Celebrating the Lunar New Year in San Jose & Silicon Valley
This year the Lunar New Year starts on Monday, February 8. The Lunar New Year is one of the most important annual events in many Asian cultures and it is celebrated here in the San Francisco Bay Area in our large Chinese and Vietnamese communities.
Here are some ways you can celebrate the Lunar New Year in San Jose and Silicon Valley.
Attend a Chinese New Year Festival or Event
Palo Alto Chinese New Year Fair - February 21, 2-5pm
A family-friendly celebration including lion dances, arts and crafts, and traditional Chinese New Year foods. Hosted by the Palo Alto Chinese Parents Club.
Where: Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto
Redwood City Lunar New Year Celebration - February 27, 11am-4pm
A multicultural Lunar New Year festival including lion dancers, red panda acrobats, martial arts demos, taiko drumming, arts, crafts, music, and food.
Where: San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City
Lunar New Year Celebration - February 13-14, 12-4pm.
A kid-friendly New Year's celebration featuring traditional arts and crafts, music, and dance performances.
Where: Children's Discovery Museum, 180 Woz Way, San Jose
Attend a Vietnamese New Year Festival or Event
Vietnamese Tet Festival - February 13 & 14
The biggest local Vietnamese New Year (or, tet) event includes a parade with lion dances, martial arts demos, music, and vendors sharing traditional Vietnamese New Year's foods.
Where: Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, 344 Tully Road, San Jose
Tet Festival - A Passport to Vietnam, February 21 - February 22, 10am-9pm
A family-friendly celebration featuring food, music, games, and traditional cultural performances.
Where: Evergreen Valley High School, 3300 Quimby Rd., San Jose
Go out to a Lunar New Year's Meal
Food is a big part of the Lunar New Year, so celebrate by going out for a New Year's meal.
Local P.F. Chang's restaurants will be celebrating the lunar new year all month with Chinese red envelopes giveaways and a special Chinese New Year menu including traditional new year's foods like steamed Hong Kong style sea bass, handmade butternut squash dumplings, and mandarin cake. They'll also be hosting a fundraising campaign, donating $1 to the Boys & Girls Club of America each time someone orders something off of the holiday menu and shares a mention of their meal on social media using the hashtag, #PFChangsWish. Other places to look for traditional Lunar New Year fare are the large Chinese and Taiwanese communities in Cupertino, Milpitas, and Sunnyvale.
For Vietnamese flavors and traditional Vietnamese New Year dishes, San Jose is the best place to look. You can check out Downtown San Jose's popular Vung Tao Restaurant or any of the various shops and restaurants in San Jose's "Little Saigon" centered on Grand Century Shopping Mall (1111 Story Road) and the Vietnam Town Shopping Center (909 Story Road).