Multicultural Events & Festivals: Top Picks for February 2016

Chinese New Year Celebrations:

shutterstock_133235492Celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunisolar year, celebrations traditionally span several weeks. This centuries-old celebration is a time to honor both deities as well as ancestors. This year marks the beginning of the Year of the Monkey! 

Join in the celebration by attending some of these community events:

Chinese Lion Dance and Drum Workshop, a free event by the Asian American Resource Center.  February 4 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. RSVP: Keito St. James, 512-440-7171.

Chinese New Year Celebration, The George Washington Carver Museum.  February 7, from 2:00pm to 6:00pm.  Celebrate the Chinese New Year with dance and music.  Free and open to the public.

Chinese New Year Celebration. Come to Chinatown Center and celebrate the entire weekend of February 20! Family friendly attractions and food. Open to the public.

African American History Month Celebrations:


A tradition in the United States since 1976, Black History Month commemorates important events and leaders in the history of the African diaspora. We share this tradition with the United Kingdom and Canada. For many, this is a celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history.”  You can learn more by visiting the site for an extensive information.

From Africa to America: A presentation highlighting the importance of African American achievements, held at The George Washington Carver Museum, Free and open to the public. February 8 at 6:30 pm.

shutterstock_105534041The African American Heritage Festival. “A family-friendly extravaganza filled with games and vendors; providing a Kid’s Zone with bounce houses, safety demonstrations, arts & crafts, home décor, books, clothing, jewelry, storytelling, health, vision and dental screenings and insurance outreach coupled with dance, giveaway prizes and a live entertainment mix to satisfy varying musical tastes.” Performance by Grammy Award winning artist Soul Sensation of Shalamar, Howard Hewett.”  Huston Tillotson University, from 1:00PM to 5:00PM. February 28.  For more information visit:

525859678_640.jpg (640×363)Black and Cuba, a documentary by Robin J. Hayes, partnering with Austin Caribbean Cultural Exchange. A special screening by the Austin Public Library at the Yarborough Branch from 6:30-8:30 PM.  February 29 .  To watch trailer visit:

And just some fun stuff to know about!

The Austin Public Library has added another night for aspiring Spanish speakers to come practice their Spanish, Practiquemos Español, Thursdays at the North Village Branch

One of Austins newest bilingual Montessori Preschools, La Tribu, is holding a special San Valentin Celebration,  February 13 from 3 pm to 6 pm.

For those with an interest in Russia, Austin Public Library has added a special film screening the third Sunday of every month at the Yarborough branch. This month is the Conqueror (Taras Bulba), a historical drama film, based on the novel Taras Bulba by Nikolai Gogol.

To learn more about these and other great multicultural or bilingual events going on in the greater Austin area visit our calendar of events page.


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