The Chinese New Year Festival starts Febuary 10, but lasts for fifteen days, so come out and celebrate the auspicious year ahead at the Free Chinese New Year Food and Cultural Fair, February 16-17 at 3rd and J St. downtown. It is the Year of the Water Snake or Dragon, which is one of the most revered animals in the Chinese Zodiac and people born in this year are thought to be very lucky.
This is a free two-day event fun-packed with various cultural performance including lion dancers, martial arts demonstrations and acrobatics, children's crafts, lantern parade and a wide variety of Chinese and Asian food booths.
Visit the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum to learn about San Diego Chinatown history, see our traditional garden with koi pond, and see what's new at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Extension, housing the museum's rotating exhibits. Free activities will be offered to museum guests including paper lanter making, wood block printing, and calligraphy.