Lunar New Year 2023 Events
Hop over to Lunar New Year festivities in a Gig, as the Bay Area joins the world in welcoming the Year of the Rabbit from January 22 through February 5. 🧧🐇 There are 12 zodiac signs that annually rotate, with the rabbit symbolizing longevity and peace. (Fun fact: it's also the Year of the Cat in Vietnamese culture!)
Check out this list we've put together of Lunar New Year happenings coming up in the Bay. Find the spots where you want to celebrate, then get in and go! 🚙 🎆
SF Bay Area
Jack London Square Lunar New Year Celebration
Located in the plaza near Plank, this free event will include a special performance by USCDA and Xiaopei Chinese Dance, lion dancers, martial arts performances, kids crafts, Year of the Bunny selfie op, and giveaways.
Saturday, January 21 | 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Jack London Square, 472 Water Street, Oakland
Thrive City New Year Celebration
Head to Thrive City for thrilling festivities and celebrations that will include performances by LionDanceMe, Nguyen Dance Company, and Korean Culture Center Urisawe Drum Performance, a rabbit petting zoo, arts and crafts, balloon artists, and more. The event is free, but space is limited. First come, first served.
Saturday, January 21 | 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Thrive City, 1 Warriors Way, San Francisco
San Ramon Lunar New Year Celebration
The day's lively events will feature Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese dancers, a kung fu demonstration, and ever popular lion dancers. There will also be a New Year's themed selfie station at the free event.
Sunday, January 22 | 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
City Center Bishop Ranch, 6000 Bollinger Canyon Road, San Ramon
22nd Annual Lunar New Year at OMCA
Head to the OMCA campus for its 22nd annual Lunar New Year celebration. The food market will open at 11 a.m., followed by a full slate of hands-on activities, stellar performances, and intriguing panels starting at 12 p.m. Tickets range from $7-$25, with children 12 and under free.
Sunday, January 29 | 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
OMCA, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland
Alaska Airlines San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade
The San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade is the biggest parade celebrating the Lunar New Year outside of Asia and has been named one of the top ten parades in the world by International Festivals & Events Association. Attending the parade is free, with bleacher tickets available for $41-$70.
Saturday, February 4 | 5:15 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The parade starts at 2nd and Market Streets, goes around Union Square and ends at Kearny Street and Columbus Avenue in San Francisco.
Lunar New Year Celebration at Southcenter
Commemorate the Year of the Rabbit with amazing performances including a traditional dragon dance, modern Chinese dance, and a martial arts performance. The celebration will also include live music, photo moments, traditional Chinese tea, and rice desserts. RSVP to the free event.
Saturday, January 21 | 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Westfield Southcenter, 2800 Southcenter Mall, Seattle
Lunar New Year on the Pier
Enjoy a lion dance by the Mak Fai Kung Fu Club, featuring drums, cymbals, and weather permitting — jongs, a series of poles on which performers will balance. Artist Monyee Chau will also present a visual arts experience at the free event, and food trucks will be on hand to buy bites and drinks.
Sunday, January 22 | 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Pier 62, 1951 Alaskan Way, Seattle
Kirkland Lunar New Year
Take a Gig to Kirkland for a day of crafts, food, dancing, and culture demonstrations in celebration of the Lunar New Year and the first Year of the Rabbit since 2011. This event is free.
Saturday, January 28 | 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Peter Kirk Community Center, 352 Kirkland Avenue, Kirkland
Lincoln District Lunar New Year Celebration
Join Lincoln District businesses and residents for a day of lion dancers, firecrackers, food, and family fun. There will be a pop-up marketplace, food trucks, and plenty of neighborhood restaurants to dine. Reserve your spot for free.
Saturday, January 28 | 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
3801 South Yakima Avenue, Tacoma
Chinatown-International District Lunar New Year Celebration
Before the Lunar New Year celebrations conclude, Gig to Seattle's Chinatown-International District for a fun-filled day of live entertainment, lion and dragon dances, cultural performances, food walk, street vendors and retail shops across the district.
Saturday, February 4 | 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Chinatown-International District, 423 Maynard Avenue S, Seattle