public Library Year of the Dog New Year Celebration, LSW Auditorium, Cleveland Public Library – 325 Superior Ave. Cleveland, OH 44114. From 3:30-5:00 p.m., food, refreshments, balloon twisting, calligraphy demo and origami demos along with music and other activities will be hosted in the lobby of LSW Auditorium and first floor of LSW/Winter Garden. All are welcome. 克利夫兰公共图书馆将于2月3日星期六,2:00-3:30 在Louis Stoke Wing (LSW) 礼堂庆祝2018年农历新年。 3:30-5:00,在LSW礼堂外和 LSW 一楼的 Winter Garden 将 举办美食,点心,气球塑形,书法演示,折纸以及音乐和其他活动。欢迎大家参加。

Saturday, February 3, 7:30-9:30 p.m.  2018 Chinese New Year’s Concert by Greater Cincinnati Chinese Music Society and University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music – CCM, W Corry St and Jefferson Ave, Cincinnati, Ohio.  Come usher in the Year of the Dog at the Greater Cincinnati Chinese Music Society’s annual Chinese New Year’s concert!  Contact the Greater Cincinnati Chinese Music Society at 513.788.1789 or go to the website www.cincinnatichinesemusicsociety.org to order tickets.

Saturday, February 10, 10-1 p.m.  CAoC Chinese New Year Celebration 農曆新年慶祝活動, Chinese Academy of Cleveland, Shaker Heights Middle School, 20600 Shaker Blvd., Shaker Heights, Ohio.  Sponsored by Overseas Community Affairs Council, Taiwan.  Students and Teachers’ Performance; Lion Dance; Dragon Dance; Night Market.

Saturday, February 10, 10:30-12:30 p.m. Chinese New Year Celebration, Beachwood Branch, Celebrate the Chinese New Year with stories crafts and more! Held in cooperation with the Chinese Language and Culture Center.

Saturday, February 10, 11:30 a.m. 克城台灣同鄉會新春聚餐, Yellow Tail Japanese Seafood Buffet, 4054 Medina Rd, Fairlawn, Ohio 44333. 克城台灣同鄉會將於 2/10 (周六) 11:30 a.m. 舉辦新春聚會,聚會地點為 Yellowtail Seafood Buffet。當天有精彩的節目,千萬不要錯過囉!歡迎大家邀請家人朋友一同來參加這個活動,可以多認識同在大克城地區的台灣鄉親。

Saturday, February 10, 1 p.m. Year of the Dog, Chinese New Year with the Kwan Lion Dance, Pearl of the Orient, 19300 Detroit Ave., Rocky River, Ohio.  Call 440-333-9902 for reservations.

Saturday, February 10, 5-9 p.m. Chinese Lunar New Year Gala, Westlake High School Art Performance Center, 27830 Hilliard Blvd., Westlake, OH, 44145.  $10 Dinner will be served at 5:00 p.m., the performance starts at 7:00 p.m.  Performance Only Tickets FREE.  (Tickets on sale during Chinese School Sat. 9-12 p.m.)

Saturday, February 10, 5-9 p.m., 2018 Lunar New Year Gala “Courage & Prosperity for Our Region” hosted by the  Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Ramada Plaza Cincinnati, 11320 Chester Road, Cincinnati 45246.  Free onsite parking for all guests.  Tickets $60-$200.

Saturday, February 10, Central Ohio Families with Children from China (COFCC) Lunar New Year Celebration, Spring Road Church of Christ in Westerville, Ohio.  Performances, Lion Dancers, door prizes, Dragon parade and kids’ crafts are on the agenda, along with a fabulous Chinese buffet dinner. The party starts at 3 PM for crafts, with performances and dinner to follow.  Special guests are Joanna Li (Guzheng) and Brian Kao (Chinese Yo-Yo).  Due to the change in venue, seating is limited.

Sunday, February 11, 2 p.m. Kwan Family Lion Dance Performance, Imperial Dragon, 8310 Tyler Blvd, Mentor, Ohio. Call (440) 974-8838 for reservations.

Sunday, February 11, 2-3:30 p.m. Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble, Hudson Library & Historical Society, 96 Library St, Hudson, Ohio 44236.

Sunday, February 11, 4:30 p.m. Kwan Family Lion Dance Performance, Hunan by the Falls, 508 Washington St, Chagrin Falls, Ohio. For reservations, call (440) 247-0808.

Sunday, February 11, 6 p.m. Kwan Family Lion Dance Performance, Imperial Dragon, 8310 Tyler Blvd, Mentor, Ohio. Call (440) 974-8838 for reservations.

