The holiday season may seem long over, but that doesn’t mean the festivities are. The Chinese New Year is now upon us, and from traditional Chinese music and dance to a 5K marathon, Desert Living Today has rounded up the Valley of the Sun’s best ways to bring on the Year of the Dragon:
1. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, January 28, the Musical Instrument Museum will present traditional Chinese folk songs, dance, martial arts and original artwork. Learn even more about Chinese instruments in one of the docent-led mini-tours of the China exhibits, eat from a Chinese-inspired menu at the MIM Café, or make a fun, easy craft. Free with museum admission.
2. Beginning today, Stingray Sushi and Jimmy Woo’s Sushi & Asian Bistro will ring in the Chinese New Year with special traditional food and happy hour specials daily. The Year of the Dragon is said to bring excitement, unpredictability, exhilaration and intensity. Sounds like a good reason to get out more.
3. Prepare your body for such a rockin’ year with Running Masters’ 5K “Wok and Run” at Papago Park February 5. There will be age division medals in the run (5 year splits) and for the walk (10 year splits). There will also be a continental breakfast, plenty of door prizes and a free kids dash. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and is $22 for early registration, $25 after January 29 and $30 the day of the race.
4. In honor of the 15-day Chinese celebration, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro is rewarding their guests with a red envelope containing an unknown reward. The red envelope, which is a traditional Chinese gift of the New Year (red symbolizes good luck and also wards off evil spirits), will contain either a discount on the meal, a free appetizer or dessert. On the guests’ following visit, a P.F. Chang’s manager or server will open the envelope and reveal its contents, which guests will have until March 4 to redeem. In addition to the reward, the restaurant has partnered with Tsingtao Lager to create Dragon Punch, a specialty cocktail featuring Tsingtao, Skyy Infusions Dragon Fruit Vodka and hot sauce Sriracha for a balance of sweet and spice. For more info, click here or visit the restaurant’s Facebook page for a virtual version of the red envelope giveaway.