Local Lunar New Year celebrations around San Jose, CA

Ring in the Year of the Dragon.

A Lunar New Year celebration with a large crowd of people gathered around costumed lion dancers.

Join in on this year’s Lunar New Year festivities.

Photo courtesy of Santana Row

Lunar New Year is upon us, San Jose.

Though its official dates vary across different Asian cultures, the Lunar New Year is a celebration of the start of spring and a new year on the lunisolar calendar.

Let’s see where you can ring in the Year of the Dragon around the great 408.

🧧 First Fridays: An Evening with Thien An Nguyen | Friday, Feb. 2 | San Jose Museum of Art | Celebrate Lunar New Year and welcome the Year of the Dragon with a performance by this multidimensional guitarist.

🧧 Lunar New Year at CDM | Saturday, Feb. 3 | Children’s Discovery Museum | Create your own branch of flowers to manifest health, prosperity, and good fortune in the new year.

🧧 Lunar New Year Festival | Saturday, Feb. 3-Sunday, Feb. 4 | History Park | “Bridging Generations,” aims to encourage younger generations to take the lead on nurturing new legacies.

🧧 Lunar New Year Opening Reception | Saturday, Feb. 3 | School of Arts & Culture | Celebrate the Year of the Dragon at this annual Lunar New Year art show, with prints, prizes, and exhibitions from local artists.

🧧 Lunar New Year Celebration | Saturday, Feb. 10 | Santana Row | Catch dragon + lion dances, cultural performances — and even receive a red envelope.

🧧 Tet Festival & Lunar New Year | Friday, Feb. 16-Sunday, Feb. 18 | Eastridge Center | Enjoy live music, a fashion + magic show, and food, drink, and merchandise vendors.

🧧 Lunar New Year at SJMA | Saturday, Feb. 17 | San José Museum of Art | Participate in art-making activities, cultural demonstrations, and more.

🧧 Lunar New Year Celebration | Saturday, Feb. 17 | Westfield Valley Fair, 2855 Stevens Creek Blvd., Santa Clara | Free | Get RED-y for traditional lion dances, ribbon performances, lantern folk dances, and more.

🧧 Lunar New Year Celebration | Saturday, Feb. 17 | Great Mall, 447 Great Mall Dr., Milpitas | Free | Join in the celebration featuring red envelope giveaways, culturally inspired arts + crafts, tea leaf reading, and complimentary calligraphy fans.

🧧 Multicultural Performing Arts Festival | Saturday, Feb. 17 | Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Blvd. | From local and international artists to vibrant performances, immerse yourself in the magic of the Year of the Dragon.

If you attend any of these celebrations, snap a pic + send it to us and you may be featured in a future newsletter.

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