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Thursday, February 8, 2024

Lunar New Year Events

Celebrate Lunar New Year in Orange County 2024

By Jai’La Du Rousseau

Ring in the start of the Year of the Dragon around O.C.

    FEB. 10

    Lunar New Year at Irvine Spectrum Center

    In collaboration with the Irvine Chinese School, the Irvine Spectrum Center will host dancers, musical performances, martial arts demonstrations, traditional Chinese gong, and stilt walkers from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For traditional Vietnamese dishes, visitors can visit Little Sister and for traditional Chinese cuisine, Capital Seafood Restaurant and P.F. Chang’s. A dragon display will be featured as a photo opportunity from Feb. 8 through Feb. 25.

    670 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine


    Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure Park

    Celebrate with Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession, special appearances from characters dressed in colorful atire, crafts, festive decor, and menus highlighting delicious Asian cuisine. Guests can participate in the prosperity by adding their own special message to the Lunar New Year Wishing Wall.

    1313 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim,


    Lunar New Year at Orange County Public Libraries

    The Orange County Public Libraries welcome guests to celebrate the Lunar New Year with branches hosting crafts, lion dances, and storytelling.

    FEB. 9 THROUGH 11

    Lunar New Year at UVSA Tet Festival

    Look forward to the upcoming year at the UVSA Tet Festival with a three-day event showcasing Vietnamese culture and entertainment. The event will display an array of traditional foods, performances, and exhibitions including the Cultural Village. Tickets can be purchased at

    OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa

    FEB. 10

    Lunar New Year at Fashion Island

    Join the celebration of the Year of the Wood Dragon at the Wood Dragon Garden with a kite painting activity, live calligraphy, and other fun surprises from noon to 2 p.m. Guests are encouraged to visit participating restaurants featuring Lunar New Year-themed cocktails under the Mixology Series: Signature Cocktails. Guests can also enjoy two photo moments with a Hennessy dragon display and a traditional dragon display from Feb. 9 through Feb. 25. RSVP for the celebration here.

    401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach

    FEB. 10

    Lunar New Year at Rodeo 39 Public Market

    Rodeo 39 Public Market commemorates the Lunar New Year with face painting, balloon art, and red envelope giveaways all starting at noon. You also won’t want to miss the special lion dance performance at 5 p.m.

    12885 Beach Blvd., Stanton

    FEB. 10

    Lunar New Year at The District at Tustin

    Gather the family and head to the District Courtyard to enjoy dance performances, martial arts, kids’ crafts, a live DJ, and red envelope giveaways from noon to 2 p.m.

    2437 Park Ave., Tustin

    FEB. 8 THROUGH 12

    Lunar New Year at Din Tai Fung

    Invite prosperity, longevity, laughter, growth, and treasure with Din Tai Fung’s Lunar New Year-themed traditions. Guests who dine in can expect red envelopes with educational inserts and a redeemable gift of a free soy noodle appetizer. One lucky diner will have the chance to receive a Golden Ticket, granting guaranteed reservations for parties up to six people through the end of the year.

    South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa

    FEB. 10

    Lunar New Year at Culver Plaza

    From noon to 2 p.m., enjoy festivities like dragon and lion dancing, acrobats, crafts, and a MAD Dance performance. Traditional Chinese dishes and Asian Fusion can be found at Meizhou Dongpo and All That Shabu.

    15275 Culver Drive, Irvine

    FEB. 10

    Westminster Tet Parade

    Join the City of Westminster in celebrating Lunar New Year and Vietnamese culture with an array of floats, marching bands, color guards, businesses, and lion dances. The opening ceremony begins at 8:30 a.m., and the parade begins at 9:30 a.m.

    Bolsa Ave. between Magnolia and Bushard Streets

    FEB. 10

    Lunar New Year at Outlets at San Clemente

    Head to the center court to enjoy face painting, balloon art, and crafts from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Catch a special performance from the Mandarin Immersion Program students at 12:30 p.m. For a chance to win prizes, individuals 18 years and older can pick up a free red envelope at Customer Service now through Feb. 17.

    101 W. Avenida Vista Hermosa San Clemente

    FEB. 11

    Lunar New Year at The Market Place

    The whole family is invited to enjoy balloon twisting, calligraphy artists, crafts, giveaways, music and performances, and a mocktail bar with themed Lunar Libations from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Guests can also enjoy special promotions from Market Place retailers and restaurants. Ben Gong’s Tea, JA Jiaozi Authentic Dumplings, and 399 Vietnamese Kitchen will be serving up special bites and drinks.

    2961 El Camino Real, Tustin

    FEB. 11

    Lunar New Year at Woodbury Town Center

    From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Woodbury Town Center will celebrate a year of health, happiness, and prosperity with traditional dragon and lion dances, photo opportunities, performances, and more.

    6200 Irvine Blvd., Irvine

    FEB. 17

    Lunar New Year at MainPlace

    Join MainPlace from noon to 3 p.m. for an exciting event that will feature cultural performances, activities, red envelope and dragon plush giveaways, along with the good luck of a fortune cookie. MyPerk loyalty members also have a chance to get free Year of the Dragon bracelets from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. while supplies last.

    2800 N Main S.t, Santa Ana

    MAR. 2

    O.C. Lantern Festival

    Let go of the burdens of 2023 with Pacific Symphony’s annual Lantern Festival. Enjoy a day filled with art, dance, music, food, storytelling, and lantern lighting from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are required.

    Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa

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