Farewell Rabbit, welcome Dragon!

From January 14th, San Francisco and the Bay Area

LostinSF has gathered all the exciting events related to the Chinese New Year festivities. See January through the eyes of a dragon and enjoy Chinese traditions with flowers, parade, dance, music, art, kites, firecrackers...

By the way, Happy New Year 4710!



> January 14th, 10:30 am 

Mini procession and ribbon cutting, SF Chinatown


Meet at historic St Mary's square to kick off the New Lunar Year and enjoy a family friendly parade with Chinese giant puppets, deities and fantastic animals of the Chinese zodiac.



> January 14th & 15th, 9:00 am – 8:00 pm

Chinese New Year Flower Market, SF Chinatown


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. Plant a bloom 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.

Grant avenue from Clay to Broadway, Pacific avenue from Kearny to Stockton, FREE



> Jan 21st 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

13th Annual Lunar New Year Celebration & Flower Market, SF Botanical garden's society


Beside rare Asian plants to discover, you will entertain yourself with magician, dancers, musicians and puppet shows, carving and painting activities, and indulge yourself with Asian food and tea!

San Francisco County Fair Building, 9th and Lincoln way, FREE. For more information call 415-412-3230 or click here. 



> Jan 21st – 22nd

Peking Acrobats, UC Berkeley, Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley


Chinese acrobats have the reputation to be among the most amazing ones in the world.

You can buy your tickets ( around $100 - $200) online here.



> January 23rd

Happy Lunar New Year 4710!


To do before that day

  • House cleaning to sweep away accumulated dust and bad luck during the previous year,

  • House decorating with red and gold ornaments and paper cuts, outside as well as inside the house,

  • Food preparing. Families usually gather on New Year's eve to prepare food like Chinese dumpling (Jiaozi), one of them containing a coin that will bring luck to whoever finds it!

To do on that day

  • Family gathering : like in the western culture, this day should be a day of forgiveness and love: wish luck to everyone around you!

  • Food sharing : a Tray of Togetherness, usually an octogon-shaped tray, is filled with symbolic food like lotus seeds and lychee nuts,2

  • Planting a bloom to get prosperity for your household,

  • Offering a sacrifice to the Kitchen God who will report your family's good behavior to Heaven ; one of the most popular dish is the Nian Gao Cake,

  • Eating oranges and tangerines to bring you abundant happiness, wealth and good luck,

  • Giving to children a lucky red envelope containing money.


To be avoided that day and a few days after

  • Dusting and sweeping your house and doorstep : have a break in your cleaning duties as sweeping or dusting on that day may sweep away good fortune at the same time!


> January 29th, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Celebration of the Chinese New Year at the SF 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!

The event is FREE as long as you have an admission ticket, and it's free for everyone born in the year of the Dragon!

Click here to get more information.



There's even more to come in February! Miss Chinatown coronation, lectures about the Ming dynasty, Chinese fine arts and antiques show, concerts and of course the most expected parade! Check now our February selection of the Chinese New Year celebration.