Celebrate the Year of the Tiger in 2022!
In connection with the Chinese Lunar New Year, there will be festivals, cultural events, and traditional music and food all around Atlanta. These are a handful of events that are free or affordable. Most are family-friendly.
NOTE that the large Atlanta Chinese Lunar New Year Festival, which traditionally takes place in Chamblee, is NOT happening this year — nor is the smaller celebration at Chinatown Mall in Chamblee
Things to do for Chinese Lunar New Year
FREE “take-and-make” kits at Dekalb County Libraries
Select Dekalb Libraries, including the Doraville Library, are handing out Take-and-Make kits for kids and adults. The kits include everything you need to make a beautiful paper fan.
See the Lunar New Year events page on the county’s library website for details.
Get a Red Envelope at Panda Express
Chinese New Year at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta
Saturday, Jan. 30, 2022
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Children’s Museum of Atlanta
275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr
The museum will offer special activities that are free with a paid admission, which ranges from $16 to $19. Children under one year of age are free.
The special programming will include cultural performances, storytimes, interactive Music & Movement experiences, and science shows.
See the museum’s event page for more information.
FREE lantern shows, lion dance, and more at Atlantic Station
Atlantic Station will be decked out with festive decor and tradition, from a magnificent red dragon to mesmerizing lantern shows, between January 18th and February 28th. Details here
Here’s what you can expect to see at Atlantic Station:
♦ A beautifully designed, 90-foot red dragon (the traditional symbol of good fortune) will be surrounded by fog, near the Atlantic Green. The dragon sculpture features over 25,000 lights, according to a press release, and will be on display from Jan. 18th to Feb. 28th.
♦ Programmed lantern shows will take place at the top of each hour, from 5 to 9 p.m. each night, featuring nearly 500 lanterns in a dazzling 5-minute display. The automated light shows begin on Jan. 21st. and take place on Atlantic Green. They run thru Feb. 28th.
Chinese New Year celebration at Doc Chey’s
Doc Chey’s 2022 Chinese New Year Celebration features special fortune cookie prizes. This year, the event is one day only on Feb. 1, 2022.
Doc Chey’s celebrations will take place at these locations (click thru for details).
Fortune Cookie Prizes
Dine in or get take-out on Feb. 1st and crack open your cookie to reveal a prize! Every cookie wins something. Most will be a free item on a future visit. But premium prizes include Braves tickets, airpods, t-shirts, and other cool stuff. While supplies last.
FREE Lion Dance performances along Buford Hwy
On Sunday, Feb. 6, 2022, the Chien Hong School of Kung Fu will peform the Lion Dance and give Kung Fu demonstrations at two shopping plazas on Buford Highway:
- Asian Square (5150 Buford Hwy, Doraville)
- Orient Center (4897 Buford Hwy, Chamblee)
No info has been released on specific times.
Lunar New Year crafts & celebration at Woodstock Library
Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022
5 to 6 p.m.
Enjoy crafts and games at this family-friendly event. Located at 7735 Main Street in Woodstock.
More info here
These events have not yet been verified for 2020
Traditional lion dance at Sweet Hut Bakery
The popular Asian bakery, Sweet Hut, will once again present a traditional lion dance and firecracker show to ring in the New Year. The event will take place at two locations — see the times below.
- Doraville (5150 Buford Hwy) — 2 p.m.
- Duluth (2180 Pleasant Hill Blvd) — 5 p.m.
Last year’s lion and dragon dance at Sweet Hut
Mason Mill Park
Sweet Auburn BBQ