Chinese New Year 2015 is here and New York City is ready to celebrate. The Year of the Sheep marks a more peaceful time, and a great year for spending yours with family. Everyone loves a parade, and your kids will be enchanted by the Lunar New Year festivities in Chinatown, taking place this Sunday, February 22. Share the delight as the confetti flies and costumed dancers show off elegant traditions. Little eyes will really light up when the lion and dragon dancers start shimmying through the streets of Lower Manhattan. The procession starts at the intersection of Canal and Mott streets, and ends at Sara D. Roosevelt Park.
Food and Tunes
If you’re looking for more Chinese New Year 2015 fun with kids this weekend, catch crafts and a scavenger hunt at the Prospect Park Zoo, or lion dances and lantern-making workshops at the China Institute in Midtown. Adults can celebrate, too, at the benefit concert and feast being held Saturday night at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Your host, Xi’an Famous Foods, will be cooking night-market snack favorites along with other Asian classics like Fatty Crab and Pok Pok NY. Indie pop, hip-hop, and experimental folk are among the sounds on offer.
Hops to It
NYC’s already high hops cred gets upped a few notches with the arrival of New York City Beer Week. Saturday, February 21, head to the Altman Building in Chelsea for the opening bash. You’ll get to road-trip through the best of New York State breweries without the need for a designated driver. Take advantage of unlimited samples from 40 brewers, ranging from white coffee stouts to a blood orange and allspice bière de garde.
And the Award Goes To…
Sunday, February 22 marks the 87th Academy Awards, but you’ll want something more engaging than your yearly red carpet television. The Big Quiz Thing has the answer(s), with a special Oscars edition going off Sunday evening at (Le) Poisson Rouge in the Village. Drink, chat, and enjoy a multimedia, big-screen experience as you show off your movie knowledge on the way to a lightning round and three-way finale.
Head down to The Up & Up, New York’s newest cocktail lair, which pays due respect to the one-time home of the legendary Gaslight Café. A low-key vibe meets high-end libations, as in the Shaddock & Smoke’s deft balance of scotch, amaretto, lemon, and grapefruit liqueur. The classy interior is inspired by Vienna, circa 1903. The Up & Up opens to the public Monday, February 23 — just in time for you to dish some Oscars dirt with somebody special.