San Francisco's Chinese community is the biggest outside Asia. Hence all the exciting Chinese New Year festivities organized in the city.


Here is our selection of events in Chinatown and beyond.Enjoy Chinese traditions with flowers, parade, dance, music, art, kites, firecrackers... and celebrate the beginning of Lunar Year of the Ram.



Chinese New Year Flower Market

According to the Chinese tradition, every household should have blooming plants as a symbol of rebirth and new growth, and flowers as symbol of prosperity and good career. A blooming flower on New Year's Day will bring the household prosperity for the year.

Go and buy these auspicious flowers and plants while the kids enjoy fun activities (like photo and petting zoo). Get a flavor of Asia with traditional Chinese dance and music in Chinatown.

Chinese New Year Flower Fair

February 14 & 15, 2015

Grant Avenue from Clay to Broadway, Pacific Avenue from Kearny to Stockton




New Year’s Day

February 19, 2015 will be the the first day of the Lunar Year 4712. Happy New Year of the Ram!

Chinese traditions to welcome the new year.




Chinese New Year Community Street Fair

Enjoy Chinese ancient and modern culture in the streets of San Francisco with dance, music, calligraphy, kite-making and acrobatics. Kids will love it!

Chinatown Community Street Fair

March 7 & 8, 2015

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Chinese New Year Parade

The event you don't want to miss!

The first parade was organized in 1860 by the Chinese community just after the Gold Rush. It was meant to educate the Chinese immigrants and their children about their culture.

Since then, the parade has grown to be the largest Chinese celebration outside Asia and is one of the top 10 parades in the world (according to IFEA)!

The most spectacular is the 250' long dragon carried by a hundred people through the streets of San Francisco.

Chinese New Year Festival & Parade

Saturday, March 7, 2015, 5:15-8pm

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We recommend public transportation to avoid traffic (buy your round trip pass in advance to avoid lines). Roads will be closed at 4pm. Find out more about the parade's route.




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Listen to classical music :

Chinese New Year Celebration at the Symphony. The family friendly reception at 3:00 pm provides fun activities for kids with varied workshops (calligraphy, lion dancing) and complimentary food and tea. The orchestra concert starts at 4:00 pm and offers both Western and Chinese classics.

Davies Symphony Hall,

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Chinese New Year at the SF Symphony


With flowers...

On the 21st of February, take the kids for a walk in the Golden Gate Park and enjoy the festivities at the Botanical garden. Family time in the midst of blooming magnolias.

Lunar New Year at the SF Botanical Garden

Saturday, February 21, 2015


Be active :

YMCA’s Chinese New Year Run - Year of the Ram - 5K/10K. You can also walk.

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Starts @ YMCA Chinatown [email protected]

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Have fun at the San Francisco zoo :

Take your family with you and enjoy Chinese acrobatics, dance and yo-yo tricks. Then take a self-guided tour to discover the animals of the Chinese zodiac and get a lucky red envelope for the kids!

Admission ticket to the zoo must be purchased. Guests born in the year of the Ram receive free admission !

Lunar Year at the Zoo

Sunday, March 1, 2015 11am - 3pm  


At the California Academy of Sciences, but without the kids...

Thursday Nights at the Academy of Sciences are so popular. On the 26th, celebrate year of the goat with martial arts representations, dance and music.

Nightlife at the Academy

Lunar New Year Night Life

Thursday, February 26, 2015