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Chinese New Year Family Fun in Marin and the Bay Area

Chinese New Year Bay Area Discovery Museum

Lion dancers perform at the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito.

This February, the Year of the Rooster comes to an end and the Year of the Dog begins! Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year, starts on Friday, February 16.

As with many major holidays, there's plenty of family fun to be found in Marin County and all over the San Francisco Bay Area, ranging from a Chinese New Year Festival at the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito on Monday, February 19 to the big blowout Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco on Saturday, February 24.

Here are a fun family Chinese New Year events not to miss in Marin and the Bay Area:

Flower Market Fair

Chinatown, San Francisco
Saturday, February 10, 10 am–8 pm, Sunday, February 11, 9 am–6 pm

The Chinese New Year Flower Market Fair is held on the weekend before Chinese New Year Day. The Flower Fair is the place to come to purchase fresh flowers, fruits, candies and brand new supplies for the home to begin the new lunar year. Delight in performances of traditional Chinese magicians, acrobats, folk dancers and opera as you take in the beautiful fragrances of spring. You will find over 120 booths and concessions making this a shopper's paradise. Event website

Chinese New Year Celebration with the Flying Angels Chinese Dance Company

San Francisco Public Library, Presidio Branch
Saturday, February 10, 2–4 pm

Celebrate the Year of the Dog with a performance of traditional and contemporary Chinese dance in the Presidio Meeting Room at the Presidio branch of the San Francisco Public Library. Free. Event website

Sunday Special: Red Panda Acrobats

Mill Valley Library, Main Reading Room
Sunday, February 11, 11 am–noon

Celebrate Lunar New Year with these amazing Chinese acrobats. You'll see stunning acrobatics, balancing, contortion, and more lead by Wayne Huey, who has delighted audiences all over the Bay Area. Free. Event website

Chinese Lion Dancers

San Anselmo Town Hall Lawn
Saturday, February 17, 11–11:20 am

Welcome the Lunar New Year with the famous Lion Dancers of the Marin Chinese Cultural Association. The lion dance is an important part of the rich cultural heritage of the Chinese people all over the world, and is thought to cleanse darkness and bring good luck, prosperity, and happiness. Program begins at 11 am sharp. Free. Event website

10th Annual Lunar New Year Festival on Fourth Street

Fourth Street, Berkeley
Saturday, February 17, noon–4 pm

Sponsored by Teance Fine Teas and Fourth Street, this special day includes martial arts performances, lion dances by the famous Kei Lun performers from San Francisco, traditional treats from merchants, a shop blessing parade, and craft tables for the kids. Free. Event website

Lunar New Year Celebration: Year of the Dog

Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
Sunday, February, 18, 10:30 am–4 pm

Roll in the Year of the Dog with talented dancers, musicians and storytellers at the Asian Art Museum’s annual Lunar New Year Celebration. This year’s celebration features Chinese acrobatics and lion dance drumming with local favorite Red Panda Acrobats. After the workshops and performances, enjoy author Oliver Chin’s story about the zodiac calendar and Year of the Dog characteristics—who knows, you may discover something new about yourself! To round out the day’s activities, have your name written in Chinese calligraphy and make art projects from countries across Asia that celebrate the Lunar New Year, activities developed and led by the museum’s Art Speak teen interns. Free after museum admission. Event website

Year of the Dog Chinese New Year Celebration

Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building
Saturday, February 18, 5–8:30 pm

Celebrate the Year of the Dog with music, dance, martial arts, dragons, lions, a buffet dinner, and more! $25 adults, $10 children 3–10. Event website

Chinese New Year Celebration

Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausaltio
Monday, February 19 (Presidents' Day), 9 am–4 pm

Celebrate the Chinese New Year with your family at BADM! Enjoy lion dance performances, taste delicious Chinese food, observe professional calligraphers, and more. This event is presented in partnership with the Marin Chinese Cultural Association. The event is included with general museum admission and free for members. Event website

Chinatown Community Street Fair

Chinatown, San Francisco
Saturday, February 24, 10 am–4:30 pm
Sunday, February 25, 9 am–5 pm

Become immersed in the sights and sounds of Chinatown. The Chinatown Community Street Fair takes place the weekend of the Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade and is an opportunity for attendees to experience Chinese cutural arts such as latern and kite making, calligraphy, fine arts demonstrations, folk dance, and puppet shows. Traditional and modern entertainment perform on the main stage thoughout both days. Enjoy colorful folk dance from throughout Asia, acrobats, lion dancing, and magic demonstrations. Come be a part of all the fun and magic as well as the incredible "Block of Fortune." Event website

Chinese New Year Parade
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San Francisco Zoo Lunar New Year Celebration

San Francisco Zoo
Saturday & Sunday, February 24 & 25, 10 am–4 pm

To commemorate the Year of the Dog, the San Francisco Zoo is thrilled to host Lunar New Year celebrations! Soak up the ambiance of the occasion and marvel at traditional Chinese lion and folk dance performances at 11:00 and 1:30 daily. Go on a Zodiac Scavenger Hunt through the Zoo to learn fun facts about the animals found on the Chinese calendar. Stop by Wolf Canyon to see our wolves to celebrate the Year of the Dog! Guests born in the Year of the Dog (1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018) will receive free Zoo admission on that day. Event website

San Francisco Symphony Chinese New Year Concert and Imperial Dinner

Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
Saturday, February 24, 3 pm

Celebrate Lunar New Year and the Year of the Dog with the San Francisco Symphony at this family event that draws on both ancient and contemporary traditions. Arrive at 2 pm for the activity-filled Festival Reception with Chinese instruments, lion dancing, "lucky" red envelopes, entertainment, tea bars, sweet and savory bites, and more. Continue the festivities after the concert by purchasing a ticket to the dramatic and exciting Imperial Dinner. Call the San Francisco Symphony Volunteer Council for details at (415) 503-5500. Concert tickets: $34–$79. Event website

Chinese New Year Celebration and Banquet

B Street Recreation Center, San Rafael
Saturday, February 24, 5 pm

Usher in the Year of the Dog with the Marin Chinese Cultural Association's massive banquet—featuring everything from jai and prawns to suckling pig and red bean soup. Great performances include the Chinese Dance School of San Francisco, a martial arts demonstration, traditional guzheng, and, of course, the association's own amazing Lion Dancers. Bring the whole family to share the excitement and tradition of the Lunar New Year. Tickets: $20 member adults, $40 non-members; $10 member children, $20 non-members; children 3 and under free. Event website

Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Festival and Parade

Downtown San Francisco
Saturday, February 24, 6–8 pm

Named one of the top ten Parades in the world, the Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco is one of the few remaining night illuminated parades in the country and one of the largest Asian cultural celebrations outside Asia. 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. Event website

Lunar New Year Celebration and Other Asian Traditions: Year of the Dog

Oakland Museum of California
Sunday, February 25, noon–4:30 pm

Join OMCA for the 17th annual Lunar New Year celebration, a fortune-filled family-friendly event to welcome in the Year of the Dog. Enjoy live performances and an array of Asian traditions in arts, crafts, food, demonstrations, farm animals, adoptable dogs, and more. Explore connections between the diverse Asian cultures represented in California, including Chinese, Tibetan, Korean, Vietnamese, Malaysian, Japanese, and other Asian cultures. Event website

Today's Events

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Marin Humane
(All day)
Little Farm
8:30 am
Bay Area Discovery Museum
9:00 am
Mill Valley Community Center
9:00 am
Hauke Park
9:30 am
Habitot Children's Museum
9:30 am