There are many Chinese New Year celebrations around Denver, but we consider the best to be the FREE lion dances performed by the Shaolin Hung Mei Kung Fu Association at the Far East Center, at Federal and Alameda. Show is Sunday Jan. 29, noon. More info here. These are LOUD shows with plenty of firecrackers and great gymnastics.
Our tips? Wear red, the color of the New Year. Make
sure you get there early (333 S. Federal) but don't even try to park in
the Far East Center lot. You will have to find neighborhood street
parking, and it
is crowded, so be prepared to hoof it. Also you want plenty of time to
peruse the fun Far East Center shops and pick up your basic Feng Shui
accessories, dragon figurines or delicious teas. There are plenty of
restaurants, but if you're low on funds be sure to hit the affordable
and amazingly delish Celestial Bakery. (Cash only for anything below $5
but they take credit cards for anything above that amount. bakery.) Try
the Cha Siu Bao (barbecue pork buns) or their highly addictive sesame
balls stuffed with red bean paste.