Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2021 in Seattle

Beer, Doughnuts, and More
February 8, 2021
As per yearly tradition, the Ballard brewery Lucky Envelope will be unveiling several new flavors for Lunar New Year. (Lucky Envelope Brewing)

This Friday, February 12, marks the beginning of the Lunar New Year and the Year of the Ox, which is said to usher in career advancement, success in business, prosperity, and wellness for all. Though celebrations will certainly look different in 2021, there are still plenty of ways to mark the occasion in Seattle, including themed food and drink specials (like Chinese-inspired beers at Lucky Envelope and red and gold glazed doughnuts at Raised Doughnuts) and in-person and virtual events (like a Lunar New Year Food Walk in the C-ID and the virtual Wing Luke Museum New Years All Year Round Festivities).


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FOOD & DRINK SPECIALS

Art of the Table
The locally sourced Fremont spot is offering a set of house-made wontons stuffed with shrimp, pork, and scallop filling for the new year, with shrimp broth, scallions, crispy garlic, and chili oil.
Fremont
Pickup

Ba Bar and Monsoon
From February 8-14, Seattle's stylish Vietnamese mini-chain Ba Bar and its sibling restaurant Monsoon will celebrate with bánh tét (a traditional rolled sticky rice cake) filled with pork belly and mung beans. Ba Bar will also be offering a combo with Wagyu pho and Chè trôi nước (glutinous rice dumplings in a sweet ginger syrup, also known as "happiness dumplings").
Various locations
Pickup, delivery, or in-person dining


BB6 (BaBaLio)
The Taiwanese pop-up's Year of the Ox spread is all sold out, but assorted á la carte dishes, including soy-braised pork feet, cucumber salad, red yeast pork belly, "Buddha jumps the wall" soup (bamboo, taro, shiitake, bamboo fungus, clams, Chinese ham, chicken thigh, and chicken and pork broth), sesame braised mushrooms with longevity noodles, and red bean nian gao (sweet red bean sticky rice cakes with jujubes and preserved egg yolk salt) are available for purchase through the website. The pop-up is also selling limited-edition Year of the Ox glass bottles from Republic of Cider, which come with a 50% discount on the cider of your choice when you bring them in to get filled. Pickup is available from Republic of Cider in SODO or Pete’s Market and Wine Shop in Eastlake.
SODO, Eastlake
Pickup

Chateau Ste. Michelle
The Woodinville winery is featuring dumplings (pork and chive, beef and onion, and pork and shrimp) paired with Chateau Ste. Michelle and Eroica wines at its tasting room, with pineapple cake for dessert. They're also selling Lunar New Year gift sets of wine bottles with red boxes and gold ribbons, and for fun, there's a 2021 zodiac calendar that suggests wines based on your Chinese zodiac sign.
Woodinville
Pickup, delivery, or in-person dining

Dough Zone Dumpling House
Through February 14, the crowd-favorite dumpling chain will throw in a free order of shrimp zucchini dumplings on orders $45 and over for takeout, delivery, and in-person dining.
Woodinville
Pickup, delivery, or in-person dining

Fuji Bakery
For a limited time, the French-Japanese bakery is making special-edition adzuki (red bean) milk macarons dressed up in festive red and gold for Lunar New Year and Valentine's Day.
Bellevue, Chinatown-International District, Interbay
Pickup

Gan Bei
This Hong Kong-style cafe and bar in the International District has got you covered with a menu for both Lunar New Year and Valentine's Day that includes a salad, appetizer, two entrees, dessert, and two cocktails. Choose from chicken arugula salad, XO sauce oysters, steamed black bean oysters, drunken clams, black bean clams, grass-fed butter garlic scallion prawns, Maggi pan-fried salmon, shakin' steak, and French toast with ice cream.
Chinatown-International District
Pickup or in-person dining

Kiki Bakery
This Taiwanese bakery is making tiramisu, French vanilla cake, mango mousse cake, and strawberry mousse cake, all topped with petite Lunar New Year decorations like tiny ox cutouts, red and gold lanterns, and lions. They also have nian gao (rice cakes) with coconut milk, red bean, and walnuts.
Bitter Lake
Pickup or delivery

Lucky Envelope
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 Ox. As they've made a welcome habit of doing, they'll release some new beers for the holiday, including a Coffee-Vanilla rendition of their Double Happiness Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter, as well as the tea-infused Metal Ox Juicy IPA, which will be available in cans. Other new brews include Li Hing Mui Pineapple Sour and Mijiaya Historic Chinese Beer, which is inspired by the starch and grains found in brewing vessels at the 5,000 year-old Mijiaya archaeological site in Shaanxi, Northern China. Onsite seating and takeout will both be available.
Ballard
Pickup or in-person dining

