If you're looking for an inexpensive way to celebrate Chinese New Year with the kids, there's a puppet show at 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through February 9 at Puppets Amongus Playhouse, 657 W. Saint Mary's Road.
St. Louis' small but busy Chinatown, at Seventh and Market streets, once was home to Chinese immigrants and their thriving businesses.
Jeremy Lai, 10, gets into his role as a lion. The festival was held at the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center at 1288 W. River Road and included activities such as folk dancing, kids games and martial arts. Cuisine from five areas of China also was available.
Members of Tucson Sino Dance perform at the festival. The dancers, from left, are Tao Luo, Ellen Zhu, Ying Zhang, Yue Cong, Tina Zhang and Lizhen Pang.
The Tucson Chinese Lion Dance Group works its way through the crowd during the Taste of China Festival. The festival marked the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Snake, a symbol of bounty and good luck.
Guzheng teacher Dong Xiao Zhang, behind, performs a duet with student Michelle Zhang 7, (no relation).
Yue Cong of Tucson Sino Dance performed during the Taste of China Festival at the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center on Feb. 9.
Chinese will celebrate the Lunar New Year on Feb. 10 this year which marks the Year of Snake.
Taste of China Festival organizers expect more than 2,000 people to sample food, play games, and watch demonstrations, and performances to welcome the Year of the Snake.
Organizers were serious when they named Saturday's celebration the Taste of China Festival. There will be food demonstrations from various regions of the giant nation. And of course, plenty to eat.
Each year the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center draws more people to its Taste of China Festival in celebration of the Chinese New Year.