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Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Seattle

Lucky Envelope Brewing, Raised Doughnuts, and More
January 18, 2023
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Usher in the Year of the Rabbit with a mochi doughnut from Raised Doughnuts. (Raised Doughnuts)
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 AZN GLO: Lunar New Year and Wing Luke Museum's 2023 Lunar New Year Fair, plus holiday food specials like mochi doughnuts and sticky rice cakes. For more ideas, check out our Lunar New Year calendar.

FOOD & DRINK SPECIALS

Ba Bar Add to a List and Monsoon Add to a List
From January 19-26, Seattle's stylish Vietnamese mini-chain Ba Bar will celebrate with bánh tét and chả lụa (traditional sticky rice cake and Vietnamese pork sausage). Plus, if you drop by on January 21, you'll receive a lucky envelope with your meal and could win a $25 gift card, a bag of madeleines, or soft serve ice cream (available at the Capitol Hill location only). Ba Bar's sibling Monsoon will also serve a special menu of Vietnamese favorites through January 23.
South Lake Union, Capitol Hill, University District, Bellevue
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Boombox Bar Add to a List
The White Center bar will kick off the holiday on January 21 with food and drink specials, karaoke, fortunes, and red envelopes galore.
White Center
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Chengdu Taste Add to a List
The Chinese words for orange and tangerine closely resemble the words for luck and wealth, so they're popular around the holiday. The chain Chengdu Taste, which chef and food writer J. Kenji López-Alt has referred to as "the best Sichuan restaurant in America," is offering adorable tangerine butter cookies provided by Cafe Canuc Add to a List from January 22-23.
Chinatown-International District
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

The Flour Box Add to a List
Baker Pamela Vuong's acclaimed doughnut shop the Flour Box, which was recently a semifinalist for a James Beard Award for Outstanding Baker, has unveiled its first monthly menu of the year, with a bevy of flavors inspired by Lunar New Year. The lineup includes jasmine milk tea, sweet taro, red bean cream, and gen-matcha cream.
Hillman City
Pickup, dine-in

Fuji Bakery
The impeccable French-Japanese bakery is paying homage to the Year of the Rabbit with sweet bunny macarons.
Chinatown-International District, Interbay
Pickup, dine-in

Kiki Bakery & Cafe Add to a List
This bakery has sticky rice cakes and colorful confections available for pre-order for Lunar New Year.
Haller Lake
Pickup, delivery

Lady M Cake Boutique Add to a List
Sanrio fanatics won't want to miss this one: This chain known for its signature mille crêpes cakes is now offering a limited-edition Lunar New Year set emblazoned with the character My Melody, complete with a matching greeting card, envelope, and gift bag.
Bellevue
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Lark Add to a List
Chef John Sundstrom's celebrated Capitol Hill restaurant will serve a Lunar New Year feast on January 25 with dishes like hoisin beef tongue steam buns, shrimp foie gras shumai, Dungeness crab with chili garlic noodles, ginger-scallion noodles, mochi cake, and black sesame caramel chocolate chunk cookies. Unfortunately, it's currently sold out, but a waitlist is available.
Capitol Hill
Dine-in

Lazy Cow Bakery Add to a List  
This plant-based bakery, which also runs the Latinx mutual aid organization Casa del Xolo, will sling a bevy of vegan Chinese pastries, including pineapple buns, almond cookies, and vegan egg tarts, on Sunday, January 22.
Fremont
Pickup, dine-in

Lucky Envelope Brewing Add to a List
Cofounders Raymond Kwan and Barry Chan named their Ballard craft brewery Lucky Envelope for the colorful red envelopes traditionally stuffed with money and given out on Chinese New Year to bring good fortune, so it only makes sense that it's the perfect place to usher in the Year of the Rabbit. They'll host a kick-off party Add to a List with new beer releases, red envelope giveaways, merch, and dim sum treats from January 21-22, followed by a dog-friendly gathering Add to a List on January 25, a makers and bakers night Add to a List on January 27, and a finale Add to a List on January 28.
Ballard
Pickup, dine-in

Macadons Add to a List
Impress your friends and family with custom-printed Lunar New Year macaron sets with tea from Miro Tea Add to a List .
Renton
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Ông Lắm Bistro Add to a List
This new Vietnamese restaurant will host its grand opening Add to a List on the first day of Lunar New Year (January 21) and will offer happy hour all day long. Plus, the spot will have a tree festooned with lucky envelopes stuffed with money and discounts. 
Roosevelt
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Plenty of Clouds Add to a List and Noodle/Bar Add to a List
On Saturday and Sunday, Plenty of Clouds will serve specials like smoked duck and mushroom spring rolls, stir-fried rice cakes, Sichuan-style fried whole fish, and nian gao (sweet rice cakes traditionally served during Lunar New Year), while its sibling Noodle/Bar will have shrimp and watercress spring rolls, longevity noodles, lionhead meatballs, and almond butter cookies.
Capitol Hill, South Lake Union
Pickup, dine-in

