Top 5 Lunar New Year Festivals in Orange County
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February 5th through February 15th marks the Lunar New Year, also known as Spring Festival, Chinese New Year, Tết or Solnal. During this time, Asian cultures around the world will celebrate the first lunar cycle of 2019 and welcome The Year of the Pig. With one of the largest Asian populations in the country, Orange County offers a variety of vibrant and exciting Lunar New Year festivities. From parades at Disneyland to live entertainment at the Irvine Spectrum Center, here are the top five 2019 Lunar New Year events in Orange County.
The largest Vietnamese New Year festival in the country, the UVSA Tết Festival offers a one-of-a-kind showcase of Vietnamese culture and traditions. Now in its 38th year, the UVSA Tết Festival displays an array of family-friendly activities, delicious food, exciting performances, and more. From February 8th through February 10th, the OC Fair and Event Center will transform into Làng Việt Nam, a replica of a traditional Vietnamese village, where guests can explore exhibits, galleries, and examples of Vietnamese architecture. Here, foodies can find an assortment of traditional Vietnamese dishes and, if they’re feeling adventurous, enter the festival’s famous pho eating competition! While you’re there, don’t miss your chance to watch a series of incredible talent shows and performances, including the Miss Vietnam of Southern California Pageant, dance competitions, musical concerts, and more.
OC Fair and Event Center
88 Fair Dr
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
2. Lunar New Year at the Irvine Spectrum Center
Usher in the Year of the Pig with dynamic events at the Irvine Spectrum Center! On Sunday, February 10th from 12pm to 2pm, the Irvine retail destination will host its annual Lunar New Year celebration in Giant Wheel Court. This vibrant and colorful weekend of activities offers fun for the whole family, with live entertainment including lion dancers, face painters, and musical performances. Guests can continue the celebration with deals at their favorite retail stores and restaurants, including 40 percent off any single Active branded item at Active Ride Shop, $25 off any single item at Gorjana, 20 percent off your entire purchase at Hurley | Nike SB and a free appetizer with the purchase of an entree at Luna Grill.
Irvine Spectrum Center
670 Spectrum Center Dr
Irvine, CA 92618
Join Mickey and Minnie Mouse for a fun-filled Lunar New Year party at Disney California Adventure Park! January 25 through February 17, the park will provide a spectacular display of unforgettable entertainment, family-friendly activities, and gourmet dining. Say hello to one of Disney’s most famous characters, Mulan, and take in amazing sights during the dazzling Lunar New Year Procession. With the purchase of a 2019 Lunar New Year Sip and Savor Pass, you can sample a unique menu of cuisine from the Lunar New Year Marketplace. With tasty options like Crispy Shrimp Fried Rice and Steamed Short Rib Shumai, this is the perfect Lunar New Year festival for Orange County foodies.
Disneyland California Adventure Park
1313 Disneyland Dr
Anaheim, CA 92802
Experience the wonder of Lunar New Year at the largest Vietnamese-owned and operated mall in America. Every year, the Asian Garden Mall honors this special holiday with a spectacular exhibit of traditional food, arts and crafts, and more. From January 18th through February 5th, Asian Garden Mall will feature an extensive collection of fresh flowers, including orchids, cherry blossoms and mai flowers, exotic fruits, and artisanal keepsakes. In addition, guests can also shop from over 300 unique stores inside the mall, enjoy live entertainment and try a menu of New Year snacks. Be sure to stop by on the final day of celebration at 12 pm to see the shopping center’s thrilling firecracker display.
Asian Garden Mall
9200 Bolsa Ave
Westminster, CA 92683
For a kid-friendly Lunar New Year, pay a visit to Pretend City Children’s Museum on Tuesday, February 5th. From 11am to 3pm, the learning center will host a special Lunar New Year event with activities for children of all ages. At the Art Studio, children can express their creative side with a fun Lantern Making arts and crafts activity. For a more educational experience, make a trip to Sensational Storytime, where children can learn about the history and traditions of Chinese New Year. Finally, for some cultural immersion, stop by Symbols in a Second, a Chinese calligraphy class hosted by Irvine Chinese School.
Pretend City Children’s Museum
Irvine, CA 92618
When you live in Irvine, you have quick and convenient access to the best Lunar New Year events in Orange County. To learn more about Irvine events, visit www.villagesofirvine.com.