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The Year Of The Dog CNY Chinatown Celebration Guide

The Year Of The Dog CNY Chinatown Celebration Guide

Chinese New Year 2018
2018 Year of the Dog
The Chinese New Year is the most important holiday and biggest celebration in China. 
Also called  the “Spring Festival” or “Lunar New Year” it falls on the 
new moon that comes between 21 January and 20 February. 
This year, it starts on 16 February 2018 and will end on 4 February 2019. Lunar year 4716

In China, people usually have 7 consecutive days off from work from Chinese New Year’s Eve to the sixth day after Chinese New Year’s Day. Lunar New Year is also celebrated in Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean, Mongolian, and Tibetan cultures, as well as Chinatown’s world-wide.

Here’s a look at some Chinese New Year events and celebrations from cities around the world

February 10

Mini Procession and Ribbon Cutting

Chinese New Year will kick off the Year of the Dog at 10:30 AM on Saturday February 10th with the Southwest Airlines® procession which will include traditional Chinese drummers, dancers and Lion Dancing, will start off at St. Mary’s Square and go down Grant from California to Pacific and will end with a ribbon cutting, which will officially mark the opening of the 2018 Year Of The Dog Festival. 

Chinese New Year Flower Market Fair

Also kicking off today and running until the following evening is the Chinese New Year Flower Market Fair.  A variety of delicious foods will be sold as well as well as flowers, plants and oranges and tangerines with leaves symbolizing that one’s relationship is secure.  There will be traditional Chinese Opera performances as well as Lion dancing both days. 

Saturday 10AM to 8PM and Sunday from 9AM until 6PM 
Grant between Clay to Broadway; Washington, Jackson & Pacific from Stockton & Kearny

February 16

2018 Golden Dragon Unveiling and Eye-dotting Ceremony

February 17

Basketball Jamboree

Brought to you by Southwest Airlines® and the San Francisco Chamber Of Commerce 

For the 25th year, the annual Basketball Jamboree will start off the Year of Dog with six thrilling basketball games. The first game will begin at 10am with the last game at 3pm. There are 3 slots for each division (boys and girls), with approximately sixty participants. The players represent the greater Chinatown-North Beach community and San Francisco Middle Schools. 

Location is at Betty Ann Ong Chinese Recreation Center. 
For more information Contact: Kenny Lee

February 22

Miss Chinatown U.S.A Pageant

The 2018 Miss Chinatown USA Pageant will take place on Thursday, February 22nd at the War Memorial Herbst Theater located at 401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco  12 Contestants from all over the US including Miss Chinatown from Hawaii, Seattle, Houston will take part. 2018 is the 60th anniversary for this event.  This year’s winners will become goodwill ambassadors for the Chinese community throughout the new lunar year.

February 23

Miss Chinatown U.S.A. Coronation Ball

The newly selected Miss Chinatown U.S.A and her court will be crowned at the annual Miss Chinatown U.S.A. Coronation Ball. The black tie dinner/dance, attended by many community leaders promises to be a highlight of the Lunar New Year festivities. This year it will be held at the Thunder Valley Casino Resort on Friday with Dinner starting at 6PM and the Coronation Ceremony at 8PM and then followed by dancing.

February 24

Chinese New Year Parade

Named one of the Top Ten Parades in the World by International Festivals and Events Association. The Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco is watched by more than three million every year. There are more than 100 groups participating and filling the roads with banners, flags, lanterns and drums including several floats. The biggest and most famous is the 200 foot Golden Dragon. It takes more than 100 volunteers to maneuver it through the lanes of San Francisco.

Started in the 1860’s by the Chinese in San Francisco as a means to educate the community about their culture, the Parade and Festival have grown to be the largest celebration of Asian culture outside of Asia. Since 1958, the parade has been under the direction of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce.

Parade highlights include elaborate floats, lion dancers, folk dancers, costumed elementary school groups, marching bands, stilt walkers, Chinese acrobats, and the 200+ foot long Golden Dragon.

Market and Second Street to Kearny and Jackson. 
The event is free but Bleacher Tickets are $35 and can be purchased [HERE].

