Things To Do

Story Time

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Listen to classic Chinese stories about the zodiac calendar and the Year of the Rooster.

Wishing Tree

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Make a wish for Chinese New Year 2017, the Year of the Rooster!

Family Activity

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Take a break for creativity with fun activities great for the whole family.

Calligraphy Demonstration

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Calligraphy is a high art in Chinese culture. See why the writing of beautiful characters is so revered while watching an expert calligrapher at work.

Chinese Folk Art Demonstration

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Watch an expert calligrapher paint your name or Chinese zodiac sign.

Lion Dance

Saturday, January 28, 2017

See lion dancers up close as they welcome the Year of the Rooster!

School Performance

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Local students show off their hard work with special performances in celebration of the New Year!

Cultural Performance

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Celebrate the Chinese New Year with cultural performances on the terrace!

Chinese New Year

Saturday, January 28, 2017 through Sunday, February 12, 2017

Chinese New Year at Lan Su Chinese Garden is one of the most popular things to do in Portland. Experience the most joyous two-week celebration for families and individuals with lion dances, glowing lanterns, cultural activities, and more. Each guest visiting on January 28 will also receive a hong bao—a traditional lucky red envelope. Plan for the most auspicious visit by ​purchasing admission tickets ahead of time online and arriving early for your favorite activities. The celebration ends with several nights of Lantern Viewing Evenings when the garden is illuminated with colorful lanterns and lively dragon processions.

Story Time

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Listen to classic Chinese stories about the zodiac calendar and the Year of the Rooster.

Today at the Garden

11:00 am - Public Tour

Join a trained docent for an interpretive tour of the garden.

12:00 pm - Public Tour

Join a trained docent for an interpretive tour of the garden.

12:00 pm - Music in the Teahouse

Listen to music from students and teachers of the Wisdom Arts Academy as you enjoy tea in the Teahouse. Requires purchase of tea.

1:00 pm - Public Tour

Join a trained docent for an interpretive tour of the garden.

2:00 pm - Plant Walk

Learn from trained horticulturalists about the plants of Lan Su Chinese Garden with a weekly plant walk.

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Community Parade

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Celebrate Chinese New Year with the Portland Chinatown History Foundation Dragon Parade! Please note: The parade route leads through the Chinatown neighborhood surrounding the garden. At 12 p.m. watch the parade as it stops in front the garden’s entrance gate on NW 2nd Ave. and NW Everett St. for a special dragon dance!


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Lan Su in Bloom

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Lan Su Chinese Garden sheds the cold and gray of winter to “drink in the fragrance” of spring with a month of plants, flowers and everything blooming!

Lan Su in Bloom finds the garden filled with sights and scents of special floral arrangements and unique plant displays, as well as plant walks and plant talks led by experts.


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Poetry Month

Saturday, April 1, 2017

This April, learn about the poetry in Lan Su Chinese Garden as well as the historical and aesthetic traditions of poetry in Suzhou-style Chinese gardens with workshops, tours, and multiple poetry series. According to Chinese tradition, a garden landscape without poetry is not complete. Luckily, Lan Su is graced with a wealth of poetic inscriptions! Classical Chinese gardens – including Lan Su – are filled with poetic inscriptions as text, calligraphic ensembles, engravings and plaques. Poetry is one of the five elements, along with rocks, architecture, water, and plants, necessary for a comprehensive Chinese garden. Learn about Lan Su’s poetic couplets and inscriptions all month long with workshops, tours and poetry series featuring local and regional poets.


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