Asia Society Texas Center

Family Day: Lunar New Year

Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 – Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019

12:00 PM – 04:00 PM

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2019 is the Year of the Pig, thought of as a gentle and friendly animal that represents generosity and diligence. Join us in welcoming the Year of the Pig with performances, art and craft activities, and food inspired by Lunar New Year traditions across Asia!

Dance to the beat of traditional lion dancers as they perform throughout the building. A limited quantity of red envelopes will also be given to children. Admission to our New Cartographies exhibition will be FREE.

Lunar New Year activities will also take place off-site at The Galleria on February 10 and February 16–17, 12–5 p.m.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Food and drink will be available for sale. Performances by Huaxing Arts Group Houston are ticketed.

Please check back for updates!


Chinese Calligraphy | 12–4 p.m.
Explore traditional writing styles and receive your name or a simple phrase in Chinese characters.
Presented by Huaxing Arts Group Houston

Pig Mask Making | 12–4 p.m.
In celebration of the Year of the Pig, create a fun project to take home.
Presented by Huaxing Arts Group Houston

Photo Booth | 12–4 p.m.
Make your own festive photo to remember the Year of the Pig.
Presented by Huaxing Arts Group Houston

Community Calligraphy Scroll | 12–4 p.m.
Have fun learning different writing styles from China, Vietnam, Japan, and other Asian countries for this collaborative scroll.
Presented by Huaxing Arts Group Houston

Chinese Handkerchief and Umbrella Dance | 12-4 p.m.
Enjoy an interactive dance demonstration, then learn classical performances requiring skill, balance, and concentration. Prizes will be awarded to the best dancers!
Presented by Huaxing Arts Group Houston

Japanese Greeting Cards | 12–4 p.m.
Create a Lunar New Year card with a message for friends and family using different templates and Japanese stamps, as well as origami and a variety of materials.

Mongolian Tsagaan Sar Camel Decorations | 12–4 p.m.
Design a project to celebrate the new year in Mongolia and one of the country's best-known animals, the two-humped camel.

Chopstick Challenge | 12–4 p.m.
Test your chopstick skills! Learn to use chopsticks and race against your family and friends to see who can move the most items using chopsticks.

Vietnamese Peach Blossom Trees | 12–4 p.m.
Have fun creating a collage celebrating Vietnamese peach blossoms.

Fortune Teller Cookie Jar | 12–4 p.m.
Create your own fortune cookie with paper and participate in our community fortune cookie jar.

Charm of Hangzhou: Exhibition of Hangzhou's Intangible Cultural Heritage | 12–4 p.m.
Enjoy a rare opportunity to witness the rich artistry of traditional Chinese artists of the Hangzhou region. Artists will be onsite to demonstrate their techniques, which include: Hangzhou embroidery, fan painting, paper umbrella making, bamboo paper making, boxwood carving, and woodblock printing.

Lion Dance | 1:30 p.m.
The lion dancers will perform on-stage in the Brown Foundation Performing Arts Theater at the conclusion of Huaxing Arts Group Houston's 1 p.m. performance before leading guests out of the theater and upstairs.
Presented by Shaolin Kung Fu Academy in Houston

FREE Tour of New Cartographies | 2 p.m.
Receive a free, docent-led tour of our current exhibition. Guests who are unable to join the tour can still enjoy complimentary admission from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Food for Purchase

Pondi at Asia Society Texas Center
Pondicheri's museum café offers a vibrant and innovative menu featuring everything from butter chicken to saffron shrimp and roti wraps.

Foreign Policy Food Truck
Foreign Policy offers gourmet fusion burgers, fries, and pitas inspired by Korean, Greek, Mexican, and American cuisine.

Mobile Mai's Food Truck
Mai's offers Vietnamese eats such as banh mi, vermicelli, and fusion fajita wraps.

Pepper Twins
Pepper Twins' authentic Sichuan dishes specialize in country-style organic Chinese cuisine. Their combination of natural flavors makes them unique based on traditions of Chinese culture.

Mochi ice cream, a Japanese confection made from pounded sticky rice with an ice cream filling, will be available for purchase.

Ticketed Performance

Huaxing Arts Group

Spring Festival: Splendor of Huaxing
TICKETS: $5 Members, $10 Nonmembers
Performance times at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The same dances will be performed during each performance.

To celebrate the 2019 Lunar New Year, Huaxing Arts Group will join Asia Society Texas Center to present a collection of Chinese music and dance. From modern interpretations of traditional tunes to classic folk dances, the performance will highlight a variety of performers and dance styles.

Huaxing Arts Group Houston is a civic organization of Chinese-Americans in the Greater Houston Area. The association has served the greater community through volunteerism, service, and cultural exchange with a patriotic focus on strengthening the Chinese-American community and its relationship to fellow citizens.

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Education and outreach programs at Asia Society Texas Center are made possible through generous funding from the George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation and Neiman Marcus. Additional support provided by the Friends of Education & Outreach at Asia Society Texas Center.



  • Tuesday - Friday, 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Closed Mondays and major holidays
  • Free and open to the public, with ticketed performances ($5 Members, $10 Nonmembers)

Directions & Parking

  • Free Parking
  • Paid Parking
  • Street Parking
  • Parking in Asia Society Texas Center's lot is $5 for 1-24 hours. Entrances on Caroline and Austin. Limited free and paid street parking also available.

Special Offers / Dining

An India-Inspired Café
Enjoy breakfast and lunch at Pondi! Pondicheri's museum café is open for extended lunch hours Tuesday through Sunday with a vibrant and innovative menu featuring everything from butter chicken to saffron shrimp salad and roti wraps.
Tuesday – Friday, 11 am – 5 pm
Saturday – Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm


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