Photo by Adam Lu.

Lunar New Year on The Pier

Pier 62 | Free
Sunday January 22, 2023, 2–4 pm
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Celebrate the Lunar New Year with a lion dance by the Mak Fai Kung Fu Club and fire pits on Pier 62!

All ages welcome

The Year of the Rabbit officially starts January 22, 2023 per the lunar calendar. Join this joyous tradition to bring good luck and drive away evil spirits with a lion dance on the waterfront from 2pm-2:30pm. This dance will not only feature drums and cymbals, but also, weather permitting, jongs—a series of poles on which the performers will balance! Be sure not to miss this amazing performance by the talented Mak Fai Kung Fu Club.

Seattle artist Monyee Chau will also be presenting a visual arts experience, featuring illustrations that honor the Rabbit, the Cat, and the customs that come with the new year and to share the deeper meanings and understandings behind them.

Local favorites Katmandu Momocha and Gourmet Noodle Bowl will be present, selling hot, delicious food for the duration of the event.

This event also marks the opening of our new fire pit on Pier 62, so be sure to come by to watch the dance while staying toasty on the Pier!

WEATHER NOTE: this event will happen rain or shine, but for the safety of the dancers, if it is rainy the lion dance will be done on the ground rather than on jongs.


2:00pm – 2:30pm: Lion dance by Mak Fai Kung Fu Club

2:00pm – 4:00pm: Food trucks and Local vendors

Fire pit will be lit for the duration of the event.


Ceremonial dragons consisting of two people in each costume, dancing --sometimes on tall poles!

About Mak Fai Kung Fu Club

Mak Fai Kung Fu Club was established by Grandmaster Mak Hin Fai in 1974. We specialize in the Hung Sing Choy Lay Fut style Kung Fu and Southern style lion dancing. Mak Fai is Seattle’s premier lion dance troupe, performing hundreds of shows year round. We aim to enrich and promote lion dancing in the Greater Seattle area and keeping the tradition alive by teaching the younger generations in the community.

Specializing in professional lion and dragon dance performances for all occasions.

We offer traditional Chinese martial arts lessons for all ages.

Photo by Sunny Martini.

Photo by Sunny Martini.

About Monyee Chau

Monyee Chau (they/them) is a queer Taiwanese/Chinese American artist based in Seattle. They received their BFA from Cornish College of the Arts in 2018. Monyee works with themes of labor, ancestral healing, and community building spanning through multiple mediums spanning from graphic illustration to sculpture. They have exhibited and curated at Pilchuck Glass School, Bellevue Arts Museum, Wing Luke Museum, Museum of Northwest Art, throughout Seattle and internationally.

2022 Lunar New Year Lion Dance by Mak Fai Kung Fu Club - Photos by Adam Lu

Photo by Adam Lu.

CID Lunar New Year Celebration

After joining us on the Pier to ring in the Lunar New Year, be sure to mark your calendars for the CID Lunar New Year Celebration on February 4th!


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Hosted by Friends of Waterfront Seattle

Friends of Waterfront Seattle (“Friends”) is the nonprofit partner to the City of Seattle responsible for helping to fund, build, steward, and program the park — today and into the future. In deep collaboration with individuals, communities, and institutional partners, Friends’ mission is creating, caring for, and activating a renewed place on Seattle’s central shoreline to connect — to the water, to the mountains, to our city, and to one another. In addition to raising $110M by 2024 to fund park construction, Friends will provide funding and manage the programming and operations of the future Waterfront Park through a joint-delivery partnership with Seattle Parks & Recreation. Park construction has begun following the Viaduct’s removal and the first piece of the park — Pier 62 — is now open.

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