Lunar New Year Celebrations

Here's where to welcome in the Year of the Rat 2020 around the Bay Area.

East Bay

Lunar New Year Celebration in Livermore – Celebrate the Year of the Rat with traditional dancing, demonstrations, food and crafts. Enjoy a lion dance and martial arts exhibition performed by KungFu Dragon USA, a short Chinese opera performance, a fashion show, a storytelling corner for children, an art activity station and a talk on Chinese health and healing. Sat., Jan. 25. 10am-3pm. FREE. Bankhead Theater Lobby, 2400 First St., Livermore. 925-373-6800.

Oakland Chinatown Lunar New Year Bazaar – This event features a live cultural entertainment stage with continuous performances plus more than 80 vendors selling traditional new year’s decorations, flowers, gifts and candies. Jan. 11-12. 10am-5pm. FREE. 399 Eighth St., Oakland. 510-836-2318.

Tet Lunar New Year – Celebrate with music and festivities. This event includes famed Vietnamese singers and newly crowned Vietnamese beauty queens. Sun., Jan. 5. 4-10pm. FREE. 390 27th St., Oakland.

Marin, San Francisco, Peninsula

Chinese New Year Flower Market Fair – Come here to buy fresh flowers, fruits, candies and more while watching performances by traditional Chinese magicians, acrobats, folk dancers and opera singers.  Sat., Jan. 18-Sun., Jan. 19. Call for times. FREE. Grant Avenue from Clay to Broadway, San Francisco. 415-982-3000.

Lion Dancers - Ring in the Lunar New Year of the Rat, 4718 with an exciting celebration of Chinese lion dance and martial arts. All are welcome.  Sun., Jan. 19. 2:15pm. FREE. Sunset Branch Library, 1305 18th Ave., San Francisco. 415-355-2808.

San Francisco Chinese New Year Festival and Parade – Celebrate the Year of the Rat and this event come rain or shine. The Community Fair runs Sat., Feb. 8-Sun., Feb. 9 on Grant Avenue from California to Broadway. It features 120 booths and concessions, Chinese folk dancing, opera, performances and more. The parade is Feb. 8 and typically starts at 5:15pm and begins at Second and Market streets. This nighttime illuminated event is one of the biggest Chinese New Year celebrations outside Asia. The event features colorful floats, elaborate costumes, ferocious lions, exploding fireworks and Miss Chinatown and her court. FREE.  

Silicon Valley

Community Day: Lunar New Year 2020 — The San Jose Museum of Art welcomes the Year of the Rat with artmaking activities, cultural demonstrations and live performances. This celebration honors international and local Lunar New Year traditions. Sat., Feb. 22. 11am-5pm. FREE. 110 S. Market St., San Jose. 

CDM’s Lunar New Year Celebration - Celebrate the Year of the Rat by watching a Lion Dance and other live performance, trying Chinese calligraphy, playing traditional Asian games and more. Feb. 1-2. 12-4pm. $14-15. Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, 180 Woz Way.  

Lunar New Year Storytime & Craft — Celebrate the Year of the Pig with a special storytime and a pig lantern craft. For ages 7 and up. Sat., Jan. 18. 12-1pm. Village Square Branch Library, 4001 Evergreen Village Square, San Jose. Check website for event at select branches through Feb. 15. 

Tet Viet Nam 2020 - Celebrates the Vietnamese New Year with a special show of traditional and patriotic drums, dances and skits. 3pm. $25-50. San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, 255 S. Almaden Blvd., San Jose.