2023 Lunar New Year Celebrations

Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit locally.


Don’t miss the “When We Are Still Together” exhibition by artist Jan-Ru Wan.

Photo provided by Artspace

Did you know that 2023 is the Year of the Rabbit in the Chinese zodiac? Each year the lunar calendar is represented by one of 12 animals — this year, we can expect plenty of peaceful and patient energy.

Though its official dates vary across different Asian cultures, the Lunar New Year is a celebration of the start of spring and a new year on the lunisolar calendar. There are plenty of ways to celebrate around the City of Oaks, so let’s hop to it.

Artspace Winter Family Day | Saturday, Jan. 21 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Artspace, 201 E. Davie St., Raleigh | Free | Celebrate the Lunar New Year and the “When We Are Still Together” exhibition by Taiwanese-American artist Jan-Ru Wan. There will be demos by Artspace studio artists, plus cultural activities and performances in collaboration with the Raleigh Chinese Language School.

Lunar New Year Celebration | Saturday, Jan. 21 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | The Fruit, 305 S. Dillard St., Durham | Free | Triangle Pop-Up is hosting this celebration in honor of the Vietnamese Lunar New Year — AKA the Year of the Cat — and the Year of the Rabbit with Asian American- and Pacific Islander-owned businesses, food trucks such as Southern Fried Lumpia Co., and performances like an Empire Lion Dance.

Lumpia and sauce.

Try scratch-made lumpia with a sweet chili dipping sauce at The Fruit.

Photo provided by @sofrilumco

Lunar New Year Celebration | Sunday, Jan. 22 | 2-4 p.m. | Lake Lynn Community Center, 7921 Ray Rd., Raleigh | Free | Enjoy crafts, games, a lion dance, demonstrations by Wah Lum Kung Fu, and authentic Korean barbecue from the Bulkogi food truck.

2023 Chinese New Year Festival | Saturday, Jan. 28 | Dorton Arena, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | $7-$10 | Join the Triangle Area Chinese American Society for this festival featuring authentic international food and drink options, family-friendly activities, and performances.

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