Press Release

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 11:15am
Oakland Museum of California Celebrates the Year of the Dog with 17th Annual Lunar New Year Event
OMCA Celebrates Asian Traditions During Annual Family-Friendly Festival on Sunday, February 25, 12–4:30 pm, Including Live Performances, Hands-On Activities, Food, Music, and More

(OAKLAND, CA) January 18, 2018— The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) rings in the Year of the Dog during its 17th annual Lunar New Year Celebration and Other Asian Traditions on Sunday, February 25, 2018 from 12 to 4:30 pm. The event features activities for the entire family, celebrating the many time-honored traditions of diverse cultures represented in California, including Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Japanese, Tibetan and other Asian cultures with an array of arts, crafts, food, demonstrations, live music, dance, martial arts, and more.

The day’s performances and activities include: students from the Developing Virtue Secondary School performing traditional lucky lion and dragon dances; a magic show by illusionist Calvin Kai Ku; Japanese imperial court music by Northern California Gagaku Group; taiko drumming by Jiten Daiko; a colorful Philippine folk dance by American Center of Philippine Arts; a martial arts demonstration by Vovinam America; Chinese yo-yo tricks by Foothill High School; modern K-Pop dance by Korean Performance Group; and more traditional music, dance, and drumming.

Take part in hands-on activities and cooking demonstrations throughout the day, including how to drink Gong Fu tea and make Vietnamese spring rolls, make Tibetan prayer flags with Thangka painting master Jamyong Singye, and create your own Bok Jumoni, a traditional Korean lucky bag with artist Youngmin Lee. Play I Ching games with School of Yimutology, have your fortune told, and visit the Little Explorers Petting Zoo. To honor the Year of the Dog, the Family Dog Rescue will be on site with adoptable dogs. Enjoy an Asian-influenced food menu available in the Museum’s Blue Oak café, as well as a selection of food trucks.

The Lunar New Year Celebration is presented in collaboration with DEAF Media.
All activities are included with Museum admission. Visitors are encouraged to use public transportation. Limited flat rate parking will be available during the event for $7. Full program details can be found at museumca.org/LNY2018.

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WHAT:           
OMCA’s 17th annual Lunar New Year & Other Asian Traditions Celebration, a

                       culture-filled family day celebrating the Year of the Dog
WHEN:           Sunday, Feb. 25, 12–4:30 pm
WHERE:        Oakland Museum of California at 1000 Oak Street in Oakland, CA
COST:            Included with regular Museum admission

ABOUT OMCA FAMILY
The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) is committed to being a welcoming and lively place for multi-generational Bay Area families to visit, learn, and engage through OMCA Family, with art activities, storytelling, and hands-on, drop-in projects throughout the Museum. OMCA’s other family-friendly offerings include free Family Guides to the Galleries available at ticketing desks, free activity Books & Blankets available for check-out anytime the Museum is open, and three large annual festivals: Lunar New Year in February, the Summer Reading Celebration in August with the Oakland Public Library, and the Days of the Dead Celebration in October. OMCA Festivals are made possible in part by generous support from the Oakland Museum Women’s Board and the Koret Foundation. museumca.org/family

ABOUT THE OAKLAND MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA
The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) brings together collections of art, history, and natural science under one roof to tell the extraordinary stories of California and its people. OMCA's groundbreaking exhibits tell the many stories that comprise California with many voices, often drawing on first-person accounts by people who have shaped California's cultural heritage. Visitors are invited to actively participate in the Museum as they learn about the natural, artistic, and social forces that affect the state and investigate their own role in both its history and its future. With more than 1.9 million objects, OMCA is a leading cultural institution of the Bay Area and a resource for the research and understanding of California's dynamic cultural and environmental heritage.

VISITOR INFORMATION
The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) is at 1000 Oak Street, at 10th Street, in Oakland. Museum admission is $15.95 general; $10.95 seniors and students with valid ID, $6.95 youth ages 9 to 17, and free for Members and children 8 and under. There is a $4 charge in addition to general admission pricing for special exhibitions. OMCA offers onsite underground parking and is conveniently located one block from the Lake Merritt BART station, on the corner of 10th Street and Oak Street. The accessibility ramp is located at the 1000 Oak Street main entrance to the Museum. museumca.org 


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