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2022 Lunar New Year SoCal Celebration Guide

Celebrate the Year of The Tiger with these Lunar New Year shows, festivals, and events around Southern California

It’s time to say goodbye to the Year of the Ox and usher in the Year of the Tiger! The Tiger is the third animal of the Chinese Zodiac. The year of the Tiger begins Tuesday, Feb. 1, coinciding with the first new moon of the lunar calendar. While commonly referred to in the United States as Chinese New Year, many East Asian and Southeast Asian countries outside Mainland China also celebrate the Lunar New Year, including Korea, Vietnam, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Tibet, Bhutan, Mongolia, and the Philippines. 

Each country has its own unique traditions and customs to usher in the New Year, but common to all celebrations are coming together with family and friends, gift-giving, and preparing and eating traditional foods. 

Check out our guide below for a list of Lunar New Years events in Southern California detailed by county. Happy Lunar New Year!


LOS ANGELES COUNTY

Lunar New Year Show- Plaza West Covina

Jan 29th: 2 – 3 pm

Live Performances include:

  • Dragon Dancing
  • Lion Dancing
  • Face Changer
  • Wushu and Kung Fu Acts
  • Dancers
  • Live Music

Enjoy giveaways and much more!


10th Annual Lunar New Year Event- Westfield Santa Anita

January 29th: 1-4pm

Live Performances include:

  • The Immortals Lion Dance
  • YaYa Dance
  • Chinese Zither by Bei Bei
  • WeBreak Hip Hop Dance Company
  • Mask Changing Dance by Hai Di Lao

Activities include:

  • Live Calligraphy
  • Tiger Stripe Airbrush Hair
  • Memory Card Game
  • Zodiac Coloring Sheets

Chinese New Year Festival- Huntington Library

Feb. 5 and Feb. 6

Celebrate the lunar new year and welcome the Year of the Tiger at The Huntington’s Chinese New Year Festival Feb. 5 and 6. Families can enjoy lion dancers, a mask-changing artist, martial arts demonstrations, Chinese music, art and craft demonstrations, and more. The festivities will take place in and around the Chinese Garden and other performance spaces.

  • Martial arts performances by the Shaolin Temple Cultural Center USA
  • Calligraphy demonstrations with resident artist Tang Qingnian
  • Wushu Tai Chi performances from the Guo Jie Tai Chi Academy
  • Chinese floral art displays
  • Penjing and viewing stones display
  • Chinese dining specials at the Red Car coffee shop, 1919 Cafe, and Jade Court Cafe
  • Food trucks, including Dina’s Dumplings, The Tropic Truck, Trapiyaki Truck, Salt N’ Pepper Truck, Fluff Ice, and Drizzle

Walnut Lunar New Year Celebration

Feb. 19th: 2- 5 pm

Join us on Saturday, February 19th, from 2-5pm at Walnut City Hall for an afternoon full of good fortune and prosperity for all! There will be a Wishing Tree, Lion Dancing, firecrackers at 2:30pm, free food, and more.

https://www.cityofwalnut.org/

Alhambra Lunar New Year Festival

Feb. 20th

The Alhambra Lunar New Year Festival is coming to the Alhambra Farmer’s Market! Save the date to celebrate with food, entertainment, and family activities!

For more info: FB event post 


L.A. Chinatown Virtual Firecracker Run 2022

February 20th

The Los Angeles Chinatown Firecracker 5/10K Run/Walk is the largest and longest-running Lunar New Year charity run in the United States. Established in 1978, Firecracker has since grown to include a Bike Ride, Kiddie Run and PAW’er Dog Walk and serves the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area with support from the City of Los Angeles.


ORANGE COUNTY

Flower Festival 

Jan 14th – Jan 30th


The Flower Festival opened Friday, Jan. 14, at the Asian Garden Mall in Westminster. Through the end of the month, thousands of people will visit the daily outdoor market, shopping for exotic flowers and trees to use as gifts and in the tradition of decorating their homes for the holiday. Each color, each flower represents a message of good tidings and good luck for the new year.

Orchids, hoa mai trees and bromeliads are popular blooms this time of year.

The Flower Festival will be open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily through Jan. 30. The mall will host its Firecracker Festival at noon on Feb. 1.

