Events: @SoCal

Saturday Jan. 25, 2014 

On January 25th, at Lunar Fest 2014, visitors to Downtown Riverside will be transported to the beauty of the magnificent Ancient Orient, beginning with a Spectacular Parade of Nations at 10am, Opening ceremonies at 10:45 am, then Traditional Asian Music, Taiko Drums, Dance Performances, Art Displays and Day-Long Exhibitions of Martial Arts, Anime Cos-players and a range of thrilling Asian themed demonstrations of various kinds conducted by community and professionals group alike throughout the rest of the day on four stages.  Make sure you visit the Children’s Village for FREE Arts and Crafts, and then head over to the Health Expo right next door to get a FREE check up and talk to the Local Doctors, and don’t forget to sit for a spell and get a complimentary massage.  Enjoy the days events with authentic Asian foods of the Far East and try a variety of Teas at the Tea Pavilion to tantalize the palate.  We encourage you to dress the part of the festivities and wear your favorite Asian Attire along with the hundreds of traditional Asian Garbs from all over Asia and South Pacific in addition to the hundreds of Anime Cosplayers in costume.

We will have the schedule of performances ready in January, so you can plan to watch your favorite performers.

January 25-26, 2014
Saturday, Jan. 25: 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday, Jan. 26: 10 am - 6 pm

Downtown Monterey Park
Garvey Avenue between Garfield and Alhambra Avenues

Monterey Park's Lunar New Year festival features 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 along with firecrackers will kick-off the festival Saturday morning. Various types of entertainment will be featured on both days. A large carnival fun zone will be featured in parking lots at the corner of Garvey and Lincoln Avenues.

Past Lunar New Year events in Monterey Park have drawn crowds estimated at 50,000 to 100,000 visitors coming from all over the Southern California area.  Plan on attending now for a full weekend of fun, entertainment, shopping and dining. 

Saturday, January 25, 2014 :: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Huntington Middle School, 1700 Huntington Drive, San Marino, CA 91108

Chinese Lunar New Year is the longest and most important festivity in the Lunar Calendar. Chinese people called the New Year the “Spring Festival” and celebrate with family and friends for fifteen days. The Lunar New Year is a major holiday for the Chinese; this tradition is also embraced and commemorated significantly by many of its geographic neighbors. For example, people in Taiwan, Hong-Kong, Macau, Korea, Tibet, Losar, Mongolia, Vietnam, and Japan (before 1873), all celebrate Lunar New Year with their own traditional cultural performances, rituals, and traditions.

January 26, 2014
Little Saigon, Tenderloin district. Ellis & Larkin street.

The Lunar New Year festival is based on the Lunar Calendar that many Eastern countries have followed in the past, where the New Year begins in February. This is different than the modern Western calendar where the New Year begins on January 1st.

In a traditional sense, the festival is a time to honor ancestors and deities, as well as an intimate time for families to spend time together. It is tradition for families to clean the house before New Year day, as a means to sweep away bad-fortune for the New Year. Houses will also be decorated with themes of red, which signify prosperity and good luck. Another major activity that happens during the Lunar New Year festival is the passing of money through red paper envelopes given to younger generations. 

The event is one of the largest ethnic street festivals held each year in the San Francisco Bay Area. With so many participants from all over the bay area, a four-block area is designated for children and adult to walk through and participate with different activities and food vendors. Cultural performances are held all day to entertain those who want to enjoy music and arts with their friends and family. There are various fun games and activities for children to enjoy and learn about the Lunar New Year.

Saturday, February 1, 2014 to Sunday, February 2, 2014

115th Golden Dragon Parade: Sat, Feb 1st 1pm-3pm ONLY (commencing at Hill and Ord Streets and concluding at Broadway and Cesar Chavez). Grand Marshal is LA Mayor Eric Garcetti. For Parade information, contact the Chinese Chamber of Commerce at (213) 617-0396.

