Nashville has several occasions to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Chinese New Year Gala and Chinese New Year Celebrations feature traditional program with lion dancers, dragon parades, cultural workshops, Chinese food, martial arts, and drummers. This year, both events will occur online.
Chinese New Year Gala (January 29, 2022)
Each winter, Greater Nashville Chinese Association (GNCA) presents the Chinese New Year Gala at Collins Alumni Auditorium of Lipscomb University. This event gathers friends and families of the Nashville area to welcome the Lunar New Year with Chinese traditions and foods. The Gala begins with a dinner, a mix of Chinese and American cuisines. A couple of hours later, performances begin: a wide range of traditional Chinese dances and demonstrations and the much-awaited "hongbao" (the red envelope giveaway).
Chinese New Year Celebration with CAAN (January 28, 2023)
Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville (CAAN) traditionally hosts the "Chinese New Year Celebration @ Hillsboro Village" at the Vanderbilt University’s Corner Park. The festive program includes jugglers, puppet shows, Chinese Yo-Yo, arts & crafts for kids, traditional Chinese dances, martial arts, and music. The event concludes with the Dragon Parade around the village. This event is free and open to the public of all ages. Everyone is encouraged to wear Chinese costumes or red clothes to celebrate Chinese New Year in style.