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2015 Lunar New Year Celebrations in Orange County

Celebrate the Year of the Goat at one of the these lucky Lunar New Year Celebrations happening in Orange County! Expose your children to a wide variety of cultural activities, arts and more during this special cultural celebration happening this month throughout Orange County.


Disney California Adventure Park
1313 Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, CA 92802

February 19th to 22nd

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at the Happiest Place on Earth from February 19th through the 22nd.

Event activities include:

Exhilarating live performances
Photo opportunities with select Disney Characters
Stunning scenic displays
Special event merchandise
Limited-time food and beverages items
Complimentary face painting
Sensational Sights to Behold
Over the course of this multicultural event, Paradise Gardens in Paradise Pier will be decked out in celebratory décor and a diverse variety of continental colors.

Food and beverage available throughout the park:

Pork Bao – Steamed bao filled with pork and served with sweet chili sauce
Year of the Wood Ram – Shaped sourdough bread
Almond Cookies
Ginger Milk Tea
Tsing Tao Beer


Great Park Neighborhoods
Pavilion Park Terrace
194 Compass
Irvine, CA 92618

February 21, 2015 11am – 4pm

Lunar New Year celebration on the Terrace with something for everyone! Exotic teas. Kids arts & crafts. Floral arrangement demonstrations. Cupcakes. Traditional Chinese flute music. And a traditional lion head dance. Happy New Year!


OCTA Lunar New Year Celebration
Irvine Station
15215 Barranca Parkway
Irvine, CA 92618
(Free parking)

Saturday, February 21st

Celebrate Lunar New Year by visiting the 116th Annual Golden Dragon Parade and Festival in Los Angeles Chinatown. With colorful parades, elaborately decorated floats, marching bands and cultural performances by some of the nation’s best Chinese acts, this free event is fun for all ages.

Metrolink is the best way to get there. You’ll avoid traffic and parking hassles and enjoying a relaxing ride with friends and family. The train is the best way to start your adventure to Los Angeles.

FREE Metrolink tickets at OCTA’s special event

Before riding Metrolink to L.A., join OCTA in Irvine for a Lunar New Year celebration. The first 100 people will receive free Metrolink tickets. (First come, first served)

On Saturday, February 21, 2015, arrive at the Irvine Metrolink Station at 8:00 a.m. Enjoy a traditional Lion Dance and enter to win Lucky Red envelopes. Bring a non-perishable food donation for Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County to play Plinko and win a prize.


South Coast Plaza
3333 Bristol Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

South Coast Plaza Lunar New Year Celebration (Thursday, February 12, 2015)
South Coast Plaza celebrates the Year of the Ram in Jewel Court with a private opening ceremony hosted by South Coast Plaza, in cooperation with Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China. Ribbon cutting performed by Ambassador Liu Jian, Consul-General of China in Los Angeles and notable officials will be accompanied by traditional Chinese performances.

“China’s Silk Road” Xinhua Gallery Exhibit (February 12 – February 22, 2015)
“China’s Silk Road,” will be on display beginning February 12 through February 22 and can be enjoyed during center hours. Presented by the Xinhua Gallery and the China National Tourist Office Los Angeles, China’s Silk Road is an ancient land–borne trade passage that spanned more than 4,000 kilometers in China between China and Europe since 100 BC, with Central Asia as the intermediate station. The Silk Road played a significant role in bridging eastern and western culture and promoting commercial and trade contacts.

Lunar New Year Exhibit (February 12 – February 22, 2015)
South Coast Plaza ushers in the Year of the Ram with an elaborate exhibit and exquisite floral displays. The exhibit will be surrounded by blossoming orange trees, which are a symbol of good fortune and abundant happiness. Located Level One, Jewel Court

Lunar New Year Weekend Entertainment (February 12 – February 22, 2015)
Enjoy a variety of weekend entertainment February 14 – 15, and February 21 – 22 from 2pm – 5pm in Jewel Court. Children’s entertainment and crafts will take place on February 14 – 15 from 1pm – 3pm in Carousel Court.


Westfield MainPlace
2800 Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92705

Sunday, February 15th

On Sunday, February 15 from 1pm to 5pm, Westfield MainPlace in partnership with UVSA and the 2015 Tết Festival welcomes the Year of the Goat with a Lucky Lunar New Year Celebration. The free event, located in the Nordstrom and Macy’s courts, will feature an array of cultural activities and performing arts. As the longest and most important celebration based on the Chinese calendar, the Lunar New Year begins on February 19 and will honor the honest and intimate character of the Goat. This year, 2015, is considered an auspicious year, which means it is a favorable year that will bring success.

From 1:00-3:00pm, activities for all ages include:
Children’s Crafts
Lucky Wishing Tree
Interactive Zodiac Display
Calligraphy Painting
Asian Dough Art
Lunar New Year Photo Backdrop

From 3:00pm-5:00pm, visitors will enjoy a stage showcase of cultural, musical and dance performances featuring a traditional Lion Dance performed by Southern Wind Lion Dance team from the Vietnamese Student Association at the University of California, Irvine, and contestants from the Miss Vietnam of Southern California Pageant. The event will conclude with a Red Envelope distribution.


