Students from West Portal Elementary School perform at the Flower Market in Chinatown. (Courtesy Aspect Photography)

Chinese New Year (Lunar Year 4717) activities in San Francisco

FEB. 2-3

Chinese New Year Flower Market Fair: The event offers families the opportunity to purchase traditional holiday plants, flowers and fruits; entertainment and a children’s area round out the activities. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 2; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 3, free. Grant Avenue from Clay Street to Broadway; Pacific Avenue from Kearny to Stockton street

FEB. 5

Chinese New Year Day Kickoff Procession and Celebration: Mayor London Breed, former Mayor Willie L. Brown Jr., community leaders, performers and eight pigs welcome the Year of the Pig, in a ceremony followed by a procession with lion dancers and a golden dragon. 10:55 a.m., free Portsmouth Square, Walter U Lum Place

FEB. 9

Choy Sun Doe Day: The San Francisco Chinese Chamber of Commerce sponsors the new event, a celebration of the god of wealth, in which red envelopes (lai sees) with chocolate coins and vouchers for prizes will be given to children. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., free. Grant Avenue from Jackson Street to Broadway

Basketball Jamboree: The San Francisco Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Southwest Airlines and Comcast sponsor the 26th annual six-game, family event with participation from boys and girls from the greater Chinatown-North Beach community and San Francisco middle schools. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., free. Betty Ann Ong Chinese Recreation Center, Mason and Washington streets;,

FEB. 16

San Francisco Symphony Chinese New Year: Mei-Ann Chen conducts a program with violinist Angelo Xiang Yu and the Red Chamber ensemble; festivities also include a reception and post-show Imperial Dinner. 4 p.m. reception; 5 p.m. concert; 7 p.m. dinner; $75-$85 for concert; $500 and up for dinner. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.;, (415) 503-5500 for dinner information

Miss Chinatown USA Pageant: Young women from throughout the United States come to The City to compete in the annual event. 7:30 p.m., $40-$70. Palace of Fine Arts Theater. 3301 Lyon St.;

FEB. 17
Lunar New Year Celebration: The Asian Art Museum offers special events, family-friendly activities and unique merchandise to ring in the year. 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., $10-$25; free for ages 12 and under. 200 Larkin St., S.F.;

FEB. 22
Miss Chinatown USA Coronation Ball: The newly crowned Miss Chinatown USA and her court appear at the black tie gala. 6 p.m. dinner; 8 p.m. coronation; 8:30 p.m. dancing, $180 per person; seating available in tables of 10. Hyatt Regency San Francisco at 5 Embarcadero; contact Chinese Chamber of Commerce at (415) 982-3000

FEB. 23-24

Chinatown Community Street Fair: Lantern and kite making, calligraphy, fine arts demonstrations, folk dance, puppet shows as well as traditional and modern entertainment on the main stage make up the festivities. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 23, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 24, free. Grant Avenue from California Street Broadway; and Sacramento, Washington, Jackson and Pacific between Stockton and Kearny streets;

FEB. 23

CHSA Year of the Pig-Chinese New Year’s Celebration: Chinese Historical Society of America Museum hosts holiday programs including lion dancing by Kei Lun Martial Arts; poetry by Flo Oy, Nelli Wong and Genny Lim; Chinese zodiac mural painting with Elaine Chu and author Jeffrey Staley speaking about “Gum Moon: A Novel of San Francisco Chinatown.” 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., free. 965 Clay St.,

Chinese New Year Parade: Featuring thousands of participants and a huge golden dragon carried by dozens of people, the 1.3 mile parade route begins at Second and Market streets and goes down Market to Geary, Powell, Post and Kearny streets, and ends at Columbus Avenue. 5:15 to 8 p.m., free or $35-$50 bleacher seats available in advance;


Chinatown YMCA Chinese New Year Run: The 41st annual 5K/10K Run/Walk, presented by the San Francisco Chinese Chamber of Commerce, begins at Sacramento Street and Grant Avenue and goes through Chinatown, North Beach, The Embarcadero and downtown before finishing on Kearny between California and Sacramento streets; registration includes a T-shirt and finish line goodies for all runners and prizes for top winners in each age group. 7 p.m. registration, 8 p.m. start, $43;

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