A Sound Transit Express bus passes in front of the Historic Chinatown Gate in the Chinatown-International District neighborhood in Seattle.

Where to celebrate Lunar New Year 2024: The year of the dragon

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The Puget Sound has a rich cultural heritage - and luckily, there are a ton opportunities throughout the year to celebrate that!

One coming up this month is the Lunar New Year, marking the Year of the Dragon (the only mythical creature of the Chinese zodiac animals).

And from Seattle's Chinatown-International District to the Eastside, many are accessible by transit. Keep scrolling to learn how to join in the fun!

The Dragon is a powerful and auspicious creature representing courage, creativity, and innovation. If you were born in these years, then you, my friend, are a Dragon.  

2012: Jan. 23, 2012 – Feb. 9, 2013 

2000: Feb. 5, 2000 – Jan. 23, 2001 

1988: Feb. 17, 1988 – Feb. 5, 1989 

1976: Jan. 31, 1976 – Feb. 17, 1977 

1964: Feb. 13, 1964 – Feb. 1, 1965 

1952: Jan. 27, 1952 – Feb. 13, 1953 

Even if you're not a Dragon, you can still ring in the New Year, or rather, fire-breathe in the New Year, at these easy-to-get-to locations. 

Chinatown-International District: 

Of course, right? Where else would you go to get your Dragon on than the Chinatown-International District? Just mere steps from the International District/Chinatown Light Rail Station, you can explore the iconic red lanterns adorning the streets as you enjoy the lively lion and dragon dance performances. Don't miss the traditional parade featuring beautiful floats and cultural displays.

Hing Hay Park: 

Hing Hay Park is a central hub for Lunar New Year festivities in the heart of the Chinatown-International District. Join in the community events, watch traditional performances on the main stage, and sample a variety of delicious Asian cuisines from food vendors lining the park. 

Wing Luke Museum: 

Also, just a short walk from the International District/Chinatown Light Rail Station, the Wing Luke Museum offers a chance to immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of the Asian-Pacific American experience. During Lunar New Year, the museum hosts special exhibits and events, providing visitors with a deeper understanding of the traditions associated with this festive occasion.  

Seattle Center: 

If you're looking to celebrate Tet, the Vietnamese Lunar New Year, head on over to the Seattle Center's Armory Food & Event Hall on Feb. 3-4. Enjoy a fusion of performances, including martial arts demonstrations, traditional dances, and musical performances. You can get there by Link light rail to the Westlake Station, then hop onto the Seattle Monorail and, boom, there you are.  

Bellevue Collection

Celebrate the Year of the Dragon and shop till you drop at the Lunar New Year celebration inside Bellevue Square on Saturday, Feb. 3, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. You can enjoy a variety of cultural performances, including music, dance, and martial arts. Expect a Chinese Lion and Dragon Parade performed by a team of dancers. To get there from Seattle, hop onto an ST Express bus, then it's just a short walk to your destination. 

Know about a Lunar New Year celebration we missed? Let us know by tagging us on social media @SoundTransit.