Lunar New Year events are family-friendly and fun

As the Year of the Horse approaches, a handful of Lunar New Year celebrations are scheduled around the Bay Area. Here are some places to take your children to celebrate the cultures of many local families.

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The Incredible Peking Acrobats at Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley -  January 24th and 25th
This exciting kid-friendly show has some half-price tickets up on Goldstar.com for the Saturday shows.

Fourth Street in Berkeley – Saturday, February 1, 12-4
In the area in front of Peet’s Coffee, there will be a martial arts demonstration, a lion dance, and parade. Stores will be giving out candy. Details >

Oakland Museum – Sunday, February 9, 2014 – 12 pm to 4.30 pm
The Oakland Museum Lunar New Year festival is a pan-Asian new year celebration with lots of arts and crafts activities and dragon and lion dances.

Solano Ave in North Berkeley and Albany – Sunday, February 2 – 10 am to 1 pm
In front of the Albany Twin Theater (1115 Solano), performances will include acrobatics, a lion dance, martial arts, Chinese instruments and music, plus singing by local school children.

San Francisco’s mega parade – Saturday, February 15 – 5:20 PMSponsored by Southwest Airlines, this parade is a big event and goes on past dark. The parade route is from Market and Second Street to Kearny and Jackson. $30 will buy you a seat on the bleachers (Kearny Street, between Sacramento & California) Numerous other Lunar New Year events will be hosted in Chinatown over the next few weeks. See the schedule here>

San Jose VietNam Tet Festival – Saturday and Sunday, February 1-2, 9 am to 9 pm
Alameda dad Willie Nguyen says that his family has trekked to the Vietnamese Tet Festival in San Jose several times adding, “It’s probably the largest Tet (Vietnamese Lunar New Year) celebration in NorCal. It’s kinda carni-esque. But they do have a big stage for performances (dance, music, etc.).” At the Santa Clara County Fair Grounds.

(Photo Credit: Tom Meinhold Photography)