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Chinese New Year in Los Angeles

Chinese and Vietnamese Lunar New Year Schedule 2014 - Year of the Horse

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Traditional New Year Kick-Off Ceremony at Thien Hau Temple in Chinatown
Thursday night on the eve of the New Year, the Thien Hau Temple in Chinatown will open the New Year festivities with incense offerings, Taoist and Buddhist monks, dragon dancers and 550,000 firecrackers.
When: Thursday, January 30, 2014, 10 pm - 12 am
Where: Thien Hau Temple, 750-756 N Yale St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Cost: Free
Parking: Street parking, pay lots within a few blocks
Metro: Gold Line to Chinatown Station, or walk a few blocks from Union Station.
Info: chinatownla.com

Golden Dragon Parade and Chinese New Year Festival in Chinatown
Two-day Festival in LA's Chinatown with the Golden Dragon Parade on Saturday.
When: Golden Dragon Parade February 1, 2014, Sat 1 pm, Festival Feb 1-2, 2014, Sat 12 - 8 pm, Sun 12 - 5 pm.
Where: Parade route goes north on Hill from Ord to Bernard, then south on Broadway to Cesar Chavez. Parade Route Map Festival at 715 N. Hill St.
Cost: Free to view from the street, $25 grandstand tickets available, festival is free.
Parking: Map
Metro: Gold Line to Chinatown Station, or walk a few blocks from Union Station.
Info: www.lagoldendragonparade.com or chinatownla.com

Chinese New Year at Santa Monica Place
Santa Monica Place shopping center will Host 6 days of Chinese New Year festivities over three weekends with traditional Chinese dragon dancers, ribbon dancers, stilt walkers, children's crafts, food tastings and a New Year Wish Tree.
When: Jan 31 - Feb 2, Feb 8-9, and Feb 14, 2014. The biggest celebration is Jan 31.
Where: Santa Monica Place, 395 Santa Monica Place (NOT Blvd), Santa Monica, CA ‎(bordered by Broadway and Colorado between 2nd and 4th Street
Cost: Free
Info: santamonicaplace.com

Lunar New Year at Disneyland
Disneyland will celebrate the Lunar New Year with performances by Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese musicians and dancers in front of "it's a small world." There will be a Mulan Chinese New Year procession multiple times throughout the day. Disneyland park guests will also be able to visit with Mulan, Mushu and other Disney characters.
When: Late January into February, 10 am - 5 pm
Where: Disneyland
Cost: Standard Disneyland Admission
Info: disneyland.disney.go.com/events/

Chinese New Year at Universal Studios Hollywood
This Year Universal Studios is jumping on the Chinese New Year bandwagon with lots of red lanterns, Chinese-themed decor, Woody Woodpecker and his girlfriend Winnie dressed in traditional Chinese attire and a Mandarin-speaking 12-foot-tall MEGATRON from Transformers: The Ride-3D posing for photo ops with visitors. A Mandarin version of the Tram Tour is offered year round.
When: January 25 to February 9, 2014
Where: Universal Studios Hollywood
Cost: Standard Universal Studios Hollywood Admission
Info: This is it.

Lunar New Year Family Festival at the Bowers Museum
A free festival with arts, crafts, food, music and dancing in the courtyard at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana. The museum itself will also be free for Target Free First Sunday.
When: February 2, 2014, 10-4
Where: Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St, Santa Ana, CA 92706
Cost: Free
Parking: $6 at the museum, limited metered street parking and public lots.
Info: www.bowers.org

Chinese New Year Festival in Monterey Park
Floral Fair features flower arranging, food, entertainment, arts and crafts for all ages and carnival rides.
When: January 25-26, 2014, 10 am - 6 pm
Where: Garvey Ave between Garfield and Nicholson Avenues, Monterey Park
Cost: Free
Parking: Shuttles will be provided from three school parking lots. Parking Map
Info: www.ci.monterey-park.ca.us

Tet Festival in Garden Grove
The largest Tet Festival in Orange County, sponsored by the Union of Vietnamese Student Associations of Southern California, moves this year from Garden Grove to the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. Festivities include dragon dancers, pageants, entertainment, rides, food and cultural booths.
When: Feb 7-9, 2014, Friday: 3-10 pm, Sat: 10 am - 10 pm, Sun: 10 am - 9 pm
Where: OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA
Cost: $5 adults, $4 children 48" and under, babies and toddlers Free. Free on Saturday for anyone wearing Vietnamese attire.
Parking: $7
Info: www.tetfestival.org

The Great Chinatown Hunt
A scavenger hunt through Chinatown for teams of two to four people.
When: February 2, 2014, Sunday 11 am
Where: Chinatown, start location given with registration.
Cost: $40
Metro: Gold Line to Chinatown Station
Info: racela.com

Chinese New Year in Beverly Hills
Beverly Hills is celebrating Chinese New Year on Rodeo Drive with lion dancers, musicians and acrobats as well as refreshments. Hotels in the area will offer New Year specials and Chinese amenities throughout February.
When: Friday, February 8, 2014, 4:30-5:30 pm
Where: 400 block of Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, CA
Cost: Free
Parking: Metered street or pay lots in the area
Info: www.lovebeverlyhills.com/horse

The Chinese American Museum Lantern Festival at Olvera Street
Live entertainment, including lion dancers, acrobatics, musical, and dance performances, craft workshops and free entrance to the Chinese American Museum.
When: March 1, 2014, noon to 7 pm (to be confirmed)
Where: 425 Los Angeles Street at El Pueblo Historic Site/Olvera Street
Cost: Free
Parking: Pay lots in the area
Metro: Union Station
Info: www.camla.org

Information is accurate at the time of publication. Please check the event website for the most current information.
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