Southern California Lunar New Year Events 2024

2024 Southern California Lunar New Year Events featuring over 30 Lunar New Year Celebrations in Los Angeles, Orange County, Coachella Valley, and San Diego. Check out Lunar New Year parades, Lantern Festivals, Tet Festivals, Fun Runs, Lunar New Year celebrations at theme parks, museums & malls.

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2024 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LUNAR NEW YEAR EVENTS LISTING:

Monterey Park Lunar New Year Festival 2024

The Monterey Park Lunar New Year Festival will feature vendors offering unique gifts and specialty items, food booths with various types of delectable items, amusement rides, and lots of live entertainment. The traditional New Year lion and dragon dancers will kick off the festival Saturday morning. Various types of entertainment will be featured on both days. A carnival fun zone will be featured in parking lots at the corner of Garvey and Lincoln Avenues.

When: January 27 and 28, 2024
Time: Saturday 10 AM to 9 PM, Sunday 10 AM to 7 PM
Tickets: FREE


Alhambra Lunar New Year Festival 2024

At the Alhambra Lunar New Year Festival, be dazzled by performances, shop for unique treasures, savor street food, learn to make something new, or take photos with the beautiful cherry tree display, you’re in for a treat.

The festival boasts two stages, each offering a unique experience. The Culinary Stage showcases cooking demonstrations inspired by Asian cuisine, where local chefs will whip up delicacies right before your eyes. The Performance Stage is guaranteed to entertain and enlighten with cultural performances that include Korean fan dancing, the community band from Vez Guitar, the return of the Money God, a breakdance competition, and more.

Food takes center stage at the Alhambra LNY Festival, with an array of authentic Asian dishes to try courtesy of vendors from all over the SGV. Local favorites Miister Potato, Waffleland, and Tian Jin BBQ will return, among others, and will be joined by other culinary activities, including a mobile hot pot experience from Happy Ayce Hot Pot. Plus, many of the amazing local eateries on Main Street will be open for business.

The festival takes place on Alhambra’s bustling Main Street, home to the vibrant local commercial scene, making the event a fantastic opportunity to support local businesses and uncover hidden gems.

When: February 18, 2024
Time: 9 AM to 6 PM
Tickets: FREE


The Huntington Library Lunar New Year 2024

Celebrate the Lunar New Year and welcome the Year of the Dragon during the Chinese New Year Festival at The Huntington. This family-friendly event features lion dancers, a mask-changing artist, martial arts demonstrations, contemporary dance, floral arts, and music.

Where: The Huntington Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, Calif. 91108
When: February 10 – 11, 2024
Time: 10 AM – 5 PM
Tickets: Reservations are required for all visitors and Members. Capacity is limited.


Santa Monica Place Lunar New Year Celebration 2024

Celebrate the Year of the Dragon! Visit Santa Monica Place from January 23rd to February 21st and write a wish for the cherry blossom wishing trees, stand under the red and gold lanterns in Center Plaza, and grab a photo with all of our festive Lunar New Year décor.

Plus, join the special day of celebration on February 17th from 2-5 PM in Center Plaza for lion dancer performances, a Chinese dough artist, craft kits for kids, and more!

photo courtesy of Santa Monica Place

Where: Santa Monica Place, 395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, CA 90401
When: January 23 through February 21, 2024


Disney California Adventure Lunar New Year Celebration 2024

Bring family and friends together during this multicultural celebration filled with auspicious wishes for health, luck and prosperity throughout the new year!

Event highlights include:

All events, experiences and offerings are subject to cancellation or change without notice.

Meet Disney Characters

Ring in the Year of the Dragon with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Mulan, Mushu and friends dressed in vibrant attire inspired by Lunar New Year.

Gather loved ones for cherished photo memories under a gorgeous pavilion bedecked with bamboo, peach blossoms, golden flowers and banners bearing serendipitous holiday wishes.

