Oakland and Squirrel Hill
March 4
Various times

Chinese New Year festivities are underway worldwide, ushering in the Year of the Dog, which is associated with honesty, loyalty and wisdom.

Families have two wonderful ways to join the fun during Lunar New Year festivities this week, thanks to the efforts of local community and cultural organizations. Ring in the Lunar New Year with cultural performances, Asian arts and crafts, a parade and the flavors of Pittsburgh’s acclaimed Asian restaurants.

On February 24, head to St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Oakland, where the Organization of Chinese Americans will host its 31st Lunar New Year family-style dinner and benefit showcasing 15 authentic dishes created by Sichuan Gourmet’s master chef. Enjoy live music by Jin Yang, a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s famed Silk Road Ensemble who plays the four-stringed Chinese pipa.

On March 4, head to Pittsburgh’s diverse and eclectic Squirrel Hill neighborhood for the exciting culmination. Kicking off at 11 a.m., the Lunar New Year Parade will feature dazzling costumes and dance performances, a colorful 50-foot-long Chinese dragon and music from the award-winning Allderdice High School marching band. Led by grand marshal Pier Li, the parade will begin at Phillips and Murray avenues.