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Chinese New Year at Vancouver’s Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden

Lunar New Year at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden in Vancouver’s Chinatown hosts Chinese New Year celebrations at Lunar New Year with various activities and live performances.

In 2024 the event runs on the weekend of February 10th and 11th. Until a few years ago, admission has been by donation at Lunar New Year. This year, however, there is a fee.

The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden is a not-for-profit attraction. Proceeds from the annual event help fund maintenance and other programs and workshops.


Vancouver events at Lunar New Year


Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden’s Lunar New Year Event

Lunar New Year, also called Chinese New Year by people of Chinese descent, is celebrated all around the world. This year, Lunar New Year is on Saturday, February 10th. 2024 marks the year of the Dragon according to the Chinese Zodiac.

Many Lunar New Year celebrations happen in Metro Vancouver each year including Lunarfest, the Chinese New Year Parade, celebrations at International Village Mall and more. There are also special activities at the Chinese Canadian Museum. Another popular way to ring in the New Year is by visiting Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden in Chinatown. The beautiful oasis in downtown Vancouver hosts an annual event full of fun things to see and do.

The event in 2024 features arts and crafts, traditional food and performances. There are light engraving workshops on Saturday, February 10th. They cost $42 which also includes tea, a good fortune envelope and access to the gardens. The workshops run for about 2 hours and take place at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm.

On February 11th there are performances, fortune telling, calligraphy crafts and opportunities to buy food. Admission on this day is half the regular price for visiting the gardens. Consequently, it costs $8 for adults, $6.50 for seniors and $6 for children and students. The schedule for the Sunday in 2024 is the following:

  • 12:00 pm – Moon Gate Opens
  • 1:00 pm – Circus Performers
  • 1:30 pm – Storytelling
  • 2:00 pm – No Sweet Carolines & Chinese Diabolo Yoyo Performances


Chinese Canadian Museum



If you want to learn about Chinatown and Chinese history in Vancouver, then we highly recommend Historical Chinatown Tours with Judy Lam Maxwell. We went on one of the tours and were really impressed! It was very interesting, informative and fun. On our tour we also went to a restaurant in Chinatown for dim sum. It was delicious!

To learn more about the tours see our article about Historical Chinatown Tours (where you’ll also see a video which will show you a bit about what you can expect).


Historical Chinatown Tours


Lunar New Year Events in the Past

In the past, prior to the era of COVID, the Lunar New Year event at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden was called the Temple Fair. It was similar to the weekend event in 2024, but with a different name.

Prior to 2019, the attraction also hosted a special multi-day event called Lanterns in the Garden. It ran for about three weeks starting around the Lunar New Year. The photo above shows what one of the Lanterns in the Garden displays looked like in 2018. It was a very interesting event.


Chinese Lantern Exhibit at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden


Other Information

For more information about the Lunar New Year event, visit the Vancouver Chinese Garden website.

To learn more about the garden in general, check out our Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden article.

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