Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in San Diego

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The Lunar New Year begins Sunday January 22 and kicks off 15 days of colorful celebrations perfect for family fun

 

The Chinese New Year begins on January 22nd and there are family-friendly Lunar New Year celebrations of Year of the Rabbit all over the city! Immerse your kids in Asian culture at a variety of local festivals and events from downtown San Diego to Disney’s California Adventure. From lion dancing and colorful costumes to amazing entertainers and delicious Asian food, here’s the scoop on where to celebrate Chinese New Year in San Diego.


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What is Year of the Rabbit & What Does the Year of the Rabbit Mean?

The Chinese zodiac relates each year to an animal, for a cycle of 12 years. Chinese New Year commences on January 22, 2023, which marks the beginning of Year of the Rabbit. The Rabbit is the luckiest of the Chinese zodiac signs and with it, is expected to bring prosperity, hope and calm.

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Lunar New Year Celebration: Lion Dancers

Jan. 20: Visit the library for this amazing cultural experience of watching traditional lion dancing with stunts and music. Event details.

San Diego Lunar New Year Festival

Jan. 20-23: Celebrate Lunar New Year at this epic festival which features dragon and lion dances, firecrackers, games, food and more. It's a festive environment you don't want to miss. Event times vary by day. Event details.

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.

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2023 SD Lunar New Year Festival

Jan. 21: This Chinese Lunar New Year festival will include folk and traditional performances, arts and cultural exhibitions, lion dances and firecrackers, and plenty of family fun activities for the kids. More importantly, the festival is inclusive, pet friendly, and free with no admission cost. Event details.

Crafting for Kids: Chinese New Year Drums

Jan. 23: It's the Year of the Rabbit! Learn about Chinese New Year while making a traditional drum used in Chinese New Year celebrations. Event details.

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San Diego Tet Festival

Jan. 27-29: San Diego Tet Festival 2023 celebrates Year of the Rabbit, attracting more than 25,000 people every year from all over the city. This 3-day celebration features free admission, a number of new attractions, activities, games, food and live entertainment, including, but not limited to, A-list Vietnamese singers and performers, lion dancing, firecrackers, the Miss Vietnam of San Diego pageant, Step-Up Dance and Golden Voice. Event details.

Crafting Culture: Traditions of the Chinese Lunar New Year

Jan. 28: Learn the tale of how the Chinese zodiac came to be! We will also discuss the Chinese tradition of having a New Year’s eve dinner, placing a couplet at the door, using fire-crackers, and saying auspicious phrases during Chinese New Year period. Event details.

40th Annual San Diego Chinese New Year Fair

Feb. 4-5: The 40th Annual San Diego Chinese New Year Fair is coming! Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit with 15,000 of your closest friends on the corner of 3rd Ave. and J St. in downtown San Diego. The fair will go on, rain or shine. There will be traditional and cultural entertainment all day long on both days, lion dances, kung fu, traditional instruments, classic Chinese dances, and so much more, so don't miss out! You'll also enjoy food, family-friendly entertainment, crafts for kids and a dragon dance! Event details.

 

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