As the Year of the Sheep (or Ram) 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.
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 show.
Solano Ave in North Berkeley and Albany – Sunday, February 8 – 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. Parade begins at noon, everyone is welcome to join.
San Francisco’s parade preview – Saturday, February 14 – 10:30am Sponsored by Southwest Airlines, this kickoff is a much tamer version of the mega parade to come. It might be just the thing for small people hoping to see a few dragons, giant puppets, and dancers without all the big crowds. See the schedule here>
Bay Street in Emeryville – Sunday, February 17 – 1pm to 3pmBay Street rings in the Chinese New Year with a festive celebration including a parade starting in front of Old Navy. See the traditional Lion Dance, Jing Mo Martial Artists, drummers, ribbon and fan dancers, and lots more.
Fourth Street in Berkeley – Saturday, February 21, 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 >
San Jose VietNam Tet Festival – Saturday and Sunday, February 21-22, 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. This year is the 40th anniversary so it might be the best ever. Find out more.
Oakland Museum – Sunday, February 22 – 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.
Oakland Asian Cultural Center – Saturday, February 28 from noon to 4 pm, enjoy a performance and demonstrations from OACC affiliated artists and teachers. See more information.
San Francisco’s mega parade – Saturday March 7, 5:15 – 8 pm Sponsored 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>
(Photo Credit: Oakland Museum of California)