The Crow Collection of Asian Art’s annual Chinese New Year Festival has been around for as many years as the collection itself has — which is 16, in case you haven’t been keeping track. An estimated 15,000 people are expected to attend the daylong festival on Saturday, February 21, celebrating the Year of the Ram.
Here are five reasons why they’ll be there:
1. How often can you pet sheep and lambs in downtown Dallas?
In addition to the petting zoo (11 am-5 pm), kids can also get their face painted on Flora Street. (Olive and Pearl streets will be closed to traffic.)
2. You can fill an envelope full of coins and feed it to a lion for good luck all year.
Inside the museum, from 11 am-7 pm, you can decorate a traditional Chinese New Year envelope with gold stamps and feed it to the colorful lion dancers to ward off evil spirits, create your own Chinese lantern, make a headband to celebrate the creative talents of people born in a Year of the Ram, and build a firework display to celebrate the year at home.
3. Any excuse for a food truck.
Bombay Chopstix, Mad Grill, Spin Sushi, My Cupcake Garden, Bobaddiction are just a few of the trucks that will be onsite.
4. You can put all those hours staring at the Chinese New Year paper placements at Asian restaurants to good use in the Year of the Ram trivia game.
5. An Asian comedic magician will be there. Enough said.
Well, almost enough. On the main stage, entertainment includes live music from Chinese folk singers, the Huayun Chinese Orchestra, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Dallas Asian American Youth Orchestra, and SMU Meadows World Music Ensemble. Guests can also enjoy traditional lion and dragon dances, the UTD Chinese Dancing Crew, and the Jasmines Chinese Dance Troupe.
In addition to the above, a professional gallery educator will give a tour of the Crow’s newest exhibition, Benevolence and Wisdom: New Gifts from the Collection of Trammell and Margaret Crow (2-4 pm). And Friends of the Crow Collection have access to light refreshments, a calligraphy demonstration by TAO Arts, and traditional Chinese and dessert buffets in a special members lounge.
The Chinese New Year Celebration takes place on February 21, 11 am -7:30 pm, at the Trammell & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art, 2010 Flora St. 214-979-6430.
The best part? Admission is free.