Lunar New Year Celebrations in San Francisco and San Jose

Chinese Dancers Santana Row

Image Credit: Santana Row


While Chinese New Year is often celebrated at home with family and friends, there’s also a time to go out and take part in public festivities. Where to go with kids in the Bay Area? Luckily, there are lots of events to choose from, starting this weekend and running through March. Check out the list of Lunar New Year celebrations and welcome in the Year of the Snake with your family!


Year of the Snake Festivities in San Jose

Year of the Snake
Saturday, February 2nd, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 3rd, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose

Join members of the Chinese community to kick off the Year of the Snake, try your hand at traditional crafts, and enjoy displays and performances.


Community Day: Lunar New Year
February 9, 2013, 11 AM–5 PM

San Jose Museum of Modern Art

Celebrate the Year of the Snake with a community day including live music, a traditional lion dance, hands-on art-making activities, performances by youth groups, and more. In the Chinese zodiac, the snake is a sign of intelligence, gracefulness, and ambition. Enjoy cultural activities and get a glimpse of today’s China in the exhibition Rising Dragon: Contemporary Chinese Photography.  Admission is free.


Chinese New Year Celebration Year of the Snake
March 2, 2013

Santana Row

Santana Row welcomes the Year of the Snake with Tony Chen, award-winning music producer and radio host of the “Sound of Hope” variety show and “Morning Concert” on KSJO 92.3 FM. It’s an afternoon of Lunar New Year festivities, including exciting drumbeats and crashing cymbals of the Chinese dragon and lion dance and other ethnic performances, martial arts, traditional fashion shows and more. Program lineup and entertainment specifics will be available closer to the event date.


Year of the Snake Festivities in San Francisco

Chinese New Year Parade
February 23, 2013 5:15 PM – 8 PM

This is the biggest annual parade in the Bay Area, which can be viewed from streets in and around Chinatown. Dress warmly and be prepared to stay out for the evening, as it can get crowded!


Chinese Community Street Fair
February 24, 2013, 9 AM – 5 PM

Daytime festivities fill the Chinatown neighborhood.

Many more events are taking place throughout the February and March in San Francisco. More details are at the San Francisco Chinatown website.


Know of any other good places to celebrate the Lunar New Year with your family? Share them with us in the comments!



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