The Chinese New Year will begin on Feb. 5. This is the Year of the Pig. There will be many opportunities to celebrate the new year around the Las Vegas valley.
Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden
The Year of the Pig display features four happy, golden pigs, a breathtaking pavilion made of jade stone, a giant mother pig and her 8 piglets, a flower pagoda guarded by Chinese Fu Dogs, two majestic cherry blossom.
Caesars Entertainment Resorts
There will be 13 lively lion dances, including nightly performances at The LINQ Promenade, starting Feb. 6.
The full lion dance schedule includes:
2 p.m. – The Cromwell
2:45 p.m. – Flamingo Las Vegas
3:45 p.m. – Harrah’s Las Vegas
5 p.m. – The LINQ Hotel & Casino
12 p.m. – Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
1 p.m. – Paris Las Vegas
2 p.m. – Bally’s Las Vegas
5 p.m. – Caesars Palace
6 p.m. – Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino
China Poblano at The Cosmopolitan
China Poblano is celebrating Chinese New Year with the Grass is Always Green cocktail, $16.88; The Chicken or the Egg, $15.88; Goose Goose Duck with seared for gras, $15.88; XO Rice Noodles for $18.88; First of Jade made with forest mushrooms and jicama, $13.88; and Open Sesame, $8.88.
Chinese New Year at The Cosmopolitan
The Cosmopolitan will kick off celebrations with a lion and dragon dance at 3 p.m. Feb, 7. It will begin at the Las Vegas Boulevard entrance.
Additional, the digital columns in the hotel-casino’s lobby will display “Willa the Pig,” a new piece of custom designed digital art in celebration of the Year of the Pig, from Feb. 4-21
Red Plate at The CosmopolitanThe luxury authentic Cantonese restaurant, Red Plate, offers traditional Chinese cuisine in a refined setting. In celebration of Chinese New Year, Red Plate will open for lunch from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Feb. 5-10 and will offer a specialty dim sum lunch menu.
For dinner, guests can indulge in a ten-course “Emperor’s Feast” menu curated by culinary visionary Chef Yip Cheung. The dinner, priced at $388 per person for parties of four or more, is comprised of Roasted Pork Belly, Dried Oyster with Black Moss in Lettuce Cup, Braised Fish Fin Soup with Uni, Fish Maw and Goose Feet, Steamed Fish, Poached Chicken, Snow Pea with Bean Curd Skin, Classic Cantonese Sticky Rice, Sweet Sesame Rice Balls and Double Boiled Bird’s Nest Soup with Sweet Almond Soup.
The restaurant will also off a special Year of the Pig Cocktail Feb. 1-10.
Chinese Heritage Exhibition: Year of the Pig
This is an annual invitational fine art exhibit where the focus is on Chinese heritage. The coming 2019 Chinese New Year is the Year of the Pig. Artists will show pieces that include the pig and signifiers, images, or visual concepts that honor and celebrate Chinese tradition. The exhibit at Historic Fifth Street School will end on March 2.
Chinese New Year in the Desert/Spring Festival
The kick-off dinner and ribbon-cutting will begin at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 8. A ticketed V.I.P. dinner includes a family-style dinner and cocktails sponsored by Remy Martin, lions blessing, traditional dance performances, and a cultural fashion runway show. Tickets can be purchased for $125.
A parade will begin at noon on Feb. 9 in downtown Las Vegas. It will be followed by a party at Downtown Container Park. The family-friendly celebration will include lion dances, youth hockey clinic by Vegas Golden Knights, martial arts demonstrations, acrobats, traditional Chinese music performances and folk dances. Children can make lanterns and free t-shirts in the craft area throughout the day. All entertainment is free and open to the public.
The day will conclude with “Dance-4-for-a-Cause” benefiting the Las Vegas China Town Lions Club and the Las Vegas Vietnamese-American Lions Club. Participation is free; however, attendees are encouraged to bring toiletries, socks, and basic needs to help the less fortunate in our community. This year’s theme is “Building Community through Dance!”
