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19th Annual Lunar New Year Celebration and Other Asian Traditions: Year of the Rat

Saturday, February 8, 2020, 12–4:30 pm
Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 12:00pm
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Join OMCA in celebration of the Year of the Rat with our 19th annual Lunar New Year festival, now held over two fun-filled days!  Enjoy live cultural performances, demonstrations, hands-on activities, food, traditional and contemporary music and dance, storytime, a petting zoo, and much more.

The tradition of Lunar New Year is celebrated around the world, and at the Oakland Museum of California, our annual event explores connections between the many diverse Asian cultures represented around the Bay Area, including Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tibetan, Japanese, Malaysian, Indian, Bhutanese, and more. 

The event will include spectacular lucky lion and dragon dances by Developing Virtue Secondary School, dazzling illusions by Perry Yan the Magician, a Taekwondo demonstration by Intensity Martial Arts, Korean drum dance by OngDance Company & School, Garba dance by Sahiyar Dance Troupe, Bhutanese traditional dances by Bay Area Bhutanese Youth, Lunar New Year storytime with author, Oliver Chin, a special poetry reading from The Last Hoisan Poets in English and Hoisan-wa by Nellie Wong and Flo Oy Wong, art making with Oakland Asian Cultural Center, and more! Learn how to drink Gongfu Cha tea with Fabula Tea and enjoy a cooking demonstration with Berkeley Buddhist Monastery. Make a Tibetan prayer flag with Thangka painting master Jamyong Singye, and create your own Bok Jumoni, a traditional Korean lucky bag with artist Youngmin Lee. 

Families will enjoy a visit from live farm animals with Little Explorers Petting Zoo. Enjoy a delicious Asian-influenced menu from Blue Oak café, as well as a selection of Asian-influenced food trucks to make a whole day of your visit. 

All activities included with Museum admission. Free entry for children 8 and under. OMCA Members enjoy free admission and express entry at the Oak Street Plaza Membership table during the event. All visitors are encouraged to use public transportation. OMCA is conveniently located one block from the Lake Merritt BART station Limited flat rate parking will be available during the event for $7.

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This year's celebration is a two-day event held Saturday, February 8 & Sunday, February 9.

OMCA Festivals are made possible in part by generous support from the Oakland Museum Women’s Board and the Koret Foundation.