Marking the traditional Chinese New Year, the Yale China Association and its retail and civic partners (especially the New Haven Museum) will hold the seventh annual “Lunarfest” in New Haven Saturday, Feb. 17.
This year’s fest will celebrate the Year of the Dog in accordance with the Chinese Zodiac, with appearances by Yale mascot Handsome Dan, a presentation by the Yale Canine Cognition Center and an adoption day hosted by the Friends of New Haven Animal Shelter.
Organizers say more than 2,000 people participate in the day’s activities, which are free and take place in three locations — the museum, Luce Hall and the Yale-China Association — with a theme of “People to People.” (Detailed schedule at yalechina.org/lunarfest.
The celebration kicks off at 10 a.m. with a parade down Whitney Avenue between Grove and Trumbull streets, led by Wan Chi Ming Hung Gar Institute’s Lion Dance performers and culminating in a performance by local artists on Audubon Street and a speech by New Haven Mayor Toni Harp. Other activities, including musical performances, painting demonstrations, martial arts demonstrations, arts and crafts, lectures and dance — begin at 12:30 p.m.
New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Ave.; Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Ave.; Yale-China Association, 442 Temple St., New Haven. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free.