Forum Shops at Caesars Palace
The annual celebratory dragon is back at Forum Shops, The 22-foot-long dragon features thousands of LED lights. A traditional dragon parade will take place at 9 a.m. Feb. 5.
Ping Pang Pong and the Noodle Exchange offer a wide variety of specialty Chinese dishes, dim sum and mini hot pots. In honor of Chinese New Year, Ping Pang Pong will present its traditional gold-brick shaped Golden Fortune New Year Sweet Rice Cake, symbolizing ascending prosperity, health and peace for the coming year. The classic offering is stamped with “999.9 Gold Bar” and will be available for purchase on Tuesday, Jan. 22 through Tuesday, Feb. 5. The specialty sweet rice cake will be priced at $13.88.
Hakkasan at MGM Grand
Hakkasan is reinventing the classic fortune cookie and offering both an a la carte and prix fixe specialty menu, as well as a curated cocktail. The specialty menu features a variety of small eats, main dishes and desserts. Small eats include Peking duck with crispy bean curd and mango, a dim sum duo with seafood sesame jian dui and shacha chicken puff, and a superior soup with Chilean seabass and bamboo pith. Main dishes include wok-fry lobster with spinach and lily bulb, rhug estate lamb with shitake, stir-fry pak choi with cryngii and pioppini, and crispy suckling pig with sticky rice. For dessert, guests will indulge in the wealth pot, featuring dark chocolate, mandarin and crispy hazelnut, or the fortune macarons. A la carte menu items are priced starting at $18. The prix fixe menu is available for $128 per person for a minimum of two guests.
In addition to the specialty menu, the luxury restaurant will also offer the ping jing cocktail during the near month-long celebration. The cocktail includes Haku vodka, Campari, vanilla liqueur, chamomile tea, blood orange, lemon and yuzu soda and is priced at $16.
Hakkasan will also host a traditional lion dance at 8 p.m. Feb. 5.
High Roller observation wheel
The wheel’s lights will turn red and gold to make the beginning of Chinese New Year on Feb. 6.
Starting Wednesday, Feb. 6 through Saturday, Feb. 9 - The LINQ Promenade will host Chinese New Year and the Year of the Pig celebrations.
Wednesday, Feb. 6
- 4:30 p.m.: Cultural performances by students from the New East West Chinese School.
- 5 p.m.: Ribbon cutting ceremony with Chinese dignitaries and government officials to kick off the multi-day festival at the Fountain Stage.
- 8 p.m.: Contortionists to perform.
Wednesday, Feb. 6 and Thursday, Feb. 7
- 8:15 p.m.: Nevada Ballet Theatre to perform.
Thursday, Feb. 7
- 5:20 p.m.: Miss Behave, a game show host, will entertain and engage the crowd with one of her series of games.
- 6:35 p.m.: Cultural performances by students from the New East West Chinese School.
Friday, Feb. 8 and Saturday, Feb. 9
- 5:00 p.m.: The Ed W. Clark High School marching band to perform.
- 7:35 p.m.: Japanese drum performances by Kaminari Taiko.
Friday, Feb. 8
- 5:20 p.m.: The traditional art form, Bian Lan, known as Chinese face-changing will be performed using colorful masks.
- 5:35 p.m.: Hula hoop performance by Posh Productions.
- 8:00 p.m.: Wushu, known as Chinese Kungfu to be provided by Posh Productions.
Saturday, Feb. 9
- 5:20 p.m.: Chinese performances provided by the Nevada Arts Academy.
- 5:35 p.m.: LED virtual reality show by Posh Productions.
- 7:50 p.m.: Musical performance by the Nevada Arts Academy.
- 8:10 p.m.: Nighttime LED nunchucks performance by Posh Productions.