Thursday, February 15, 5 p.m. Kwan Family Lion Dance Performance, House of Hunan, 18 Public Square, Medina, Ohio. Call (330) 722-1899 for Reservations.

Thursday, February 15, 6-9 p.m. Lunar New Year celebration to benefit Stone Soup CLE and their food rescue mission co-hosted by Stone Soup CLE and the Tri-C Hospitality Banquet Class. The festivities include a huge spread of traditional New Year specialties, a wine tasting, raffles and our very special musical guests, The Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble. FREE PARKING is included in the price of admission at Cleveland Public Square Garage, 2047 Ontario Street, CLE, 44115.  Read more via Cleveland.com HERE

Thursday, February 15, 7 p.m. Lunar New Year Eve with the Kwan Family Lion Dance Performance, Li Wah Restaurant in Asia Plaza, 2999 Payne Ave., Cleveland, Ohio. Reservations Required, call 216-696-6556.

Thursday, February 15, 7 p.m. Lunar New Year Eve Performance by Bunraku Bay Puppet Theater to celebrate Lunar New Year’s Eve with a traditional Japanese Bunraku puppet performance of the Lion Dance.  Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium (Lower Level), Cleveland Public Library, 525 Superior Ave., Cleveland, Ohio.  The Bunraku Bay Puppet Theater is the only Theater in the United States that performs the traditional Japanese puppetry known as “ningyo joruri” or Bunraku.  For more information, please call 216-623-2921 or email ops@cpl.org.

Friday, February 16, 2018 Lunar New Year Day

Friday, February 16, 6 p.m, Kwan Family Lion Dance Performance, Bo Loong Restaurant, 3922 St Clair Ave NE, Cleveland, Ohio.  Reservations Required, call 216-391-3113.

Friday, February 16, 7 p.m. Lunar New Year Day with the Kwan Family Lion Dance Performance, Li Wah Restaurant in Asia Plaza, 2999 Payne Ave., Cleveland, Ohio. Reservations Required, call 216-696-6556.

Friday, February 16, 7-9 p.m. Chinese New Year Dinner with HKSA OSU,  Ming Flower Chinese Restaurant, 475 Lazelle Rd, Westerville, Ohio.  For more info., click HERE

Friday, February 16, 8-9 p.m. Case Western Reserve University hosts its annual Lunar New Year celebration on Freiberger Field.  Join the fun from 8-9pm in Tinkham Veale University Center ( 11038 Bellflower Rd.) and watch the fireworks as they set off on Wade Oval!  Fireworks will occur promptly at 8:45 pm.

Saturday, February 17, 11 a.m. Lunar New Year with the Kwan Family Lion Dance Performance, Li Wah Restaurant in Asia Plaza, 2999 Payne Ave., Cleveland, Ohio.  Sorry, no reservations accepted.

Saturday, February 17, 11-1 p.m. Chinese New Year Celebration hosted by Local Roots Market & Café.  Welcome the year of the DOG with a Chinese lunch, crafts & activities for kids, Wooster Therapy Dogs, and traditional Dragon Dance at noon!

Saturday, February, 17, 2-3 p.m. Chinese New Year Celebration, Strongsville Branch, Storytime Room, Join us for a celebration of Chinese New Year- The Year of the Dog- with stories games and crafts. For Grades K – 4 Registration required, click HERE to register.

Saturday, February 17, 3 p.m. Kwan Lion Dance Performance, House of Hunan Fairlawn, Fairlawn Plaza Shopping Center, 2717 W Market St, Fairlawn, OH 44333.  Call (330) 864-8215 for reservations.

Saturday, February 17, 3-6 p.m. Chinese New Year 2018 hosted by the Northfield VFW Riders Group.  Come join us Saturday, February 17th, 2018 to celebrate Chinese New Year! Chinese Food starting at 3 pm. 50/50, raffle baskets, and a champagne toast at 6 pm! The fun will be had by all! Admission is FREE!

Saturday, February 17, 5 p.m. Year of the Dog Celebration with the Kwan Family Lion Dance, Hunan Solon, 6050 Enterprise Pkwy, Solon, Ohio. Call (440) 248-8836 for reservations.

Saturday, February 17, 5:30-9 p.m. AAA Night: CelebrAAAte the New Year’s, Twing Ballroom, by the CWRU’s Asian American Alliance.  This is a ticketed event, click HERE for details.

Saturday, February 17, 7 p.m.  Lunar New Year 2018, Year of the Dog,  Yellow Tail Japanese Seafood Buffet, 4054 Medina Road, Fairlawn, OH 44333.  Performances, games, art & crafts, and more.

