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Celebrate the 2017 Lunar New Year in University City

Here at the Moonrise Hotel, we love all things moon which includes the Lunar New Year! This year, the Lunar New Year kicks off on Saturday January 28, but here in University City, we are starting the celebration a night early. Check out all the stellar events happening around University City to celebrate the beginning of the year of the Fire Rooster!

2017 Lunar New YearLunar Brew Tasting

Create Space is hosting the Lunar Brew Tasting Friday, January 27, 2016, from 6 – 9 pm. While admission is free, you can purchase a beer passport for $25 which lets you try all the craft and international beers available. If you hurry up and RSVP you may be able to receive a free tasting of Urban Chestnut’s Moon Monkey Ginger Beer!

Lunar New Year Kickoff

The official kickoff of the Lunar New Year is at Mandarin House Banquet Hall on Friday, February 3, 2016 from 5 – 9 pm. Admission to the Lunar New Year Kickoff is free. There will be multiple performances throughout the night and a night market featuring Taste of Asia restaurants, artisans and retailers.


  • 6:00 –  St Louis Chinese School Performers
  • 7:00 –  Pinx Dance Studio
  • 7:30 – Kung Fu
  • 8:00 – DJ Packie

Lunar New Year Parade & Festival

The Lunar New Year celebration continues Saturday, February 4, 2016, from 11 am – 9 pm. Admission to the parade and festival is free! The parade begins at 11:30 am at Brittany Woods Middle School and heads north down 81st Street, and turns into the parking lot of Seafood City, ending at Mandarin House Banquet Center, 8004 Olive Blvd.

The Night Market at Mandarin House Banquet Center will be open from  12 – 8 pm and will offer Taste of Asia restaurants, artisans, and retailers. Plus, enjoy performances all day long!


  • 1:00 –  LION DANCE Kickoff
  • 2:00 – 4:00 Wash University LNYF Performances
  • 4:00 – DJ Smithie
  • 5:00 – Chinese Community Performers
  • 6:00 –  Pinx Dance Academy
  • 6:30 Kung Fu Studio
  • 7:00 – Jinu Park
  • 8:00 – DJ Smithie

10 Course Banquet Dinner

Finish out the Lunar New Year celebrations with a 10 course dinner on Friday, February 10, 2016 from 6 – 9 pm. Menus at each venue vary, but are packed with traditional Chinese dishes. Tickets are only $30 and include a complimentary drink!

  • LuLu Seafood, 8224 Olive Blvd. University City, MO, 63130  Get Tickets
  • Mandarin House, 9150 Overland Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63114 Get Tickets
  • Wonton King, 8116 Olive Blvd, University City, MO 63130 Get Tickets

If you aren’t able to make it on February 10, LuLu’s is hosting a second dinner on February 17, 2016.

With all the festivities, you might just need a bed close by. Book a stay with us and take the elevator home!