Be sure to watch the live broadcast on KTVU Fox 2 or KTSF Channel 266:00-8:00 p.m., on Saturday, February 24, 2018

February 25

Chinese New Year Community Street Fair

San Francisco’s exhilarating Chinatown is the place to be during one of the most exciting times of the year. There will 120+ booths and concession stands, making this a shopper’s dream. The SF Chinese Chamber of Commerce has planned activities and entertainment for all ages. Enjoy Chinese folk dancing, opera, drumming and much more at the entertainment stage on Washington St. below Grant. Make sure you get a family photo with the giant puppets and other memorable artifacts from the Parade. Please note: This is a non-smoking event.
March 4
Sunday 8am start
Registration: 7am

Contact: (415) 576-9622

March 4

Chinatown YMCA Chinese New Year Run 

5K/10K Run/Walk

The Chinatown YMCA will hold their 40th annual “Chinese New Year Run” on Sunday, March 4th at 8AM. Presented by the SF Chinese Chamber of Commerce, this scenic route starts at Sacramento and Grant, winds its way through Chinatown, North Beach, The Embarcadero and Downtown and finishes on Kearny between California and Sacramento. Registration info:

 You may also call (415 ) 576-9622 to request a registration form and get race details. The cost includes a T-shirt and finish line goodies for all runners as well as prizes for top winners in each age group.

The Tet Festival, the Vietnamese festivity of the New Year, happens at the U.N. square on Saturday that same weekend. Tet Nguyen Dan (also known as the Vietnamese Lunar New Year) is a traditional holiday celebrated annually by the Vietnamese to mark the beginning of both spring and the new lunar year.

Expect lion dances, performances, a firecracker show, games, and booths displaying New Year flowers or selling traditional Vietnamese foods, plus the handing out of lucky red envelopes to children

Oakland Chinatown:

February 3 and 4

Lunar New Year Bazaar

Held in the heart of Oakland Chinatown, this two day event rings in the new lunar new year – the Year of the Dog. The event features vendors selling traditional new year decorations, flowers, gifts, candies, and other items of interest.

There will also be continuous live cultural entertainment featuring dragon and lion dancing, martial arts, Chinese cultural music, and a “Little Prince & Princess Contest presented by the Oakland Chinatown Lions Club.

Event is free to the public and hours are 10AM to 5PM.
Location: Oakland Asian Cultural Center – 388 9th St (Suite 290) Oakland

February 10

Chinese New Year at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach

Are you a rabbit or an ox? Perhaps you’re a dragon. (And if you are a dog, well, this is your year!) Learn more about your sign with Playland’s “Animals of the Lunar Zodiac” personality quiz. Kids can also decorate their own lion dance masks and we’ll have magician Fabulous.

Location: Playland-Not-at-the-Beach – 10979 San Pablo Avenue El Cerrito
Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Cost: $15 per adult and $10 per child and senior

February 17

Lunar New Year at Children’s Fairyland

Location: Children’s Fairyland – 699 Bellevue Ave Oakland
Celebrate the Lunar New Year at Children’s Fairyland. With a special appearance by storyteller Clara Yen, who recreates the Chinese folk tales she learned from her parents. All attractions are… Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cost: Guests under age 1 FREE while it is $10 for everyone else.

February 25

Join OMCA for the 17th annual Lunar New Year celebration, a fortune-filled family-friendly event to welcome in the Year of the Dog. There will be: live performances spectacular lucky lion and dragon dances a magic show Japanese imperial court music and dance a colorful Philippine dance a martial arts demonstrations.

Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) – 1000 Oak Street Oakland
Time: 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Cost: General $15.95, Seniors (65+) & Students (with current ID) $10.95, Youth (9–17) $6.95, Children (8 & under) FREE, Members FREE

February 15

Midnight Temple Ceremony @ Thien Hau Temple

The Year of the Dog starts off at Thien Hau Temple where attendees will experience traditional incense burning, make offerings to deities, watch traditional lion dancers, and witness 500,000 firecrackers in action.

756 Yale St Los Angeles CA 90012
COST: Free
Contact (213) 680-1860 for more in

February 17

Golden Dragon Parade

Over 100,000 people will gather in the streets of Los Angeles’ Chinatown to celebrate the Chinese New Year and enjoy the 119th annual Golden Dragon Parade. It is second only to the Rose Bowl in attendance.

