Ring in the Year of the Dragon 2024 at these must-experience events happening across Toronto this Lunar New Year. From spectacular food experiences to lion dances to Asian small business markets, there’s no better way than celebrate with friends and family. Here are just a few that we can’t wait to check out!
Where to Celebrate The Lunar New Year in Toronto
Lunar New Year Market: February 2, 3, and 4. 938 Queen Street West. The Welcome Market and Auntie’s Supply partner up in this community market. Showcasing over 35 API local small businesses and artists. Find exclusive Lunar New Year goodies. Don’t miss @queenofdimsum drag show on Friday Night.
Hey Fun Lunar New Year Market: January 27, 2024 at S3PACE at 205 Placer Court, North York. Immerse yourself in a quaint Lunar New Year event that will showcase the rich diversity of Asian-owned businesses. Celebrate old traditions in exciting new ways, all within a vibrant and bustling marketplace. There will also be lion dance performances and fun installations. Ticketed event.
Toronto Chinatown Lunar New Year Celebration: February 10 & 11 from 11 am to 5 pm. Dragon City Mall and Chinatown. This family friendly and free event will celebrate the new year with lion dance performances, games, and activities throughout the day. Be sure to say hi to the God of Fortune for your well wishes.
TSO Year of the Dragon: A Lunar New Year Celebration: February 13 at 8pm. Comedian Dashan hosts this evening extraordinaire, with beloved classics and festive favourites including the Butterfly Lovers Concerto, Yellow River, and Song of the Pipa, performed by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Kiin and The Soy Luck Club Lunar New Year Collaboration Dinner: February 12 Chef Nuit Regular will team up with Chef Eva Chin to Create a unique dining experience that merges the rich and vibrant flavours of Thai and Chinese cuisines. This unprecedented collaboration will showcase the culinary expertise of Chef Nuit’s Dai ancestry and Chef Eva’s unique Neo-Chinese dishes.
The Dai people are an ethnic minority group based in Yunnan Province, China, with very close ties to nearby countries including Thailand. The 6-course menu promises to be a feast for all the senses, highlighting the chefs’ shared commitment to quality, innovative techniques, and passion for celebrating their cultures and histories through food and story-telling. Limited seating. Reserve at kiintoronto.com
Lunar New Year Afternoon Tea at Holts Café Bloor Street: Launching on January 27, they are bringing back their iconic Lunar New Year-inspired afternoon tea to celebrate the Year of the Dragon and ring in 2024. Working with local artisans to curate a unique and memorable experience, Chef Malcolm Webster’s menu will highlight a beautiful array of savoury items, sweet treats and fresh baked goods. The specialty menu will be available at the Bloor location every Thursday to Sunday for all operating hours from January 27 to March 3. (featured photo)
Year of the Dragon Tasting Menu at Hong Shing: Chef Colin Li celebrates the Lunar New Year offering a special Chef’s tasting menu available for dine-in featuring elevated Chinese dishes including Gold Treasure Soup, Lobster Chee Cheong Fun, and Ginger Onion Lobster Arancini. Reservations are available through Hong Shing’s reservation platform and require a minimum of 4 people.
3 Dragons’ Dinner with Chefs Colin Li, Eva Chin and Wallace Wong: This one-night only dinner collaboration will focus on the celebration of Cantonese cuisine this evening will showcase an 8-course menu with Baijiu pairings at Hong Shing Chinese Restaurant on February 22, 2023, 6 pm. Only 45 seats available. Must reserve here.
Hong Shing x June Plum Collaboration: Chinese food and Jamaican food have always been staples of Toronto food culture. For Lunar New Year, Hong Shing is excited to partner with June Plum on a limited release of a General Tao Chicken Patty. The General Tao Chicken at Hong Shing has been a staple item on the menu since 1997. The balance of sweet, savoury, and spicy is the perfect filling that Chef Craig Wong mastered into a patty for this collaboration. June Plum will be selling limited quantities of the General Tao Chicken Patty from January 25, 2024.
Lunar New Year Celebration at LOUIX LOUIS St. Regis Hotel: February 8 to 11. Guests can celebrate the Lunar New Year with an unforgettable prix fixe menu, inspired by French and Asian flavours. The curated menu features options like abalone & chicken consummé, foie gras & pork dumplings, red snapper with Lo Hei slaw, and red bean pudding. Reserve here.
New Lunar New Year Afternoon Tea at Astor Lounge, St. Regis Hotel: Featuring Asian-inspired flavours offered throughout February. Enjoy sweet and savoury offerings such as Kalamansi Posset, Matcha Profiteroles, Pulled BBQ Mushroom buns, Five-spice Crab sandwiches and more. Reserve here.
Spend the Day with Culture and Learning With These Toronto Destinations
Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto and Aga Khan Museum Lunar New Year Family Activities: February 17-19. Usher in the new year at this family friendly weekend filled with activities, calligraphy demonstrations, and live performances at the Aga Khan Museum.
Celebrate the Year of the Dragon with artist Wu Lan-Chiann at the ROM: February 13, 12 pm to 1 pm. Join in an engaging conversation with artist Wu Lan-Chiann, who’s spectacular paintings Heaven and Earth are currently on display in the Museum. Explore the artist’s contemporary artistic practice, her traditional ink training, and how she both references and expands on the department history of Chinese painting in her work. Free. Zoom program. Registration required.
Bata Shoe Museum: February 4, 1 pm to 2 pm will celebrate the Lunar New Year with art activities as well as an exciting lion dance performance in the museum. Free admission to the area.
