The eleventh animal in the Chinese Zodiac is the dog and come Feb. 16, Chinese New Year celebrates the Year of the Dog. In honor of the new year cycle, various spots around town get in a celebratory mood, and visitors are welcome to join in.

The Linq Promenade kicks off four days of festivities Feb. 16-19. Each day there are live cultural performances by professional dancers, along with dragon performances; and many restaurants throughout the Promenade offer complimentary appetizers with the purchase of an entrée.

For some social media-worthy snaps, stop into The Forum Shops at Caesars to check out the 22-foot-long, 6-foot-wide and 12-foot-tall illuminated dragon display.

Head to Ping Pang Pong at Gold Coast through Feb. 18 to purchase the sweet treat Nian Gao—a traditional gold-brick-shaped New Year sweet rice cake that symbolizes prosperity and opportunity.

At The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian and The Palazzo, guests can help kick off the New Year on Feb. 16 with festivities that include a fan dance above the Atrium’s waterfall at 4 p.m. During the dance, more than 250 envelopes filled with everything from gift cards to candy will be given to guests, along with store incentives.

Stop by Fashion Show for the seventh annual Chinese New Year in the Desert opening ceremony, with a cultural performance on the mall runway. Afterward, enjoy dinner and cocktails at Kona Grill ($88; visit for tickets and more information).