Sat Feb 01 2020 11:00 am — 4:00 pm

Join us at NorthPark Center for the Crow Museum’s 21st annual Chinese New Year Festival, celebrating The Year of the Rat!


The first of all of the zodiac animals, the rat can represent wealth and prosperity, and symbolize the beginning of a new day.

This marks the third year that the beloved festival will be held indoors at NorthPark Center, where it continues to thrive and attract record-breaking crowds. Fun for all ages, the signature event will feature stunning dragon and lion dances, musical and martial-arts demos, art making and calligraphy, specialty booths, vibrant entertainment and cultural performances. In addition, NorthPark Center will offer Chinese New Year retailer specials and giveaways (including NorthPark Gold) and inspired landscaping throughout the shopping center. A special Chinese New Year-inspired exhibition will also be on view on Level One between Burberry and Louis Vuitton through March 1.

On the main stage in NorthCourt, colorful and dramatic performances will include dragon and lion dances by Rising Phoenix Lion Dance Association and Lee’s White Leopard Kung Fu School, Bian lian face changer performances, a yo-yo act by the Dallas Chinese Community Center and a special concert by the Richardson Symphony Orchestra Quartet. The ceremonial welcome will be at 11:40 a.m.

Additional hands-on activities will include decorating lucky red envelopes, designing a Year of the Rat-inspired LEGO® building, learning about Chinese brush painting, and crafting a message for The Wishing Tree. Other activities include Chinese paper cutting; calligraphy, noodle-pulling and yo-yo lessons; and lion mask crafts led by UT-Dallas students.

With generous support from NorthPark Center, The University of Texas at Dallas, and the Chinese New Year Host Committee.