Here are some places around Los Angeles and Orange County where you can celebrate Chinese New Year and Vietnamese New Year. The lunar new year for 2017 begins January 28 and we'll be kicking off the Year of the Rooster.
Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure
Disney California Adventure will be decked out in colorful ornamental lanterns and banners in English, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese wishing guests a Happy Lunar New Year. There will be authentic performances by Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese musicians and dancers as well as specialty foods for the occasion. World of Color will feature "Hurry Home – Lunar New Year Celebration," featuring Mulan and Mushu.
When: January 20 - February 5, 2017, 11 am - 5 pm
Where: Disney California Adventure
Cost: Standard Disneyland Admission
Chinese New Year at the Citadel Outlets
Like other major shopping centers in the LA area, the Citadel Outlets in the City of Commerce will be celebrating Chinese New Year with red envelope giveaways for a couple weeks. They will add additional live performances on Saturday, January 28.
When: January 20 - February 11, 2017
Where: Citadel Outlets, 100 Citadel Drive, Suite 480, Los Angeles, CA 90040
Chinese New Year Festival in Monterey Park
Floral Fair features flower arranging, food, entertainment, arts and crafts for all ages and carnival rides.
When: January 21-22, 2017, Sat 10 am – 9 pm, Sun 10 am – 7 pm
Where: Garvey Avenue between Ramona and Alhambra Avenues, Monterey Park
Parking: Shuttles will be provided from three school parking lots.
Chinese New Year in Beverly Hills
The 6th annual Beverly Hills Chinese New Year event will feature a full production of internationally acclaimed performances from Beijing. The event is open to the public, however, advance ticket reservations are mandatory. Tickets are free, plus a $6 in processing fees per ticket.
When: January 21, 2017, 8 pm
Where: Saban Theatre, 8400 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Cost: Free, $6 fees,
Parking: Metered street or pay lots in the area, Parking Info
Lunar New Year at Universal Studios Hollywood
Universal Studios Hollywood will celebrate Lunar New Year and the “Year of the Rooster” with Chinese-themed decor, favorite Universal characters dressed in traditional Chinese attire and a Mandarin-speaking 12-foot-tall MEGATRON from “Transformers: The Ride-3D” posing for photo ops with visitors. Curious George will also dress up for New Year photo ops. A Mandarin version of the world famous Studio Tour is offered year round.
When: January 21 - February 5, 2017
Where: Universal Studios Hollywood
Cost: Lunar New Year Celebration is included in the price of Admission to Universal Studios Hollywood
Universal Studios Hollywood Visitors Guide
Lunar New Year Festival at the LA Waterfront
The Port of Los Angeles is holding its Lunar New Year festivities this year at the CRAFTED art vendor warehouse. The afternoon of folk dancers, dragon and lion dancers, Asian crafts and food.
When: January 21, 2017, 2-7 pm
Where: CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles, Warehouse #10, 112 E 22nd St, San Pedro, CA 90731
Traditional New Year Kick-Off Ceremony at Thien Hau Temple in Chinatown
On the eve of the New Year, the Thien Hau Temple in Chinatown in Downtown LA will open the New Year festivities with incense offerings, Taoist and Buddhist monks, dragon dancers and 550,000 firecrackers.
When: Friday, January 27, 2017, 10 pm - 12 am
Where: Thien Hau Temple, 750-756 N Yale St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Parking: Street parking, pay lots within a few blocks
Metro: Gold Line to Chinatown Station, or walk a few more blocks from Union Station.
Tet Festival in Costa Mesa
The largest Tet Festival in Orange County, sponsored by the Union of Vietnamese Student Associations of Southern California, returns this year to the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. Festivities include dragon dancers, pageants, entertainment, rides, food and cultural booths.
When: January 27-29, 2017, Fri 4-10 pm, Sat 11 am – 10 pm, Sun 11 am – 9 pm
Where: OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA
Cost: $6 at the gate or online.
Chinese New Year at Santa Monica Place
Santa Monica Place shopping center in Santa Monica will host a free Chinese New Year celebration with traditional Chinese Lion Dancers, Korean Fan Dance, music, children's crafts and food.
