1Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure
Through Feb. 17
From a colorful, expanded parade featuring over 40 Chinese martial artists and performers, the Three Little Pigs, and Mulan herself to an impressive array of sweet and savory dishes celebrating and honoring Asian cuisine, this year’s Lunar New Year festivities are a definite step up at the resort.
Expect live music from Melody of China, classically trained Chinese musicians, and Dat Nguyen, a Vietnamese singer and musician. Don’t miss the complimentary arts and crafts, face painting, and Chinese calligraphy.
Pro tip: Get the Sip and Savor pass ($39) to try nearly all the Lunar New Year dishes (except the whole tilapia). Plus, you can order any of the marketplace kiosk items at any kiosk, if there’s a long line.
Learn more about the celebration here.
2 Tet Festival at OC Fair & Event Center
Feb. 8 through 10
Recognized as the nation’s largest student-run Vietnamese Lunar New Year Festival, enjoy traditional performances and entertainment, food, cultural exhibitions, and even a pho eating contest. $6 admission per person. tetfestival.org
3 Pacific Symphony at Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
Carl St. Clair conducts this special Lunar New Year concert featuring Eastern and Western music and dance. Come early at 5:30 p.m. for performances at Argyros Plaza including Chinese folk dance and K-pop. Get tickets here.
4Lunar New Year Celebration at Irvine Spectrum
Feb. 10 from 10 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Gather near the Giant Wheel courtyard for Chinese dragon and lion dances, complimentary fortune cookies and lucky envelopes, arts and crafts, and entertainment. Also, retailers such as Cold Stone Creamery, Gorjana, and SomiSomi are offering special promotions. irvinespectrumcenter.com/events-promotions/lunar-new-year
5 Tet Parade
Feb. 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Catch the parade, which features marching bands, floats, lion dances, and more, at Bolsa Ave. and Saigon St. in the heart of Little Saigon. tetparade.org
6 Asian Cultural Festival at Pretend City Children’s Museum
Feb. 9 and 10
There are so many activities packed into this weekend for kids to enjoy including: story time in both English and Chinese, a karate demonstration, origami, and a presentation by the Filipino Cultural School. pretendcity.org/event/asian-cultural-festival/
7Lunar New Year at South Coast Plaza
Through Feb. 18
On top of special promotions and products at select boutiques, you can receive a crystal art bowl featuring art celebrating the Year of the Pig with a minimum of $2,500 in same-day purchases. Be on the lookout for unique exhibitions and entertainment. southcoastplaza.com/lunar-new-year