Celebrate Lunar New Year in Squirrel Hill!

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Lunar New Year is an important Chinese festival celebrated at the turn of the lunisolar Chinese calendar. It is traditionally celebrated for 15 days, from the day before the new year to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first calendar month.

This year, Pittsburgh is invited to celebrate the Year of the Red Fire Monkey in Squirrel Hill from February 6th through the 21st!


Saturday, Feb 6 – Kick-Off Celebration, 1-5pm
Jewish Community Center, 5738 Forbes Avenue

Bring the entire family to experience this celebration of Chinese and Asian cultures! Enjoy performances by Pittsburgh Chinese School Choir, Steel Dragon Lion Dancers, Oom Yung Doe, Yanlai Dance Academy, OCA Pittsburgh, Tsu Chi Acadamy, Silk Elephant Thai Dancers, Lydia Music Center, Pittsburgh Taiko Drummers, and more! (A complete listing and approximate times for stage performances are listed on the event page.) Watch and learn with demonstrations of origami, dumpling making, and calligraphy. You’ll also find plenty of crafts for the kids, including making paper lanterns. This event is free; food will be available for purchase.

Wednesday, Feb 10 – Children’s Celebration, 4:15pm
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Squirrel Hill, 5801 Forbes Avenue

Celebrate the year of the monkey through crafts and activities. For children in grades K-5.

Tuesday, Feb 16 – Teen Time Celebration, 3pm
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Squirrel Hill, 5801 Forbes Avenue

Celebrate the year of the monkey through crafts and activities.  For students in grades 6-12.

Sunday, Feb 21 – Lunar New Year Parade, 11am
Murray Avenue

The parade will start at the corner of Phillips and Murray and continue up Murray Avenue to Darlington. Parking is free in all lots, garages, and residential streets in Squirrel Hill on Sunday. Click to see parade route and parking locations.

Delicious Eats


It wouldn’t be a festival without food! Squirrel Hill has been touted as America’s Next Great Chinatown, and there’s no way you can taste everything in one day. That’s why we’ve created the Lunar New Year Dining Passport: sample dozens of Pittsburgh’s best Asian cuisines during the two-week New Year celebration – and save 10% at each participating restaurant!

Passports will be available at the Feb 6th kick-off event and at participating restaurants. Each passport is good for a discount on one visit per restaurant listed, and only during the promotional period. Some exclusions may apply at individual restaurants.


This year’s Lunar New year celebration is brought to you by Uncover Squirrel Hill; Pittsburgh Chinese Cultural Center; Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition; Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Pittsburgh; Organization of Chinese Americans, Pittsburgh chapter; Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh; NextGen:Pgh; Pittsburgh Chinese School; Confucius Institute at the University of Pittsburgh; Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh; University of Pittsburgh Asian Studies Center, and Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania.

For questions about participating in the event, details about specific programs, or press inquiries, you can contact Uncover Squirrel Hill at britt@uncoversquirrelhill.com.


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