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Happy Year of the Goat! Three Ways to Celebrate in Las Vegas

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With a thriving Chinatown and throngs of visitors from Asia each year, Las Vegas pulls out all the stops for Chinese New Year. This year’s celebration of the year of the goat, also translated as the year of the sheep or ram, begins Feb. 19 and lasts for fifteen days. According to the Chinese zodiac, goats (if you were born in 1979 or 1991, that’s you) are kind-hearted and creative. So get your sensitive self out on the town for these can’t-miss attractions.

Hakkasan’s Chinese New Year Menu. Sure, you’ve partied at Hakkasan, but have you eaten there? The nightclub’s restaurant is offering a special Chinese New Year menu from chef Ho Chee Boon that features ingredients connected with the holiday, like lily bulbs, along with dishes like stir-fry black pepper rib eye beef with merlot. Jot your wish for the new year down on a red ribbon and add it to the restaurant’s collection. And don’t miss the Kumquatcha cocktail, made with Leblon cachaça, Campari, kumquats, lime and simple syrup. In MGM, through March 1. Signature menu $138.88 per person, other dishes available a la carte.

The Las Vegas Spring Festival. Where can you check out lion and dragon dances, try to become a ping-pong champion, and drool over imported cars, all in one place? At the Linq this weekend. Island reggae band New Age Tribe performs at this two-day festival taking place just off the Strip. At the LINQ Promenade, Saturday Feb. 20 and Sunday Feb. 21, 1:00 to 10:00 p.m., free.

The Bellagio Conservatory Display. Known for its spectacular seasonal celebrations, the Bellagio has gone all-out this year, carting in a family of goats and a 21,000-gallon koi pond. The Beijing Trio performs traditional Chinese folk music from 4:30 to 6 every day. In Bellagio, now through March 14, free.

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