Lunar New Year Celebrations

Celebrate the Year of the Rooster at one of these celebrations.

Silicon Valley

Author Visit – Author Oliver Chin will speak about Chinese New Year and read from his newest book The Year of the Rooster: Tales from the Chinese Zodiac in this multimedia presentation for the whole family. Children can color a zodiac animal themed coloring sheet. Jan. 20-Feb. 9. See website for participating libraries, dates and times. FREE.

Chinese New Year's Gala – The Chinese New Year's Gala Troupe includes 150 top-ranking artists and entertainers to welcome in the Year of the Rooster. Sun., Jan. 29. 7pm. $28-88. Flint Center, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino.

El Camino Youth Symphony Lunar New Year Concert – Celebrate with the Senior Symphony and Sinfonietta Orchestra. Sat., Feb. 4. 4pm. $15-25. Flint Center, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino.

Lunar New Year – Welcome the Lunar New Year with a story, crafts and fun. For ages 3 and up. Jan. 10-Feb. 11. See website for participating libraries, dates and times. FREE.

Lunar New Year Lion Dance  – Try your hand at traditional crafts and calligraphy. Enjoy a Lion Dance and the petting zoo with chickens and roosters. Sat. Feb. 4. 10am-5pm. Sun., Feb. 5. 12-5pm. Included with admission: $12-13, children under 1 FREE. Children's Discovery Museum, 180 Woz Way, San Jose.

SF, Marin & Peninsula


Chinese New Year Celebration – Enjoy lion dance performances, taste Chinese food, observe professional calligraphers and more. Mon., Feb. 20. 9am-4pm. Included with admission: $13.95. Bay Area Discovery Museum, Fort Baker, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. 415-339-3900.

San Francisco

Lion Dancers – Celebrate the New Year with a lion dance and martial arts demonstration. 11:30am-12:30pm. FREE. Chinatown Branch Library, 1135 Powell St. 415-355-2888.

Lunar New Year Celebration – Watch performers from the Chinese American International School, China Dance School and see a lion dance. Sun., Jan. 29. 10:30am-4pm. Included with museum admission: $20 adults, $15 youth 13-17, under 13 FREE. Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St. 415-581-3500.

Southwest Chinese New Year Festival and Parade – Started in the 1860s, this parade and festival has grown to be the largest celebration of Asian culture outside Asia. It features gorgeous floats, elaborate costumes, exploding fireworks and a 168-foot golden dragon operated by more than 100 people. Sat., Feb. 11. 6-8pm. FREE. The parade starts at Second and Market streets and continues on Kearny, Post and Sutter streets. 415-680-6297.

Year of the Rooster Celebration – Performances include folk dancing and singing with traditional instruments and costumes. Take a Year of the Rooster quiz. Sat., Jan. 21. 1-4pm. FREE. Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St. 415-557-4400.


Chinese New Year Storytime – Celebrate the Year of the Rooster with a storytime featuring guest author Oliver Chin. Sat., Jan. 21. 11:30am-12pm. FREE. Pacifica-Sanchez Library, 1111 Terra Nova Blvd., Pacifica. 650-359-3397.

East Bay

Alameda County

Parade and Performance – Celebrate the Lunar New Year with entertainment from 10am-12pm – including a lion dance and martial arts, acrobatics and more – followed by the parade from 12-1pm. Sun., Feb. 5. FREE. Albany Twin Theatre, 1115 Solano Ave. 510-527-5358.

OMCA Lunar New Year – This 16th annual event welcomes the Year of the Rooster with an array of Asian traditions in arts, crafts, food, demonstrations, live music, dance, martial arts and more. Sun., Feb. 12. 12-4:30pm. $15.95 adults, $10.95 students/seniors, $6.95 ages 9-17, children under 8 FREE. Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St. 510-318-8459.

Contra Costa County

Red Panda Acrobats – A Shanghai-trained acrobatic troupe presents jaw-dropping extravaganzas in celebration of the Chinese New Year on Tue., Jan 24, 6:30-7:30pm at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, Thu., Jan. 26,  6-6:30pm at the Brentwood Community Center and Tue., Jan. 31, 5:30-7pm at the Antioch Library. FREE. Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St. 925-516-5290.

Chinese New Year Celebration – Ring in the Year of the Rooster by learning the history of the Chinese laborers in the Delta before having a dragon parade. Sat., Jan. 28. 2-4pm. FREE. Big Break Visitor Center, 69 Big Break Road, Oakley. 510-544-3050.

Lion Dancers – Enjoy a performance by the White Crane Lion Dancers and then usher in the Chinese New Year with special crafts and treats. Mon., Jan. 30. 6:30-7:30pm. FREE. Martinez Library, 740 Court St. 925-646-9900.

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