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Southern California: Lunar New Year Events

Celebrate the Lunar New Year and the Year of the Dog with your family at one of these Southern California Lunar New Year events.


Disneyland Resort
1313 Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, CA 92802

The Disneyland Resort is the premier place to bring your family to celebrate the Lunar New Year this year. The celebration is happening at Disney California Adventure Park with authentic cuisine, fantastic entertainment, and activities. The magical celebration continues until February 18th. Save on tickets for your visit by taking advantage of the limited-time Southern California resident discounted ticket offer.


Irvine Spectrum Center
670 Spectrum Center Drive
Irvine, CA 92618

Sunday, February 18 from 1pm to 3pm.

Activations will take place in the Giant Wheel Court including:
Lucky red envelopes
Korean fan dancers
Chinese lion dance
Asian themed stilt-walkers
Music entertainment
And more!


Fashion Island
401 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Saturday, February 17 from 1 to 3pm.

Activations to take place in the Bloomingdale’s/Neiman Marcus courtyard include:

Chinese dragon dancers
Korean fan dancers
Asian calligraphy artist
Greeters distributing fortune cookies*
Lucky envelopes*
Themed stilt-walkers
Music entertainment
*While Supplies last, weather permitting.


South Coast Plaza
3333 Bristol Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

February 17 through February 24, 2018

View a variety of acts and performances from Asian cultures, including Lion Dance, UniStar Children’s Variety Show, ETTV Top Idol singers, K-Pop performers, Chinese zodiac expert , and more.

Carousel Court
Feb 17, 18, 19, 24 and 25
from 1-5 pm

Jewel Court
Feb 17, 18, 19
from 1-5 pm

View the Complete Schedule

Families are invited to assemble decorative Lunar New Year lanterns celebrating The Year of the Dog.

Carousel Court
February 17, 18, 19, 24, and 25
from 1-5pm

Watch local artisans demonstrating traditional hand-crafted arts.
Select crafts will be available for purchase.

Carousel Court
Feb 17, 18, 19
from 1-5 pm

Photo Exhibition: Building A New Bridge: President Nixon’s Legacy in Three Chinese Cities
During the historical “week that changed the world,” President Nixon visited three cities in China. The trip’s enduring legacy – the friendship between the people of the United States and China – is captured in photographs.

Level 2 in Carousel Court
February 13 – March 4

Tales of Tradition Art Exhibit
Discover the traditions of Lunar New Year celebrations through exclusive art sculptures displayed throughout the center. Twelve papier-mâché dog figures, created by LIULI Crystal Art especially for South Coast Plaza, embody symbols, traditions and cultures of the most important festival celebrated in the Chinese society.

Center wide
February 13 – March 4


Outlets at San Clemente
101 W Avenida Vista Hermosa #190
San Clemente, CA 92672

Families are invited to celebrate the Lunar New Year at Outlets at San Clemente, presented by the Irvine Chinese School and the Three Treasures Cultural Arts Society based out of San Diego. The free, family-friendly event will include a 30-foot Dragon Dance, interactive Lion Dances for kids, martial arts demonstrations, arts and crafts activities, face painting, Red Envelopes and more.

In addition to the celebration, Outlets at San Clemente will host a Red Envelope Giveaway from Saturday, February 10 through Friday, February 16, with special offers, deals from retailers and a special $108 Outlets at San Clemente gift certificate, redeemable at all of the centers’ stores and restaurants. Red envelopes are gifts presented at social and family gatherings, during holidays such as Chinese New Year. The red color of the envelope symbolizes good luck and is believed to ward off evil spirits. Shoppers can visit Customer Service to receive their free red envelope gifts. Limit one per household, while supplies last.

Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The 30-foot Dragon Dance will take place at approximately 1:00 p.m.
The Lion Dance will take place at approximately 1:45 p.m.


Tet Festival
OC Fair & Event Center
88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at the 37th annual UVSA Tet Festival. With more than 150 exhibitors, delicious ethnic foods, cultural displays, live entertainment, and carnival rides and attractions, there’s fun and excitement for the whole family.

Hours: Friday, Feb. 16, 4-10 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 17, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 18, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Cost: $6 general admission. Parking is $8.


Santa Monica Place
395 Santa Monica Place
Santa Monica, CA

Santa Monica Place commemorates the Year of the Dog with its annual Lunar New Year celebration on Saturday, February 17 from 2 – 6 p.m. Hosted by Katherine Ho from The Voice on NBC, celebrations will include authentic cultural performances and activities such as the traditional Chinese dragon dance, Korean fan dance, stilt walkers, classical folk music from a Chinese musical duo, New Year’s Wishing Trees and family-friendly arts and crafts for all to enjoy.

Santa Monica Place’s Lunar New Year celebration features a variety of free cultural activities for the whole family to experience. Patrons are invited to hang a wish on the branches of the two New Year’s Wishing Trees for a two-dollar donation. The proceeds will benefit Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) at UCLA. CSSA-UCLA is an officially registered on-campus organization devoted to organizing activities for Chinese student groups and promoting traditional Chinese culture on the UCLA campus.

The event will be held on level one in Center Plaza.

Lunar New Year Schedule of Events:
2 – 6 p.m. Chinese Music Duo
Stilt Walkers
Traditional Dough Artist
Balloon Twister
Arts & Crafts
Wishing Trees
2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Korean Fan Dance
3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Chinese Dragon Dance


A new year begins in February at Plaza West Covina when the property debuts its first Lunar New Year celebration. The Lunar New Year, also known as the Chinese New Year, is celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar. In March, the East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center will celebrate the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, an annual Japanese tradition that honors the arrival of spring by enjoying the beauty of cherry blossoms, the national flower of Japan.

Dates: Throughout February; Performances on Saturdays, February 17 and 24
Location: Center Court, near Best Buy
Celebrations begin in February as the Year of the Rooster exits and The Year of the Dog arrives. On Saturday, February 17 at 2 p.m. in Center Court, guests can enjoy a Japanese martial art performance called Kendo by students of the Covina Kendo Dojo. On Saturday, February 24 at 3 p.m., the Eibu Kan Goju Ryu Karate Do will perform karate in Center Court. Throughout the month, guests can view festive Chinese lanterns hung throughout Center Court to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

Community Partner: East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center
Date: Saturday, March 17, Noon-6 p.m.
Location: Center Court, near Best Buy
The East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center, home to more than 25 cultural, educational, artistic, recreational and social programs, celebrates the annual Cherry Blossom Festival. At the property, guests will discover Japanese flavors, sights and sounds as well as traditional dance performances, judo demonstrations and music from Japanese taiko drums in Center Court.


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