Raised Doughnuts Add to a List
The Central District shop is celebrating the weekend of January 21-22 with festive red and gold mochi doughnuts adorned with rabbit cookies. Pre-orders are recommended.
Central District
Pickup, dine-in

Saint Bread Add to a List
The charming Portage Bay bakery is serving special melonpan imprinted with rabbit designs.
Portage Bay
Pickup, dine-in

Sugar Bakery & Cafe
The local bakeshop will sell gold-dusted chocolate raspberry croissants from January 20-21.
First Hill, Queen Anne
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

EVENTS

FRIDAY, JANUARY 20

AZN GLO: Lunar New Year Add to a List
Local drag gem Kylie Mooncakes will host a whimsical dance party for Asian and QTBIPOC folks in celebration of the Lunar New Year. Release your stress with sets from DJs Rowan Ruthless and Pretty Please, appearances from drag legends Gaysha Starr, Aleksa Manila, and Alessandra Hunt, and performances from go-go dancers Aries Moschino, Cruz, Chanel, and RubÍ Venus.
Neumos, 9 pm

SATURDAY, JANUARY 21

Canton Bebop Pop-Up Add to a List
Chef Christine Li will serve up her unique take on "soy sauce Western" cuisine, exploring the foods of the Chinese diaspora in Western culture with Cantonese influences. This edition will feature "Chinese alfredo" longevity noodles, radish cakes, prosperity pork, and mochi cakes, plus a special cake from baker Kristi Sue Yamamoto.
La Dive, noon until sold out

SUNDAY, JANUARY 22

Lunar New Year at Pacific Place Add to a List
The Mak Fai Kung Fu Club will head to Pacific Place for a free lion dance and dragon performance. Attendees can invite in the Year of the Rabbit (and some good luck!) with lantern-making and origami activities. 
Pacific Place, 11 am-1 pm

Lunar New Year on Pier 62 Add to a List
Usher in the Year of the Rabbit at this waterfront celebration, where attendees can watch Mak Fai Kung Fu Club's lion dance featuring drums, cymbals, and, weather allowing, jongs (balancing poles). Food trucks will offer up bites and hot bevvies on site, and the event also celebrates the opening of public fire pits on Pier 62, so there'll be plenty of ways to stay warm.
Pier 62, 2-4 pm

SATURDAY, JANUARY 28

2023 Lunar New Year Fair Add to a List
Hop into the Year of the Rabbit at Wing Luke Museum’s annual Lunar New Year Fair, which will include a traditional lion dance with firecrackers, raffles, ceramics and calligraphy sessions, and a family-friendly storytime.
Saturday, 10 am-3 pm

MONDAY, JANUARY 30

Lunar New Year Feast Add to a List
Take part in a five-course feast with dishes symbolizing wealth, family unity, longevity, prosperity, and fullness, complemented by five different beers from Lucky Envelope Brewing.
Latona Pub, 5-10 pm

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4

Lunar New Year Celebration - Year of the Rabbit Add to a List
This Year of the Rabbit celebration will give you something to hop about with Chinese cultural dance, live entertainment, and vendor booths. Don't miss out on the much-loved neighborhood food walk, which will offer scrumptious bites from Chinatown-ID businesses.
Hing Hay Park, 10 am-3 pm

Lunar New Year Family Celebration Add to a List
Celebrate the good luck that the Year of the Rabbit holds with Seattle Asian Art Museum's artsy Lunar New Year offerings, including a community mural session with artist Juliana Kang Robinson, storytime and art-making with artist/author Julie Kim, and a lion dance by Mak Fai Kung Fu.
Seattle Asian Art Museum, 11 am-2 pm

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11

Seattle Night Market: Lunar New Year Add to a List
The Lunar New Year edition of this popular night market will include a "Drunken Dragon" performance from Mak Fai Kung Fu Dragon & Lion Dance Association. Aside from that, you can expect the standard market trappings, including makers, food trucks, DJs, and a bar.
Fremont Sunday Market, 5-11 pm

JANUARY 21-FEBRUARY 26

Monyee Chau and Tu'er Shen: a Lunar New Year installation Add to a List
Queer Taiwanese/Chinese artist Monyee Chau’s site-specific window installation celebrates the Lunar New Year with the curious tale of the Chinese folk deity Tu’er Shen, a rabbit who acts as "patron and protector of same-sex affairs."
The Grocery Studios

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