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Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Portland

Mama Đút, Lan Su Chinese Garden, and More
January 19, 2023
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Welcome a lucky new year with Mama Đút's snow skin mooncakes. (Mama Đút)
Celebrated across many Asian cultures, Lunar New Year is a time of renewal, gathering with family, and enjoying festive foods. This year, the holiday falls on Sunday, January 22, ringing in the Year of the Rabbit, known for hope, prosperity, and tranquility in the Chinese zodiac. In Vietnamese culture, Sunday will also mark the Year of the Cat, which is associated with creativity and ambition. Celebrate the occasion with events like the Chinese New Year Cultural Fair and Oregon 2023 Lunar New Year Celebration, plus holiday food specials. For more ideas, check out our Lunar New Year calendar.

FOOD AND DRINK SPECIALS

Baon Kainan Add to a List
The Filipino-American spot will be serving pancit molo, a Filipino pork dumpling soup similar to wonton soup. Theirs is finished off with a house-made Szechuan fresno chili oil, and each order will come with a lucky red envelope containing a gift.
Kerns
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Janken Add to a List
According to a press release, this recently opened Korean-Japanese spot from chef Rodrigo Ochoa is serving a variety of Lunar New Year specials in addition to its regular menu, including toro tartare, A5 wagyu tataki, rainbow buri bop, duck salad, and whole steamed tai.
Pearl District
Dine-in

Mama Đút Add to a List
In honor of Tét, the vegan Vietnamese favorite is serving egg rolls and celebration buns made with their signature plant-based pork belly. Plus, invite prosperity with their festive snow skin mooncakes, featuring a chewy mochi beetroot skin stuffed with mung bean, coconut, and durian paste. 
Buckman
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

The Sports Bra Add to a List
Ring in the Year of the Cat with Jenny Nguyen's women's sports bar, which will host a celebration Add to a List with food and drink specials and a performance by White Lotus Lion Dance. Be sure to bring cash to tip performers and to help raise funds for Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon.
Sullivan's Gulch
Pickup, dine-in

Twisted Croissant Add to a List
Just for the holiday, the local pâtisserie is reprising its popular char siu bao croissant, featuring three-day-marinated pork shoulder wrapped in flaky pastry and topped with sesame seeds. The special is available in limited quantities through January 29.
Irvington
Pickup, dine-in

EVENTS

THURSDAY, JANUARY 19

Shinnenkai Add to a List
Take part in a shinnenkai (a traditional Japanese New Year's gathering), complete with osechi and sushi from Sho, ozoni soup from Chef Naoko, and sake from SakéOne. Additional festivities include fukubukuro (lucky grab bags), kimonos, games, card making, and live performances.
Ecotrust Building, 6-9 pm

SATURDAY, JANUARY 21

Chinese New Year Cultural Fair Add to a List
2023 is here! This year's Chinese New Year Cultural Fair calls in the Year of the Rabbit with a traditional lion dance, Chinese instrumental tunes, elegant calligraphy sessions, martial arts demos, and more.
Oregon Convention Center, 11 am-5 pm

JANUARY 21-22

Lunar New Year Celebration at Friendship Kitchen and Alouette Add to a List
Get showered with lucky fruits and red envelopes at this celebration, which will take place at Friendship Kitchen on Saturday and Alouette on Sunday. White Lotus Dragon & Lion Dance will perform a lion dance at both venues.
Friendship Kitchen, Alouette, 3:45 pm

SATURDAY, JANUARY 28

Lunar New Year Dragon Dance Parade and Celebration Add to a List
The seventh annual Lunar New Year Dragon Dance Parade and Celebration will roar through downtown to welcome the Year of the Rabbit, complete with lion dancers, performers, a community parade, and a colorful 150-foot dragon.
Portland Chinatown Museum, 10 am-1 pm

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4

Oregon 2023 Lunar New Year Celebration Add to a List
This multicultural Lunar New Year celebration pulls out all the stops, with calligraphy exhibits and performances by magician Eric Qiu (AKA "Mr. Magic of Shanghai,") singer Sofyia Xue, and international Wushu champions. Visual artists will also offer craft workshops, so attendees can join in on the cultural fun.
Keller Auditorium, 7 pm

JANUARY 21-FEBRUARY 5

Lunar New Year Add to a List
Lan Su becomes even more colorful for their traditional 16-day Lunar New Year programming, which will celebrate the Year of the Rabbit for 2023. Drop by for cultural performances, festival decorations, craft activities, audio tours, and scavenger hunts, or head to the garden on select evenings Add to a List for shadowy, meditative lantern viewings.
Lan Su Chinese Garden, 10 am-4 pm

JANUARY 26-FEBRUARY 5

Lunar New Year Lantern Viewing Evenings Add to a List
Welcome the Year of the Rabbit at this Chinese New Year celebration, which will include several evenings of cultural programming, red lantern viewings, and more. Inspired by the Lantern Festival, or Yuan Xian Jie, the nights of festivities will include a glowy dragon procession throughout the garden, a chopstick challenge, and tea and bites at the garden's teahouse.
Lan Su Chinese Garden

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