Chinese Near Year is the most significant time in the Chinese calendar. It is based on the ancient Chinese lunar calendar and falls on the second new moon after winter solstice, which is why the festival’s date changes every year.

Toronto’s Chinatown is one of the largest in North America.  To kick off the Year of the Dog in 2018, Toronto will play host to a number of events.  The celebrations start on Friday, February 16 and will run for around two weeks in varying forms, ending on March 2. Here’s some that we recommend:

Parades, Activities and Celebrations


  1. Chinese New Year Gala

CNTV’s Chinese New Year Gala 2018 is the largest and the costliest extravaganza for the Chinese Community in Canada. Over eight hundred elite artists from Mainland China and Canada perform in the preeminent social networking event for the Chinese community.

Chinese New Year Gala

Where: The Sony Centre for Performing Arts
When: Thursday, February 15, 2018 from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM


  1. Toronto Symphony Orchestra

The dazzling celebration by Toronto Symphony Orchestra for the whole family features fun-filled music from both Chinese and Western origins, plus costumes, dancing, and more. Performance by Xiaoqiu Lin and Erhu, followed by lion dancers from the Wushu Project are anticipated. You wouldn’t want to miss the festivities!

Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Where: Roy Thomson Hall
When: Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM & 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM


  1. Chinese New Year Gala 2018

Chinese New Year Gala 2018 is hosted by the City of Markham, as well as, CASK (Council of Amateur Sport Kickboxing). The Shaanxi Radio & Television station will join this gala by producing 6 shows. The evening will consist of singing, dancing, and kickboxing and mini-comedy skits.

Chinese new year gala

Where: FLATO Markham Theatre
When: Sunday, January 28, 2018 from 7:00 PM. to 10 PM


  1. Chinese New Year at Markham Public Library

Ring in the New Year with fun for the whole family and Celebrate Chinese New Year at Markham Public Library!

Where: Milliken Mills Library
When: Sat, 17 February 2018 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.


  1. Chinese New Year Children’s Funfair with Panda Mandarin

A cultural event is hosted for the entire family with activities including fun games, crafts, and even a traditional lion dance (Chung Wah Kung Fu), all designed to give children a sense of the festivities and immerse in the celebration of Chinese culture and Chinese New Year. Also, a professional photo booth (Alice Xue Photography) this year to help little ones get into the spirit even more!

Where: Armour Heights Community Centre Children’s Committee
When: Sun, February 11, 2018 from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST


  1. CCEMP 2018 Annual Meeting and Spring Festival Lunch

The Annual Spring Festival lunch hosted by Association of Chinese Canadian Environmental & Municipal Professionals (CCEMP). The afternoon will consist a brief discussion on past year’s financial summary along with results announcement & sponsorship acknowledgement.

Where: Dragon Pearl Buffet
When: Wednesday, 3 February 2018 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM


  1. Mandarin Chinese Conversations Workshop

Mandarin Chinese conversational workshop, hosted by Taiwan-born Mandarin-speaking/writing professional who currently works as a marketer in Toronto.

Where: North York Centre
When: Saturday, 10 February 2018 from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM


8. Toronto Dragon Boat Festival

From the humble beginning of only 27 teams participating in the first festival back in 1989, the Festival has evolved to a much bigger operation over the past two decades. Organized by the Toronto Chinese Business Association and Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival, the Festival in 2018 will once again expect 180 to 200 teams with over 5,000 athletes.

In 2018, as the Festival celebrates its 30th year, it promises to continue to be one of the most exciting summer events in Toronto. Once again this year, the Festival will welcome teams from all provinces across Canada, from the U.S., the Caribbean Islands, Europe and Asia.


Where: Toronto Centre Island
When: Saturday, June 16 2018 to Sunday, June 17 2018