10 Chinese Lunar New Year Festivals for Families around Los Angeles

Year of the Dog - Kids Celebrations & Events in LA, South Bay, San Gabriel Valley, San Fernando Valley, & the Westside

Time to say Gung Ha Fat Choy to our kids, wish them a happy Year of the Dog, and bring them to a Chinese New Year festival! LA families have several opportunities to greet the Lunar New Year, from low-key neighborhood events to Chinatown's century old grand scale festival. One thing they all have in common is beautiful imagery, so bring a camera and get ready for the Year of the Dog at one of the family-friendly events below.

1. Chinese New Year Celebration at Pretend City
February 15, 2018
Pretend City facilitates activities and crafts to give children an insight into Chinese culture.

2. The Citadel Chinese New Year Celebration
February 16-17, 2018
The Citadel celebrates Chinese New Year with a traditional Lion Dance, costumed stilt walkers, and ribbon dancers.

3. Golden Dragon Parade
February 17, 2018
The 118th annual Golden Dragon Parade begins at the intersection of Hill Street and Temple in Chinatown; in addition to the giant dragon that gives the parade its name, floats, marching bands, entertainers, local business leaders, and cultural groups abound. The parade is the climax of Chinatown's New Year Festival, which runs all weekend.

4. Lunar New Year Celebration
February 17, 2018
Fashion Island invites OCers for Chinese New Year festivities, Newport Beach style. The free fun includes a Chinese Dragon Dance, Asian themed stilt walkers, Korean fan dancers, and Lucky Red Envelopes.

5. Lunar New Year at Santa Monica Place
February 17, 2018
The Voice's Katherine Ho emcees this free event with Asian-themed stilt walkers, traditional Korean fan dancers, a Chinese dough artist, and a Chinese dragon dance.

6. Lunar New Year Festivities
February 17, 2018
The Shops at Montebello celebrate the Year of the Dog with a Chinese flag dance, a performance by Three Techno Princes, and lucky gift bags. The first 200 guests receive a red envelope filled with a $10 retailer gift card. 

7. The Huntington Chinese New Year Festival
February 17-18, 2018
Visitors can experience the beauty of Chinese music, dance, and culture as the arrival of the lunar new year is celebrated at The Huntington. The two-day event features lion dancers, stilt walkers, martial arts demonstrations, acrobatics performances, folk music, and children’s book readings.

8. Irvine Lunar New Year
February 18, 2018
The Irvine Spectrum hosts a free celebration of the Year of the Dog, featuring stilt walkers, Korean fan dancers, and a selfie station, as well as lucky money envelopes and customized fortune cookies, while supplies last.

9. Alhambra Lunar New Year Parade and Festival
February 24, 2018
The annual Chinese New Year parade and festival promises crafts, food, a fashion show, a cultural pavilion, entertainment, and red envelopes for children.

And finally, if you make a Chinese New Year visit to Universal Studios, you can trust the theme park to celebrate in style from February 10 - 25. Universal Plaza is decked out with red lanterns and plum blossoms in honor of the Lunar New Year, and Kung Fu Panda stars Po and Tigress greet guests along with Curious George and some festive minions in festive Chinese attire. Guests can visit Mr. Ping's Noodle Shop for photo ops, and write a wish for the new year to hang among the blossoms. There is even a $25 discount available online.

Originally published February 7, 2013

Caesar Chavez & Broadway
715 N. Hill Street
90012 Los Angeles , CA 34° 3' 39.7944" N, 118° 14' 25.3536" W
The Citadel
100 Citadel Drive
90040 Los Angeles , CA 34° 0' 26.7984" N, 118° 8' 59.6616" W
South Bay Galleria
1815 Hawthorne Boulevard
90278 Redondo Beach , CA 33° 52' 19.0812" N, 118° 21' 7.8156" W
The Huntington Library
1151 Oxford Road
91108 San Marino 34° 7' 42.9312" N, 118° 6' 50.7384" W
San Gabriel Valley Parade
Valley Blvd.
91801 Alhambra 34° 4' 41.3472" N, 118° 7' 49.9728" W
Chinese American Museum
425 N. Los Angeles Street
90012 Los Angeles , CA 34° 3' 20.556" N, 118° 14' 21.066" W
Pretend City Children's Museum
29 Hubble
92618 Irvine , CA 33° 38' 31.2756" N, 117° 44' 20.3676" W