The Farewell (screening ) and Welcome Spring Arts Fair: TIFF Bell Lightbox on Sunday, February 11 at 3 pm.Lulu Wang’s acclaimed film The Farewell, will have a special screening this Lunar New Year. This tender story centres on Billi, a writer living in New York who travels to China in the aftermath of her grandmother’s terminal cancer diagnosis and must learn to navigate her family’s competing wishes for their beloved matriarch. Before the screening, starting at 1 pm, audiences are invited to explore a Welcome Spring Arts Fair in the TIFF Lightbox atrium, presented in partnership with Asian Arts and Culture Trust. This free drop-in event will have various artmaking, activity, and food stations related to Lunar New Year for families and friends to enjoy together. Ticketed Event.
Shopping Malls Ushering in the Year of the Dragon in Toronto
Yorkdale Shopping Centre: will unveil Toronto’s largest Lunar New Year art installation beginning January 30th. Featuring a massive custom-made 40-foot majestic golden dragon. The expansive installation will occupy the entire East Court (between Canada Goose and Birks) and will stand nearly three stories. Guests at the mall are welcome to post photos on Instagram (tag @yorkdalestyle #YorkdaleLNY) for a chance to win a $888 Yorkdale Shopping Spree. Complimentary Calligraphy with Lunar New Year blessings happening Monday February 5 to Friday February 9 from 5 pm to 8 pm (while supplies last). You might also be lucky to catch various Lion Dance performances throughout celebration weeks at participating shops.
Bayview Village Shopping Centre: January 11 from 1 pm to 4 pm. In partnership with the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto, join in this beautiful celebration to usher in the Year of the Dragon. Highlights include Dragon and Lion dance performances, God of Fortune appearance, Goh Ballet Performance, Photo Booth, and giveaway including a grand prize of $888 gift card.
Scarborough Town Centre: Begins February 1. Always known for their big celebrations this Lunar New Year is full of excitement! A dragon-themed installation, first ever Lunar New Year MRKT, and two celebratory events featuring lively cultural performances. Starting Friday, February 1 in Centre Court, guests will find a dragon installation, towering 15-feet high and spanning 22-feet long that will act as a vibrant centrepiece throughout the entire month. On Saturday, February 3 and Sunday, February 4, there will be numerous celebratory performances to engage the community including a showcase of LNY celebrations from the past to the present, a variety of dances and distribution of Lai See (lucky red pockets) among spectators and guests.
STC’s first-ever Lunar New Year MRKT features an array of Asian artisans and will run from February 2 to 4, during regular shopping centre hours in Centre Court. There will be no shortage of gifting opportunities with a variety of jewelry, beauty, accessories, food and more. Cultural performances on February 3 and 4 starting at 2 pm will include traditional lion dances, martial arts performances, folk dances, and a Dragon Parade.
Cadillac Fairview Shopping Centres (CF Markville, CF Toronto Eaton Centre, CF Fairview Mall): Cadillac Fairview is ready to celebrate with the return of dazzling decorations, engaging in-person programming and exclusive promotions at three of its shopping centres in the Greater Toronto Area. Visitors can expect the return of CF’s beloved “supertrees,” an immersive and vibrant décor display, inspired by Singapore Marina Bay’s Supertrees. The shopping centres will also be decorated with refreshed floor decals for the Year of the Dragon. Lunar New Year celebration events will also include cultural performances including martial arts, Chinese dances, traditional eye dotting ceremonies, dragon and lion parades and more. Here’s the list of date and times…
CF Markville (February 10th from 2-3pm)
CF Fairview Mall (February 11th from 2-3pm)
This year, trilingual talk show hosts Winnie, Anthony and Tyrone (Happy Trio) from A1 Chinese Radio will return to host and perform at CF Markville and CF Fairview Mall. The Lunar New Year festivities will also feature a new parade with dragons and lions, traditional eye dotting, green grabbing, dragon and lion dance performances, a visit from the God of Fortune, a new Chinese dance, new audience mini games, and VIP guest appearances. CF Markville visitors will also be able to watch a spectacular new martial arts performance during this year’s celebrations. Other spectacular performances include:
- CF Markville – Dragon Dance: February 11th, 3-3:20pm (Centre Court)
- CF Markville – CF Music feat. Valerie Lo duo: February 16th, 4-6pm (Centre Court)
- CF Markville – Lion Dance: February 18th, 12-12:20pm (Centre Court)
- CF Markville – CF Music feat. Valerie Lo duo: February 18th, 2-4pm (Centre Court)
- CF Fairview Mall – CF Music feat. Calvin Chan and Melody Wang: February 10th, 3-5pm (Apple Court)
- CF Fairview Mall – Lion Dance: February 14th, 3-3:20pm (Apple Court)
- CF Fairview Mall – CF Music feat. Calvin Chan duo: February 16th, 4-6pm (Apple Court)
- CF Fairview Mall – Dragon Dance: February 18th, 3-3:20pm (Apple Court)
CF Toronto Eaton Centre (February 17th from 2-3pm)
Trilingual radio host Carmen Chan will return as the master of ceremonies at this year’s show, which will include dragon and lion dances throughout the property, traditional eye dotting, green grabbing, dragon and lion dance performances, an appearance by the God of Fortune and a new martial arts performance. Other spectacular performances include:
- CF Music feat. Mike Liu and Sophy Li: February 10th, 2-4pm (Albert’s Way)
- Dragon Dance: February 11th, 12-12:20pm (Albert’s Way)
- Lion Dance: February 14th, 12-12:20pm (Albert’s Way)
- CF Music feat. Melody Wang: February 16th, 4-6pm (Albert’s Way)
Aside from the entertainment and performances, Cadillac Fairview has announced a special shopping promotion with UnionPay. Visit www.cfshops.com for full details.
We will be updating this list frequently as the announcements come to us! So, check back again!
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