Lunar New Year Celebration: Year of the Horse celebration, lion and dragon dances, taiko drumming, martial arts, children’s costume parade; cultural activities, calligraphy, origami, games and activities, vendors, food walk with $2 tasting menu at local restaurants, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, Hing Hay Park, 409 Maynard Ave. S., Seattle (www.cidbia.org).
Year of the Horse Festival: Celebrate Lunar New Year with live music, performances, art-making, family tours, dress-up area, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, Seattle Asian Art Museum, 1400 E. Prospect St., Seattle; free museum admission (seattleartmuseum.org
Snohomish GroundFrog Day: Snohomish Slew the frog arrives by fire engine to make “frognostication” on when spring will arrive in the Northwest, with kids’ crafts, jump-rope competition, music, dancing, mascots, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Snohomish Event Gazebo, 10 Ave. A, Snohomish (historicdowntownsnohomish.org).
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AT THE MOVIES
“Oscar-Nominated Short Films”: The 10 nominees in the best short categories (animation and live action, in separate programs) are presented in this annual pre-Oscar showcase. Both programs open Friday, Jan. 31, at the Harvard Exit.
“Labor Day”: A new drama from writer/director Jason Reitman (“Young Adult,” “Up in the Air”) about a single mother and a convict, played by Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin. It opens Friday, Jan. 31, at several theaters.
“That Awkward Moment”: Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller star in this modern romantic comedy. It has late-night previews Thursday, Jan. 30, and opens at several theaters on Friday, Jan. 31.
“At Middleton”: A college-set romance that features Andy Garcia and Vera Farmiga, and was filmed at Spokane’s Gonzaga University and Pullman’s Washington State University. It opens Friday, Jan. 31, at the Sundance Cinemas.
For reviews and showtimes, go to seattletimes.com/movies or to Friday’s Weekend Plus section.
For more fun this weekend, see Friday’s Weekend Plus. For advance planning, see Sunday’s NW Traveler.