Saturday, February 17, 7:30 p.m. Chinese New Year: Year of the Dog with the Kwan Family Lion Dance Performance, Vieng’s Asian Bistro at Crocker Park, 139 Crocker Park Blvd, Cleveland, Ohio. For reservations, call (440) 871-2888.

Sun. February 18, 12 noon, Kwan Lion Dance Performance followed by the OCA Dragon Dance Team, Asian Town Center, 3820 Superior Ave. E, Cleveland, Ohio 44114.  FREE Tai Chi 3:30-5 p.m.  FREE and Open to All!  Free Parking in parking lots A, B, & C at E. 38th and Superior Avenue.  Get there early and have lunch at Meiga Korean BBQ on the 2nd Floor, Phở Hà Nam on the 1st Floor, or grab a quick bite in Asia Food.

Sunday, February, 18, 2 p.m. Kwan Family Lion Dance Performance, Imperial Dragon, 8310 Tyler Blvd, Mentor, Ohio. Call (440) 974-8838 for reservations.

Sunday, February, 18, 4 p.m. Kwan Family Lion Dance Performance, Golden Dragon Restaurant, 5871 Mayfield Rd, Cleveland, Ohio. Call (440) 449-8710 for reservations.

Sunday, February, 18, 5:30-8:30 p.m. MotivAsians for Cleveland Lunar New Year Dinner 2018.  Networking, food, and Lion Dance plus a traditional Chinese dinner at $30/person.  Get tickets HERE

1. BBQ Combination Appetizer Platter
2. Minced Beef Soup
3. House Panfried Noodles
4. Baby Bok Choy with Black Mushrooms
5. Shrimp in Honey Walnut Sauce
6. Crispy Whole Fried Chicken with Crispy Garlic
7. Double Lobster with Ginger Scallion sauce
8. Pan Seared Flounder with Ginger and Scallions
9. Chinese Sausage and Diced Vegetable Fried Rice
10. Orange Slices and Cookies

Sunday, February, 18, 6 p.m. Kwan Family Lion Dance Performance, Bo Loong Restaurant, 3922 St Clair Ave NE, Cleveland, Ohio.  Reservations Required, call 216-391-3113.

Sunday, February 18, 7 p.m. Lunar New Year with the Kwan Family Lion Dance Performance, Li Wah Restaurant in Asia Plaza, 2999 Payne Ave., Cleveland, Ohio. Reservations Required, call 216-696-6556.

Thursday, February 22, at 6 p.m. Year of the Dog Chinese New Year Celebration, Global Food Adventure at Szechuan Cafe by Friends of Global Cleveland.  Tickets $12

Thursday, February 22, 8 p.m. Cavaliers vs. Washington Wizards, Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH.  Great Wall Enrichment Center and Westlake Chinese School Kung-Fu class will perform during the halftime show.  Tickets required.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, February 23, 6-9 p.m. 2018 CSSA & CI Chinese New Year Gala, 6-8 p.m. Banquet at the Akron Art Museum, 1 South High Street; 8-9 p.m. Performance at the Akron-Summit County Public Library Auditorium, 60 High St, Akron, Ohio.  Tickets $5/person, call 330-972-2013 to order.

Saturday, February 24, 11-5 p.m. 2018 OHIO China Day, Cleveland Public Auditorium, 500 Lakeside Ave, Cleveland, OH 44114.  Come and Join Us to Celebrate Ohio China Day.  Organized by Chinese Communities in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Ann Arbor, Detroit, Pittsburgh, and Buffalo. Enjoy Spectacular Chinese New Year Performance in Northeast Ohio:  Lion Dance, Martial Arts, Folk Art Performance, Authentic Chinese Foods, Children’s Activities, Chinese Drawings, Calligraphy and Much More!  FREE Admission 主办:克里夫兰当代中国文化协会 克里夫兰当代中文学校 特别鸣谢:克里夫兰市 政府

Saturday, February 24, 2-3 p.m. Celebrate the Chinese New Year – For Families, Brecksville Library, 9089 Brecksville Road, Brecksville, Ohio.  Eighth-grade students from Brecksville-Broadview Heights Middle School will celebrate the Year of the Dog with a story, craft, and other fun activities.  Register HERE

Saturday, February 24, 2-6 p.m. Chinese New Year Celebration hosted by the Confucius Institute and CAFSA at Cleveland State University, Westlake Chinese Culture Association and The Great Wall Enrichment Center.  Main Classroom Auditorium Cleveland State University, 2121 Euclid Ave. Cleveland, Ohio.   The event will feature the winners of the Art Performance Competition, the presentation of the awards from that event, and a reception.  Tickets are on sale for $8 in advance and $12 the day of the show.  For more information, contact Zijie Li at (216)687- 5471, or at l.li89@csuohio.edu.

