Xin nian kuai le!

San Francisco & Bay area, February 3rd - 20th, 2012

Here's our February selection for the Chinese New Year celebration: Miss Chinatown coronation and ball, lectures about the Ming dynasty, Chinese fine arts and antiques show, concerts and of course the most expected parade!

February 3rd – 5th  
SF Arts of Pacific Asia Show

Bill Caskey and Elizabeth Lees have gathered the finest work in the Asian genre in this Antiques & Fine Arts show, displaying more than a thousand pieces of antiques, textiles and art.  

You can admire... et buy those pieces!
Fort Mason Center, SF
9:00 am – 7:00 pm (5:00 pm on Sunday)
Admission $15.
February 4th, 7:30 pm
Miss Chinatown USA pageant

This contest was first held in 1953 as a local contest in San Francisco, then extended nationwide with a beauty-talent-fashion and quiz show similar to the “Miss America” one.

Palace of Fine arts, 3301 Lyon St., SF
Admission $35, $45, $65.
Information and reservation : 415-982-3000 

February 10th, 6 pm - 12 pm, SF
Harrahs Miss Chinatown Coronation Ball 

If you're looking for an opportunity to wear a gorgeous evening dress, go and see with your own eyes the coronation of Miss Chinatown and dance until midnight, before your limo turns back into a mere pumpkin, as it happens in fairy tales.

San Francisco Hilton & Towers
333 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco
Admission $120,
Information and reservation : 415-982-3000

February 10th - 11th, 1:30 pm
China, Power and Glory of the Ming Dynasty, SF
If you're fascinated by China's history or want to understand better this powerful country, come and listen to lectures and conferences from specialists about the Ming Dynasty.
Herbst Theater, 401 Van Ness, San Francisco
Admission ($2.75 - $115) City Box Office 415-392-4400

February 11th, 3:00 pm
Chinese New Year Celebration, SF Symphony Davies Hall

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 201 Van Ness, San Francisco
 Admission $28 - $68, Box office : 415-864-6000
For the imperial diner, call 415-503-5500

February 11th, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
February 12th,   9:00 am – 5:00 pm

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.

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

February 11th, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Chinese New Year Parade, Market St, SF

Not to be missed! 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 in 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.

Take public transportation to avoid traffic (roads closed at 4pm)

and buy a round trip ticket in advance to skip the lines.

See the parade route, FREE
February 11th - 12th, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Spring Festival, Chinese Culture Center, SF
Nested in the Hilton Hotel building in Chinatown, the Chinese Culture Center will provide the visitors exhibitions, games, fortune telling, martial arts, lion dancing, demonstration of artistic paper cutting... all indoor!
Chinese Culture Center of  San Francisco
750 Kearny Street, 3rd floor, FREE

February 11th, 4:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Chinese New Year Treasure Hunt, SF

What not combine an urban adventure in SF with your discovery of the Chinese culture?

The treasure hunt lasts three hours and takes you to the streets of Chinatown, North Beach and Telegraph Hill. Form your 4-9 people team (you can alternatively join one at the last minute), go online and choose the level of difficulty among four, add your address to their mailing list to keep you informed and get hints before the hunt starts. Have fun whether you're new to San Francisco or not! You won't see the city with the same eye any more...

Adult admission $38 - $44, children (- 18) : $12  + $6 per order.
Info and reservation : 925-866-9599 or on their website
Justin Herman Plaza, SF
Rain or shine
February 19th, 8:00 am
Chinese New Year Run / walk, SF

Take the scenic route from 855 Sacramento, through Chinatown, North Beach, the Embarcadero, Downtown to Kearny St and feel good as it will keep you fit and the proceeds will go to the Youth and Teen Programs in Chinatown.  

YMCA 855 Sacramento Street,
Race starts a Portsmouth square SF.
$33 with early online booking (by January 30th),
$39 on the race day at 7:00 am
For more information, visit the website
February 20th (President's day), 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Chinese New Year Festival, Sausalito

You and your little ones can enjoy performances of musicians and lion dancers, and also experience some hands-on activities like building your own kite or trying the art of calligraphy!

Bay Area Discovery Museum, 557 McReynolds Rd,

Info and reservation, visit the museum website 
FREE activities with admission ticket ($7 - $16)

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