The parade commences at Hill and Ord Streets and concludes at Broadway and Cesar Chavez while showcasing floats, dancers, musicians, and city dignitaries, all dressed in festive, celebratory garb. The free outdoor festival runs throughout the day and includes live dancing and music entertainment, cultural artisan classes, vendors, and local food trucks.

Grand Marshals are TBA 
For Parade information, contact the Chinese Chamber of Commerce at (213) 617-0396.

Metro: Gold Line to Chinatown Station, or walk a few more blocks from Union Station.

Other LA Events

Monterey Park

Lunar New Year Festival


Westfield Santa Anita
400 South Baldwin Ave

January 27th & 28th 
February 3rd & 4rg and 10th & 11th

There will be traditional Chinese zither and flute musicians,  Spring Festival foods prepared by the chefs of acclaimed restaurants such as Hai Di Lao and Dongpo Restaurant, Chinese ribbon, fan and lantern dancing, as well as lion dances and more.
 Chinatown Las Vegas, Chinatown Plaza
Chinatown Plaza, Chinatown Las Vegas

Las Vegas Chinatown: 

February 16

Lunar New Year Celebration at the Fashion Show Mall

Celebrate Lunar New Year in the Desert at the Fashion Show Mall with dragon dance and cultural performances. Participate in the opening ceremonies, ribbon cutting and experience cultural performances by a Cultural Performance Troupe from China. Also a Fashion Runway Show (Saks Fifth Avenue)

Location: The Great Hall

Date: February 16, 2018: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

February 25

Chinese New Year Celebration & Asian Food Festival

Over 5000 people will flock to Chinatown Vegas’s Chinatown Plaza to celebrate the New Year, The Year of the Dog. There will be Lion Dances, Japanese Taiko Drums, Dragon Parade, Japanese Dance, Chinese Martial Arts, Chinese Acrobat, Chinese Dance, Korean Dance, Dragon Dancers as well as Chinese Arts & Crafts, Calligrapher, Chinese Fortune teller and over 30 different retail vendors.

Admission is $3.00 for adults, $1 for Children ages 6-12.  Children 5 and under are free.

Chinatown Report: Chinatown Chicago
Chicago Chinatown 

 Chicago Chinatown: 

February 20

2018 Chinese Lunar New Year Dinner

Chinatown Chicago CNY 2018 Year of the Dog

Celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year of the Dog with a traditional Lion Dance, US Postal Service Year of the Dog Stamp Dedication ceremony and feast on a twelve-course meal featuring specially prepared traditional Chinese new year dishes! Cash bar available. Dinner tickets ate $75

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 | 6:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M.

Cai Restaurant
2100 S. Archer Ave., 2F
Chicago, IL  60616

chamber of commerce, chicago chinatown

February 25 

Chinatown Parade

More than 30,000 with attend the Chinatown Chicago Parade on February 25. Kick off is at at 1:00 PM at 24th Street and Wentworth Avenue and will head north to Wentworth to Cermak Road. The parade will feature marching bands, colorful floats, traditional lion dances and a special appearances.  As this is the year of the dog,  up to 28 dogs will be invited to participate in the parade).  You may do so by completing the following 2018 Dog’s On Parade Entry Form.

Manhattan Chinatown: 

Chinatown Manhattan
Manhattan Chinatown


February 16

Chinese New Year Firecracker Ceremony and Culture Festival

Over a 1/2 of a million firecrackers will go off to welcome the Year of the Dog and ward off evil spirits. There will also be lion dances giveaways, craft vendors and food booths  selling traditional delicacies. It’s said that the more dumplings you eat at the celebration, the more money you will make in the new year. 

Grand St at Forsyth St.

February 17

Lunar New Year Family Festival

Manhattan Chinese New Year 2018 Year of the Dog
Photo by Dan Pollard/courtesy of the museum

On Saturday, February 17 the Museum of Chinese in America will hosts its annual event featuring zodiac-themed arts and crafts, dragon dancers,  live dance performances and folk tales. 