Lunar New Year Wishing Wall

Stroll beneath strings of ornamental lanterns, make a wish and dare to dream big during the new year.

Stop by the Lunar New Year Wishing Wall located in Paradise Gardens—it’s where Lunar New Year magic begins! Guests of all ages are welcome to add their own special message of hope, health and happiness for the upcoming year

When: January 23 – February 18, 2024
Where: Disney California Adventure, 1313 Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802
Tickets: Included with park admission – Check Disneyland Discount Tickets


Bowers Museum Asian Lunar New Year Festival 2024

Celebrate with the Bowers Museum during our free family festivals held ever first Sunday of the month in the Museum’s beautiful Key Courtyard. Enjoy live performances, art making, face painting and complimentary treats at every festival. Free Family Festivals are made possible with generous support from the Nicholas Endowment. 

Celebrate the Year of the Dragon with a lively Chinese New Year Festival! Enjoy free art activities, face painting, and exhilarating dance and music performances. Join us in welcoming a year of strength, confidence, and luck!

When: February 4, 2024
Where: Key Courtyard at Bowers Museum, 2002 North Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706
Time: 11 – 3 PM
Tickets: Free festival. General admission to Bowers Museum is free on Festival Sundays for Members and Santa Ana residents only.


Pretend City Lunar New Year Celebration 2024

Join us in celebrating the beginning of spring into the new year. At 11AM join us for a Kishin Daiko Drummers performance that embodies the translation of Kishin which is energy, spirit, and heart.  At 2:30PM Ane Thanh Lion Dance will be performing traditional lion dancing with acrobatics and a live instrumental troupe to bring good luck into the new year. 

When: February 10 – 11, 2024
Where: Pretend City, 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618
Time: 11 AM
Tickets: Included with museum admission, RSVP not required


UVSA Tet Festival 2024 – OC Fairgrounds

The nation’s largest Vietnamese Lunar New Year Festival. This year, the UVSA Tết Festival theme is Hội Long Vân, which depicts the story and idea of the dragon and the clouds meeting. Their meeting symbolizes luck, prosperity, and our biggest hopes and dreams coming to life. UVSA Tết Festival hopes that not only will families come together and celebrate the holiday together, but much like how the fish meets the water and the dragon meets the clouds, we will also meet one another in this space.

The Year of the Dragon marks the 10th annual year anniversary that UVSA Tết Festival has been hosted at OC Fair & Event Center.

When: February 9 – 11, 2024
Where: OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa, CA
Time: varies by day, check the website
Tickets: FREE – $8


L.A. Chinatown Firecracker Run 2024

The Los Angeles Chinatown Firecracker 5/10K Run/Walk is the largest and longest-running Lunar New Year charity run in the United States. Established in 1978, Firecracker has since grown to include a Bike Ride, Kiddie Run and PAW’er Dog Walk and serves the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area with support from the City of Los Angeles.

When: February 24 – 25, 2024
Where: 943 N. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tickets: $41 to $81, varies by event


San Diego Tet Festival 2024

San Diego Tet Festival is a 3 day festival with lion dances, contests, entertainment, carnival rides, cultural village, food, and more!

When: February 16 – 18, 2024
Where: Mira Mesa Community Park, 8575 New Salem Street, San Diego, CA 92126

Time: varies, check website


Citadel Outlets Lunar New Year Celebration 2024

Citadel Outlets hosts a Lunar New Year Celebration every year! Details Coming Soon!

When: February 10, 2024
Where: Citadel Outlets, 100 Citadel Dr, Commerce, CA 90040
Tickets: FREE


Lunar New Year Parade Los Angeles 2024

In celebrating over one hundred years of tradition, the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles presents the 125th Annual Golden Dragon Parade. With over thousands and thousands of individuals lining the parade route and thousands viewing the telecast each year, this colorful celebration along North Broadway in Chinatown has become the premiere cultural event in the Southern California Asian-American Community.

