What is SD Lunar New Year Festival?
SD Lunar New Year Festival is a 3-day celebration of the most important holiday in many Asian cultures. The festival will include folk and traditional performances, arts and cultural exhibitions, lion dances and firecrackers, and plenty of family fun activities for the kids. More importantly, the festival is inclusive and free.
Lion & Dragon Dances
Lion and dragon dances will be performed every day. Below are fixed schedules; however, Lion Dance groups will be present and will perform throughout the day unscheduled.
appx 7:00pm on Friday
by Southern Sea Lion & Dragon Dance
appx 3:00pm on Saturday
by GDPT Chanh Kien
appx 3:00pm Sunday
by Legendary Lion Dance
Asian Soccer Tournament
Adult Soccer Tournament between Vietnamese, China, Lao, & Korean team of San Diego.
Saturday, February 10th
6:00pm Vietnam vs. Korea
7:30pm China vs. Lao
Sunday, February 11th
9:00am – for 3rd and 4th place
10:30am – for 1st and 2nd place.
3-meter Lotus Flowers
This year, there will be at least 20 of the 3 meter (not sure if tall or wide) lotus flowers. They will be pink and red. Come to find out with us!
Wall of Lanterns
Beyond the awesome display of lanterns, this year, there will be a wall of lanterns to spell out the word "be kind." The wall of lanterns estimated to be 12 feet tall and 60 feet long with nearly 800 lanterns.
Exhibition of Vintage Vehicles use in Vietnam
Featuring: many type of vintage vehicles once roaming the streets of South Vietnam in '60s and '70s
Winner of the Cutest Pet Costume Contest of 2023
Bring your pet all dressed up to the festival (any of the 3 days any time) for a picture. All pictures will be posted after the festival on Little Saigon's Facebook page for open vote. The cutest pet with the most likes will win a $100 cash prize.
Boba Drinking Contest
How fast can you gulp down 1 gallon of boba milk tea?
Join the contest at the SD Lunar New Year this February 9-11, 2024
Dumpling Wrapping Contest
per Youtube there are at least 24 ways to wrap dumplings. How would you wrap your dumpling?
Join the contest -- the fastest will win!
Also, you can take your dumpling home too.
Year of the Dragon
2024 marks the year of the wood Dragon—a creature symbolizes power, courage, and bravery combined with the nourishing wood element will bring a year filled with evolution, improvement, and abundance. May every day of your 2024 be filled with great successes, exciting adventures, endless opportunities, and meaningful achievements.
2024 - the Year of Kindness
For years, we believed that it is wise to cover our eyes and ears to see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil. But if a tree falls in the forest and nobody is around to hear it, does it make a sound? Evil still exists even if we turn off our TV and do not follow the newsfeed. More importantly, evil can be conditioned, and so can love and kindness. If we spread kindness, start with ourselves by being kind with the words we take in (hear), the words we speak out, and be kind in our thoughts and through our actions, then a community filled with lovingkindness and harmony will not be far. The kindness seed has always been present within our hearts—let's be kind!
SD LUNAR NEW YEAR FESTIVAL