Events Schedule

2019  SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

PHOENIX CHINESE WEEK 2019: YEAR OF THE BOAR 4717

FEBRUARY 8 – FEBRUARY 17, 2019 

WELCOME! The  Phoenix Chinese Week Committee, in cooperation with the City of Phoenix, the Phoenix Sister Cities, Inc., and the Phoenix Sister Cities Taipei and Chengdu Committees, is proud to present PHOENIX CHINESE WEEK 2019, a series of cultural, social, and educational events highlighting the diverse heritage of an ancient culture with 5,000 years of history. Phoenix Chinese Week 2019 events will be from Feb. 8 to Feb. 17.  Now in its 29th year, everyone is welcome to attend and participate in our many festive and enriching activities.  Phoenix Chinese Week is highlighted by a three-day Culture and Cuisine Festival (Feb. 8, 9, 10) featuring a Children’s Pavilion and concluding with a Chinese New Year Banquet on Sunday, Feb. 17.

FESTIVAL LOCATION

Margaret T. Hance Park East 1202 N. Third St., Phoenix, 85004

YEAR OF THE BOAR in the Chinese calendar begins on Feb. 5, 2019.  In the 12-year cycle of animals, the Boar is the 12th animal in the Chinese Zodiac.  Year of the Boar will have the feeling of abundance in a festive atmosphere of lightness and relaxation.  Since the Boar is the last sign of the 12 cycle Chinese Zodiac, it is a time to reflect on the past 11 years and make adjustments.  People born in the year of the Boar are realistic, happy, responsible, enthusiastic, enjoy life, and are greatly attached to family.  They will be most successful in careers that involve helping others, such as teacher, coach, fundraiser.  People born in the year of the Boar are compatible with those born in the year of the Tiger, Rabbit and Sheep.   They are not compatible with those born in the year of the Monkey or Snake.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 2018

OFFICIAL GRAND OPENING CEREMONY

FRIDAY, Feb. 8 – NOON Margaret T. Hance Park East 1202 N. Third St., Phoenix, 85004

The Phoenix Chinese Week Committee along with Phoenix Sister Cities, Inc., the Phoenix Sister Cities Taipei and Chengdu Committees, officials, and dignitaries will kick off the Phoenix Chinese Week 2019 Culture and Cuisine Festival. The ceremonies will feature traditional performances and entertainment.

SPECIAL KOI FISH EXHIBIT

FRIDAY, FEB. 8 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. / SATURDAY, FEB. 9 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m./ SUNDAY, FEB. 10 – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Margaret T. Hance Park East 1202 N. Third St., Phoenix, 85004

The Phoenix Valley of the Sun Koi Club will conduct its annual Koi Exhibit during the Phoenix Chinese Week Festival. Beginning with limited fish on Friday, the main Koi Exhibit events will be on Saturday and Sunday. See hundreds of award winning Koi fish as well as a Koi Equipment Trade Show. The Valley of the Sun Koi Club will be providing Koi education, and history of the Koi from Friday through Sunday.

GIANT GOLDEN PANDA STATUE

Visit the bronze statue of the Mama Panda cuddling her cub.  This statue was a gift from the City of Chengdu, Sichuan, People’s Republic of China presented to the city of Phoenix in honor of the Sister City relationship.  In 1996 the statue was put on permanent display at Margaret T. Hance Park.  It is located in the southeast edge of the park, near Third Street and Moreland.

PHOENIX CHINESE WEEK 2019 CULTURE AND CUISINE FESTIVAL

FRIDAY, FEB. 8 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. / SATURDAY, FEB. 9 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. / SUNDAY, FEB. 10 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Margaret T. Hance Park East, 1202 N. Third St., Phoenix, 85004

Experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of the 29th annual Phoenix Chinese Week’s Culture and Cuisine Festival.  Enjoy continuous entertainment including the lion dance, martial arts demonstrations, folk and traditional dances, musical performances and taste delicious Chinese food.  Admission is free and the event is open to the public.  For more information, visit www.phoenixchineseweek.org

THE FESTIVAL INCLUDES:

TAIPEI DRAGON BOAT DISPLAY

FRIDAY – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. / SATURDAY & SUNDAY – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A traditional dragon boat for races at the mid-summer Duan Wu Festival will be displayed.

Dragon boat racing, a Chinese tradition dating back 23 centuries, was to honor the poet and patriot Qu Yuan.  This dragon boat is a gift from the City of Taipei, Taiwan to the city of Phoenix in honor of the historic friendship between the people of both cities developed through a Sister City relationship that spans over 40 years.

CHILDREN’S PAVILION

FRIDAY – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. / SATURDAY & SUNDAY-10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Children’s Pavilion provides free children’s cultural projects.  Demonstrations of Chinese calligraphy with translating English names into Chinese, paper folding, folk art, paper cutting and other arts and crafts.  Children of all ages can enjoy the cultural and fun hands-on activities.

FOOD PAVILION

FRIDAY – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. / SATURDAY & SUNDAY – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A variety of delicious and authentic Chinese cuisine is available throughout the festival.  Additional varieties of food will be available.

BEER GARDEN

SATURDAY & SUNDAY – 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Enjoy the festivities and food while relaxing with an iced cold beer! Sponsored by Hensley Beverage Company.

CHINESE CULTURAL VILLAGE:  CHINESE CULTURE AND HISTORY BOOTH

FRIDAY – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. / SATURDAY & SUNDAY – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

See 5,000 years of Chinese culture on display.  Learn how to use the abacus to solve mathematical problems.  Discover other inventions, including printing blocks, kites, compasses, and more.   Pictures, Chinese puppets, tangrams and other Chinese inventions will be exhibited.  Cooking demonstrations at various times.

