Lunar New Year Festivities Bring Cultural Awareness and Fun

Downtown Howell celebrates Asian New Year with winter festival and 5K

This Saturday, February 20, residents and visitors will experience a different type of New Year celebration as the 3rd annual Howell Lunar New Year Festival returns to downtown! This fun, family-oriented event highlights the downtown Howell community while offering an educational twist with exciting educational events at the Howell Opera House.  Plus, whether you are a serious or recreational runner, the popular Howell Dragon Run offers Howell students and adults the chance to get healthy and have fun with the 5K Run or Walk! 

Activities for the Day include:

Dragon Run 5K: The Dragon Run 5K race steps off at 10:00 a.m. at Challenger Elementary and continues throughout the Howell Public School grounds. Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each age category.  A special traveling Dragon Trophy will be unveiled and awarded to the overall race winner! Race registration is $30. Register today at:

Plus, a $100 prize will be awarded to the College or High School Track & Field team which has the most registrants! 

Entertainment - All entertainment takes place at the Howell Opera House including:

·        Noon: Lion Dance & Blessing of the Businesses
      1:00-1:30 p.m.: Stories from Singapore presentation by Dr. Heather Storm
      1:30-2:30 p.m.: Youth Interactive Cooking Demonstration with Chef Tom Lin
       2:30-4:30 p.m.: Hands On Interactive Activities from the MSU Asian Studies Program, along with Origami from the Howell Carnegie District                                      Library

Lunar New Year Six Course Dinner: Enjoy fine Asian cuisine from Food Network Cutthroat Kitchen Chef, Tom Lin, along with dishes provided by Downtown Howell Asian restaurants. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. This dinner is sold out for the 2nd year in a row! 

“We are proud to once again introduce Howell residents and visitors to this fun cultural experience targeting the whole family,” states Howell Main Street DDA Director Cathleen Edgerly.  With so many community organizations coming together to share the festivities, we look forward to bringing everyone closer to an understanding of other cultures and having a great time!

 The Howell Lunar New Year festival is an activity of the Howell Main Street Promotions Committee, held in conjunction with Richard Lim Photography, the Howell Opera House, and Howell Carnegie District Library.  Special thanks to event sponsors: Blue Care Network, Advanced Disposal, Citizens Hanover Insurance, J. J. Jinkleheimer & Co, Ann Arbor SPARK, 1st National Bank of Howell, Beauchamp Water, AmeriSpec Inspection Services, Jonna’s Market, and First Impression Print & Marketing.  Additional partners include Howell Public School, Playmakers, and Blue Frog Books.  For a complete list of event information, please