Chinese New Year in Atlanta 2012: Chinese New Year Celebration & Events

Chinese New Year in Atlanta 2012


Please check out our latest update on Chinese New Year in Atlanta here. This post is from previous year so the information is no longer valid.


The Chinese New Year in Atlanta might not be as big as the one in New York City or San Francisco but with a good amount of Asian population in Atlanta metro, we do have several fun events to help celebrate Chinese New Year. With a large population of Asians in Atlanta metro, we have no shortage of Chinese New Year festivals and events in Atlanta.

It’s a fun way to introduce your kids to different culture without having to fly across the ocean to China.

See where you can enjoy the Chinese New Year Celebration around Atlanta with your kids.

Guide to Chinese New Year in Atlanta 2012

Chinese New Year Festival @ Chinese Cultural Center

Enjoy  two-day festival at the Chinese Cultural Center. The festival features traditional dragon dance, lion dance, drum performance, authentic Chinese food, Chinese cultural arts and crafts, calligraphy demonstration, Chinese music and dance performance, Chinese opera performances, etc. Admission tickets are on sale at the event at the Cultural Center for $5.00 each, which includes $2.00 event vendor coupon.

Place: Cultural Center of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Atlanta, 5377 New Peachtree Road, Chamblee, GA 30341
Date: January 21 – 22, 2012 (Sat-Sun)
Time: 10:00 am – 4: 00 pm
Cost: $5 per person (includs $2 vendor coupon redeemable inside the festival)

TET Lunar New Year of Dragon Festival by VAC-GA

The Vietnamese Association of Greater Atlanta is again hosting TET New Year Festival. There will be many traditional activities including food, entertainments, contest, award ceremony and children activities. For more information call (770) 256-1038 or check out this fryer if you can read Vietnames. 🙂

Place: Grand Ballroom, Live Oak Plaza, 6100 Live Oak Pkwy, Norcross, GA 30093
Date: January 22, 2012 (Sun)
Time: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Cost: $5 per ticket. Children under 36 inches are free and women in traditional long Vietnames dress are free.

Chinese New Year @ Imagine It! Children Museum of Atlanta

On Saturday at 1pm, join the Imaginators in celebrating this colorful holiday by creating your own fabulous dragon and then march in a parade!

On Sunday, January 22, at 2pm join the Imaginators in celebrating the Chinese New Year by creating your own fabulous dragon and then march in a parade! and at 3pm join your imaginators in reading a special Chinese New Year story Dragon Dance: A Chinese New Year by Joan Holub.

Place: Imagine It! Children Museum
Date: January 21-22, 2012 (Sat & Sun)
Time: 1:00 pm
Cost: Free with general admission, free for members.

Chinese New Year Family NightCrawlers @ Zoo Atlanta

Ring in the Year of the Dragon with an Asian-themed nocturnal adventure. You will experience all 15 nights of the Chinese New Year in one exciting night of fun! Activities include: Chinese inspired arts-and-crafts, animal encounters, exclusive tours and more! See site to book online.

Place: Zoo Atlanta
Date: January 21, 2012 (Sat)
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Cost: Member: $52; Non-member: $65

OCA Georgia Lunar New Year Banquet and Fundraiser

Organization of Chinese American Georgia Chapter invites you to a Fundraising Banquet Celebrating the Asian Pacific Lunar New Year 4710 2012 Year of the Dragon with guest speakers and performance by the VEGA quartet. Reservation is required by January 15, 2012. For more information call (404) 901-4018 or check their website.

Place: Oriental Pearl Restaurant; 5399 New Peachtree Rd. Chamblee GA 30341
Date: January 21, 2012 (Sat)
Time: Check in and silent auction: 6:00PM Program and banquet dinner: 6:30PM-9:00PM
Cost: OCA Member: $35/per person ($350/per table) Non-member: $50/per person ($500/per table DRESS CODE: Festive attire

NACA Chinese Lunar New Year Banquet

The National Association of Chinese-Americans (NACA) invites you to a Fundraising Banquet celebrating Chinese Lunar New Year of 4710, The Year of Dragon. For more detail call (770) 936- 9030 and check their page here.

Place: Canton House Resturant, 4825 Buford Hwy, Chamblee, GA
Date: January 28, 2012 (Sat)
Time: Reception: 6:00p.m, Dinner 7:00 p.m.
Cost: Current Member:$40/Person; Non-Member:$80/Person

Chinese New Year Cultural Dinner hosted by Chinese Southern Belle

Chinese New Year Cultural Dinner hosted by daughter-mother duo, Natalie Keng and Margaret Keng of Chinese Southern Belle. Purchase your ticket here.


  • Personally-selected menu of dim sum “tapas” plates and Chinese regional specialties
  • Explanations of how specific foods are “lucky” and how they relate to Asian culture and the Lunar New Year (plus cooking secrets and tips!)
  • Introduction to cultural and culinary Chinese New Year traditions- old, new and fusion
  • Primer to eating out in Asian restaurants and ordering authentic Chinese menu items (or negotiating special dietary needs)
  • Calligraphy by Margaret! Name translations and personalized art  that you can take home as a memento from the evening

Place: Canton House Resturant, 4825 Buford Hwy, Chamblee, GA
Date: January 27, 2012 (Sat)
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Cost: $40/person. Advance purchase/tickets required for this special event.

Celebrate Chinese New Year 2012 @ Doc Chey’s

Lucky Chinese New Year Sampler: Trio of foods believed to bring good luck when eaten during the 15 days of the Chinese New Year. Enjoy peanut noodles for life longevity, dumplings for wealth, & shrimp rolls for happiness. Great for an appetizer to share. For every sampler ordered ($12), Doc will donate $2 to our fundraising efforts to the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

Chinese New Year Parties:


  • Mon, Jan. 23 – Morningside Va-Hi
  • Mon, Jan. 30 – Emory Village
  • Mon, Feb. 6 – Grant Park

Place: Doc Chey’s Noodle House – Morningside, Emory Village, Grant Park
Date: Varied
Time: Check site for hour.
Cost: Varied

Chinese New Year Celebration Concert

This concert features the Vega String Quartet, Emory University’s string quartet in residence, as they bring an exotic spin to a traditional Chinese New Year concert. They will celebrate the start of the year of the dragon by performing Chinese folk songs as well as incorporating native Chinese instruments into the concert. This unique cultural and artistic experience is sure to brighten the start of the New Year.

Place: Michael C. Carlos Museum, 571 South Kilgo Circle, Atlanta, GA 30322
Date: January 22, 2012 (Sun)
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $4