The Lunar New Year begins Sunday January 22 and kicks off 15 days of colorful celebrations perfect for family fun
Just when you thought all the New Year’s festivities were over, we’ve got the scoop on New Year, part two—the Chinese New Year, that is. The holiday begins Sunday January 22 and kicks off 15 days of colorful celebrations perfect for family fun. Kids will love the vibrant parades, fireworks and entertainment, while parents will be all over the delicious food and cultural traditions (tiring out the young ones is an added bonus)! This year is the Year of the Rabbit, a symbol of longevity, peace, and prosperity in Chinese culture. Check out all the Lunar New Year Los Angeles activities below.
Chinese Lunar New Year Events in Los Angeles
1. Oshugatsu Family Festival in Little Tokyo
Jan. 8: The Japanese American National Museum celebrates the Year of the Rabbit with free cultural performances and crafts and activities for all ages at the Oshugatsu Family Festival on Jan. 8 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Activities will include a traditional mochitsuki (Japanese rice pounding ritual) performance by Kodama Taiko, candy sculpture demonstrations by Shan Ichiyanagi, Koto and calligraphy performances, author-led interactive storytimes, Year of the Rabbit inspired crafts and origami, souvenir photos, and scavenger hunts. Event details.
2. Lunar New Year at the LA County Library
Jan. 10-28: The LA County Library is hosting events throughout January to commemorate Lunar New Year, and you’re invited! At Hacienda Heights Library, you can learn about the importance of paper lanterns for the New Year and make your own lantern. At Lancaster Library, you can create Rabbit corner bookmarks that will help keep your place in one of our books. You can also learn about New Year’s celebrations throughout the world at Quartz Hill Library. And at Rowland Heights Library, Paul Stein, violinist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic for 36 years, will bring exciting and beautiful music for children to celebrate the New Year. Event details.
3. Lunar New Year at the Citadel Outlets
Jan. 13-Feb. 13: To celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Rabbit, Citadel Outlets will host their annual Lunar New Year celebration where the whole place will be decked out in celebratory décor with festive red and gold lanterns hanging everywhere. On Jan. 21 & Jan. 22, watch exciting lion dances traditionally used to bring good luck and fortune, taking place throughout the center and in Center Court. Remember to drop by Customer Service to pick up your free red envelope from Jan. 13th to Feb. 13th. Event details.
4. 2023 Asian American Expo – Year of the Rabbit
Jan. 14 & Jan. 15: The Asian American Expo was founded in 1982 as a means of gathering the community and recreating the Lunar New Year celebrations found across Asia. Since then, it has become the largest Lunar New Year celebration in America and has expanded its reach and scale to include 7 large exposition halls, over 1,300 vendors, nine non-stop performance stages, and 120 diverse cuisine vendors. This year’s festivities will also feature the fan favorite anime convention—ANIME Impulse, K-PLAY—the first ever fan hosted K-Pop festival, and an out-of-this-world Sneaker Expo. Event details.
5. Lunar New Year Night Market
Jan. 20: Stop by The Crème Shop's Lunar New Year Night Market at Casita Hollywood on Jan. 20 from 6 p.m.-12 a.m. for a Hello Kitty Meet and Greet, shop the limited edition Lunar New Year Hello Kitty and Friend K-Beauty Collection; check out unique food, drink and dessert vendors; and play traditional Korean games and more. Admission is $5 per person. Event details.
6. Lunar New Year Celebration at Disney California Adventure
Jan. 20-Feb. 15: Disney California Adventure Park ushers in a joyous tribute to Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese cultures with a Lunar New Year celebration that welcomes the Year of the Rabbit. This multicultural extravaganza will include highlights like Mulan’s New Year Procession, Hurry Home – a Lunar New Year Celebration, live holiday entertainment at the Paradise Garden Bandstand, a Sip and Savor Pass for Lunar New Year marketplaces, special appearances by popular Disney characters dressed in colorful attire, innovative menus with Asian cuisine, commemorative merchandise, kid-friendly crafts and activities, and festive décor. Event details.
7. Monterey Park Lunar New Year Festival
Jan. 21-Jan. 22: Visit downtown Monterey Park during their Lunar New Year Festival on Jan. 21 from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Jan. 22 from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. This free event will feature vendors offering unique gifts and specialty items, fabulous food booths, amusement rides, and live entertainment like traditional New Year lion and dragon dancers. All ages are welcome! Event details.
