5 Free/Cheap Chinese New Year Events!

Don't Miss Out!

By Courtney Daly-Pavone January 9, 2020

Make it your resolution in 2020 to take part in the many cultural events in America's Finest City. Chinese New Year is exciting! Last year we went to the Chinese Lunar Fair in the Gaslamp and feasted on Asian food, saw live dragon dances, and Kung Fu demonstrations. Check out these free and low cost events in San Diego!

Chinese New Year Celebration @ SeaWorld

Weekends January 11, 2020 - February 2, 2020 (included with paid admission to SeaWorld)

Address: 500 Sea World Drive, San Diego

SeaWorld's Lunar New Year celebration features a Chinese acrobats show, local performers, and delicious culinary delights like Ramen, Lo Mein, Bao Buns, Dim Sum, rice dishes and more.

SDCCU Lunar New Year Tet Festival

Friday 1/17 5 pm-10 pm, Sat 1/18 11 am-10 pm, Sunday 1/19 11 am-8 pm Admission: $4-$6

Address: SDCCU Stadium Parking Lot San Diego 

Celebrate Asian New Year! Asian food stations, vendor booths, carnival rides, nonโ€‘stop live entertainment including lion dances, and concerts.

San Diego Tet Festival @ Mira Mesa Park

Free Event! Friday Jan. 24th @ 5 pm, Sat. Jan. 25th 11 am, Sunday Jan. 26th 11 am 

Address:  8575 New Salem St, San Diego

๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฑ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ป๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฆ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐——๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ผ ๐—ง๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐—™๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—™๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—˜ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—บ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ฆ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐——๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ผ, ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฏ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—Ÿ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—ฟ ๐—ก๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐—ฌ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ! Held at ๐™ˆ๐™„๐™๐˜ผ ๐™ˆ๐™€๐™Ž๐˜ผ ๐˜พ๐™Š๐™ˆ๐™ˆ๐™๐™‰๐™„๐™๐™” ๐™‹๐˜ผ๐™๐™† and is a large 3-day celebration that will celebrate ๐—ฌ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฅ๐—ฎ๐˜! 25,000 people every year from all over the city, visit this 3-day celebration featuring a number of new attractions, activities, games, food and live entertainment, including A-list Vietnamese singers and performers, lion dancing, firecrackers, the Miss Vietnam of San Diego pageant, Step-Up Dance, and more! 


Chinese New Year Festival House of China Balboa Park

Jan. 25th 11:30 am-5 pm, Sunday Jan. 26th 11:30 am-5 pm

Address: 668 Pan American Road, San Diego

Come celebrate Chinese New year festival at Balboa Park. Live music, dragon dances, cultural activities and food!

38th Annual Chinese New Year Fair 

Saturday Feb 8 at 10 AM, and Sunday Feb 9 at 5 PM

Address: 428 3rd Ave, San Diego

Celebrate the Year of the Rat with traditional and cultural entertainment all day long on both days, LION DANCES, kung fu, traditional instruments, classical dance troupes, and so much more! Food, family-friendly entertainment, crafts for kids, a dragon dance, vendors, and so much more fun than you can expect! This event is FREE to the public!

The Rat is the Chinese zodiac sign known for being inquisitive, shrewd, and resourceful. The Rat is also the first in the rotation of the 12 zodiac signs, meaning that a Rat year is a year of renewal. 

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