Pretend City
29 Hubble
Irvine, CA 92618

Celebrate Lunar New Year!
February 19 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Included with museum admission

Lunar New Year is an important tradition for every family to thoroughly cleanse the house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for good incoming luck. We will enjoy some great activities to celebrate with the children:

Smart Art: Dragon Dances are a performed during Lunar New Year’s celebrations around the world. Children will enjoy making their very own dragon to make dance at home!
Music and Movement: Lunar New Year is for celebrating and making noise. We will make a traditional Chinese drum and play them while dancing to traditional Chinese music.
Symbols in a Second: Children will enjoy learning a fable of the Zodiac Animals and finding out what animal sign they are. A special take-home sheep activity will remind them of the zodiac animal for the year.
Play Partner: Pretendgineers and Brain Builders, our experienced stage staff of trained early childhood and child development educators, grown-ups

Grown-up Tip: Have fun writing fortunes to each other and make fortune cookies together! “You will snuggle with your mommy tonight”, “You are one smart cookie”, “Being silly is the key to a happy life”, Sharing with your brother will bring you great luck”!


Tet Festival
12761 Western Ave., Suite A
Garden Grove, CA, 92841

February 20th-22nd

The Tet Festival is one of the largest Lunar New Year celebrations in Orange County. There will be food, entertainment, games and more. The event will bring in thousands of families during the three-day event. For more information, and the daily schedule of events, visit


Los Angeles

Universal Studios Hollywood
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608

February 13th-28th

Universal Studios HollywoodSM continues its annual Lunar New Year tradition with a celebratory “Year of the Ram” event featuring a special Mandarin-speaking MEGATRON character from its blockbuster thrill ride, “Transformers™: The Ride-3D,” taking place from Friday, February 13 through Saturday, February 28, 2015.

The celebration comes to life within Universal Plaza – a new Art Deco-inspired grand courtyard situated at the heart of the theme park – where guests will be ushered in to celebrate the “Year of the Ram” under a curtain of customary red Chinese lanterns and a stunning all-new Plum Blossom Arch. The polygon-shaped piazza will also display a dozen lampposts each featuring the twelve zodiac animal signs along with three symbolic attributes.

A highlight of the Lunar New Year program will be the Mandarin-speaking MEGATRON, who will engage guests in conversation that is characteristic of his DECEPTICON TRANSFORMER’s persona. MEGATRON – an ominous 12-foot-tall figure – is one of the stars of Universal Studios Hollywood’s award-winning thrill ride, “Transformers: The Ride-3D” which immerses guests in the 3D-HD action-packed robotic world of the TRANSFORMERS. In-park signage will notate times for the daily MEGATRON meet and greet.

Favorite Universal characters, including Curious George and Woody and Winnie Woodpecker, will join the celebration dressed in traditional Chinese attire to meet guests and take memorable photos in front of a customary Chinese gong. Asian-inspired treats along with traditional music, resonating throughout the Plaza, will help in commemorating the festive Lunar New Year.

Year-round, Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature Studio Tour offers guests a revealing look at an authentic movie and television studio in select languages, including Mandarin. Expertly-trained Mandarin-speaking guides provide insight on the world of movie-making magic as guests enjoy a front row seat and behind-the-scenes access to one of the largest film studios in the world. The theme park also features Mandarin-speaking associates within select theme park’s retail stores and provides in-language park maps.

Lunar New Year is included in the price of admission to Universal Studios Hollywood.


The Grove
189 The Grove Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90036

On Sunday, Feb. 15, from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m., The Americana at Brand will be transformed into a grand celebration of cheer and good fortune with two Happy New Year parades including traditional lion and dragon performances, Chinese and Korean face-changing, Mongolian Bowl dancers, Chinese and Korean folk dancers, stilt walkers, drummers and more. A Chinese dragon dance to scare away bad luck while welcoming good fortune to all, cultural acts with dancing ribbons, fans, powerful drums and face-changing will be on The Green following the opening parade. Additionally, guests of The Americana at Brand have an opportunity to test their luck with traditional Chinese red envelopes, which may contain cash prizes, through March 1.

Between performances, guests can enjoy a variety of craft stations, facepainting, curated food vendors from 626 Night Market and more. Calligraphy artists will be on-hand to give away paintings and lucky Chinese characters on traditional red diamond paper. The event will conclude with a final parade around the property.

In addition to the scenic décor at The Grove, guests can enjoy special Lunar New Year shopping offers from Nordstrom, Sprinkles Cupcakes, Lucy Zahran & Co. and more. For guests looking for a sweet treat, Sprinkles Cupcakes will offer Lunar New Year-inspired cupcakes from Feb. 13 through Feb. 21.

Guests can share their experiences by tagging photos of the events and décor: #LunarAmericana and #LunarGrove. The photos with the most likes will be featured on social media feeds and will win a $50 gift card to The Americana at Brand or The Grove. Find The Americana at Brand and The Grove on Instagram at @AmericanaBrand and @TheGroveLA.


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