Saturday, February 24th 3:30 p.m. Kwan Family Lion Dance Performance, King Wah, 20668 Center Ridge Rd. Rocky River, Ohio. Call 440-331-0330 for reservations.

Saturday, February 24th 4:30 p.m. Kwan Family Lion Dance Performance, Golden Dragon Restaurant, 5871 Mayfield Rd, Cleveland, Ohio. Call (440) 449-8710 for reservations.

Saturday, February 24, 5-11 p.m. 2018 OCA Pittsburgh Lunar New Year Banquet & Fundraiser, Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 419 S Dithridge St, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213.  OCA Pittsburgh’s Annual Lunar Year Celebration will be held on February 24, 2018, at Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, to celebrate the Lunar New Year 4716, the Year of the Brown Earth Dog. This will be the second of three Lunar New Year celebrations, and we will once again feature a traditional Mandarin-style banquet dinner, along with a live auction and raffle drawing fundraisers from 5pm-7pm. This important fundraiser helps to support our many programs throughout the year, such as the Free Medical & Dental Clinic, Dragonboat Festival, Uncover Squirrel Hill Night Markets, WPXI Holiday Parade, Youth Leadership Programs and Civic Engagement/Get Out The Vote campaign, just to name a few. We are the only OCA chapter in the country to offer tuition-free traditional Chinese/Lion/Dragon dance classes and Chinese Yo-Yo classes to our young people. Our OCA Pittsburgh Youth Ensemble continues to be highly sought after for its creative and captivating performances with original choreography.  Get Tickets HERE

Saturday, February 24th 6 p.m.Kwan Family Lion Dance Performance, Bo Loong Restaurant, 3922 St Clair Ave NE, Cleveland, Ohio.  Reservations Required, call 216-391-3113.

Sunday, February 25, 12:15 p.m. Kwan Family Lion Dance Performance, Dragon Gate Restaurant, 6681 W 130th St, Parma Heights, Ohio.  Call (440) 743-0800 for reservations.

Sunday, February 25, 2  p.m.  Kwan Family Lion Dance Performance, Imperial Dragon, 8310 Tyler Blvd, Mentor, Ohio. Call (440) 974-8838 for reservations.

Sunday, February 25, 3:30 p.m. Kwan Family Lion Dance Performance, Golden Dragon Restaurant, 5871 Mayfield Rd, Cleveland, Ohio. Call (440) 449-8710 for reservations.

Sunday, February 25, 5 p.m. Year of the Dog Celebration with the Kwan Family Lion Dance, Hunan Solon, 6050 Enterprise Pkwy, Solon, Ohio. Call (440) 248-8836 for reservations.

Sunday, February 25, 6 p.m. Kwan Family Lion Dance Performance, Imperial Dragon, 8310 Tyler Blvd, Mentor, Ohio. Call (440) 974-8838 for reservations.

Saturday, March 3rd, 4 p.m. Kwan Family Lion Dance Performance, Golden Dragon Restaurant, 5871 Mayfield Rd, Cleveland, Ohio. Call (440) 449-8710 for reservations.

Saturday, March 3rd, 7 p.m. Kwan Family Lion Dance Performance, Vieng’s Asian Bistro at Crocker Park, 139 Crocker Park Blvd, Cleveland, Ohio. For reservations, call (440) 871-2888.

Sunday, March 4th, 12 noon, Kwan Family Lion Dance Performance, Dragon Gate Restaurant, 6681 W 130th St, Parma Heights, Ohio.  Call (440) 743-0800 for reservations.

Sunday, March 4th, 1:30 p.m. Kwan Family Lion Dance Performance, China Jade Restaurant, 2190 Brookpark Rd, Cleveland, Ohio. Call (216) 749-4720 for reservations.

Sunday, March 11, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Live 360- OCA Dragon Dance celebrates Lunar New Year at Great Northern Mall in the Food Court, 4954 Great Northern Mall, North Olmsted, Ohio.

Sunday, March 18, 4-6 p.m. Chinese New Year Fundraiser, hosted by the North Royalton-Broadview Hts Rotary Club, Kumo, 1975 Snow Road, Parma, Ohio 44134.  13th Annual Lunar New Year Fundraiser. Tickets are $35 per adult / $12 per child. Tickets include an authentic lion dance (Kwan Lion Dance), buffet & beverage (coffee, tea or pop). Silent auction, raffle, and 50/50 raffle.

OCA Dragon Dance Team with the Kwan Lion Dance Troupe at Asian Town Center 2017.

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