The Chinese New Year, or lunisolar, is the longest and most important traditional Chinese holiday. In fact, according to the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Los Angeles, the Lunar New Year is the most celebrated holiday of the year for nearly 1.5 million people of Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese descent in Southern California. It literally means Spring Festival and it is a time when Chinese families gather to eat and reflect on what they believe in most. Why not spend the weekend with your neighbors celebrating happiness, wealth and longevity? – Kim Kuhteubl
The Golden Dragon Parade And Festival
Parade: February 5th at 1:00 p.m.
Parade starts at Hill Street at Temple and continues toward Bernard.
Expect the 112th edition of this annual parade to bring out 100,000+ revelers to the parade route through Chinatown. Highlights include: the lion dance procession, a marching band and a variety of parade floats. Although the parade is on Saturdaym, the festival happens Saturday and Sunday between 10-5 p.m. and features food, handicrafts and not-for profit vendors.
The Tết Festival
Friday February 4th – Sunday February 7th, Garden Grove Park
9301 Westminster Ave.
Garden Grove, CA 92844
Free shuttle buses from drop off zones at Westminster Civic Center & La Quinta Highschool
The Tết Festival of Southern California is recognized as the world’s largest festival of its kind outside of Vietnam. Check it out on Saturday when it’s in full swing and visit booths that feature a vibrant array of traditional foods or watch the talent showcases and fireworks. Two stages feature entertainment including the Miss Vietnam of Southern California pageant, one of the festivals most well attended events. The Union of Vietnamese Student Associations (UVSA) has been the host of the Festival for more than 30 years and 50 percent of the profits from it are given back to the community. Festival tickets are for $5 for adults and $4 for kids (under 4-ft tall).
Alhambra Lunar Festival
Saturday 10 – 5 a.m. between Valley and Garfield Blvds. Street Parking is available.
Now in its 20th year, the city’s annual Lunar New Year festival will present a variety of ethnic cuisine and activities at 250 booths. Lantern and greeting card-making classes are new this year but event staples like the lion dance and kung fu demonstrations will also be presented. Representatives from local hospitals will be on hand to provide health screenings and to administer flu shots. Admission is free.