It’s time to ring in the New Year… The Chinese New Year that is! There are so many ways to celebrate the Chinese New Year in L.A. on February 16th, so we are here to countdown the top 5!
At the Grove, you’ll find the same Chinese New Year inspired displays and sculptures that you’ll see at any of the other LA shopping centers. What sets The Grove and the Americana at Band apart are their events. The Grove co-hosted a K-pop dance troupe and food and merch specials with the Original Farmers Market (Jan 28) while the Americana will host a full afternoon of performances (Feb 11).
Take a drive over to Pasadena and enjoy a free afternoon of pan-Asian activities at the Pacific Asia Museum! From now through the Lunar New Year, you’ll find traditional performances in the museum’s courtyard alongside free admission to its galleries and art-making workshops.
There are few better places in LA to ring in the Chinese New Year than Chinatown! Join in and welcome the New Year with a midnight ceremony at the Thien Hau Temple. Come by earlier in the evening and join as the crowds gather on the eve of the Chinese New Year to make offerings to the deities, awaken the spirits with firecrackers and burn incense for good fortune. Don’t forget to stay for the lion dancers and monks starting at 10pm!
The “Happiest Place on Earth” celebrates the Chinese New Year with a full month of activities! Look forward to Photo Ops with Characters dress for the New Year. Then stick around a parade processions with Mulan, Mushu, Mickey and Minnie Mouse while you snack on tasty treats from China, Korea and Vietnam.
This year, celebrate the 119th Chinese New Year parade and festival in Downtown Chinatown. The celebration brings multi-stage acts from kung fu demos to traditional music acts. After watching the acts, enjoy food trucks, yard games and a craft beer garden with local breweries. Families can also join in the fun with kid-friendly face painting, storytelling and paper folding. Then, make sure you catch the main attraction: the Golden Dragon Parade, which makes its route (kicking off at Hill and Ord Streets, and concluding at Broadway and Cesar Chavez) on Saturday, February 17, from 1 to 3pm.