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Celebrate Lunar New Year in Los Angeles

Updated for 2022

In 2022, the Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year, begins on Tuesday, February 1st. Families can celebrate the Year of the Tiger with special events and festivities – some happening in-person and some happening virtually.

Find More Than 26 Ways to Celebrate Lunar New Year in Los Angeles

Lunar New Year at Universal Studios 2018 (photo by Sarah Auerswald)

1. 2022 New Year Challenge – Year of the Tiger Virtual Run

Families can participate in the 2022 New Year Challenge – The Year of the Tiger virtual run. “You can commit to compete 2.022 miles, 20.22 miles, or 202.2 miles between January 1st and February 28th, 2022.” Miles can be completed all at once or spread out. This is a virtual race, meaning you choose the course and time yourself. Whether you log miles on a treadmill at your favorite park or in your neighborhood, it all counts. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Operation Underground Railroad. Registration information is available online.

2. Lunar New Year – Augmented Reality Experience
Fashion Island
401 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, CA 92660

Fashion Island is celebrating Lunar New Year with a special Augmented Reality Experience. From now until January 21st, families can participate in a “safe, contactless – and fun – photo experience with our custom augmented reality character: Wild Wing, the official mascot for the Anaheim Ducks.” Details are available online. 

3. Lunar New Year – Augmented Reality Experience
Irvine Spectrum Center
670 Spectrum Center Dr., Irvine, CA 92618

Irvine Spectrum Center is also celebrating Lunar New Year with a special Augmented Reality Experience. From now until January 21st, families can participate in a “safe, contactless – and fun – photo experience with our custom augmented reality character: Wild Wing, the official mascot for the Anaheim Ducks.” Details are available online.

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

Celebrate the Year of the Tiger at Disney California Adventure Park from January 21st through February 13th. The fun includes Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession, live holiday entertainment, kid-friendly crafts and activities, festive décor, special menus celebrating Asian cuisine, and much more. 

5. Lunar New Year Eye of the Tiger Physical Fun – Virtual Event

On Wednesday, January 26th from 4:00 pm to 4:30 pm, the Santa Clara City Library invites families to participate in a special virtual event celebrating Lunar New Year. “Learn a little Lunar New Year knowledge with some Kung Pao physical fun! You are sure to Tiger yourself out and Bao-nd to have a fun time.” This special event is designed for children ages 3-10. Register online. 

6. Smarty Pants Storytime: Lunar New Year – Virtual Event

The LA County Library System invites families to a virtual story time on Friday, January 28th from 11:00 am to 11:45 am. “Celebrate Lunar New Year with books, songs, rhymes, and movement while learning school readiness skills and having fun.” This activity is designed for children ages 2-5. Registration information is available online. 

Lunar New year Celebration at Santa Monica Place 2021 (photo by Matthew Tucciarone)
Lunar New year Celebration at Santa Monica Place 2021 (photo by Matthew Tucciarone)

7. Santa Monica Place Lunar New Year Celebration
395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica 90401

From February 1 – 8, 2022, Santa Monica Place will commemorate the Year of the Tiger to honor the Lunar New Year. Guests will enjoy red and gold lanterns draped over Center Plaza that illuminate the night sky, as well as red envelopes with special deals from participating shops and restaurants, take-home craft kits and fortune cookies. Well-wishers will have the opportunity to participate in a Lunar New Year tradition by hanging their wish on the cherry blossom wishing trees for prosperity and renewal for the new year. 

8. 10th Annual Lunar New Year Community Event
Westfield Santa Anita
400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, CA 91007

The 10th Annual Lunar New Year Community Event is happening on Saturday, January 29th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Westfield Santa Anita. The festivities include live dance performances; hands-on activities such as calligraphy, tiger mask arts and crafts, zodiac coloring sheets; and special offers at on-site retailers. RSVP online for this free event.

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

Citadel Outlets invites families to shop and celebrate Lunar New Year on Saturday, January 29th and Sunday, January 30th. “Watch exciting lion dances, traditionally used to bring good luck and fortune, taking place throughout the center.” Also, be sure to stop by Customer Service to pick up a free red envelope filled with gifts and/or center promotions. Red envelopes are a traditional gift “symboling good luck and well wishes for the New Year.”

10. Lunar New Year Celebration
Southern California Children’s Museum (SCCM)
495 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101

Southern California Children’s Museum is celebrating the Year of the Tiger on Sunday, January 30th from 9:30 am to 11:30 am. The festivities include crafts, a special read-aloud, and lion dance performance. Tickets are available online. (Children under 1 are free.) 

Related: Celebrate Lunar New Year at Universal Studios

Lunar New year celebration at Citadel outlet mall
Citadel Outlets Lunar New Year celebration from 2021, photo used with permission

11. Hope Center Chinese New Year Celebration
Bonita Center for the Arts
822 W. Covina Blvd., San Dimas, CA 91773

The Bonita Center for the Arts “welcomes Hope Center for a spectacular Chinese New Year Celebration” on Sunday, January 30th. Check the website for more details as they become available.

12. Chinese New Year Celebration – Virtual Event

The Chinese-Australian community presents a special virtual Chinese New Year Celebration on Sunday, January 30th at 10:00 pm to 10:45 pm PST. The festivities include music; lion dancing; Melbourne’s processional dragon, the Dai Loong, and more. Register online for this free event.  

13. Chinese New Year
Alma Reaves Woods – Watts Branch Library
10205 Compton Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90002

The Alma Reaves Woods – Watts Branch Library invites families to its Chinese New Year activity happening on Tuesday, February 1st at 3:00 pm. “Bring in the year of the Tiger by making fun poppers and making tiger masks.” 

