Phoenix Sister Cities, Phoenix Sister Cities Taipei and Chengdu committees, and the Phoenix Chinese Week Committee will celebrate Chinese Week 2013 and the Chinese New Year 4711, “The Year of the Snake” from Feb. 4 to 10, with cultural and educational events at a variety of Valley locations.

A highlight of the activities is a free, three-day Chinese Week Culture and Food Festival, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10; at the Chinese Cultural Center, 668 N. 44th St.

The 23rd annual festival features live entertainment including the lion dance, martial arts demonstrations, folk and traditional dances, musical performances, a Children’s Pavilion, the Chinese Culture and History booth, photo exhibit and art display, Chinese food and much more.

Other Phoenix Sister Cities Taipei and Chengdu committees and Phoenix Chinese Week Committee events include a table tennis open, Taijiquan and volleyball tournaments and a 10-course Chinese Lunar New Year Banquet at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10 at the Great Wall Restaurant, 3446 W. Camelback Road. To purchase tickets to the banquet at a cost of $40 per person, call (480) 650-2610.

For more information, visit phoenixchineseweek.org or call (602) 534-3751.

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