Chinese New Year: Events around The City


Chinese lantern-making workshop

1 to 3 p.m.

South Sunset Activity Center

2601 40th Ave.

Make Chinese lanterns to celebrate the Lunar New Year with Supervisor Katy Tang and Self-Help for the Elderly participants Bo Lin Ho and Pui Ying Lee. Seniors, their families and grandchildren are invited to the lantern-making workshop. Free to attend, refreshments will be provided. Limit: 25. Register at


Chinese dumpling making

10 a.m. to noon

i Skewer

2407 Judah St.

Learn the art of making Chinese dumplings with Supervisor Katy Tang and Kingdom of Dumpling to prepare for the Chinese New Year celebration. Participants can take home their own freshly made dumplings. Suggested $5 donation. Limit: 10 participants. Register at:

FEB. 8

Lunar New Year celebration at the Asian Art Museum

10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Asian Art Museum

200 Larkin St.

Residents and visitors of all ages are invited to the museum’s annual Lunar New Year celebration. Festivities include music performances, dances by students from the Chinese American International School and China Dance School and Theatre and a playful version of the lion dance, believed to scare away evil spirits. West Portal Elementary School students in the Chinese Performing Arts Program will teach visitors how to walk on stilts, dance with ribbons and do martial arts. Author Oliver Chin will read stories about Chinese zodiac animals. Free with $10 to $15 museum admission.

FEB. 10

Celebrate the Lunar New Year!

7 to 8:30 p.m.

Parkside Branch Library

1200 Taraval St.

Make a lucky fish out of red envelopes. For ages 8 and older. Space is limited; call 415-355-5770 or email to register.

FEB. 20 to 21

Chinatown Adult Basketball Tournament

6 p.m.

Betty Ann Ong Chinese Recreation Center

The annual two-day basketball tournament sponsored by the Recreation and Park Department for adults continues a 20-year tradition as part of the Chinese New Year celebrations in Chinatown.

FEB. 21

Joint Lunar New Year and Black History Month celebration

11 a.m.

Bayview-Hunters Point YMCA

1601 Lane St.

Chinese lion dances, African drum dance more performances from youth and food from both cultures to celebrate Lunar New Year and Black History Month at the Bayview-Hunters Point YMCA. Free for families and friends.

FEB. 23

Golden Gate Park Senior Center Chinese New Year party

11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Far East Cafe

631 Grant Ave.

Chinese family-style lunch, dancing and a raffle for seniors or anyone over age 55. Participants must deliver checks in person to the center at 6101 Fulton St. Prices are $20 for senior center members and $30 for non-members $30.

FEB. 28

Miss Chinatown U.S.A Pageant

7 p.m.

Palace of Fine Arts Theater

3301 Lyon St.

For more than 55 years, young women from throughout the U.S. have come to San Francisco to compete for prizes and scholarships in the annual Miss Chinatown USA Pageant. The new queen and her court become goodwill ambassadors for the Chinese community throughout the New Year.

Tickets: $35, $45, $65. Available at: Washington Bakery & Restaurant (733 Washington St.) and East West Bank (900 Kearny St.). For more information: contact the Chinese Chamber of Commerce at 415-982-3000.

Rejoice in the Year of the Ram “Under the Dome”

2 to 5 p.m.

Westfield San Francisco Centre

865 Market St., Level 4 under the dome

Watch a noodle-pulling demonstration by Martin Yan and Tony Wu of M.Y. China restaurant, then stop by the Asian Art Museum’s booth and make a button of the zodiac ram. Free.

Taste It @ Your Library:

Chinese Dumplings

1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Ortega Branch Library

3223 Ortega St.

Chinese dumpling demonstration and tasting with easy-to-follow recipes provided. Attendance is limited; call (415) 355-5700 to sign up.

Basketball Jamboree

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Betty Ann Ong Chinese Recreation Center

1199 Mason St.

The 22nd basketball jamboree will feature six basketball games with three slots each for the middle school boys and girls divisions. The players – from Francisco Middle School, St. Mary’s School, Presidio Middle School and The Associates club team – represent Chinatown, North Beach and other communities. Tipoff for the first game is 10 a.m. and the last game begins at 3 p.m. Family and friends are invited. Free. For more information, contact Kenny Lee at 415-291-7900 or


Chinatown New Year Run

7 a.m. registration; 8 a.m. start

Grant Avenue and Sacramento Street

The Chinatown YMCA holds its 37th annual Chinese New Year 5K and 10K walk or run. The scenic route starts at Grant Avenue and Sacramento Street, winds its way through Chinatown, North Beach, The Embarcadero and Downtown and finishes on Kearny between California and Sacramento streets. Register at: or call 415-576-9622. Cost: $42; includes a year of the ram T-shirt, finish line goodies for all runners, prizes for top winners in each age group.


Miss Chinatown U.S.A. Coronation Ball

6 p.m. dinner; 8 p.m. coronation;

8:30 p.m. dancing

Hilton San Francisco Union Square,

333 O’Farrell St.

The newly selected Miss Chinatown U.S.A and her court will be crowned at the annual black-tie Miss Chinatown U.S.A. Coronation Ball, dinner and dance, attended by many community leaders. For more information and tickets, $150, contact the Chinese Chamber of Commerce at (415) 982-3000.


Chinese New Year Parade

5:15 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Market and Second streets to Kearny and Jackson streets

Named one of the top ten parades in the world by the International Festivals and Events Association, the Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade is one of the grandest night illuminated parades in the U.S. and the largest celebration of Asian culture outside of Asia. It started in the 1860s by Chinese in San Francisco to educate the community about their culture. Features elaborate floats, lion dancers, folk dancers, costumed elementary school groups, marching bands, stilt walkers, Chinese acrobats and a 268-foot long Golden Dragon. Free or bleacher tickets for $30 at 415-680-6297 or 415-982-3000. Broadcast live on KTVU Fox 2 or KTSF 26 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Chinese Historical Society of America Celebrates the Year of the Ram

All Day

Chinese Historical Society of America

965 Clay St.

Dragon dance performance and presentation by artist Frank Wong on his miniature dioramas of places he remembers while growing up in Chinatown.

Spring Festival at the Chinese Culture Center

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Chinese Culture Center auditorium

750 Kearny St., 3rd Floor

The largest indoor Lunar New Year celebration. Lion dances, Chinese opera by the Chung Lau Drama Club, ethnic dance by the China Dance School and music and dance by the Star King Shooting Stars will kick off the Chinese Culture Foundation's 50th anniversary. Free performances 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; $30 for the Chinese opera 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Coincides with the free opening of the Visual Art Center with an exhibition on the San Francisco-Shanghai Sister Cities, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

MARCH 7 to 8

Chinese New Year Community Street Fair

10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

Grant Avenue from California to Broadway streets; Pacific Avenue and Sacramento, Washington and Jackson streets between Stockton and Kearny streets.

The final Chinese New Year event by the Chinese Chamber of Commerce, featuring more than 80 booths and concessions. The entertainment stage on Washington Street below Grant Avenue will include Chinese folk dancing, opera, drumming and more. There will be planned activities and entertainment for all ages including a family photo with giant puppets and other artifacts. Free.


Forest Hill Association Chinese New Year celebration

2 to 4 p.m.

Forest Hill Clubhouse

381 Magellan Ave.

Chinese New Year performances, food and drinks for Forest Hill Association members and neighbors.


Lunar New Year zodiac display

Westfield San Francisco Centre

865 Market St., Level 2 near Bloomingdale’s

Determine your Chinese zodiac sign and learn each sign’s characteristics using a colorful and informative display about the animals, presented by the Asian Art Museum. Free.

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