Lunar New Year Celebration, Seattle, Saturday, Feb. 13; Tet in Seattle, Seattle Center, Feb. 13-14

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Welcome the Year of the Monkey at the Seattle Chinatown International District Lunar New Year Celebration Saturday, Feb. 13, and Tet Festival Vietnamese New Year at Seattle Center Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 13-14.

The Lunar New Year holiday, a centuries-old tradition in China and around Asia, celebrates family, ancestors and good fortune in the year ahead. Each year is represented by one of the 12 animals of the Chinese and Vietnamese zodiacs that brings its personality to the year and those born during it; 2016 is a Year of the Monkey — intelligent, witty, curious, mischievous and playful.

Seattle Chinatown International District’s celebration of the diversity and culture of our local Asian community opens with a traditional Lion Dance, with entertainment all day including martial-arts demonstrations, taiko drumming and cultural dance performances. Children are invited to wear their best cultural New Year’s outfit for the Children’s Parade and Costume Contest at 1:30 p.m., and there’s arts and crafts, games and other activities for kids in the Family Pavilion.

Seattle Chinatown International District Lunar New Year

Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13.

Location: Hing Hay Park, 409 Maynard Ave. S., Seattle, and surrounding neighborhood.

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Tet Festival Vietnamese Lunar New Year

Time: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 13-14.

Location: Seattle Center Armory and Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center.

More info: 206-684-7200 or

The Chinatown, Japantown and Little Saigon streetcar grand-opening celebration invites all to see the colorful new streetcar, parked in front of Wing Luke Museum from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday. Neighborhood restaurants offer tastes from China, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia at the Lunar New Year $3 Food Walk, with prize drawing from entries stamped with visits to five or more restaurants.

Tet Festival Vietnamese New Year Saturday and Sunday kicks off with a lion dance, drums and firecrackers to ward off bad luck and ensure a prosperous year ahead. Entertainment features headliners Vietnamese singers Lam AnhSaturday and Don Ho, performing hits from his 20-year career, Sunday. Other performances both days include Vietnamese opera, traditional folk music and martial-arts demonstrations. A marketplace serves noodle dishes, grilled meats and other traditional Vietnamese cuisine, and Kids ’n’ Tet has activities for kids of all ages both days. A Health Fair 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday only offers free blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol screenings and health insurance information.

It’s the 20th year for the popular celebration at Seattle Center Armory and Fisher Pavilion, one of 23 Seattle Center Festàl events by local cultural organizations on weekends throughout the year.