The Year of the Snake is here! Vancouver Chinese New Year celebrations take over the city this weekend, with three major events: the annual Chinese New Year Parade & Cultural Fair in Vancouver Chinatown, Year of the Snake at the International Village, and the multicultural Vancouver LunarFest 2013. All events are free.
Vancouver's annual Chinese New Year Parade winds its way through historic Chinatown this Sunday, February 17. Free fun continues before and after the Parade at the Chinatown Spring Festival and Cultural Fair at Sun Yat-sen Plaza (50 East Pender Street), Saturday - Sunday, February 16 - 17.
One of the biggest free Vancouver Chinese New Year events is held at Chinatown's International Village shopping centre (better known locally as Tinseltown), located at 88 West Pender Street. At Chinese New Year, over 150,000 visitors head to the International Village for three days of free festivities, including lots of live performances, traditional dance, and kids' activities.
Since its creation in 2009 as an arts and culture event for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, Vancouver LunarFest has become a non-traditional favourite among Vancouver Chinese New Year events. Dedicated to showcasing contemporary expression in Asian arts and culture, LunarFest honours the Lunar New Year with exhibits, performances, and free kids activities that present multicultural Lunar New Year traditions.
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