When: January 28, 2017, 2-6 pm
Where: Santa Monica Place, 395 Santa Monica Place (NOT Blvd), Santa Monica, CA (bordered by Broadway and Colorado between 2nd and 4th Street
Golden Dragon Parade and Chinese New Year Festival in Chinatown
Chinese New Year Festival in LA's Chinatown with the Golden Dragon Parade on Saturday.
When: February 4, 2017, Golden Dragon Parade, Sat 1 pm, Festival hours noon - 8 pm.
Where: Parade route goes north on Hill from Ord to Bernard, then south on Broadway to Cesar Chavez. Parade Route Map Festival centered around Central Plaza, 943-951 N. Broadway.
Cost: Free to view from the street, $25 grandstand tickets available, festival is free.
Metro: Gold Line to Chinatown Station, or walk a few more blocks from Union Station.<br/>Info: www.lagoldendragonparade.com or chinatownla.com
OCTA Lunar New Year Celebration
Orange County Transit Authority is throwing an early morning mini Lunar New Year Celebration at the Irvine Metrolink Station and giving away free Metrolink tickets to Union Station to attend the Chinatown Golden Dragon Parade to the first 100 people who show up. The Irvine event will include a traditional lion dance, refreshments and a chance to spin and win prizes.
When: February 4, 2017, 8 am.
Where: Irvine Station, 15215 Barranca Parkway, Irvine, CA 92618.
Chinese New Year Festival at Huntington Library
Traditional Chinese music, dance, martial arts and food will take over the Huntington Library Gardens near Pasadena. There will also be calligraphy and brush painting demonstrations and more. Included in regular admission.
When: February 4-5, 2017, 10 am – 5 pm
Where: Huntington Library and Gardens,
Cost: $25 Adults, $21 Seniors and students 12-18 or with ID, $10 kids 4-11, free under 4
More on visiting the Huntington Library
The Great Chinatown Hunt
A scavenger hunt through Chinatown for teams of two to four people.
When: February 5, 2017, Sunday 11 am
Where: Chinatown, start location given with registration.
Metro: Gold Line to Chinatown Station
Lunar New Year Family Festival at the Bowers Museum
A free festival with arts, crafts, food, music and dancing at the Bowers Museum courtyard and Kidseum in Santa Ana.
When: February 5, 2017, 11-3:30
Where: Bowers Museum Kidseum, 2002 N. Main St, Santa Ana, CA 92706
Cost: Courtyard is Free, Museum $15 adults, $12 students and seniors, Free kids under 12; Kidseum, $6 age 2 and up. All free for Santa Ana residents and members.
Parking: $6 at the museum, limited metered street parking and public lots.
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Alhambra Lunar New Year Celebration
The traditional celebration in the city of Alhambra takes over five city blocks of the Chinese commercial district along Valley Blvd from Garfield to Almansor. Hundreds of vendor booths, crafts, children's workshops, cultural demonstrations, a dragon boat rowing station, games and food attract a big crowd.
When: February 11, 2017, 10 am – 5 pm
Where: Valley Blvd, from Garfield to Almansor, Alhambra, CA
The Chinese American Museum Lantern Festival at Olvera Street
Live entertainment, including lion dancers, acrobatics, musical, and dance performances, craft workshops and free entrance to the Chinese American Museum.
When: March 4, 2017 (To be confirmed), noon - 7 pm
Where: 425 Los Angeles Street at El Pueblo Historic Site/Olvera Street
Parking: Pay lots in the area
Metro: Union Station
Shen Yun: The Arts Connect Heaven and Earth
This New York-based Chinese cultural show comes through Los Angeles every year with a dazzling array of dancers, musicians, and acrobats preserving cultural arts, some of which have been banned in China.
When: March 24-April 23, 2017
Where: Long Beach, Thousand Oaks, Hollywood, Claremont, Costa Mesa, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara.
Information is accurate at the time of publication. Please check the event website for the most current information.