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Phoenix Sister Cities, Phoenix Sister Cities Chengdu and Taipei committees and the Phoenix Chinese Week Committee will celebrate Chinese Week 2014 and the Chinese New Year 4712, “The Year of the Horse” from Feb. 3 to 9, 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. 7; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb 8; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb 9; at Margaret T. Hance Park, 1202 N. Third St., Phoenix. Parking is free.

The 24th annual festival features live entertainment including the dragon and lion dances, martial arts demonstrations, folk and traditional dances, musical performances, mah-jong booth, a Children’s Pavilion, the Chinese Culture and History booth, photo exhibit and art display, delicious Chinese food and much more.

Other 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. Sunday, Feb. 9, at the Great Wall Restaurant, 3446 W. Camelback Road. To purchase tickets to the banquet, call 480-650-2610.

For more information, visit phoenixchineseweek.org or call 480-406-7470. Follow us on Twitter @phxsistercities.