- 6:00 p.m.: The Lohan School of Shaolin to perform the traditional lion dance.
- 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.: High Roller, the world’s largest observation wheel, will have multiple nightly lights shows every hour to signify the continuing recognition and celebration of the Chinese New Year.
- 6:35 p.m. and 7:35 p.m.: A series of performances and dances to be provided by The Nevada US-China Cultural & Education Foundation.
- Guests are invited to enter the drawing for Lunar New Year giveaways with winners announced nightly at 8:35 p.m. There are many opportunities for participants to win a variety of prizes, and a sneak peek of a select few being given away are a tequila flight tasting from Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar, a 4-hour rental of a Lamborghini Huracán from Royalty Exotics or a couple’s spa package from Qua Baths & Spa at Caesars Palace.
The M Resort will host lion and dragon dances at 6:15 p.m. Feb. 9. The dances will begin in the hotel lobby and be performed throughout the casino.
Palace Station will celebrate the Year of the Pig with a traditional lion dance. The lion will parade through the casino floor on February 10 at 7:30 p.m. In addition, guests can indulge in pork inspired dishes at Palace Station’s all-new Boathouse Asian Eatery in honor of the occasion. Highlights include fresh spring rolls (shrimp, pork, bean sprouts, lettuce, fresh herbs, peanut sauce); kimchi fried rice (BBQ pork belly, kimchi, fresh lime, scrambled farm eggs); or wonton noodle soup (pork dumplings, egg noodle, BBQ pork, bok choy, green onion, dry shallot, cilantro) to name a few.
A special buffet will be offer 4 to 9 p.m. Feb. 5 for $18.88. The special buffet will feature crab legs, steamed swai, clams with black bean sauce, and a selection of Steamed and Fried Dim Sum including BBQ Pork Buns and Shrimp Moneybags.
A Chinese Lion Dance starts at 9:30 p.m. Feb. 9. It will start at the casino valet entrance.
The Shops at Crystals
The Shops at Crystals will celebrate Chinese New Year Feb. 6. The Yusheng Noodle Toss will kick off festivities at 11 a.m. A traditional lion dance will begin at noon. Once the dance ends at 1:30 p.m. a Buddhist monk from the Blue Lotus Temple & Meditation Center will close the celebration with a traditional blessing. Guests are also invited to check out the 53-foot long dragon designed by Las Vegas floral artist Audra Danzak.
A festive lion’s dance will take place at 3 p.m. Feb. 15. The parade will culminate at the entrance to Peng Zu, one of the property’s newest dining experiences, featuring Asian favorites and authentic tastes.
The Asian restaurant Peng Zu is offering a delectable special menu starting Friday, Feb. 8 through Saturday, Feb. 16. The special menu will start with the choice of a mixed green salad or a corn and chicken egg-drop soup. The main entrée options feature the choice of pan-fried seabass for $28; stir-fried beef with ginger and scallion for $26; chicken egg foo young for $22; and braised mushroom with lettuce for $20. Each main entrée will be served with the choice of steamed or brown rice. For reservations, please call (702) 636-7111.
2019 Chinese New Year Celebration in Chinatown
Chinatown Plaza is hosting its annual Chinese New Year Celebration from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 17. As the largest and most-anticipated Asian cultural event in Southern Nevada, the Chinese New Year Celebration will feature traditional foods, vendor exhibits and entertainment for the entire family. Entertainment will feature the 150-foot long dragon parade, Chinese lion dance, Chinese kung-fu and martial art demonstrations, Chinese acrobat, Japanese taiko drummers and Korean dance. Entertainment will be between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children ages 6-12. Children 5 and under are free.
MGM Resorts International is celebrating Lunar NewYear 2019, the Year of the Pig, with festive dragon and lion dances, spectacular displays and authentic cuisine at a variety of restaurants.