Where: along North Broadway in Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA
When: Saturday, February 17, 2024
Tickets: Event is FREE

Parking: It is recommended that you do not park or drive to Chinatown and take public transportation instead.


San Gabriel Lunar New Year Festival 2024

The San Gabriel Lunar New Year Festival will consist of Street Food, Market Offerings, Meet your Favorite Radio & TV Stars, Kids Zone (Free lanterns for children, while supplies last), Authentic Chinese Live Shows, and Historical Walk.

When: February 17 – 18, 2024
Where: San Gabriel Mission District, 320 S Mission Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776
Time: Saturday 10 AM – 9 PM, Sunday 10 AM – 8 PM
Tickets: Free Admission


Westminster Tet Parade 2024

The Tet Parade is a grandiose event that has celebrated the Lunar New Year in Little Saigon for over two decades. Every year Vietnamese communities across the globe tune in to watch the event broadcasted by local TV stations and social media platforms. The Tet Parade features floats, marching bands, lion dances, color guards, veterans and youth organizations, martial arts, multi-cultural attires, elected officials, scout organizations, community organizations, and an array of local and international businesses.

This year the City of Westminster will be hosting the 2024 Westminster Tet Parade.  As in prior years the purpose is not only to celebrate the Lunar New Year, but to celebrate the Vietnamese-American community of Orange County centered in Little Saigon. The Vietnamese-Americans living in Westminster and the surrounding cities are the largest community of Vietnamese-Americans outside of Vietnam. This community consists largely of those who were forced to flee their country as a result of the communist takeover in the Vietnam War. The Westminster Tet Parade is the City’s primary opportunity each year to celebrate this community, including their beliefs, traditions and all that they represent.

When: February 10, 2024
Where: Bolsa Ave. between Magnolia & Bushard., Westminster, CA 92683
Time: Ceremony 8:30 AM, Parade 9:30 AM
Westminster Tet Parade Route: along Bolsa Ave., starting at Magnolia St., eastbound to Bushard St.


Outlets at San Clemente Lunar New Year Celebration 2024

Celebrate Lunar New Year at Outlets at San Clemente. Details to follow

When: February 10, 2024
Where: Outlets at San Clemente, 101 W Avenida Vista Hermosa, San Clemente, CA 92672
Time: 11 AM – 2 PM
Tickets: FREE


Rancho Cucamonga Lunar Festival 2024

In collaboration with the City of Rancho Cucamonga, Panana Events extends a warm invitation to all for the second annual Lunar Festival. Hosted at the RC Sports Center on the third weekend of January, immerse yourself in a world lit by radiant red lanterns, up to 100 vendors, spectacular lion dances, and the fiery spirit of the Year of the Dragon!🐉

Opening Ceremony: Dive into the celebrations between 11:30 am to 1:00 pm on Saturday, January 20, with thrilling performances including the mesmerizing Taiko Drummers, traditional Lion & Dragon Dances, and the power-packed Shaolin Kungfu.

LA’s Best on Stage: Revel in artistic excellence as talented performers from Los Angeles grace the stage: Graceful Chinese dances by YaLi Dance Studio and Tang Arts and Performing Studios. Dynamic K-Pop performances by M.A.D Dance Studios. Exciting traditional music and UCR’s Japanese Taiko Drums.

Culinary Wonders: The Lunar New Year is synonymous with feasting! Delight your taste buds with a diverse range of offerings from the finest food vendors in the IE. Whether it’s savory lamb skewers, fluffy steamed buns, or generously sized flame-grilled squids, your cravings will be more than satisfied!

Artisan Marketplace: A treasure trove awaits with local and regional artisans showcasing their crafts – from delicate paper art, exquisite jewelry, terra cotta dolls, to masterful calligraphy from China and Vietnam. Also, enjoy personalized caricatures, manga art, intricate henna designs, and custom paintings by talented local artists.

