PHOENIX CHINESE WEEK 2024
YEAR OF THE DRAGON 4721
The Phoenix Chinese Week Committee, in cooperation with the City of Phoenix, the Phoenix Sister Cities, Inc., and the Phoenix Sister Cities Chengdu and Taipei Committees, is proud to present PHOENIX CHINESE WEEK 2024, a series of cultural, social, and educational events highlighting the diverse heritage of an ancient culture with 5,000 years of history.
Celebrate the Year of the Dragon and experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of the 34th annual Phoenix Chinese Week’s Culture and Cuisine Festival. Enjoy continuous live entertainment, including dragon and lion dances, folk dances, musical performances, tai chi, and martial arts demonstrations. Sample a variety of delicious Asian food from our food trucks and food vendors, chill out at our beer garden, have fun at the Children's Pavilion, shop interesting items from our merchandise vendors, check out our Koi fish and other exhibits, and participate in many hands-on activities. Test your skill using chopsticks at the chopstick challenge, take a selfie in full traditional Chinese costume, play a game of mahjong, learn how to use the abacus, try a Chinese Yo-yo, have your English name translated into Chinese characters, and much more!
YEAR OF THE DRAGON
2024 is the year of the Wood Dragon, starting on February 10th, 2024 (Chinese New Year) and ending on January 28th, 2025 (Chinese New Year's Eve). In Chinese culture, the dragon is said to represent authority, prosperity, strength, health, and good fortune. It is the only mythical creature in the Chinese zodiac.
People born in the Year of the Dragon are said to be charismatic, ambitious, intelligent, confident, adventurous, and fearless. They are not afraid of challenges and are willing to take risks. However, Dragons are sometimes regarded as aggressive and arrogant and are not open to criticism.
OFFICIAL GRAND OPENING CEREMONY FEBRUARY 3RD, 9AM
The Phoenix Chinese Week Committee, along with Phoenix Sister Cities, Inc., the Phoenix Sister Cities Chengdu and Taipei Committees, officials, and dignitaries, will officially kick off the Phoenix Chinese Week 2024 Culture and Cuisine Festival at the grand opening ceremony featuring traditional lion dance, dragon dance, performances, and entertainment.
THE PHOENIX CHINESE WEEK FESTIVAL INCLUDES...
The Children's Pavilion provides free children's cultural projects. Demonstrations of Chinese calligraphy with translating English names into Chinese, paper folding, folk art, paper cutting and other arts and crafts. Children of all ages can enjoy the cultural and fun hands-on activities.
SPECIAL KOI FISH EXHIBIT
The Phoenix Valley of the Sun Koi Club will conduct its annual Koi Exhibit during the Phoenix Chinese Week Festival. See hundreds of award-winning Koi fish as well as a Koi Equipment Trade Show. The Valley of the Sun Koi Club will be providing Koi education and history of the Koi.
TAIPEI DRAGON BOAT DISPLAY
A traditional dragon boat for races at the mid-summer Duan Wu Festival will be displayed. Dragon boat racing, a Chinese tradition dating back over 2,500 years ago, was to honor the poet and patriot Qu Yuan. This dragon boat is a gift from the City of Taipei, Taiwan to the city of Phoenix in honor of the historic friendship between the people of both cities developed through a Sister City relationship that spans over 40 years.
CHINESE CULTURE AND HISTORY BOOTH
See 5,000 years of Chinese culture on display. Learn how to use the abacus- the “Chinese Computer”- to solve mathematical problems and discover other inventions, including the printing block, kites, compasses and more. Traditional Chinese attire, pictures, puppets, tangrams, and other Chinese inventions will be exhibited. Cooking demonstrations at various times.
CHINESE NEW YEAR BANQUET
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2024
GREAT WALL HONG KONG CUISINE
3446 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix, 85017
6:30 p.m. - No-host Cocktail Reception
7 p.m. - Dinner
Join a celebration of the Chinese New Year and the conclusion of Phoenix Chinese Week 2024 with a delicious, authentic 10-course banquet of Chinese cuisine. The cost is $75 per person.