The Year of the Monkey is upon us and as DC returns to normal after the major snowstorm, we’re looking ahead to the weekend’s activities. The American Art Museum (8th and G St NW) will host a free family oriented Chinese New Year’s Festival on Saturday, January 30 in the Kogod Courtyard that’s perfect for all the kids (and parents) who might have cabin fever. From the Facebook page, here’s the line up:
Enjoy a variety of activities and demonstrations throughout the day including: traditional paper cutting, painting, and sculpting by Henan Folk Artists; calligraphy demonstrations with the Confucius Institute at George Washington University; mask coloring and Chinese knot making with the Confucius Institute at George Mason University; stories with the DC Public Library; calligraphy by John Wang; watching Bei Bei on the Panda Cam; plus red paper lantern making, coloring sheets, and making monkey hand puppets.
Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th & G Streets NW, Washington, DC
Full Schedule of Events:
11:30a—12p – Lion Awakening Ceremony and Dance – Yong Han Lion Dance Troupe
12—12:15p – Lion Parade – Yong Han Lion Dance Troupe
12:15p—12:50p – Traditional Chinese Music – Henan Performance Group (China)
1:00p—1:25p – Acrobatics – Henan Performance Group
1:40p—2:15p – Traditional Chinese Music – Henan Performance Group
2:30p—2:50p – Beijing Opera – Henan Performance Group
2:50p—3:00p – Closing Dance – Yong Han Lion Dance Troupe
This program is presented in partnership with the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China.