Dynamic and colorful dragon and lion dances will commemorate the Year of the Pig at Bellagio, ARIA, MGM Grand and Park MGM:
- MGM Grand – Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 4 p.m. inside the main lobby with a processional through the casino.
- PARK MGM – Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. inside Eataly with a processional through the casino into the hotel lobby.
- Bellagio – Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 4 p.m. at the main porte cochere with a processional through the casino.
- ARIA – Thursday, Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the main valet with a processional through the casino. A special performance by Las Vegas’ Green Valley Ranch Marching Band will open the ceremony at 6 p.m.
Additionally, the lobbies at MGM Grand and ARIA have been decorated for the holiday. Select MGM Resorts International restaurants are honoring the Year of the Pig with festive menus and specials. Highlights include Premier X.O. Rice with Lobster at Noodles atBellagio, Braised Sea Cucumber at Jasmine at Bellagio, Braised Whole Abalone atLemongrass at ARIA, Brittany Blue Lobster Sashimi at Morimoto Las Vegas at MGM Grand, Sweet Rice Chicken at Noodle Shop at Mandalay Bay and Chinese Roast Pork Belly at Rice and Company at Luxor.
Mott 32 at The Palazzo at The Venetian is celebrating Chinese New Year with a special prix-fixed menu from Feb. 2 to 12. Menu highlights include whole Maine lobster and Australian abalone salad, pan-fried Spring onion cake, Wagyu beef puff, steamed chicken filet, king prawns, sautéed jade scallops, assorted garden green and truffle fried five-grain rice. Cost is $98 per person.
TAO at The Venetian
For Chinese New Year, TAO will offer a special menu February 5 commemorating the Year of the Pig. The menu is $85, or each dish is available ala carte. The four course menu includes: Sesame scallion bread, topped with Glazed roast pork and roasted sesame dip; Black truffle and spicy pork soup dumplings; Crispy Cantonese Pork belly and orange pork chow fun; Chinese New Year Firecracker Mandarin Cheesecake, Valrhona's Illanka Chocolate Cremeux, Pop Rocks.
The Orleans will host a Chinese New Year Gala on Feb 6. Tickets start at $28. Ondori Asian Kitchen will offer a special Chinese New Year menu from Feb. 4-6. The special menu will feature steamed whole bass fish for $28.88; fat choy pork feet for $28.88; dried oysters with lettuce for $68.88; traditional lucky New Year sweet rice cake for $8.88; and lobster with mung bean noodles and masago for $88.88. For reservations, call (702) 365-7111. Ondori will also be shaking up a hand-crafted Chinese New Year cocktail available throughout the month of February called the “Mandarin-tini” for $12.
Tropicana Las Vegas
Tropicana Las Vegas will kick off the Year of the Pig with a special Chinese New Year celebration on Feb. 8 at 8 p.m. Guests will be treated to a traditional lion dance held on the casino floor.
Tropicana Las Vegas invites guests to visit Red Lotus Asian Kitchen where Chef Steven Leung has crafted a Chinese-inspired Western menu perfect for the new year celebration. Patrons can indulge in special pork-inspired dishes such as a steaming plate of pork pot stickers or a warm bowl of BBQ Pork Egg Noodle Soup. Guests can pair these pork dishes with some of the restaurants many unique offerings of tea, soda, wine, and sake.
The resorts waterfall atrium has been decorated to commemorate the Year of the Pig. There will be a lion dance at 3 p.m. Feb. 5, starting in the porte cohere and winding through lobby and casino. A traditional fan dance will take place at 3:45 and 4 p.m. in the Grand Canal Shoppes. Mott 32 is offering a special prix fixe menu that includes king prawns, jade sea scallops and more Feb. 2-12. Black Tap Craft Burger & Beer will offer a special Chinese New Year Shake Feb. -10. Hong Kong Cafe at The Palazzo will also offer a special menu Feb. 2-11. Leon Lai performs Feb. 8 and 9 in The Palazzo Ballroom.
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