Chinese association hosting Lunar New Year Festival


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The new year is almost here — the Lunar New Year, that is, and you can celebrate downtown.

The Chinese Association of West Michigan is producing the second-annual Grand Rapids Lunar New Year Festival on Saturday.

The Lunar New Year, or Chinese New Year, is based on the 12-year Chinese zodiac cycle, and if you were born in 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971 or 1959, it’s your year — the Year of the Pig.

The festival will feature traditional Chinese food, family activities and cultural performances by local and Chinese performers.

A free performance with firecrackers will be at the Gillett Bridge downtown on Saturday from 3-4 p.m.

The ticketed event will be on Saturday from 4-9 p.m. at DeVos Place downtown, at 303 Monroe Ave. NW.


General admission is $25. Food tickets are $1 each. Children ages 4 and under are free.

VIP tickets are $50 and include special seating, catered food to sample and a drink ticket.

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