For more info: https://www.facebook.com/AsianGarden/


Segerstrom Lantern Festival 2022

Feb. 26th

Free Family event! Bring the entire family and join us for Pacific Symphony’s annual Lantern Festival, celebrating the Year of the Tiger! The Lantern Festival, which can be traced back 2,000 years, marks the return of spring and the reunion of family. The act of lighting and appreciating lanterns is a way for people to let go of the burdens of their old selves and express their best wishes for themselves and their families for the future.

Pacific Symphony and South Coast Chinese Cultural Center/Irvine Chinese School join in presenting this free family-friendly festival to commemorate the end of the Lunar New Year celebration with music, dance, art making, riddles and food. Join us as the concert hall lobby becomes transformed for the festivities with floating lanterns and the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall is opened up to the public for performances featuring local music and dance groups. 

Admission is FREE, but tickets are required. Due to venue capacity, admission will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis throughout the course of the event. Though a ticket does not guarantee immediate admission, ticket holders will be given priority access. Be sure to print out all print-at-home tickets.

Program includes: 

11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall 
Indoor music and dance performances, storytelling, riddles, and art-making activities Must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative COVID PCR test to enter. Masks required.

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Argyros Plaza at Segerstrom Center 
Outdoor performances and activities for young children
Masks strongly encouraged. No ticket required.

For more info: https://scfta.org/events/2022/lantern-festival-2022


Pretend City Lunar New Year Celebration

Saturday, February 5 & Sunday, February 6

The Lunar New Year, also referred to as the Spring Festival, has long been celebrated for centuries. Join us as we celebrate and honor this special day with bright colors, music, art, and stories.  

Play Purpose: Concept development – color recognition and identification, physical development, social-emotional, language development, writing practice, and cultural learning. 

Smart Art (on-going):   

  • Money Matters > Using the traditional colors of this holiday, red and gold, we’re providing the materials and tools needed to create your very own Red Envelope, perfect for putting all those hard-earned Pretend City Dollars in.  
  • Dancing Dragons > A communal creation, each artist will add their own pieces to the greater whole as we work together to make our very own Lunar New Year Dragon. 
  • Chopsticks & Stones > A sensory exploration of traditional Chinese foods, textures, and tools.  

Sensational Story Time in Orange Plaza (11 AM & 2:30 PM): My First Chinese New Year > Chinese New Year is a time of new beginnings. Follow one little girl as she learns how to welcome the coming year and experience all the festivities surrounding it. This warm and lively introduction to a special holiday will make even the youngest child want to start a Chinese New Year tradition! 

Tales in The Library:  Dragon Dance, a Chinese New Year Flip Blooks > It’s Lunar New Year and there are so many fun things to do! Shopping at the outdoor market for fresh flowers, eating New Year’s dinner with the whole family, receiving red envelopes from Grandma and Grandpa, and best of all-watching the spectacular Lunar New Year’s parade!    

Grown-up Tip: By exploring different types of foods, grownups can begin conversations about various traditions and provoke interests in new cultures, places, and people. This appreciation for diversity will benefit your child as they begin school with children from all walks of life. 

RSVP: Not required  

Fee: Included with admission  

For more info: https://www.pretendcity.org/events/lunar-new-year/


UVSA Tết Festival 2022 – OC Fairgrounds

February 5 and 6, 2022

The nation’s largest Vietnamese Lunar New Year Festivals is BACK and bigger than ever. Enjoy traditional food, performance, competitions from pho eating contests to balut eating contests. There’s also rides, a Cultural Village, pageants, and many more.

Lunar New Year- Augmented Reality

Jan 3, 2021 – Jan 21, 2021

Irvine Spectrum

Fashion Island- Newport Beach


Visit Irvine Spectrum Center January 3 – 21 for a safe, contactless – and FUN! – photo experience with our custom augmented reality character: Wild Wing, the official mascot for the Anaheim Ducks.

Find the signs in the courtyards listed below (hint: they say “Scan to take a photo with Wild Wing!”) and scan the QR code with your mobile device to activate the experience.

Take photos and/or videos of your family members alongside and/or interacting with Wild Wing. Then, save the photos to your mobile device and share with friends and family via email, SMS, and social media.

Also make sure to visit AnaheimDucks.com/LunarNewYear to purchase tickets to the Tampa Bay Lightning at Anaheim Ducks game scheduled for January 21, 2022.