Petit Pierre Bakery
This French bakery is baking up cookies in the shape of lucky Chinese coins and red macarons with sparkling red sprinkles and gold glitter.
Magnolia
Pickup

Piroshki on 3rd
For their February "Piroshki Around the World" specials, this Russian bakery and cafe is focusing on Chinese dishes for Lunar New Year and making piroshkis stuffed with red braised pork belly and vegan kung pao "chicken."
Downtown
Pickup or delivery

Plenty of Clouds
This Capitol Hill restaurant inspired by the flavors of the Sichuan and Yunnan provinces is teaming up with the booking platform Resy and the website LUCKYRICE to serve a Chinese New Year menu for two, with Sichuan pork dumplings, spring rolls, lion's head meatballs, pea shoots, house-made longevity noodles, wild mushroom sticky rice, red braised pork short ribs with mustard greens, and nian gao (rice cakes). Add on beverages like the "Red Lantern" (hibiscus, lapsang souchong, lime, and soda), the "Ruby Slipper" (pomegranate gin, campari, and galangal), and sparkling gamay rosé from Domaine Lingot Martin. Ten percent of all proceeds will go to support local businesses in Seattle's Chinatown-International District.
Capitol Hill
Pickup

Raised Doughnuts
The Central District shop will fry up doughnuts in with a stunning red glaze and edible gold leaf accents for the holiday, available on Saturday and Sunday. When you purchase one, you'll also receive an adorable ox-shaped cookie for free.
Central District
Pickup

Regent Bakery
Dress up your meals with the bakery's house-made XO sauce (Chinese-style chili sauce with dried scallops and shrimps), offered for a limited time for Lunar New Year. They're also selling Chinese New Year rice cakes.
Capitol Hill, Redmond
Pickup or delivery

Republic of Cider
This SoDo cider taproom will be featuring special flavors inspired by the year of the ox. 
SoDo
Pickup or delivery

IN-PERSON EVENTS

Lunar New Year Food Walk
Dine on classic Lunar New Year dishes for $3 at participating eateries.
Hing Hay Park, Saturday, February 20

Lunar New Year Virtual 5k - Charity Event to Support Health Care Access
Run your favorite nearby trail during the week of the Lunar New Year in an official t-shirt, knowing that your ticket proceeds are benefiting International Community Health Services. 
Wherever you are, February 9–18

Newcastle Lunar New Year Giveaway
Newcastle's Aegis Gardens is giving away 100 sets of coloring pages, crayons, a traditional recipe card, and other surprises to ring in the Lunar New Year. Cruise up in your car and claim one while supplies last.
Newcastle, February 12

Tết in Seattle Restaurant Week
Restaurants across Seattle, including Macadon, Bambi, GoPoké, Vinason Pho & Grill, Terry's Kitchen, Siphouse, Mai's Kitchen, and Tamarind Tree, will offer discounts in honor of Tết, the Vietnamese celebration of Lunar New Year.
Various locations, February 12-21

VIRTUAL EVENTS

A Virtual Lunar New Year Event w/ The Evergrey + International Examiner
The Evergrey will celebrate the Lunar New Year with an online discussion focusing on the intersections of identity, culture, and food, followed by a cooking demo from panelist Hsiao-Ching Chou's new cookbook Vegetarian Chinese Soul Food.
February 12

APCC New Year Celebration
Tacoma's Asia Pacific Cultural Center will hold its annual celebration online this year, with drum ceremonies and performances honoring all nations that celebrate the Lunar New Year, including the Marshall Islands. Tune in on Facebook Live and YouTube. 
February 8-13

King County Library System Lunar New Year Story Time
Families can hear a Chinese New Year story in both English and Mandarin while they make traditional lanterns from home.
February 12–13

Sammamish Lunar New Year
Watch videos, workshops, and livestreamed readings on various modes of Asian cultural expression in this five-day Sammamish Lunar New Year affair.
February 12–16

Tết in Seattle
The 24th annual Tết in Seattle festival will be hosted on social media this year, promising storytelling events with Kim Vang (Feb 9, 6 pm), traditional Vietnamese performances and poetry by Lieu Quan, and cooking demos (ongoing) on YouTube to ring in the Year of the Ox.
Through February 12

Wing Luke Museum New Years All Year Round Festivities
While their New Year's All Year Round exhibit is currently closed to the public, the Wing Luke Museum is celebrating the year of the Ox with a day of online fun focusing on the many ways that different Asian American cultures celebrate the new year. You'll get to see pre-recorded lion dances and demonstrations, hear stories from local drag star Aleksa Manila, participate in a live arts and crafts session with Maya Hayashi (note that craft kits are currently sold out), and take a calligraphy and watercolor class with local artist Maggie Ho. You can also shop from an online market to get everything you need to decorate your home for the holiday.
February 13