Children’s Adventure Zone: A wonderland for the young ones with fun inflatables, challenging rock walls, delightful Disney-themed jumpers, and the ever-popular Japanese arcade games offering amazing prizes. Let your child carry home unique memories of the Lunar New Year.

When: January 20 – 21, 2024
Where: Rancho Cucamonga Sports Center, 8303 Rochester Avenue Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

Time: 11 AM – 8 PM
Tickets: FREE, reserve a spot


Riverside Lunar Festival 2024

The annual Riverside Lunar Festival is returning in January 27-28, 2024.

Join us for the weekend at downtown Riverside on Mission Inn Ave as we celebrate the largest festival in the Asian community! Enjoy delicious food from the local popups around Riverside, shop to your heart’s content from local artisans and small business owners, and enjoy cultural performances from the community! The event is free to attend so bring your friends and family and enjoy the festivities of the Lunar New Year!

When: January 27 – 28, 2024
Where: Downtown Riverside, 3527 – 2573 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, CA
Time: Sat 11 AM – 8 PM, Sun 11 AM – 7 PM
Tickets: FREE, reserve a spot


USC Pacific Asia Museum Lunar New Year Festival 2024

Join us in celebrating the Year of the Dragon with an afternoon of live performances and art activities for the whole family! Enjoy a traditional lion dance, storytelling, calligraphy, crafts, food trucks, and a chance to view the new special exhibition, Another Beautiful Country. This event is free and includes admission to the museum. 

Schedule of Activities:

  • 11:00 am – 3:30 pm – Dragon Crafts with Barnsdall Arts
  • 11:00 am – 3:30 pm – Calligraphy
  • 11:00 am – Lion Dance and Martial Arts Demonstration by the Northern Shaolin Kung Fu Association
  • 11:30 am – USC Traditional Chinese Dance (USC TCD)
  • 12:00 pm – Korean Classical Music and Dance Company
  • 1:00 pm – Lan Nartthasin Thai Dance Group LA
  • 1:30 pm – Music by opera soprano Shirley Wang 
  • 2:00 pm – Storytime presented by the Altadena Public Library
  • 2:30 pm – Vietnamese Traditional Dance from UCLA
  • 3:00 pm -USC Kazan Taiko 

Where: 46 North Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena, California 91101
When: February 10, 2024
Time: 11 AM to 5 PM
Cost: Free


The Shops at Santa Anita Lunar New Year Celebration 2024

Immerse yourself in the rich traditions and vibrant festivities of the Lunar New Year with a day full of exciting activities for the whole family. From intricate balloon twisting to delightful dough figurine crafting, there’s something for everyone to enjoy!

Balloon Twisting Extravaganza:
Watch in awe as our skilled balloon artists transform simple balloons into whimsical creations. From adorable animals to festive shapes, let your imagination soar!

Shinobu the Candy Man:
Indulge your sweet tooth with Shinobu’s magical candy creations. Witness the art of candy crafting and treat yourself to delicious, handcrafted sweets that are almost too beautiful to eat!

Arts & Crafts Corner:
Unleash your creativity at our Arts & Crafts corner! Engage in hands-on activities that celebrate the Lunar New Year, and take home your masterpieces as cherished souvenirs.

Sugar Painting Spectacle:
Experience the ancient art of sugar painting as skilled artisans bring color and life to edible canvases. Marvel at the intricate designs and savor the sweet taste of tradition.

Dough Figurine Delight:
Watch the artists craft intricate shapes and characters from dough, adding a personal touch to your Lunar New Year celebration.

Face Painting Fantasy:
Transform into your favorite Lunar New Year animal or bring your own creative ideas to life with our face-painting experts. Express yourself with festive and vibrant designs!