14. Virtual Lunar New Year Celebration

The Smithsonian Art Museum and the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the USA invite families to Ring in the Year of the Tiger with a special virtual celebration happening on Saturday, February 5th at 7:00 am PST. Enjoy streamed video performances of dances, acrobatics, and yo-yo tricks; demonstrations of Chinese crafting; and much more. Register online for this free event.

15. ACA 2022 Lunar New Year Celebration – Virtual Event

The Association of Chinese Americans (ACA) is hosting a virtual Lunar New Year Celebration on Saturday, February 5th at 11:30 am PST. The Celebration includes “performances, such as Chinese folk dance, guzheng/Zither, piano, soprano solo, Chinese traditional operas, and other shows.” Register online for this free event.

16. 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, February 5th at 8:00 pm. Enjoy a special performance featuring a “colorful presentation of Eastern and Western music and dance.” Ticket information is available online.

17. 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, February 5th and Sunday, February 6th. “The Lunar New Year, also referred to as the Spring Festival, has long been celebrated for centuries. Join us as we celebrate and honor this special day with bright colors, music, art, and stories.” All activities are included in general admission. Tickets are available online.  

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

The Bowers Museum invites families to attend its Chinese Lunar New Year Festival happening on Sunday, February 6th from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. This free family festival includes art projects, face painting, the opportunity to “dance with a dragon and lion and watch beautiful performances from China,” and more. 

19. Lunar New Year: Virtual Family Game Night

The city of San Gabriel is celebrating Lunar New Year with a Virtual Family Game Night happening on Friday, February 11th from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. This free event includes a Lunar New Year Slideshow Celebration, a Year of the Tiger craft, Bingo, and more. Registration information is available online. 

20. 2022 Eastvale Lantern Festival
Citrus Event Venue
13200 Citrus St., Eastvale, CA 92880

The 2022 Eastvale Lantern Festival is happening on Saturday, February 19th and Sunday, February 20th from 11 am to 8 pm each day. This free event features a variety of activities including Lion and Dragon dances, martial arts demonstrations, food, musical performances, a children’s fun zone, and more. Register online for this free event. 

21. Alhambra Lunar New Year Festival
Alhambra Farmers Market
100 S. Second St., Alhambra, CA 91801

Head to Alhambra on Sunday, February 20th from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm for the city’s 30th Annual Lunar New Year Festival. Celebrate the Year of the Tiger with “food, entertainment, and family activities” at this free event.  

22. 44th Annual L.A. Chinatown Firecracker 
Los Angeles Chinatown Plaza
943 N. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Celebrate the Lunar New Year by participating in a 5K/10K/Kiddie/PAW’er Dog Run/Walk & Bike Ride. The L.A Chinatown Firecracker is one of the “largest and oldest running races in the U.S.” Events will be held over the weekend of Saturday, February 19th and Sunday, February 20th. Registration information is available online as well as information about participating in person or virtually. 

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

Celebrate the Year of the Tiger at Universal Studios Hollywood. Festivities include food, festive decor, meet-and-greets with different characters, and much more. Check the website for further details as they become available. 

24. USC PAM Lunar New Year Festival 2022- Virtual Event

The USC Pacific Asia Museum invites families to celebrate the Year of the Tiger on Saturday, February 5th at 11:00 am in a special virtual event. Enjoy a livestream of performances including music, dance, martial arts demonstrations, and storytelling. Register online for this free event. 

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

Celebrate the Year of the Tiger at The Huntington on Saturday, February 5th and Sunday, February 6th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm each day. Families will enjoy lion dancers, martial arts demonstrations, Chinese music, a mask-changing artist, and more. The Festival is included in general admission. Tickets are available online. 

26. 2022 Lunar New Year
The Grove
189 The Grove Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90036

From Monday, January 24th through Sunday, February 6th, families can celebrate the Year of the Tiger at The Grove. Marvel at the special décor and enjoy some “can’t-miss-offers” from some of your favorite brands as well as “delicious discounts” from some of your favorite restaurants. Details are available online. 

27. 2022 Lunar New Year
The Americana at Brand
889 Americana Way, Glendale, CA 91210

From Monday, January 24th through Sunday, February 6th, families can also celebrate the Year of the Tiger at The Americana. Marvel at the special décor and enjoy some “can’t-miss-offers” from some of your favorite brands as well as “delicious discounts” from some of your favorite restaurants. Details are available online. 

28. Lunar New Year
Kidspace Children’s Museum
480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91103

Kidspace Children’s Museum is celebrating Lunar New Year on Saturday, February 5th with several special activities. “Practice your brush strokes with water and magical paper,” enjoy a special story time, “make your own handmade dance ribbon and learn the dynamic art of the traditional Chinese Ribbon Dance with a special performance at 1:00 pm.” All activities are included in general admission. Ticket information is available online. 

29. Lunar New Year Celebration: Lion Dance
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at LACMA on Sunday, January 30th. The East Wind Foundation will be performing Lion Dances to celebrate the Year of the Tiger. Two performances are scheduled – one from 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm and another from 1:30 pm to 2:00 pm. The performances will take place outdoors.

30. D. Yoder Family Sundays: Lunar New Year Celebration
Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens
415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, CA 92672

Families are invited to celebrate the Year of the Tiger at Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens on Sunday, February 6th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Lots of fun activities are planned at this free event including crafts, a scavenger hunt, performances, and more. Lucky red envelopes will be given to the first 100 attendees. No reservations are required for this event.

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Wendy Kennar is a mother, writer, and former teacher who has lived her entire life in the same Los Angeles zip code. You can read more from Wendy at her website WendyKennar.com where she writes about books, boys, and bodies (living with an invisible disability).

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