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Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year in Los Angeles

This year, the Lunar New Year also known as Chinese New Year, begins on Tuesday, February 5th. Families can celebrate the Year of the Pig with special events and festivities happening all around Los Angeles. Update: It’s expected to rain this weekend so check websites to confirm event dates and times.

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Lunar New Year at Universal Studios (photo by Sarah Auerswald)

Alhambra Lunar New Year Festival
Valley Blvd. between Garfield and Almansor, Alhambra, CA 

Head to Alhambra on February 9th for its annual Lunar New Year Festival. At this popular free event, families will enjoy live musical and dance performances; kung fu demonstrations; a 5-block stretch featuring vendors and food merchants; and much more. 

Celebrate Chinese New Year 
Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Celebrate the Year of the Pig with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and two special events. A performance featuring violinist Ray Chen is scheduled for Wednesday, February 6th and Thursday, February 7th (both at 8:00 pm). And on Friday, February 8th and Saturday, February 9th (both at 8:00 pm), families are invited to attend Buddha Passionfeaturing the music of composer Tan Dun (known, among other things, for composing the music for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). Tickets are available online.

Lunar New Year Festival
Bowers Museum
2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, CA 92706

The Bowers Museum is the site of a Lunar New Year Festival on Sunday, February 3rd from 11:00 am to 3:30 pm. Celebrate “the year of the brave, sincere, and lucky pig” at this free, family friendly event. Enjoy arts and crafts, live music and dance, art projects, face painting, and more. 

Lunar New Year Festival
Garvey Ave. between Garfield Ave. and Alhambra Ave., Monterey Park, CA

The City of Monterey Park hosts its annual Lunar New Year Festival on Saturday, January 26th (10:00 am to 9:00 pm) and Sunday, January 27th (10:00 am to 7:00 pm). This free event features five blocks of fun including live entertainment, vendors, food, a carnival zone, and more.  

Chinese New Year Festival
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino, CA 91108

Celebrate the Year of the Pig at The Huntington on Saturday, February 2nd and Sunday, February 3rd from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm each day. Families will enjoy many festivities including lion dancers, martial arts, Chinese music and dance, mask-changing performances, and more. The Festival is included in general admission. (Adults are $29; seniors 65+ are $24; students with ID $24; children 4-11 are $13; and children under 4 are free). 

8th Annual Lunar New Year Celebration
Citadel Outlets
100 Citadel Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90040

Citadel Outlets hosts its 8th Annual Lunar New Year Celebration on Sunday, February 3rd. Enjoy festive red and gold lanterns, an authentic 17-foot Chinese pagoda, live performances, and more. Check the website for more details as they become available.

Arcadia Lunar New Year Festival
Arcadia Performing Arts Center – Outside Courtyard
188 Campus Dr., Arcadia, CA 91007

The City of Arcadia hosts its Lunar New Year Festival on Saturday, January 19th from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Enjoy live performances, take pictures with the Lucky God of Prosperity, participate in Vroman’s storytelling corner, watch cooking demonstrations, have fun with face painting, make arts and crafts, and more. Tickets are $5 each and free for children under 2. And if you donate a new book to the library book drive, you will receive a free raffle ticket. Tickets are available online. 

Lunar New Year Festival
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
3720 Stephen M. White Dr., San Pedro, CA 90731

The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is hosting a Lunar New Year Festival on Saturday, February 2nd from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm. This free event features a petting zoo, Taiko drummers, lion dancers, face painting, arts and crafts, artisans, and a surprise grand finale. 

Lunar New Year
Universal Studios Hollywood
100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608

Celebrate the Year of the Pig at Universal Studios Hollywood. Festivities include meet-and-greet opportunities with favorite characters from the Kung Fu Panda franchise, live performances, Mr. Ping’s Noodle Shop, a Dragon Warriors Kung Fu training show, and much more. Check the website for further details as they become available. And click here to read Sarah’s post from last year, “Lunar New Year at Universal Studios.”

