Where to celebrate the Lunar New Year in Orange County – Orange County Register

Across Orange County, residents are getting ready to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

Whether you follow the Chinese zodiac calendar and ring in 2023 as the Year of the Rabbit, or follow the Vietnamese calendar and celebrate the Year of the Cat, here is a summary of events taking place across the country.


Disney California Adventure at Disneyland Resort will mark the arrival of the Year of the Rabbit with traditional fare and entertainment, including special Disney character sightings. The celebrations take place from January 20th to February 15th.

The resort will also include celebrations honoring Vietnam’s zodiac Year of the Cat. Park tickets are required to attend the Lunar New Year events.

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In its 41st year, the Union of Vietnamese Societies of Southern California Tet Festival will be held January 27-29. Gates open at 4pm on Friday and 11am on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $8 and can be purchased at the main entrance.

This year’s theme is “Road to our Homeland” and includes a Vietnamese cultural village, live entertainment, the Miss Vietnam of Southern California campaign, food stands and festive games. Visit www.tetfestival.org for more information.

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Orange County Supervisor Andrew Do will be hosting the Orange County Tet Festival on January 20-22 at Freedom Hall Lawn in Mile Square Park to celebrate the Year of the Cat. The free three-day festival features a variety of food stalls, live entertainment and rides, and visitors have a chance to experience different Vietnamese landscapes through an installation by the Vietnamese Cultural Center. Visit Eventbrite for more information.

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Garden Grove will celebrate Lunar New Year with an opening event on Flower Street, featuring elaborate floral installations and art on Historic Main Street. The free event on January 21 and 22 from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm features lion dances, local music performances and vendors from the Garden Grove Farmers Market. Visit the city’s website at ggcity.org for more information.

SteelCraft Garden Grove, the city’s outdoor restaurant, is hosting a Lunar New Year Festival with Hironline.co on January 21 from 12pm to 10pm. The free event features a Japanese samurai sword dance, lion dancers, traditional drummers, singers and magicians, a pop-up market and a car show. Visit Eventbrite for more information.


UC Irvine’s multicultural festival includes a colorful parade with an animated dragon and a dancing lion dance. The celebration on Tuesday 17 January from 11am to 8pm at the UCI Student Centre, Barclay Plaza and Theater will also include musical performances and a light show. The event is free and open to the public. Visit the UCI School of Social Sciences website for more information.

Children can learn about the Lunar New Year through activities planned for January 21 at the Pretend City Children’s Museum, with arts activities like making lanterns and pretend dumplings. Also, at 2:30pm, Ane Thanh lion dance group will perform a traditional number to bring good luck in the New Year. Also, on Saturday (and repeat on Sunday, January 22) at 11:30 am, Kishin Daiko drummers will play Japanese drums, which embody the translation of Kishin, meaning energy, mind, and heart. General admission tickets are $19.95, with senior and military discounts. Visit the museum’s website for more information.

Santa Ana

Santa Ana’s MainPlace Mall will usher in the Year of the Rabbit on January 21 from 2pm to 5pm with an array of cultural activities and performances including stilt walkers, a calligrapher, children’s crafts, a face painter and a balloon spinner. In addition, there will be performances by the Union of Vietnamese Student Associations, and red envelopes containing $2 bills, stuffed bunnies, and fortune cookies will be distributed at the welcome table. The event is free and open to the public. Visit the MainPlace Mall website for more information.

Families can ring in the Year of the Rabbit with art, music and dance performances at the Bowers Museum’s Key Courtyard. Guests can also get free makeup, treat rehearsals, and sculpt art projects like lucky rabbits and decorate paper lanterns. Access to the celebration is included with museum admission.


The annual Tet Parade, hosted by the City of Westminster, takes place on Sunday 22nd January and begins at 9:30am along Bolsa Avenue beginning on Magnolia Street heading east to Bushard Street. The event is free and open to the public. Visit Eventbrite for more information.

Prepare for the Lunar New Year by attending the Flower Festival at the Asian Garden Mall, open daily from 10am to 10pm through January 20th. Besides flowers decorating the houses to welcome the New Year, visitors can also buy traditional foods and gifts. Admission is free.

https://www.ocregister.com/2023/01/12/where-to-celebrate-lunar-new-year-in-orange-county/ Where to celebrate the Lunar New Year in Orange County – Orange County Register

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