4 ways to ring in the Lunar New Year in Austin

Sparks fly as Chinese dragon dancers perform at a fair at a local park on the fifth day of the Chinese Lunar New Year on February 1, 2017 in Beijing, China. China is marking the year of the Fire Rooster. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

%INLINE%Lunar New Year is Friday, Feb. 16. Check out these Austin area events celebrating the Year of the Dog.


Enjoy kid-friendly lunar new year crafts and stories

The Asian American Resource Center hosts “Lunar New Year Little Seedlings Storytime” with stories about the Lunar New Year and East and South Asian inspired crafts. 8401 Cameron Road, Austin. 10 a.m.-noon. Free. www.austintexas.gov/aarc


Celebrate Vietnamese Lunar New Year

Guests can see Dragon Dancing, a fashion show, martial arts and more at The Vietnamese American Community of Austin Texas’s Lunar New Year celebration held at Kipp Austin Public School’s North Austin Campus. 8004 Cameron Road, Austin. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $5. www.vacat.org

Ring in the Year of the Dog at a Buddhist Temple

Celebrations at Xiang Yun Temple at 6720 N. Loop 360, Austin, begin with a chanting service followed by a vegetarian food fair and dance and martial arts performances. Culture booths will exhibit Chinese Tea Ceremonies, calligraphy, Buddhist texts, face paint and games. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Free. www.ibps-austin.org


Take part in Lunar New Year Activities at Austin’s Chinatown Center

The Chinatown Center on North Lamar Boulevard hosts an all day Lunar New Year celebration complete with food trucks, firecrackers, dragon dancing and dogs performing tricks. Mayor Adler will be in attendance as a special guest for the firecracker lighting. 10901 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free admission. www.chinatownaustin.com


From FOX 7's reporting partner Community Impact.