Here’s How You Can Celebrate Lunar New Year in Orange County

Here are some local ways to celebrate the Year of the Tiger right here in Orange County in 2022.
Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure Park

Photo by Christian Thompson/Disneyland Resort

On Tuesday, February 1, 2022, the new moon cycle will begin, signaling the start of the Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year or Tet. Here are some events in the county to help you celebrate.

Disney California Adventure Park

January 21 through February 13

This year, the Disneyland resort offers Lunar Year Marketplaces, where guests can sample a variety of Asian-inspired dishes, such as Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese, with a Disney twist. The park will also have a new Mulan parade float and musical procession, characters in festive attire, special merchandise, and a new Lunar New Year mural in Downtown Disney. Anaheim, https://disneyland.disney.go.com/events-tours/lunar-new-year/

Asian Garden Mall

Through January 30 and February 1

The Little Saigon Flower Festival is back, featuring a daily outdoor market with plants and flowers traditionally used to decorate homes for the new year. Catch the firecracker celebration on February 1 at noon. Westminster, https://www.facebook.com/AsianGarden/

SteelCraft

January 29

The outdoor food hall hosts a celebration featuring a pop-up market, lion dancing, firecrackers, lantern-making crafts, and more. Garden Grove, https://steelcraftlb.com/steelcraft-garden-grove/

Rodeo 39 Public Market

January 30

The community event will include entertainment such as a contortionist, stilt walker, and lion dance. The first 500 guests will receive a special fortune cookie, and the first 100 guests will get a lucky red envelope with $2 inside. Participating retailers will be offering holiday promotions as well. Stanton, https://www.instagram.com/rodeo39pm

Orange County Tet Festival

February 4 through 6

Enjoy a weekend of live entertainment, cultural performances, firecrackers, lion dances, food, and carnival rides at Mile Square Regional Park. Free admission. Fountain Valley, https://bos1.ocgov.com/OC-Tet-Festival-2022

Segerstrom Center for the Arts

February 5

Pacific Symphony honors Lunar New Year with a colorful presentation of Eastern and Western music and dance. The show will feature classical music and orchestral performance led by conductor Carl St.Clair. Costa Mesa, https://www.scfta.org/events/2022/lunar-new-year

UVSA Tet Festival

February 5 and 6

The OC Fair and Events Center hosts the return of the annual festival featuring food, rides, performances, and festivities. Costa Mesa, https://tetfestival.org/

Pretend City
February 5 and 6
Little ones can explore and learn about the holiday through interactive exhibits, crafts, and stories. On Saturday at 11 a.m., the Kishin Daiko Drummers will give a special performance. Irvine, https://www.pretendcity.org/events/lunar-new-year/

The District at Tustin Legacy

February 5

From noon to 2 p.m., the District will celebrate the Year of the Tiger with lucky red envelope giveaways, kids’ crafts, lion dancing, and festive photo backdrop. Participating stores and restaurants will feature Lunar New Year specials, too. Tustin, https://thedistricttl.com/

Casa Romantica

February 6

This free family event features scavenger hunts, crafts, lion dance performances, and activities celebrating the traditions of Lunar New Year. Lucky red envelopes will also be given out to the first 100 guests. San Clemente, https://www.casaromantica.org/event/d-yoder-family-sundays-2022-02-06/

Bowers Museum

February 6 (virtual)

The museum hosts its Free Family Festival series each month with different themes. This month, the event is online. Ring in the new year with traditional dragon and lion dances. https://www.bowers.org/index.php/programs/family-programs/event/3061-chinese-lunar-new-year-festival

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