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Chinese New Year festivities occur at multiple locations across the Austin area. Events differ from year to year, yet the top pick is the annual Chinatown Center's Lunar New Year Celebration.
The two-day entertainment in the heart of the Chinese shopping and cuisine center ranges from celebratory lion and dragon dances to kids' face painting and other family-friendly activities. You'll see exciting firecracker explosion shows, drum performances, and some martial arts. Food vendors and local artisans will be operating too.
Besides, a fantastic bonus of your visit will be dozens of Asian restaurants offering fragrant delicacies. Traditionally, sweet dishes are popular during the holiday, as they symbolize fortune in the new year to come. Along with dumplings and rice cakes, people often feast on tikoy, a Chinese New Year's cake made of glutinous rice flour.
Also, the Chinatown Center is home to a massive MT Supermarket, where you'll find all ingredients of Chinese New Year so that later you could throw an at-home party of your own.
Chinatown Center's Lunar New Year Celebration is free. Just bring your best mood and a handful of curiosity and plunge into a cultural journey!