1/21/18

Find a Lunar Celebration in Southern California 2018

Southern California offers many family field trip opportunities that help you learn about different cultures and traditions. January through February, Southern California will be filled with lots of Lunar Celebrations the year of the Dog 2018. Shopping malls, libraries, cities, and fairgrounds will decorate with large lanterns and red decorations to bring good luck into the new year.  We share a personal story of our experience along with places where you can go to celebrate this great holiday. 
Our first time attending a Lunar celebration was so many years ago at our local library. There was about a handful of people in the community room. The lion dance performers had traveled from Santa Barabara to Rancho Cucamonga(very far). With toddlers, we sat up front to make sure we were able to see. As the drums began to play the noise of people talking went dead listen and all you could hear was the drums. The lion/dragon stepped out and interacted with all the guests. It was impactful to be so close to the dragon. The experience left us speechless and interested in culture.  
The Lunar celebration, we attended, enriched our learning experience. We spring clean our home and give money to our kids. Of course, each family has their own way of celebrating with food and family gatherings. During the month of February, we will travel to the Asian Markets to buy tropical fruits. There are these yummy tropical fruits that we buy at our local Vietnamese market: Dragon Fruit, Rambutan, Jackfruit, and Lychee. All of these fruits are delicious and abundant here in California.
Ready to have fun at the local Lunar New Year celebration? We have a list of some locations that will be ringing in the Lunar New Year 2018:

Newport Beach - Fashion Island Shopping Center
Feb 17, 2018 • 1pm - 3pm • (949) 721-2000
Neiman Marcus/Bloomingdale's Courtyard
https://www.shopfashionisland.com/events/lunar-new-year-celebration-2018/

Orange County - Costa Mesa
Orange County Fair Grounds
February 16, 17, and 18th at the OC Fair Grounds. Tickets are $5-$12 depending on how many days you want to attend. 
https://tetfestival.org/

Bowers Museum - Santa Ana, CA 

February 4, 2018 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Tickets: $25 Adults $20 kids 12 and older weekend 

Celebrate the Year of the Dog with exciting music, dance, and art of Asia. Fun activities for the entire family. Lion and dragon dances and Changing Faces master are featured.
Sponsored by The Nicholas Endowment
Location: Bowers Key Courtyard and Bowers Kidseum 
Ticket Info: FREE festival. 
General admission to Bowers Museum and Kidseum is free on Festival Sundays for Members and Santa Ana residents only.
Bowers Museum
2002 North Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92706
714-567-3600
Website@bowers.org
www.bowers.org


Los Angeles

January 28th, 2018
Lunar Celebration Year of the Dog.
The Grove 
Join us to celebrate the Year of the Dog at The Grove and The Original Farmers Market. Enjoy traditional festivities like Lion and Dragon Dances as well as musical performances, culinary demonstrations, arts & crafts, pet-friendly activities and so much more! Don’t miss this fantastic cultural experience for the whole family. 
https://thegrovela.com/events/lunar-new-year-celebration/

Chinatown Los Angeles February 17th, 2018 Downtown Golden Dragon Parade
http://www.lachinesechamber.org/calendar/2017/2/4/2017-la-golden-dragon-parade

City of Commerce 
Citadel Outlets 
During the month of February, shoppers will have the chance to enjoy festive red and gold lanterns, twinkling lights and an authentic 17-ft Chinese pagoda decorating Center Court.
Friday, February 16, and Saturday, February 17, from 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM, live dancers, and artists from the Los Angeles Chinese Cultural Center will perform Chinese dragon dances, folk dances and traditional songs and drum ceremonies.

https://www.citadeloutlets.com/event/7th-annual-lunar-new-year-celebration/2145501484/

Monterey Park

http://www.montereypark.ca.gov/669/Lunar-New-Year-Festival

Time:

2/3/2018 (Sat.) 10:00 am-9:00 pm
2/4/2018 (Sun.) 10:00 am-7:00 pm

Location: Los Angeles County

5 blocks along Garvey Avenue, Monterey Park, CA.

(Between Garfield Ave. & Alhambra Ave.)

http://lunarnewyears.com/activities/

PERFORMANCES & ENTERTAINMENT ON FEB 3, 2018

LION DANCE/秉公堂舞獅表演

GREETING FROM DISNEY MYSTERY GUEST 迪士尼神秘嘉賓

MARIACHI LOS PLATEADOS 墨西哥異國演奏

COOKING TIME 美食家林慧懿時間

PERFORMANCES & ENTERTAINMENT ON FEB 4, 2018

TINY TOTS DANCING ACTS (FAIRWAY EDUCATION CENTER 惠兒園兒童表演)

KIDS DANCE (GRACE DANCING STUDIO)

LION DANCE(秉公堂舞獅表演)

LA CLASSIC CHINESE ORCHESTRA (洛杉磯古箏國樂社)

GREETING FROM DISNEY MYSTERY GUEST 迪士尼神秘嘉賓

CHINESE TRADITIONAL DANCE (張肇壯華裔樂舞)

LINE DANCE (金龄排舞)

FOLK DANCE (土風舞社年節舞)
YOUNG GENERATION DANCING ARTS (DANCERS WORLD PRODUCTION DWP即興創作舞蹈)
SAXOPHONE SOLO (薩克斯風獨奏)
SPONSORTIME (US BANK)
CHINESE MUSIC (唐生國樂社)
ADVANCE MARTIAL ARTS (精武堂中國武術訓練中心)
MIDDLE EASTERN DANCE PERFORMANCE (中東舞表演)
THE YEAR OF THE DOG'S SPECIAL (PET'S SHOWTIME 寵物大比拼)
DIABOLO ACTS (神奇扯鈴)
LITTLE STAR DANCING ARTS (STAR FACTORY ACTING & MUSIC ACADEMY 星工廠藝術學院)
SINGER'S LIVE BAND FROM LA VOICE (尹星智樂隊表演)
LUCKY DRAWING (世界日報大抽獎)
Exotic Food
48 food booths featuring food from Taiwan, China, Japan, Korea, Thailand and other countries

Lunar New Year Festival 2018 -San Diego

Tết Festival 狗年春节游园会
@ SDCCU Stadium
9449 Friars Rd, San Diego, CA 92108
FRI FEB 9 * 5 PM – 10 PM
SAT FEB 10 * 11 AM – 10 PM
SUN FEB 11 * 11 AM – 8 PM
Opening ceremony – Saturday FEB 10th
Lion dance troupes are on-site throughout the day, every day.
FREE PARKING
FREE ADMISSION for anyone wearing a *complete* military uniform!!
FREE carnival ride with every admission ticket purchases
FREE entry for everyone who born in the year of the Dog…bring your ID
30,000 zodiac charms giveaway while supplies last!

http://lunarnewyearfestival.org/

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More about the celebration... The Huffington Post: Lunar New Year is not just for the Chinese. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/lunar-new-year-explained_us_588bde8de4b0b065cbbc13db


Chinese New Year Tale by Panda Express

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