It’s time to say ‘goodbye’ to the year of the Monkey and ‘hello’ to the year of the Rooster!

According to the Chinese zodiac, the Rooster represents fidelity and punctuality, for it wakes people up on time. People born in the year of the Rooster are beautiful, kind-hearted, hard-working, courageous, independent, humorous and honest. They like to keep home neat and organized. On the other side, they might be arrogant, self-aggrandizing, persuasive to others and wild as well as admire things or persons blindly.

If you are in the city of Calgary from January 28 – February 12th, then here are the places that will be observing the festival.

2017 Year of the Rooster Chinese New Year Carnival

Dates: Saturdays and Sundays until February 12

Kicking off on the 21st of January, the lion dance and other performances and music will be celebrating every weekend until the 12th of February.  Highlights include a Chinese lantern display with riddles in English, Mandarin and martial arts demonstration along with traditional food and indoor bazaar and more.  Market Collective will also be at the Cultural Centre on February 3rd – 5th.

Admission: $5

Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre, 197 1 St. S.W.,


Chinese New Year Lion Dance in the East Village

Date: Saturday, January 28

The East Village and the Jing Wo Cultural Centre are ringing in the Year of the Monkey with a traditional lion dance along the RiverWalk at 4 p.m. Come early and sample a variety of Chinese pastries and sip on some green tea in the East Village Sales and Experience Centre. This is a free event.

East Village Sales and Experience Centre, 553 Riverfront Ave. S.E., 403-264-0309,


Sien Lok 48th Annual Chinese New Year Gala Celebration

Date: Saturday, February 11

This cultural and fundraising event begins at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails. The Chinese dinner and entertainment kicks off at 7:15 p.m., which is followed by a dance and live band at 9 p.m.

Tickets are $98 per person.
The dress code for the event is either formal or traditional Chinese attire.

Regency Palace Seafood Restaurant, 328 Centre St. S.E.,


Visa Infinite Dinner at Foreign Concept

Date: Saturday, January 28

Chef Duncan Ly, Chef Junhee Lee and Chef Roy Oh will be preparing and sampling traditional Chinese New Year dishes, along with their less traditional menu (like charcuterie). Expect to sample traditional Chinese New Year dishes like moon cake as well as some dishes that are a little less traditional like charcuterie.

Tickets are $155 per person.
Reserve your spot ahead of time by calling 1-888-711-9399 or visiting

Foreign Concept, 1011 1 St. S.W., 403-719-7288,;


Chinatown District Lunar New Year Reception

Date: Wednesday, February 8

This banquet is presented by the Calgary Chinese Merchants Association and the Chinatown District Business Revitalization Zone. The event includes a traditional Chinese dinner, performances and networking opportunities. The dress code is either business wear or traditional Chinese attire.

Tickets are between $28 and $38 per person.

Regency Palace Seafood Restaurant, 328 Centre St. S.E.,


Chinese New Year at Deane House

Date: Saturday, January 28

Chef Matthias Fong of River Cafe joins Chef Jamie Harling of Deane House to celebrate Chinese New Year with a special dinner. There will also be an a la carte menu.  The Chefs will be creating 8 sharing plates that pay tribute to the Chinese New Year traditions.  There will be mooncakes.

Deane House, 806 9 Ave. S.E.,


If there is something happening at your restaurant or your business in celebration of Chinese New Year, please send an email at to be added to the list! 

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