Locations:

Regal Courtyard

Palm Court

For more info: https://www.irvinespectrumcenter.com/events-promotions/lunar-new-year-augmented-reality-irvine


Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure Park

January 21 to February 13, 2022

Joyous tribute to Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean cultures. Event highlights include:

  • Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession
  • Special appearances by some popular Disney Characters—including Mickey, Minnie and Tigger—dressed in colorful attire
  • Raya from Raya and the Last Dragon appears during the Lunar New Year celebration for the first time
  • Sip and Savor Pass for Lunar New Year Marketplaces
  • Innovative menus celebrating delicious Asian cuisine
  • Live holiday entertainment
  • Commemorative merchandise
  • Kid-friendly crafts and activities
  • Festive décor and more

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

Riverside Lunar Festival

Jan 29th – Jan 30th: 11am- 8 pm

The event will kick off with an opening ceremony on Mission Inn Ave from 11:30am-1:00pm on Saturday Jan 29. Be sure to check out the Taiko Drummers, Lion & Dragon Dance performances, and Shaolin Kungfu.

At the stage, performers from all around LA will showcase their talents during the event. Must watch shows include, traditional Chinese dance by Inland HuaXia ECAA, Tang Arts and Performing Studios, K-Pop from M.A.D Dance Studios, traditional instruments from Merano Cultural Group, and Japanese Taiko Drums from UCR. There will also be martial arts demonstration from Filipino Martial Arts and so much more.

Food is always a central part of any Lunar New Year celebration. This year will host some of the best and unique food vendors in the IE. Be sure to come with an empty stomach to enjoy unique bites and mouthwatering drinks. Craving lamb skewers seasoned with cumin, steamed buns and dumplings, or flame grilled squid the size of your face? You’ve come to the right place! 

At the marketplace, local and regional artisans will be on hand selling traditional and modern goods, including hand cut paper art, handmade jewelry and clothing, terra cotta dolls, Japanese dolls, and hand-written calligraphy from China and Vietnam. Also be sure to check out local artists drawing caricatures, manga, henna, and custom paintings.

Young children can experience the fun-zone inflatable rides, including a 40’ obstacle course, 20’ tall rock wall climb, and princess (Disney) jumper among many more. Kids can also experience the Japanese game machine corner and unique prizes you can win. Kids can come away with a unique Lunar New Year experience.

The 2022 Riverside Lunar Festival is presented by Panana events with support from the The City of Riverside, ICAA, UC Riverside CSSA. 

Admission is free and parking is free. For more information please visit pananaevents.com, instagram.com/panananightmarket, or check out the Eventbrite HERE

Important Details:

Mission Inn Ave (Downtown Riverside): Between Lime and Orange 

* Saturday, January 29th: 11 am- 8 pm

* Sunday, January: 30th: 11 am- 7 pm


Lantern Festival: Eastvale

Feb. 19th – Feb. 20th

The City of Eastvale is hosting its first-ever Lantern Festival! The commUNITY is invited to join us February 19 and 20 from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. for live cultural performances, food and retail vendors, a lion dance ceremony, and family fun zones! 

The Lantern Festival event will pay tribute to the Lunar New Year which signifies the arrival of spring and the beginning of a new year on the lunisolar calendar. We’d like to say a quick thank you to the Eastvale City Council for their commitment to cultural and diverse events.

For more info on the FB page or https://www.pananaevents.com/eastvalelanternfestival

Rejoin family and friends at this multicultural celebration filled with happy wishes for health, luck and prosperity throughout the Year of the Tiger!

The Lunar New Year is the beginning of a calendar year whose months are coordinated by the cycles of the moon. 

For 15 days from late January to the middle of February, China, Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Singapore, and many of the Asian countries celebrate the Lunar New Year as a national holiday. The dates of the celebration are similar because many countries in Asia interpret the lunar calendar the same way. The Lunar New Year this year is celebrated on Tuesday, February 1, 2022. It’s the Year of the Tiger! The Tiger is the third animal of the Chinese Zodiac. Specifically, this is the year of the Water Tiger in China. Each zodiac sign is associated with one of the five elements: Metal, Wood, Water, Fire, or Earth. So while the year of the Tiger comes every 12 years, the year of the Water Tiger only comes every 60 years. 

Check out our guide below of Lunar New Years Events going on around SoCal


Celebrating the Lunar New Year virtually

The Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the United States of America is hosting a free virtual event at 10 a.m. ET Sat. Feb. 5 to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Attendees will enjoy streamed video performances of dances, acrobatics, and yo-yo tricks by the Madison Chinese Dance Academy, and also watch demonstrations of traditional Chinese crafting and Lunar New Year traditions, including the classic lion dance. The event is free but registration is required.

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