Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Winter Festival: Celebrating Lunar New Year

Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 – Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020

02:00 PM – 06:00 PM


Celebrate the Lunar New Year at the MFAH. This winter festival salutes the Year of the Rat with music, art activities, games, and more for all ages. Drop in! All festival activities are free.

The Brown Foundation, Inc. Plaza and Cullen Sculpture Garden
• A giant scroll with wishes of good luck and fortune for the Houston community
• Japanese ema plaques with wishes to hang from the trees
• Lion masks to bring good fortune
• Sparkling firecracker sculptures to scare away evil spirits
• Press & play with zodiac animal stamps
• Red paper lanterns to symbolize a bright future
• Mochi, a Japanese rice cake, with the Japan America Society of Houston
• Peach blossom paintings to help keep your family peaceful and healthy
• Origami with Asia Society Texas (4 p.m. to 6 p.m.)

The Brown Foundation, Inc. Plaza and BBVA Roof Garden
• Master of Ceremonies Van Thanh Thuy of Radio Saigon
• Elaine Tao of the Campbell Learning Center
• North American Youth Chinese Orchestra (2 p.m.)
• Vietnamese martial arts demonstration with Vovinam Lo Duc (2:45 p.m.)
• Kaminari Taiko drumming ensemble (3:30 p.m.)
• Houston House of Angklung (4 p.m.)
• K-Pop showcase with I.R.I.S., David Nunez, and WonderBox (4:30 p.m.)
• Lee’s Golden Dragon traditional lion dance (5 p.m.)

The Glassell School of Art 
• Chinese calligraphy with Peihong Endris
• Indonesian batik with Evita Pohan of the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia
• Animals of the zodiac with the Houston Zoo (4 p.m. to 6 p.m.)
• Vietnamese Culture & Science Association (VCSA) and traditional Vietnamese dresses
• Hanbok, traditional Korean dress with Han Narea (in Cullen Sculpture Garden)

The Glassell Coffee Bar
• Complimentary hot green tea
• Art of the Spirits Bar*
*Only ages 21+ may purchase and consume alcoholic beverages

The Brown Foundation, Inc. Plaza and Cullen Sculpture Garden
• Boba tea, smoothies, and snacks with the Bếp Teahouse
• Build-your-own pad thai bowl with Blue Orange World Cuisine
• Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine from Kim Son Restaurant
• Drinks and desserts with the Tea Cup Cafe
• Complimentary Asian pears from H-E-B

All festival activities are free. Admission to the Museum is available separately. For ages 12 & younger, Museum admission is always free.

► Plan ahead for your visit with parking information.


“Winter Festival: Celebrating Lunar New Year” is presented by: 


  • Wednesday, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Thursday, 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
    Friday - Saturday, 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Sunday , 12:30 pm - 6:00 pm
    • Monday (Except selected holidays) | Closed.
    • Tuesday | Closed.
    • Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day | Closed.
  • General Admissions

    • MFAH Members FREE
    • Adults $19
    • Seniors (65+ with ID) $16
    • Military (with ID) Free
    • College Students (19+ with ID) $12
    • Youth (13–18) $12
    • Children (12 & younger) FREE
    • Certain special exhibitions are ticketed, with an additional charge.
    *The Museum provides free admission to active members of the U.S. military and reserves with valid ID, as well as to military families with dependent cards. Available in person at any admissions desk.  General admission to the Museum is free on Thursdays, courtesy of Shell Oil Company.     Health & Safety Protocols: Before you arrive - The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is a private institution devoted to public service. We require health & safety protocols, which apply to the main campus, Rienzi, and Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens. Please visit https://www.mfah.org/visit/tips-for-visiting to review our campus protocols.

Directions & Parking

  • Free Parking
  • Paid Parking
  • Street Parking
  • Make visiting a snap! Visit mfah.org/parking for complete parking info, including a map you can download.

    Three Parking Garages        

    Parking Garage Hours

    Open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

    Parking Garage Fees

    • Parking payments may be made only with major credit cards, or with MasterCard and Visa debit cards.
    • On Thursday, parking is free for visitors who enter the Museum between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
    • For hourly rates, go to mfah.org/parking
      Recommendation for guests with limited mobility: Use the covered drop-off lane at the Main Street entrance to the Beck Building, or use wheelchair-accessible parking in the garage at 1144 Binz Street.

Special Offers / Dining

Paolo Fronza, from Fellini Caffè, runs this sophisticated dining operation. Enjoy an array of Italian-inspired fare with a Texas flair, a European-style coffee bar, a kids menu, and much more at the MFA Café, located on the lower level of the Beck Building.

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