Santa Monica Place is one of the many places in the Los Angeles area celebrating Lunar New Year. #lunarnewyear #yearofthepig #chinesenewyear
photo courtesy of Santa Monica Place

Santa Monica Place
395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Santa Monica Place commemorates the Year of the Pig with its annual Lunar New Year celebration on Saturday, February 16 from 2 – 6 p.m. Hosted by comedian Paul “PK” Kim, celebrations will include authentic cultural performances and activities such as the traditional Chinese lion dance, Korean fan dance, stilt walkers, traditional dough artist, balloon twister, classical folk music from a Chinese musical duo, New Year’s Wishing Trees and family-friendly arts and crafts for all to enjoy. New this year is the addition of popular K-pop dance group, First Bite. (Date was originally Feb. 2, but rescheduled due to rain).

120th Golden Dragon Parade
N. Broadway in Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA

The 120th Golden Dragon Parade is happening on Saturday, February 9th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Families return year after year to witness this colorful, festive parade which has become the “premiere cultural event in the Southern California Asian-American Community.” Enjoy floats, marching bands, entertainers, and more. The parade’s theme emphasizes “ethnic diversity, Chinese culture and exposure to Chinese-American businesses.” Check the website for a map of the parade route.

Chinese New Year Festival and Parade
Central Plaza
943-951 N. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012

While you’re in Chinatown for the Golden Dragon Parade, you’ll find lots of additional ways to celebrate the Lunar New Year. All day long, from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm, families can enjoy a variety of special activities including arts and crafts workshops, food trucks, music stages, a craft market, artisans, a special photo booth, and more. 

Chinese New Year Concert
Hacienda Heights Community Center
1234 Valencia Ave., Hacienda Heights, CA 91745

Families are invited to a free concert celebrating Chinese New Year on Saturday, February 23rd from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Sit back and marvel as you listen to the sounds of a bamboo and strings orchestra at this special event. 

Lunar New Year
Pretend City Children’s Museum
29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618

Pretend City Children’s Museum is hosting its Lunar New Year event on Tuesday, February 5th from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Learn about Chinese traditions through “fun, bright activities and cultural learnings.” Children will enjoy a special story time, learn about Chinese calligraphy, and create their own paper lanterns. Check the website for a schedule of events. Events are included in general admission ($13.75 each; free for children under 1). 

8th Annual Chinese New Year Celebration in Beverly Hills
Saban Theatre
8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Celebrate “Happy Chinese New Year, Charming Jing-Jin-Ji” on Saturday, January 26th from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm at the Saban Theatre. The special event includes three parts: a variety show, a “Jing-Jin-Ji” photo exhibition, and a cultural heritage crafts display and demonstration. Enjoy Chinese acrobatics, martial arts, dance, folk music, and much more. Tickets are $10 each and are available online.  

San Gabriel Lunar New Year Festival
San Gabriel Mission District
320 S. Mission Dr., San Gabriel, CA 91776

The San Gabriel Lunar New Year Festival is happening on Saturday, February 16th from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm. This free event “combines tradition with modern celebrations.” Families will enjoy a street food fair, marketplace, carnival games, a chalk art contest, live performances, and a special kids zone. 

Wacky Wednesday! – Lunar New Year Stories and Crafts
Vermont Square Branch Library
1201 W. 48th St., Los Angeles, CA 90037

The Vermont Square Branch Library hosts a special Wacky Wednesday event on Wednesday, January 30th from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Celebrate the Lunar New Year with stories and crafts from Asia at this fun event.

Lunar New Year
Disney California Adventure Park
1313 Disneyland Dr., Anaheim, CA

Celebrate the Year of the Pig at Disney California Adventure from January 25th through February 17th. Learn about Asian cultures and enjoy special appearances by popular Disney characters, Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession, Asian food, kid-friendly crafts, festive décor, live entertainment, and more. 

(Wushu Shaolin Entertainment) photo courtesy of the Queen Mary

Chinese New Year: Shanghai Nights Aboard the Queen Mary
1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802

Celebrate Chinese New Year aboard the Queen Mary on Tuesday, February 5th with Shanghai Nights. Honor the Year of the Pig with traditional Chinese culture, cuisine, and entertainment featuring Wushu Shaolin lion and dragon dancing, Wushu Warriors Shaolin acrobatics, a guzheng ensemble, and much more. See the website for ticket prices.

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