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Celebrate Chinese New Year in San Francisco

January 25, 2020, marks the beginning of the Year of the Rat. Here are the top ways to celebrate the Lunar New Year in San Francisco.


Celebrate the Lunar New Year at the SF Symphony! On February 1 at at 5 pm Davies Hall, this colorful family event, now in its 20th year, showcases many old and new Asian traditions. All ticket holders can enjoy a complimentary one-hour Festival Reception with a multitude of fun activities to tickle your senses! Enjoy a world-class concert performance of Eastern and Western repertoire by the Symphony. The merriment continues after the concert with an exotic gala dinner. Purchase your ticket to this dramatically beautiful Imperial Dinner. 

  • Address: SF Davies Symphony Hall on Grove and Van Ness
  • Phone: 415-503-5500
  • Hours: 10 am - 6 pm


Be in the thick of things by being a spectator at the Chinese New Year parade, the biggest parade celebrating the lunar new year outside of Asia with over 3 million spectators lining the streets of San Francisco! The pageantry includes marching bands, Chinese dance troupes, firecrackers, and countless floats are featured. You'll be awestruck by the 28-foot Golden Dragon manned by more than 100 people to weave through the streets. Miss Chinatown USA and her court, the main feature, ends the parade. Secret Tip: If you don't want to hold your spot for hours and stand, buy tickets for $38.00 to sit on bleachers here

Saturday, February 8, 2020; starts at 5 pm and snakes through the streets of San Francisco


For something with glitz and glamour, gather friends to watch Miss Chinatown USA pageant. Bet on and cheer for your favorite! For over 60 years, young ladies from across the United States have come to San Francisco to compete for the title, scholarships, jewelry and prizes. Many obtain job opportunities after the contest. The pageant has several categories of competition. The talent portion gives you a chance to see traditional Chinese dances, singing, Western dance moves, ancient instrument performances and more. Miss Chinatown USA and her court serve as goodwill ambassadors for Chinese globally and is the highlight at the end of the Chinese New Year Parade.

  • February 1, 2020
  • 7:30 PM – 10:30
  • Palace of Fine Arts 3601 Lyon Street
  • Tickets range from $40-$70


Chinese New Year is a celebration of spring. In San Francisco, the Flower Fair is a one-stop shopping place to prepare one's home for festivities with vital symbolic and auspicious items. More than 120 booths abundant with fresh fruits, fragrant flowers, seeds, candies, red envelopes, couplets, and other necessities, makes it a shoppers heaven. Chinese acrobats, opera singers, magicians, folk dancers perform to the delight of shoppers. Grant Avenue from Clay to Broadway and Pacific, Jackson and Washington between Stockton and Kearny Streets. 

  • Free
  • Saturday, January 18, 2020 
  • 10 am - 8 pm
  • Sunday, January 19, 2020
  • 9 am - 6 pm