Where: 400 S Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007, Center Court, Level 1
When: February 10, 2024
Time: 1 to 4 PM
Tickets: FREE event


Lunar Festival at Commerce 2024

The first annual Lunar Festival at Commerce is coming in 2024. Join us for two days at the event pavilion of Commerce Casino & Hotel as we celebrate the largest festival in the Asian community! This year’s theme is an indoor flower market and vendor exhibition. Enjoy delicious food from the local popups around LA, shop to your heart’s content from local artisans and small business owners, let your kids loose at the kids zone and enjoy cultural performances from the community! The event is a kid friendly and free to attend so bring your friends and family and enjoy the festivities of the Lunar New Year!

Where: Commerce Casino & Hotel, 6131 Telegraph Rd., Commerce, CA
When: February 8 – 9, 2024
Time: 4 – 10 PM
Tickets: FREE event, reserve spot


Lunar Festival at The River Rancho Mirage 2024

The annual Lunar Festival at the River is returning in February 10, 2024.

Cultural Celebrations – Experience the opening ceremony on 2/10 at 12pm, with the annual Lion Dance celebration, Taiko Drums, and Shaolin Kung Fu performances.

Up to 50 Vendors – All kinds of food vendors, food trucks, general merchandise, artists, and cultural vendors. Family-friendly event . Discover new tastes like BBQ squid and colored steamed buns. Whether new or traditional foods, you can find something you like!

Full Stage Line Up – Full stage line up over the weekend with over 10 groups performing live from 11am-5pm. Be sure to check out amazing performances from local artists and performers like fire dancing, Mongolian folk dance, and traditional Chinese instruments like er hu and zither.

Where: The River Mall, 71800 CA-111, Rancho Mirage, CA
When: February 10, 2024
Time: 11 – 6 PM
Tickets: FREE event, reserve spot


Eastvale Lantern Festival 2024

Join us for the weekend in front of Roosevelt High School as we celebrate the largest festival in the Asian community! Enjoy delicious food from the local popups around Eastvale, shop to your heart’s content from local artisans and small business owners, and enjoy cultural performances from the community! The event is free to attend so bring your friends and family and enjoy the festivities of the Lunar New Year!

Where: 7447 Scholar Way, Eastvale, CA
When: February 17 – 18, 2024
Time: Sat 11 – 8 PM, Sun 11 AM – 7 PM
Tickets: FREE event, reserve a spot


Temple City Lunar New Year 2024

Enjoy lion dance and dragon dance, free sampling of traditional cuisine, raffle prizes, family activities, kid zone, live entertainment, and information booths!

Where: Temple City Park located at 9701 Las Tunas Drive, Temple City, CA

When: February 3, 2024
Time: 12 – 4 PM
Tickets: FREE event


Japanese American National Museum Oshogatsu Family Festival 2024

Celebrate the Year of the Dragon at JANM’s Oshogatsu Family Festival. Families and kids of all ages can enjoy cultural performances, crafts, and activities. You’ll get to watch candy sculpture demonstrations, take souvenir photos, make dragon puppets and daruma dolls, shop for some fukubukuro (lucky grab bags), watch Kodama Taiko’s mochitsuki (rice pounding) demonstration, relax with the Los Angeles Public Library’s storytime session, and more!

Where: Japanese American National Museum
When: January 7, 2024
Time: 11 – 5 PM
Tickets: FREE event


Lunar New Year Celebration at South Coast Botanic Garden 2024

South Coast Botanic Garden is bringing back its Lunar New Year Celebration for a second year, with some new twists that will make it even bigger! Our winter blooms and green foliage are a picture-perfect backdrop to usher in the Year of the Dragon, complete with red lanterns and festive activities throughout the entire month of February. Every Saturday and Sunday, the Garden will host two 30-minute live performances – at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Both shows will feature the same types of performances including lion dancers, folk dancers and drummers. There will also be all-day activity stations taking place on the Lower Meadow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. as well as classes that can be purchased for an additional fee. 

Where: South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

When: Every weekend in February
Time: 10 – 4 PM
Tickets: FREE event with General Garden admission



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