Celebrated for thousands of years in various countries around the world influenced by Chinese civilization, the Lunar New Year remains one of the world’s most celebrated holidays. 2019 marks the Year of the Pig, an animal wih a beautiful personality and are blessed with good fortune in life.
The celebration of Chinese New Year is a festive, colorful, loud, and incredibly fun holiday to enjoy, even if you aren’t Chinese. So, check out this list of the Best Lunar New Year Celebrations in Southern California and mark the special occasion by attending one with your family.
Best Lunar New Year Celebrations in Los Angeles
Lunar New Year Festival, Monterey Park (Jan. 26-27)
The city of Monterey Park will ring in the the Year of the Pig with this annual 2-day festival. Over the course of five blocks of downtown L.A. streets, festivalgoers will enjoy everything from Asian cuisine, carnival rides, art, lion dances and much more. Admission is free.
Lunar New Year at Universal Studios Hollywood, Hollywood (Feb. 2-17)
Celebrate the year of the pig during Lunar New Year February 2 – 17. Join Po and Tigress from Kung Fu Panda in Po’s Village and savor Asian dishes at Mr. Ping’s Noodle Shop. Meet Illumination’s Minions in traditional Chinese attire and Mandarin-speaking Megatron from TRANSFORMERS™, and new this year, Hello Kitty joins us for the celebration. Plus, enjoy fun activities, live entertainment and more.
Chinese New Year Celebration at Mount of Olive Lutheran Preschool, Rancho Palos Verdes (Feb. 2)
Ni Hao Chinese invites you to celebrate the 2019 Lunar New Year with a wide variety of activities including traditional Chinese desserts, Chinese food, games and prizes. They also have a pastry chef on hand to make dragon whiskers candy. RSVP and get a free entry into the raffle.
Chinese New Year Gala 2019 at Almansor Court, Alhambra (Feb. 10)
Enjoy a holiday buffet banquet, VIP Speaker, cultural activity booths, spectacular performances, raffle prizes and more! The 2019 Gala will support California Wildfires Relief. Ticketed event.
Chinese New Year Celebration at Citadel Outlets, Los Angeles (Feb. 3)
Citadel Outlets is thrilled to welcome good fortune and joy in the Year of the Pig with vibrant, family-friendly celebrations for both the local community and Los Angeles-bound traveler. Live dancers and artists from the Los Angeles Chinese Cultural Center will perform a variety of Chinese dragon dances, folk dances, traditional songs, drum ceremonies tai-chai displays and more.
For four weeks this January & February, shoppers will have the chance to enjoy festive red and gold lanterns, twinkling lights and an authentic 17-ft Chinese pagoda decorating Center Court.
Chinese New Year: Shanghai Nights at the Queen Mary, Long Beach (Feb. 5)
Chinese New Year: Shanghai Nights will honor the Year of the Pig with traditional Chinese culture, cuisine, and entertainment featuring Wushu Shaolin lion and dragon dancing, Wushu Warriors Shaolin acrobatics, a guzheng ensemble, and much more. Located on board the Queen Mary in the famous Queen’s Salon, this limited seating event will be a feast of the senses surrounded by stunning decor. A buffet-style dinner featuring classic Chinese cuisine will begin at 6 pm, followed by live entertainment.
Tickets to Chinese New Year: Shanghai Nights aboard the Queen Mary are currently on-sale starting at $99.99 general admission adult and $49.99 for children ages 4 to 11. All tickets include dinner and entertainment.
Golden Dragon Parade & Chinese New Year Festival at Chinatown Central Plaza, Los Angeles (Feb. 9)
For over a hundred years, people have gathered in the streets of Los Angeles’ Chinatown to celebrate Chinese New Year and enjoy the Golden Dragon Parade, a tradition for the past 120 years. The parade includes beautiful floats, marching bands, government officials, various dignitaries, entertainers, local business leaders and cultural groups.
The free outdoor festival that runs throughout the day includes live dancing and music entertainment, cultural artisan classes, vendors, and local food trucks.