TEA GARDEN – CHINESE TEA CEREMONY

FRIDAY – 11 a.m., 1 p.m.  / SATURDAY & SUNDAY – 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.

Learn about the Chinese tea culture through tea ceremony demonstration, protocol of preparing & serving tea, equipment displays and the history of the tea tradition. Presented by the Federation of Tea Ceremony Masters Phoenix Chapter.

CHOPSTICK CHALLENGE

FRIDAY – 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. / SATURDAY & SUNDAY – 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Chopsticks are useful for eating and cooking, but you can have fun with them too! Learn how to hold chopsticks, then try your skill to win a prize.

CHEN BAOSHENG PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT

FRIDAY – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. / SATURDAY & SUNDAY – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Contemporary photography exhibit by internationally recognized Chinese photographer Chen Baosheng.  Mr. Chen has received over 200 awards and participated in international photo festivals.  You will experience the joy and appreciation of photography as an art form.

PHOTO EXHIBIT AND STUDENT ART DISPLAYS

FRIDAY – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. / SATURDAY & SUNDAY – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Photos feature the Phoenix-area Chinese American community from the past to the present.   A special highlight will be artwork from the Phoenix Chinese Week 2019 Student Art Contest.

CHINESE COSTUME PHOTO BOOTH

SATURDAY & SUNDAY – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Transform into an Imperial prince or princess!  Take the ultimate selfie, friends or family portrait in full traditional Chinese costume with props.

MAHJONG BOOTH

SATURDAY & SUNDAY – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

See the art of mahjong tiles as you watch demonstrations and have an opportunity to try your hand at this game – a traditional past-time of young and old especially at Chinese New Year.

PHOENIX CHINESE WEEK TABLE TENNIS OPEN

SUNDAY, FEB. 10 – 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.- ARCH GYM – Phoenix Table Tennis Club – 1550 W. Colter St., Phoenix, 85015

This annual tournament (including singles, doubles, team and juniors at different levels) is open to the public.  The registration fee is $12 per event ($10 for junior event).  Entry deadline is Feb. 6, 2019.  Trophies/medals will be awarded to top winners.  For entry forms and questions, contact Amoy Yang at amoy_y@yahoo.com or call 623-332-5808. Sponsored by Butterfly, Paddle Palace and ACSE.

2019 PHOENIX CHINESE WEEK TAIJI TOURNAMENT

SUNDAY, FEB. 10 – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

BURTON BARR PUBLIC LIBRARY Lecture Room 4th Floor – 1221 N. Central Ave., Phoenix 85004

Registration at 1 p.m. on site.  The tournament is open to the public.  Entry fee: $5 per competitor per event.  Competition starts at the Lecture Room at 1.30 p.m.  There are five events:  01 – Taijiquan Solo, men; 02 – Taijiquan Solo, women; 03 – Taiji Sword, men; 04 – Taiji Sword, women; 05 – Group Taijiquan/Taiji Weapons, (three to six person groups).  *NOTE – Forms competition only; time limit is four to eight minutes.  Contact:  Ping Hong, 602-490-8800 or e-mail at bphong56@gmail.com.

2019 PHOENIX CHINESE WEEK WEIQI/ GO OPEN

SATURDAY, FEB. 16 – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.- DESERT SKY GAMES, 3875 W. Ray Road, Suite #7, Chandler, 85226

Registration starts at 11 a.m. on site.   The tournament is open to the public.  Registration is free. All games will be played according to AGA (American Go Association) rules.  The tournament will adapt the partial circulation method for the games.  Three rounds will be played.  There will be four divisions: (A) 2d and above, (B) 3k-1d and (C) 8k-4k, (D) 9k and below.  There will be a handicap for some games. Three winners will be determined for each division.  For information and e-mail registration, contact Quan Li, 602-326-7556 or at qb081449@gmail.com or Bill Gundberg, 480-831-5567 or at bill@azgoclub.org or Wayne Xu at 480-528-6778 or waynexu2000@yahoo.com *NOTE:  In the e-mail registration, include the following data: name, rank (based on AGA rating or the equivalent), telephone and e-mail address.

CHINESE NEW YEAR BANQUET

SUNDAY, FEB. 17- GREAT WALL HONG KONG CUISINE, 3446 W. Camelback Rd. Phoenix, 85017

No-host cocktail at 6 p.m. / Dinner at 7 p.m.

Join a celebration of the Chinese New Year and the conclusion of Phoenix Chinese Week 2019 with a delicious, authentic 10-course banquet of Chinese cuisine.  Cost is $50 per person. Please send payment & RSVP by February 10, 2019 to Phoenix Chinese Week, 27817 N. 46th Place, Cave Creek, AZ 85331.  e-mail: elainewong@cox.net, cell:  480-406-7470

PHOENIX CHINESE WEEK 2019 RAFFLE DRAWING

Donation: $1 per ticket (partial proceeds will support our cultural and educational events for students, as well as scholarships for high-schools seniors).

PRIZES: 55” 4K UHD SMART LED TV, Lee-Lee Market gift certificates (4 @$50), Golden Jade Jewelry $100 gift certificate, restaurant certificates, museum admissions AND MANY OTHER GREAT PRIZES!

DELTA AIR LINES INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE PACKAGE RAFFLE

Donation: 1 ticket for $10 or 3 tickets for $20

PRIZE: Two roundtrip economy class tickets to one of the following destinations: Beijing or Shanghai, China. Drawings: Feb. 17 during the Chinese New Year Banquet at Great Wall Restaurant. Need not be present to win.

APPRECIATION Phoenix Chinese Week appreciates our sponsors and is especially grateful for the assistance and support of all our volunteers.  Our Festival and yearlong efforts to promote culture, educate children and unify communities is only possible with volunteers and generous supporters.