Where and how to celebrate Lunar New Year 2022 in Wichita

Lunar New Year

Happy Lunar New Year! It’s almost time to welcome the Year of the Tiger. There will be many events all over town. Churches, restaurants, and local businesses will be getting in on the fun. I have so many fond memories of my mother taking us out to celebrate and getting rich off fresh, crisp $2 bills and look forward to sharing that with my own child now.

I looked around for what’s taking place for the new year and rounded up some of the best events in Wichita to mark the occasion and help you celebrate. Please let us know if you see an event that we don’t have listed. Just send me over an email or drop it in the comments below.

Where to Celebrate the Lunar New Year

Saigon Oriental Restaurant 
Tuesday, February 1 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

“TET” CELEBRATION (Lunar New Year). This year, Saigon Oriental Restaurant celebrates the year of the Tiger! This will be an all-day event, on Tuesday, February 1st, 2022. Li Xi (Lucky Red Envelops) given to dine-in customers. Then at 12:30 p.m., the Lion Dance Performance (popularly known as Dragon Dance) will perform.

Wichita State University: Rhatigan Student Center
Tuesday, February 1 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Cosponsored with International Education, KVersity, St. Anthony Lion & Dragon Dance Team and Cultural Student Organizations. 2022 marks the Lunar New Year of the Tiger. Experience the traditions, activities and performances to celebrate the new year! KVersity will perform at 11:45 a.m. and St. Anthony Lion & Dragon Dance Team will perform at 12:30 p.m. For more information, contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at (316) 978-3034.

Asian Variety Show at the Kansas Star Casino
Saturday, January 29 at 8 p.m.

Enjoy the Asian Variety Show. It’s an all ages event that’s also free to attend for B Connected Members of the Kansas Star Casino. There’s a limit 4 tickets. Receive your tickets Now – January 28th, 2022.

Cultural Immersion TeaTime
Sunday, January 30 at 4 p.m.

Join us as we learn about cultures around the world! Each month we will feature a different culture and have a guest speaker from that culture. We will feature foods, desserts, and crafts from each. Drinks, face paint, and mermaids as well!

Lunar New Year

Where to Find the St. Anthony’s Lion & Dragon Dance Team

As you can see, a common theme at the events is St. Anthony’s Lion & Dragon Dance Team.

They are the 6th Generation of the Lion Dance Team of St. Anthony! Their history goes back to the 1990s. It has been over three decades, when the founders decided to form the team, their dedication made it into reality and grew to prosperity ever since.

They will be out in full force on six different dates over the next two weeks starting Saturday, Jan. 29. You will be able to find them at Pho MC #2, Thai An Market, Lemongrass, Chicken N Pickle, Pho Cao, and more. Here’s their full schedule which you can also find on their Facebook page:

Saturday, Jan. 29
12:30pm – Pho MC #2
2:30pm – Thai An Market
8pm – Lemongrass: Taste of Vietnam

Sunday, Jan. 30
11:30am – Royal Spa Nail Salon @Towne East Mall
12:30pm – Pho Cao
2pm – Thai Binh Supermarket
3:30pm – Magdalen Church Tet Celebration

Tuesday, Feb. 1
12:30pm – WSU Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s Lunar New Year Event @ WSU Rhatigan Student Center
6:30pm – All Saint’s Church Tet Celebration

Friday, Feb. 4
6pm – Chicken N Pickle

Saturday, Feb. 5
12:30pm – Pho Special
6pm – Cong Dong/Vietnamese Community Tet Event @ Thai Binh Supermarket’s Event Center

Sunday, Feb. 6
12pm – St. Anthony Church Tet Celebration
1pm – Saigon Bistro

If you know of any other events taking place for the new year, please drop them in the comments or send an email to wichitabyeb@gmail.com.

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