Ring in the Lunar New Year of the Rat with exciting live performances, delicious traditional bites, or the opening of a brand new ancient China exhibit at the Blackhawk Museum. Several celebrations featuring dancing lions, martial arts, Chinese cuisine, and Asian arts & crafts are happening throughout the Tri-Valley to honor this festive holiday. Check out our Lunar New Year lineup below.
This long awaited event has been years in the making. “Into China”, Blackhawk Museum’s newest gallery, features a sprawling 25-foot miniature model of the Forbidden City, several Terracotta Warrior replications, various handmade relics, and an exact replica of the Dragon Throne. This free event features traditional Chinese performances held outside the museum, and includes admission the entire museum.
Bankhead Theater’s Lunar New Year celebration on Saturday, January 25th will include traditional Chinese dances, cultural demonstrations, as well as food and crafts. In addition to the colorful and dramatic lion dance, one of the most familiar Chinese New Year traditions, a festive Community Altar will provide an opportunity to offer gifts such as fruit, flowers or money for good tidings of health and prosperity in the coming year.
Debuting in the Tri-Valley for the first year ever, LumiNight Lantern Festival brings to life 8 acres of fairgrounds and transforms it into a walking safari that includes the Great Barrier Reef, a Land of Dinosaurs, Noah’s Ark, and more!
Sip delicious Livermore Valley wine while enjoying traditional Chinese treats like potstickers, honey walnut shrimp, tender beef with broccoli, and fried rice. Take advantage of their January wine special: 30% off of 2015 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon per bottle and 50% off per case. An extra perk? Anyone born in the year of the Rat will take home of a bottle for just $1!