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Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year in Los Angeles

In 2020, the Lunar New Year also known as Chinese New Year, begins on Saturday, January 25th. Families can celebrate the Year of the Rat with special events and festivities happening all around Los Angeles.

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

2020 New Year Challenge – The Year of the Rat
Los Angeles

Families can participate in the 2020 New Year Challenge – The Year of the Rat virtual run. “You can commit to compete 2.020 miles, 20.20 miles, or 202.0 miles between January 1st and February 8th, 2020.” Miles can be completed all at once or spread out. This is a virtual race, meaning you choose the course and time yourself. From any location you choose. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Registration information is available online.

2020 Oshogatsu Family Festival – Year of the Rat
Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

The 2020 Oshogatsu Family Festival – Year of the Rat is happening on Sunday, January 5th, 2020. This all-day festival (11:00 am to 5:00 pm) is a fun way to welcome in the Year of the Rat. Enjoy live performances and cultural demonstrations, crafts, food, face painting, and much more at this free event.  

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 11th (10:00 am to 9:00 pm) and Sunday, January 12th (10:00 am to 7:00 pm). This free event celebrating the Year of the Rat features food booths, unique gifts and specialty items, live entertainment, a carnival fun zone, and more. 

2020 New Year Celebration Traditional Chinese Music Festival
Bonita Center for the Arts
822 W. Covina Blvd., San Dimas, CA 91773

The 2020 New Year Celebration Traditional Chinese Music Festival is happening on Friday, January 17th from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm. “Acclaimed musicians from China and the U.S. will be performing” at this special event. Tickets are available online.

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

Celebrate the Year of the Rat at Disney California Adventure Park from January 17th through February 9th. Learn about Asian cultures, enjoy special appearances by popular Disney characters, marvel at Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession, enjoy “Asian cuisine with a Disney twist,” enjoy lots of live entertainment, and more.

9th 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 18th 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. The variety show will feature Chinese acrobatics, martial arts, folk dance, traditional music, and much more. Check the website for more details as they become available. 

2020 Lunar New Year Celebration
The Americana at Brand
889 Americana Way, Glendale, CA 91210

Families can celebrate the Year of the Rat at The Americana on Sunday, January 19th from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The festivities at this free event include live performances, cultural activities, and gourmet food. 

Lunar New Year Festival
USC Pacific Asia Museum
46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101

The USC Pacific Asia Museum hosts its Lunar New Year Festival on Saturday, January 25th at 11:00 am. This special event includes free admission to the galleries, live performances, food trucks, art-making workshops, and more. 

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 Saturday, January 25th 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 and have the chance to create their own paper lanterns. Events are included in general admission ($13.95 each; free for children under 1). 

Lunar New year at Santa Monica Place by Mathew Tucciarone
Lunar New Year at Santa Monica Place, photo by Mathew Tucciarone

Lunar New Year
Santa Monica Place
395 Santa Monica Pl., Santa Monica, CA 

Santa Monica Place commemorates the Year of the Rat with its annual Lunar New Year celebration on Saturday, January 25th from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The festivities will include traditional cultural performances such as the traditional Chinese lion dance, Korean fan dance, and stilt walkers; as well as arts and crafts; and New Year’s Wishing Trees. Additionally, families can take advantage of special offers from participating stores and restaurants.

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

Citadel Outlets hosts its Annual Lunar New Year Celebration on Saturday, January 25th and Sunday, January 26th (from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm). Enjoy exciting lion dances and “take home art from calligraphy and watercolor artists.” Citadel will also be decorated with red and gold lanterns as well as a 17-foot pagoda centerpiece. 

In addition, from January 15th through February 16th, Citadel Outlets is participating in a Lunar New Year Red Envelope Giveaway. Stop by the Customer Service Center to pick up a red envelop filled with gift cards and center promotions.  

Lunar New Year on the LA Waterfront
Port of Los Angeles

Celebrate the Lunar New Year on the LA Waterfront on Saturday, January 25th from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm. “This free cultural festival offers free parking and free admission, with live entertainment, arts and crafts, face painting, and more.” Check the website for more details, including the exact location, as they become available.