Central Plaza Stage (New Chinatown)
943-951 N. Broadway
Saturday, Feb 16: 12pm-8pm
Sunday, Feb 17: 12pm-5pm

FREE to the public. The festival is easily accessed via Metro Gold Line rail from the Chinatown.

Saturday, February 1, 2014 :: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Las Tunas Drive (Between Golden West and Temple City Blvd.)

Gourmet food and food truck, entertainment, performances, free gifts, games….

February 7th - 9th, 2014
OC Fair and Event Center

The Tet Festival of Southern California is recognized as the world’s largest Tet Festival outside of Vietnam. Helping preserve Vietnamese culture, the Tet Festival boasts about the attraction of over 100,000+ audiences and hundreds of booths in a span of a three day weekend event. Visitors are immersed with a vibrant array of traditional foods, live entertainment, festive games, and customs celebrating the Vietnamese Lunar New Year.

Saturday, February 8th 2014

A large-scale Lunar New Year celebration, this Southern California event begins with a three-week art exhibit in Alhambra City Hall . The main celebration is a one-day street festival on Valley Blvd. , the heart of the Chinese commercial district in the San Gabriel Valley . The festival’s attendance has increased steadily over the years, now averaging 25,000. Corporate America utilizes this venue to reach out to the Asian communities.   

Date: 2/15/2013 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Location: 8001 Garvey Ave.

* Website denotes 1/22 but banner in Valley Blvd/Walnut Grove states 02/15.

SCHEDULED FOR February 15, 2013
*** Event will be held on Feb 22nd if rained out.

The City will welcome the New Year with a multi-cultural event that will feature live entertainment, great food, a variety of merchandise booths, and family activities. The community is invited to enjoy an international family celebration in Today’s Small Town America!

The City of Rosemead has partnered with EDI Media, Inc. to host the Rosemead Lunar New Year Family Festival on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 8001 Garvey Avenue (former site of the Auto Auction), from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Over 100 units will participate in the Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade. A San Francisco tradition since just after the Gold Rush, the parade continues to delight and entertain the many hundreds of thousands of people that come to watch it on the street or tune in to watch it on television on KTVU Fox 2 or KTSF Channel 26, 6:00-8:00 p.m., on Saturday, February 15, 2014.

Nowhere in the world will you see a lunar new year parade with more gorgeous floats, elaborate costumes, ferocious lions, exploding firecrackers , and of course the newly crowned Miss Chinatown U.S.A. and her court. A crowd favorite is the spectacular 268' Golden Dragon ("Gum Lung") It takes a team of over 100 men and women from the martial arts group, White Crane to carry this dragon throughout the streets of San Francisco.

This year's Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade promises to warm your heart and electrify your senses, come rain or shine.

February 15th - 16th 2014
Whittier Narrows Park

Los Angeles Tet Festival seeks to cultivate, promote, foster, and develop more appreciation, understanding, taste and love of all multicultural and diversity across our communities. The festival continues to provide the opportunities to celebrate, reflect, preserve Vietnamese tradition, as well as promote all cultural creativity and advancement.

Since our first Tet festival celebration started in year 2003, together with the support of Management in Whittier Narrows Regional Park, South El Monte, L.A. Tet Festival has been successfully and continually providing a bridge for all racial and cultural communities in cities across Los Angeles county. This year 2014 celebration will mark our whole decade of commitment to serve, and therefore our appropriate theme for the ten years anniversary will be called, “The Return of Golden Harvest.”

Tet is the Vietnamese New Year that begins on the first day of the Lunar New Year. The celebration lasts for seven days. The Lunar New Year is one of the most celebrated and joyful holidays through the millenniums. It has evolved into an illustration of the traditions and customs found in the greater part of the Asian society. Like Chinese, Vietnamese people are very careful about what they do on the New Year’s Day. The events on New Year’s Day determine good fortune for the rest of the year.