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Events in Celebration of the Year of the Dragon

Lion and dragon dancers finish the parade and enter Queens Crossing for a Lunar New Year blessing.
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Lunar New Year Celebration — The Al Oerter Recreation Center invites you to an afternoon of karate, dance performances and more ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year.

When: Thursday, Jan. 19, noon–2 pm

Where: The Al Oerter Recreation Center, 131-40 Fowler Ave. in Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Cost: Free

Seventh Annual Pre-Lunar New Year Gala & Flower Market — The Queens Botanical Garden wants you to get in the spirit of the new year with its annual flower market, Kung Fu and dragon dancing demonstrations, as well as cooking demonstrations, traditional Chinese medicine and Feng Shui talks and even a visit from the Fortune God.

When: Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 21–22, 10 am–6 pm

Where: Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing

Cost: Free, $5 parking

Lunar New Year Kickoff — The Flushing Development Center will kick off the start of the Lunar New Year holiday with firecrackers, dragon dances Peking Opera and more in the heart of downtown Flushing.

When: Monday, Jan. 23, 8:30 am

Where: Flushing Branch of the Queens Public Library, 41-17 Main St., Flushing

Cost: Free

Year of the Dragon — Flushing Town Hall will host a month of lectures, workshops and concerts surrounding the celebration of the Lunar New Year.

When: Wednesday, Jan. 25 to Sunday, Feb. 26

Where: Flushing Town Hall 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing

Website: flushingtownhall.com

Lunar New Year Parade and cultural performances — The mother of all street parades in Flushing, this festive and all-inclusive march will proceed down Union Street to the delight of thousands of onlookers. Parade-goers might be wise to take public transportation. The parade runs from 11 am to noon. Cultural performances to follow.

When: Saturday, Feb. 4, 11 am–3 pm

Where: Parade begins at 37th Avenue and Union Street and runs along Union and Main streets; Cultural performances at Queens Crossing, 136-17 39th Avenue, 2nd Floor

Cost: Free

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