Year of the Dog

The Oakland Museum celebrates the Chinese New Year on Feb. 24. 

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The Oakland Museum of California rings in the Year of the Dog during its 17th annual Lunar New Year Celebration and Other Asian Traditions on Sunday, Feb. 25 from noon to 4:30 p.m.

The event features activities for the entire family, celebrating the many time-honored traditions of diverse cultures represented in California, including Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Japanese, Tibetan and other Asian cultures with an array of arts, crafts, food, demonstrations, live music, dance, martial arts, and more.

The day’s performances and activities include: students from the Developing Virtue Secondary School performing traditional lucky lion and dragon dances; a magic show by illusionist Calvin Kai Ku; Japanese imperial court music by Northern California Gagaku Group; taiko drumming by Jiten Daiko; a colorful Philippine folk dance by American Center of Philippine Arts; a martial arts demonstration by Vovinam America; Chinese yo-yo tricks by Foothill High School; modern K-Pop dance by Korean Performance Group; and more traditional music, dance, and drumming.

Take part in hands-on activities and cooking demonstrations throughout the day, including how to drink Gong Fu tea and make Vietnamese spring rolls, make Tibetan prayer flags with Thangka painting master Jamyong Singye, and create your own Bok Jumoni, a traditional Korean lucky bag with artist Youngmin Lee. Play I Ching games with School of Yimutology, have your fortune told, and visit the Little Explorers Petting Zoo. To honor the Year of the Dog, the Family Dog Rescue will be on site with adoptable dogs. Enjoy an Asian-influenced food menu available in the Museum’s Blue Oak café, as well as a selection of food trucks.

All activities are included with Museum admission. Visitors are encouraged to use public transportation. Limited flat rate parking will be available during the event for $7. Full program details can be found at museumca.org/LNY2018.

The Oakland Museum of California is at 1000 Oak St., at 10th St. in Oakland. Museum admission is $15.95 general; $10.95 seniors and students with valid ID, $6.95 youth ages 9 to 17, and free for members and children 8 and under. There is a $4 charge in addition to general admission pricing for special exhibitions.

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