February 25

Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade and Festival 

Over 500,000 people will watch the 19th annual Chinatown Manhattan Lunar New Year Parade and festival, one again brought to you by AT&T will begin at 1PM on Sunday February 25th. The pan-Asian procession, which includes Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, Taiwanese, Malaysian  cultural performances

You can check out the Festivals Facebook page here
February 13

February 14

Chinatown Queens - Chinatown Report
Queens Chinatow

February 4

Lunar New Year’s Celebration at the Queens Museum

The Queens Museum will host a day-long festival dedicated to the Year of the Dog. The museum has up with the New York City Chinese Cultural Center to offer various dance and martial arts demos, storytelling, crafting of LED-powered paper lanterns, and a calligraphy workshop.

February 10 & 11

Chinese New Year Temple Bazaar

Bring your entire family to enjoy live performances, traditional crafts, and delicious foods and celebrate the 2018 Lunar New Year of the Dog. The 4th Annual Temple Bazaar is offered both Saturday and Sunday. Tickets  are $5 for adults and $3 for children. Parade will start at the Flushing Queens Library at 9:30 AM.

February 17

Queens Lunar New Year Parade and Celebration

Start the day off with coffee and donuts  at the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce from 9:30 to 10:30am, and then head  over to Union Street and 37th Avenue where the parade will begin at 11am.

Brooklyn Chinatown: 

Chinatown Brooklyn, CNY
Brooklyn Chinatown


February 10

Celebrating Chinese New Year 庆祝中国新年

Celebrate the Year of the Dog with New York Chinese Qipao Association. You can enjoy some traditional Chinese songs, dancing, and an amazing fashion show.

Dyker singers will be presenting some sing-a-long Chinese songs with all of you!

From 2-3PM
Dyker Library
8202 13th Ave. (@ 82nd St.)

Brooklyn, NY 11228

February 11

Lunar New Year Celebration: The Year of the Dog

Hosted by Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, the oncoming arrival of spring will be celebrated with an all-new, family-friendly festival of Chinese music and dance commemorating the Year of the Dog, the faithful guardian and loyal friend to mankind. Enjoy the elegant splendor and rich culture of one of Brooklyn’s most vibrant communities with this performance by the prestigious Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, featuring live music performed by the Chinese Music Ensemble of New York (紐約中國民族樂團) and a special performance by internationally-acclaimed acrobat and Guinness Book of World Records holder Lina Liu.

Philadelphia Chinatown: 

February 15

Lunar New Year Celebration at International House

Philadelphia Chinatown Lunar New Year Celebration at International House

The annual Lunar New Year celebration at the International House will feature a variety of exciting music, a Lion Dance and martial arts performances. There will also be traditional Chinese cuisine at the reception that follows the show.

From 7-9 p.m. 
International House, 3701 Chestnut Street 
$15, general admission; $10, members; $5, children (ages 5-12) and residents

Philadelphia Suns Midnight Lion Dance Performance

Celebrate the year of the Dog in Philadelphia’s Chinatown!

The annual tradition of lion dance performances which will begin at the intersection of 10th and Race Street. Performed by the Philadelphia Suns, you can expect an exciting night of fun and entertainment.

Chinatown Celebration Tips and Suggestions:
– Grab a meal and energize yourself before the event
– Get there early (the area will be packed!)

– Wear weather appropriate clothing

11pm to 1AM

10th & Race streets

February 17

Philadelphia Chinatown

Lunar New Year at the Independence Seaport Museum

The Independence Seaport Museum hosts a Lunar New Year event for the whole family that acknowledges the traditions of Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Japanese cultures. In honor of 2018 being the Year of the Dog, the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) joins in the fun this year by bringing some of their lovable (and adoptable!) dogs to the event.

11 a.m.-3 p.m. 
Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard 

Free with museum admission: $16, general admission; $12, children (3-12), military (active & retired) and seniors (65 & over)

Chinese New Year at Reading Terminal Market

Reading Terminal Market and Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation team up for a festive, food-filled Chinese New Year event. A special Lion Dance and other celebratory performances around the market are sprinkled in between exclusive cooking demonstrations, one by Alice Ye of Five Spice Philly and another by Michael Chow of Sang Kee Peking Duck.

10 a.m.-2 p.m. 

Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th Street 

February 18

The Philadelphia Suns Lion Dance Parade

Celebrate the New Year with the Philadelphia Suns on Sunday, February 18th! Get some dim sum and watch lions and dragons dance through the streets of Chinatown. Make sure you get a good spot during the parade, by checking the schedule below:

11:00am – 11:30am – 10th & Race to 9th & Race
11:30am – 11:45am – 9th & Cherry to 9th & Winter
11:45am – 1:30pm – 10th & Winter to 10th & Arch
1:30pm – 1:45pm – 9th & Arch to 11th & Arch
1:45pm – 2:15pm – 11th & Arch to 11th & Winter
2:15pm – 2:45pm – 11th & Race to 10th & Race

Seattle Chinatown: 

February 10

Chinatown Report: Lunar New Year at Chinatown-International District
Chinatown Seattle

The Year of the Dog is here so don’t forget to save the date for the 2018 Lunar New Year Celebration! Over the last few years, the Lunar New Year Celebration is one of the largest event of its kind in the region and showcases diversity, richness and culture of the Asian community. The collaboration with other neighborhood businesses/organizations has helped draw thousands of visitors from throughout the region for a day of festivities. The celebration include traditional dragon and lion dances, Japanese Taiko Drumming, martial arts and other cultural performances on the Main Stage. Combined with arts, crafts and a variety of family friendly activities there is something for everyone.
Don’t forget the return of the neighborhood’s Annual $3 Food Walk presented by Delta Air Lines
11:00 am Lion Dance NW Kung Fu Fitness
11:30 am Martial Arts Demonstration Wudang International Martial Arts Academy
12:00 pm Hawaiian/Tahitian Dance Seattle University Hui O’ Nani
12:15 pm Odissi Solo NrityShastra School of Dance
 12:30 pm Traditional Thai Dance Thai Cultural Society
 1:00 pm 9th Annual Lunar New Year Costume Contest Northwest Asian Weekly/Seattle Chinese Post
 1:45 pm Chinese Cultural Dance
Tanya Woo
 2:15 pm Hawaiian Dance
Halau O Makanaokalani
 2:30 pm Martial Arts Demonstrations Northwest Wushu
3:00 pm Traditional Korean Dance Oolleemm, Korean Traditional Performing Arts
3:30 pm Taiko Drumming Seattle Kokon Taiko
Millennium Gate, Vancouver's Chinatown
Millennium Gate, Vancouver’s Chinatown

Vancouver Chinatown:

February 18

Vancouver Chinatown Spring Parade


2018 Year of the Dog Vancouver Chinatown

The Chinese New Year Parade will return for the 45th time on Sunday, February 18, 2018. This signature event of Vancouver’s Chinatown will feature lion dances, cultural dance troupes, marching bands, martial arts performances and much more.

For more info, please visit

11 am on Sunday, February 18th, 2018 and will take about two and a half hours to complete.

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese New Year Garden – Photo credit: Carol Browne Flickr

London Chinatown:  

February 18

Celebrate the Year of the Dog in London, with the biggest Chinese New Year celebrations outside Asia.
Every year, hundreds of thousands of people descend on the West End to enjoy a colourful parade, free stage performances and traditional Chinese food, and to wish each other “Xin Nian Kuai Le” (Happy New Year in Mandarin) or “San Nin Faai Lok” (in Cantonese).

10 am
Charing Cross Road

Singapore Chinatown

February 2 & 3

11th International Lion Dance Competition

The annual event which has gone into its 11th year will see more than 10 reputable top troupes from Singapore and Asia Pacific, all vying for the grand prize and the honour of being recognised as ‘the best of the best’ as they pit against one another with skillful stunts and intricate manoeuvres on the meihuazhuang.

6.30pm – 10.30pm
Banda Street (off Sago Lane)

Single Show ticket on 2 OR 3 February 2018: S$10

Two Shows ticket on both 2 & 3 February 2018: S$15

February 15

Chinatown Chinese New Year Countdown Party

Live performances in the heart of Chinatown will kick start the Year of the Dog. Singers, skits and firework display. 

From 9.30pm – 12.30am – New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street

February 25

Chingay Parade @ Heartland