Why you should go:

Why you should go:

Who doesn't love celebrating the New Year? Here's another chance to do just that while learning about another culture. The Chinese New Year is the most important traditional Chinese holiday, marking the start of the Chinese lunisolar calendar with a 15-day celebration. The local festivities will include cultural demonstrations, traditional music and dance performances, and of course some excellent food.

What to eat & drink:

Some of Columbus' best Chinese restaurants - Sunflower, Little Dragon, Q2 Bistro and more - will serve authentic, fresh-made favorites such as dumplings, potstickers, noodles, spring rolls and bubble teas. There'll also be cooking demonstrations throughout the day.

Entertainment:

Performances will feature some of the best professional and amateur artists from Ohio. Be sure to check out performances of Peking opera (pictured) as well as the lion dance. Both combine music and vocal performances with acrobatic dance and vibrant, authentic costumes.

Don't miss:

Try your hand at one of the many games and sports being played throughout the festival. If you're the athletic type, join in the ping-pong or badminton tournaments. If you're looking for a more cerebral challenge, give chess, Chinese checkers, mahjong or weiqi a try.