Chinatown New Year events

In many places around the world, New Year's comes more than once a year.

Chinese New Year, for example, is celebrated according to the lunar calendar in late January or early February each year.

The next installment of this Asian holiday will begin on January 31st, 2014.

In Chinese and Vietnamese communities around the country, celebrations take place to mark passing of the old year and the beginning of the new one.

Most major cities in the US have modest parades and celebrations.

In San Francisco, San Jose and other Bay Area cities and towns, the celebrations are truly epic, with large parades, cultural performances, and even some upscale parties that are akin to the more-formal affairs that are held on the evening of December 31st.

San Francisco Chinese New Year festival

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If you truly want to get a taste of this East Asian holiday, you should certainly spend some time on the colorful streets of San Francisco's Chinatown during the Lunar New Year celebrations.

The energy, the amount of people and the unique cultural practices that mark this holiday are certainly worth witnessing.

But the sense of celebration goes beyond the parades and parties on the streets of this district.

Whether you want to throw your own party to celebrate Chinese culture or you simply want to give people a classy way to wind down after the parades, pageants and parties, this is the perfect time of year to host your own special event in the Bay Area.

Chinatown New Year events

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The Chinatown version of the Chinese New Year Parade will always be the highlight of the holiday for anyone in San Francisco.

Events like the New Year Flower Market and the Miss Chinatown US Pageant lead up to this main event.

Like many major parades, this one has the option of reserved grandstand seating.

With a paid grandstand ticket, you can enjoy the famous dragon dances (including a dragon that is more than 1,000 feet long), cultural performances, fireworks, ornate floats and other parade sights from the comfort of a seat (instead of standing on the curb).

The days leading up to the parade are filled with parties and events that stretch well beyond the boundaries of San Francisco's Chinatown.

The Oakland Museum marks the new year festivities by celebrating all East Asian cultures with performances and exhibits.

In past years, the San Francisco Botanical Garden and the San Jose Museum of Art have also held events that celebrate the holiday and also offer insight into the cultures of the Sinosphere.

These events are the perfect counterpoint to the noisy and colorful happenings on the streets of Chinatown.

Chinese new Year events Bay Area

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This is also a time for great extravagance, with parties featuring more delicious food and drink than the guests can possibly enjoy.

It is easy to imagine how your own upscale event will look if it had some of the traits of the best high-end Chinese New Year parties.

The Flood Mansion, located in San Francisco itself, provides the perfect setting for an over-the-top feast, with room for 200 guests and the kind of exclusive feel that can make your guests feel like they are surrounded by extravagance.

San Francisco event venues

Or perhaps you want to celebrate Chinese New Year outside of the city…with as many as 700 of your closest friends.

The Caballo Estate can accommodate a huge number of guests.

This 11 acre property has an expansive events area, amazing views of the Bay, and optional onsite staff that can take all the stress out of hosting an event, even one that includes 700 guests.

If you want to go all-out and really bring the magic of the Lunar New Year alive, this is the Bay Area venue for you.


Of course, the Chinese New Year is celebrated all around the world.

If you are not going to be in the Bay Area you can still rent one of our estates and host your own event during this colorful and historic holiday.

You can find an estate in your area by searching our main estate web site.

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