Lunar New Year Events in San Francisco

January 23, 2012 1:09:37 PM PST
Here is a list of Lunar New Year's parade events in San Francisco.

Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Festival and Parade Year of the dragon

January 14 - February 19, 2012 Lunar Year 4710
Gung Hay Fat Choy! San Nin Fai Lok! (Happy New Year)
The Year of the Dragon promises to be a spectacular, extravagant and flamboyant year! As the fifth of twelve animals in the Chinese horoscope, people born in the year of the Dragon are imaginative, decisive, self-confident, curious, generous and romantic . They are not afraid when faced with a challenge and they enter most battles unassisted. In China, the Dragon is the symbol of the Emperor, the son of Heaven, and represents male vigor. Those born in the Year of the Dragon (1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012) are considered to be the flashiest and boldest members of the Chinese astrological family. Some famous people born in the Year of the Dragon are Bruce Lee, Salvador Dali, John Lennon, Shirley Temple , Joan of Arc, Reese Witherspoon and Susan B. Anthony.

Southwest Airlines, title sponsor of the Chinese New Year Festival and Parade, and the San Francisco Chinese Chamber of Commerce invite you to attend all the New Year festivities planned during the two week celebration beginning on January 14th thru February 19th.

Year of the Dragon January 14 - February 19, 2012 Lunar Year schedule of events (415) 986-1370 or (415) 982 -3000

January 23 Chinese New Year Day
Monday (no events scheduled on this day)
February 4 Miss Chinatown U.S.A Pageant $35, $45, $65
Saturday 7:30pm Palace of Fine Arts Theater
3301 Lyon Street at Bay, San Francisco
Tickets available at:

Ling Ling Chinese Dress 63 Walter U. Lum Place, San Francisco, 94108 (bet: Washington & Clay Streets)

415 981-5608 Mon-Sun 10:30am-5:30pm
East West Bank 900 Kearny St. San Francisco, CA 94133
415 397-8988 M-Thu 9am-5pm; Fri 9am-6pm; Sat 9am-4pm
Café Orchid 9B El Camino Real, Millrae, CA 94030
650 697-3988 Mon-Sun 12N-8pm

For more information, contact Chinese Chamber of Commerce 415 982-3000
For over 55 years, young women from throughout the United States have come to San Francisco to compete for prizes and scholarships in the annual Miss Chinatown USA Pageant. The winners will become goodwill ambassadors for the Chinese community throughout the new year.
February 4 Francisco Middle School/Gym in Annex Building
Saturday 10 am-4 pm 2190 Powell Street
San Francisco
Contact: Kenny Lee 415 291-7900

Chinese New Year will kick off the Year of the Dragon with six exciting basketball games. The kids on the teams are from the San Francisco Middle Schools and the greater San Francisco Chinese-American communities. This popular basketball jamboree is celebrating its 19th year! Bring your family and friends and enjoy a great day of fun and slam dunk moments!

February 10 Harrah's Miss Chinatown U.S.A. Coronation Ball $120 Friday San Francisco Hilton & Towers 6:00 pm No Host Cocktails 333 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco 7:00 pm Dinner Tickets: (415) 982-3000 8:30pm Dancing until midnight The newly selected Miss Chinatown USA and her court will be crowned at the annual Harrah's Miss Chinatown U.S.A. Coronation Ball. The black tie dinner/dance, attended by many community leaders, promises to be a highlight of the Lunar New Year festivities.

February 11 Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade FREE Saturday, 5:15 pm-8:00 pm Market and Second to Kearny and Jackson Bleacher Tickets available: (415) 986-1370 (415) 982-3000 $30 Tickets can also be purchased on Named one of the top ten Parades in the world by the International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA), the Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco is one of the grandest night illuminated Parades in the country. Started in the 1860's by the Chinese in San Francisco as a means to educate the community about their culture, the Parade and Festival have grown to be the largest celebration of Asian culture outside of Asia. Parade highlights include elaborate floats, lion dancers, folk dancers, costumed elementary school groups, marching bands, stilt walkers, Chinese acrobats, and a 250 foot long Golden Dragon ("Gum Lung.")

February11-February 12 Chinese New Year Community Street Fair FREE 4 Saturday 10:00am-4:30pm Grant Ave. from California to Broadway St. Sunday 9:00am-5:00pm Pacific Ave. from Kearny to Stockton St. Washington and Jackson Streets from Kearny to Stockton Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of San Francisco's exhilarating Chinatown during one of the community's most exciting times of the year. Enjoy traditional dance and music from throughout Asia and experience ancient and modern Chinese arts such as calligraphy, kite making and acrobatics.

February 19 Chinese Chamber of Commerce
Sunday 8:00 am start Chinatown YMCA 10K/5K/Walk
Registration: 7:00 am Contact: 415 576-9622
The Chinatown YMCA will hold the 34nd annual "Chinese New Year Run" on Sunday, February 19th at 8:00a.m. Presented by the San Francisco Chinese Chamber of Commerce, this scenic route starts at Sacramento and Grant, winds its way through Chinatown and North Beach, and finishes on Kearny near Portsmouth Square.

Registration info: You may also call 415 576-9622 to request a registration form and get race details. Registration includes a T-shirt and finish line goodies for all runners, as well as random prizes and a raffle.