Lunar New Year
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, CA 92626

The Segerstrom Center for the Arts hosts the “Pacific Symphony’s annual festivities honoring the Lunar New Year” on Saturday, January 25th at 8:00 pm. Enjoy a special performance featuring a “colorful presentation of Eastern and Western music and dance.” Ticket information is available online.

Lunar New Year
Fashion Island
401 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, CA 92660

Fashion Island is celebrating the Year of the Rat from January 25th through February 9th. In additional to special promotions from participating shops and restaurants, families will enjoy a unique, interactive installation. 

Lunar New Year: Year of the Rat
Farmers Market
6333 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Enjoy a celebration of the Year of the Rat at the original Farmers Market on Sunday, January 26th from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. This free event features a magic show, martial arts demonstrations, lion dances, crafts, and more.

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

Head to Alhambra on Saturday, February 1st (from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm) for the city’s 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 more than 200 booths, vendors, games, and food merchants; and much more.

121st Golden Dragon Parade
N. Broadway in Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA

The 121st Golden Dragon Parade is happening on Saturday, February 1st 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 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. 

(Wushu Shaolin Entertainment) photo courtesy of the Queen Mary

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

Celebrate the Year of the Rat at The Huntington on Saturday, February 1st from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Families will enjoy many festivities including lion dancers, martial arts, Chinese music and dance, mask-changing performances, children’s activities, 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). 

Lunar New Year Celebration
Irvine Spectrum Center
670 Spectrum Center Dr., Irvine, CA 92618

Families can celebrate the Year of the Rat at the Irvine Spectrum Center on Saturday, February 1st from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm. The festivities include a Chinese dragon dance, a lion dance, arts and crafts, lucky envelopes (while supplies last), and more. 

Asian 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 2nd from 11:00 am to 3:30 pm. “Celebrate the Year of the Rat with dance, music, and art from China, Vietnam, and Korea.” The festivities include dragon and lion dances, art projects, and more. Admission to the festival is free; a fee is still required for families wishing to visit the Bowers Museum.

Chinese New Year Celebration with the Shanghai Chinese Orchestra
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Enjoy a Chinese New Year Celebration with the Shanghai Chinese Orchestra at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts on Wednesday, February 5th at 8:00 pm. The performance will allow the audience to “experience the beauty of Chinese music being played on traditional instruments” and features traditional folksongs as well as newly orchestrated works. Ticket information is 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 8th 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. 

South Bay Lunar Festival: Presented by Panana Events
Del Amo Fashion Center (East Parking Lot)
3525 W. Carson St., Torrance, CA 90503

The South Bay Lunar Festival is happening on Saturday, February 8th (11:00 am to 9:00 pm) and Sunday, February 9th (11:00 am to 7:00 pm). Families will enjoy live musical and dance performances, more than 75 food and merchandise vendors, and “fun Lunar surprises.” Admission is $5 at the door. Children under 3 receive free admission.  

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

Lantern Festival 2020
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, CA 92626

The Lantern Festival 2020 is happening on Saturday, February 22nd from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. This free family event features lots of fun activities including lantern making, music, dance, art-making, riddles, food, and more. Admission is free, but tickets are required and are available online. 

19th Annual Los Angeles Lantern Festival
Chinese American Museum
El Pueblo Historical Monument
425 N. Los Angeles St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

The Chinese American Museum hosts the 19th Annual Los Angeles Lantern Festival on Saturday, March 7th from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. This free event “culminates the Lunar New Year festivities with engaging community booths, museum tours, live entertainment, music, and arts and crafts.” 

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

Celebrate the Year of the Rat at Universal Studios Hollywood. Festivities include meet-and-greet opportunities with favorite characters, live performances, and much more. Check the website for further details as they become available. And click here to read Sarah’s post from 2018, “Lunar New Year at Universal Studios.”

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

Celebrate Chinese New Year aboard the Queen Mary with Shanghai Nights. Honor the Year of the Rat with traditional Chinese culture, cuisine, and entertainment featuring Wushu Shaolin Lion and Dragon dancing, Wushu Warriors Shaolin acrobatics, a guzheng ensemble, and much more. Check the website for details as they become available.

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