The Lunar New Year begins on January 28th This year is The Year of the Rooster. Below are a few fun ways to celebrate the Lunar New Year in the Bay Area:
Solano Ave in North Berkeley and Albany
In front of the Albany Twin Theater (1115 Solano), performances will include acrobatics, a lion dance, martial arts, Chinese instruments and music, plus singing by local school children. Parade begins at noon, with everyone welcome to join.
When: Sunday, February 5th, 10 am to 1 pm
Where: Solano Ave in front of Albany Twin Theater
The Oakland Museum Lunar New Year festival is a pan-Asian new year celebration, ringing in the Year of the Rooster with an array of Asian traditions in arts, crafts, food, live music, dance, and family activities. Explore connections between the diverse Asian cultures represented in California. All activities included with regular museum admission price.
When: Sunday, February 12th, 12 pm to 4:30 pm
Where: Oakland Museum
Oakland Asian Cultural Center
Kick off the Year of the Rooster with performances, crafts, and demonstrations from OACC affiliated artists and teachers. Admission is free and all ages are welcome.
When: Saturday, February 4th, 11am to 3pm
Where: Oakland Asian Cultural Center
San Francisco Chinese New Year Festival and Parade:
San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Festival & Parade is one of the few remaining illuminated night parades in the country. Hundreds of units participate in the parade including the crowd favorite 268-foot-long Golden Dragon (“Gum Lung”) carried by over 100 volunteers from local martial arts studios. The festival’s Community Fair offers up the best of Chinatown with over 80 booths, concessions and performances. on
When: Saturday, February 11th at 5:15 pm
Where: The parade will step off at Second and Market Street
Are you a Rooster?
Years of the Rooster include 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, and 2029.
Personality traits: observant, hardworking, confident, courageous, talented, frank and honest
Happy Lunar New Year, everyone!