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Lunar New Year - CANCELED

Saturday, January 29, 2022 |
11:00AM - 4:00PM ET

Two people in the Lion Costume performing the Lion Dance in the Museum.


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Out of an abundance of caution for everyone’s health and safety, we are cancelling our CultureFest! Lunar New Year celebration on January 29.

The Museum remains open with robust safety precautions in place, including requiring proof of vaccination for COVID-19, mask wearing, and maintaining social distancing.

Already purchased a CultureFest! ticket? A visitor services team member will be emailing you with more information.

Other virtual and in-person happenings are listed on our events calendar. We hope to safely welcome you soon.

CultureFest! celebrates the diversity of our region through tours, performances, discussions, crafts, and more. Join our signature in-person festival at the Museum and connect at home with themed virtual programs. Learn from local artists and community organizations as we explore global cultural traditions and illuminate our shared humanity.

The Penn Museum is thrilled to present our annual Lunar New Year celebration in partnership with Penn Lions! Many communities recognize Lunar New Year, including those who identify with Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, and Tibetan cultures. The holiday traditionally begins with the first new moon of the lunar calendar and ends 15 days later on the first full moon. This festive holiday originated as a time to rest from farm work and be with loved ones. The diverse customs of Lunar New Year include feasting, exchanging gifts, lighting exquisite lanterns, and making offerings to gods and ancestors.

Join us for virtual and in-person events that offer fun for the whole family, including a make-or-take arts activity, workshops, performances, and the beloved lion dance!

Festival Schedule

11:00 am - 4:00 pm Arts & Crafts Asia Gallery
11:00 am – 11:30 am Lion Dance Harrison Auditorium
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Cardboard Lion-Making Workshop Widener Lecture Hall
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Poetry Reading by Evan Wong Sphinx Gallery
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Pop-Up Lecture: The Lion Costume Inside and Out Rainey Auditorium
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Demonstration: The Martial Arts Behind the Lion Dance Harrison Auditorium
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Lion Dance Harrison Auditorium

Explore on Your Own

Digital Daily Digs

3-minute videos exploring our remarkable collections and their powerful stories.

At-Home Anthropology Activities

Fun hands-on activities you can do at home!

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About Our Partner

Penn Lions was founded at the University of Pennsylvania in 2007 with the mission to learn, teach, and perform the traditional art of lion dance in and around the Greater Philadelphia area. Since then, the troupe has grown to include 20 students with performances year-round in the mid-Atlantic region. In addition to regular performances on UPenn's Campus, Penn Lions has also performed at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, Georgetown University, Parx Casino, and numerous local weddings and celebrations. In 2010, 2013, and 2016 Penn Lions won the East Coast Intercollegiate Lion dance competition and hosted the event in 2012, 2014, and 2017 with colleges from across the east coast attending. To date, Penn Lions has given over 200 performances and workshops.