Lunar New Year Festivities Bring Cultural Awareness and Fun to Downtown Howell

Howell celebrates Asian New Year with winter festival and 5K


Howell, MI – This Saturday, February 4, residents and visitors will experience a different type of New Year celebration as the 4th annual Howell Lunar New Year Festival returns to downtown! This fun, family-oriented event highlights the downtown Howell community while offering an educational twist on a cultural celebration.  In addition, 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 Dragon Trophy will also be unveiled and awarded to the top female, male and youth race winners! Race registration is $30. Register today at:

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

  • 12:30 p.m.: Lion Dance & Blessing of the Businesses
  • 1:45 p.m.: Youth Interactive Cooking Demonstration with Chef Tom Lin
  • 3:00-4:00 p.m.: Crafts and Hands-On Asian-themed activities
  • 4:00-4:30 p.m.: Godaiko Drummers Concert
  • 6:30 p.m.: Lunar New Year 6 Course Dinner

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. 
New: Celebrity Chefs Steve Bearden, Chef Jeffrey Bane (Cleary University), and Chef Blue (Simply Fresh Market) will be entertaining dinner guests with a friendly “Chopped” competition. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. This dinner is sold out for the 3rd year in a row! 

“We are proud to bring this fun cultural experience, to Howell residents and visitors,” states Howell Main Street Inc./DDA Director Cathleen Edgerly.  With so many community organizations partnering to share the festivities, we look forward to bringing everyone together to build a greater appreciation and understanding of other cultures, while they have a great time in downtown Howell!

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 Carnegie District Library, Howell Public Schools, and Livingston Arts Council.  Special thanks to event title sponsor: Kellogg Family Foundation, as well as other Lunar New Year sponsors: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Blue Care Network, First Impression Print & Marketing, J. J. Jinkleheimer & Co, 1st National Bank of Howell, Beauchamp Water, AmeriSpec Inspection Services, and Jonna’s Market.  For a complete list of event information, please visit:

About Kellogg Family Foundation:
The Kellogg Family Foundation presents three generations in medicine, education and charity. This foundation exists because of the success, commitment and generosity of the benefactors Edward M. Kellogg and wife, June Ellen Kellogg. The Kellogg Family Foundation's Focus Areas include:
I. Setting up dental/ missionary clinics in countries such as Mexico, South America or other underserved parts of the world

II. Support local programs

III. Support local churches and spiritual growth

IIII. Create opportunities for local organizations to branch into new areas of need and expand existing programs to serve more people

V. Provide education and support for our future generations through education initiatives and programs for area youth.

The purpose to the foundation is to the support the goals and aspirations that the Kellogg’s had in their lifetimes. The Legacy will continue. These ideals will be directed, grown and supported by future Kellogg decedents and board members. The future board will carry on the wishes and generosity of the Edward and June Kellogg Family Dentistry Foundation.
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