8. Rancho Cucamonga Lunar New Year Festival
Jan. 21 - Jan. 22: If you’re looking to celebrate the holiday, check out the Rancho Cucamonga Lunar New Year Festival at the RC Sports Center on Jan. 21 from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and Jan. 22 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. This exciting two-day event will feature red lanterns, lion and dragon performances, Taiko drummers, Shaolin Kung Fu, unique food vendors, an artisan marketplace, and a children’s fun zone area. Admission and parking are free. Event details.
9. Port of Los Angeles Lunar New Year Festival
Jan. 21: The 9th Annual Port of Los Angeles Lunar New Year Festival returns to San Pedro on Jan. 21 from 3 p.m.-7 p.m. This thrilling cultural festival will feature entertainment, lion dancers, crafts, delicious food, and a festive finale.Event details.
10. Lunar New Year Festival at SteelCraft Garden Grove
Jan. 21: On a mission for everyone in SoCal to experience the various cultures that celebrate Lunar New Year, SteelCraft Garden Grove is hosting their Lunar New Year Festival on Jan. 21 from noon-10 p.m. This family-friendly event will feature lion dancers, drummers, magicians, singers, a car show, a pop-up market, and more! Event details.
11. Golden Dragon Lunar New Year Parade
Jan. 22: Celebrating over 100 years of tradition, LA’s Chinese Chamber of Commerce proudly presents the 123rdGolden Dragon Parade. On Jan. 22 from 1 p.m.-3 p.m., thousands of people will line the parade route to watch this colorful celebration make its way along N. Broadway in Chinatown. Event details.
12. Lunar New Year at PAM
Jan. 22: The annual Lunar New Year festival is back! Join us in celebrating the year of the rabbit with a day of exciting performances and activities for the whole family. Enjoy a traditional lion dance, storytelling, calligraphy and crafts, food trucks, free admission to the museum, and a final chance to view the special exhibition, After Modernism: Through the Lens of Wayne Thom. Event details.
13. Lunar New Year at Santa Monica Place
Jan. 28: Santa Monica Place honors the Lunar New Year with a free celebration on Jan. 28 from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. featuring red and gold lantern décor, lion dance performances, balloon and dough artists, cherry blossom wishing trees, and red envelopes with special deals from participating stores. Event details.
14. Alhambra Lunar New Year Festival
Jan. 29: Head to Alhambra for the 29th Annual Lunar New Year Festival on Jan. 29 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. The event will include amazing cultural performances like lion dancing, live candy sculpting, and Chinese character demonstrations. There will also be tons of great food and family-friendly activities to enjoy. Event details.
15. Lunar New Year 2023 at The Original Farmer’s Market
Feb. 4: Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit with spectacular lion dances, arts and crafts, balloon twisting and red envelope giveaways. Event takes place on the Plaza from 2-4pm. Event details.
16. Chinese New Year Festival at The Huntington
Feb. 4-5: Celebrate the lunar new year and welcome the Year of the Rabbit during The Huntington’s Chinese New Year Festival. Families can enjoy lion dancers, a mask-changing artist, martial arts demonstrations, music, art and craft demonstrations, and more. The festivities will take place in and around the Chinese Garden and other performance spaces. No tickets will be sold onsite at the door. Advance online tickets must be purchased or reserved for all visitors and Members. Capacity is limited. Event details.
17. Lunar New Year at Pretend City Children’s Museum
Feb. 5-6: The Lunar New Year, also referred to as the Spring Festival, has long been celebrated for centuries. Join us as we celebrate and honor this special day with bright colors, music, art, and stories. Event details.
18. LA Chinatown Firecracker 5K/10K/Kiddie/ PAWer Dog Run/Walk & Bike Ride
Feb. 18 - Feb. 19: Lace up your sneakers for a wild race through Chinatown in honor of the Lunar New Year. The opening ceremony will feature lion dancers and the lighting of 100,000 firerackers. The PAWer Dog Walk and Bike events take place on Feb. 18, while the 5K, 10K, and Kiddie events take place on Feb. 19. The Firecracker Festival will be held in conjunction with all events on both days and will feature wonderful booths and vendors, as well as a Chalk Art Festival and Boba Garden. Event details.