Boulder's Sholin Hung Mei Kung Fu Assoc. always breathes humor, cunning and charm into the mythological Lion beasts. Be on the lookout for Dancing Lions as they visit Far East Center's shops and restaurants for Bai Nian - an impromptu series of performances meant to welcome in the New Year with good luck and fortune.
Can't make the Far East Center show on Feb. 10? No worries. Catch one of the Association's Lion Dances held at various restaurants and Chinese New Year events around Denver. Check out their schedule here.
Be advised that the celebrations are firecracker fueled, and it is pretty crowded event. For some of us, that's part of the charm. For others, it is the ninth ring of Hell. Most older kids love explosives and they'll love this event. Consider using earplugs for sensitive ears.
Leave time to peruse the fun Far East Center shops and acquire some basic Feng Shui accessories, dragon and snake figurines or delicious teas.
There are plenty of good restaurants at Far East Center, but don't miss the affordable and amazingly delish Celestial Bakery. (Cash only). Try the BBQ pork buns, addictive sesame balls stuffed with red bean paste, or custard tarts and cookies. The Far East Center, 333 S. Federal, near Alameda and Federal, Denver. More event info here.