Get ready to ring in the New Year with San Francisco’s Chinese New Year events in February and March. Chinese New Year celebrations include a Flower Market Fair, Chinese New Year Parade, and Chinese New Year Community Street Fair. Named one of the world’s top ten parades and, the Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco is the largest celebration of its kind outside of Asia.
Nowhere in the world will you see a lunar new year parade with more gorgeous floats, elaborate costumes, ferocious lions, exploding firecrackers, and of course the newly crowned Miss Chinatown U.S.A. and her court. A crowd favorite is the spectacular 268′ Golden Dragon (“Gum Lung”) It takes a team of over 100 men and women from the martial arts group, White Crane to carry this dragon throughout the streets of San Francisco. -Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Festival & Parade
WHAT: Chinese New Year Festival, Parade is free. Other free events take place in February and March each year as well.
WHEN/WHERE: Saturday, February 20, 2016, 5:15pm – 8pm in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Follow the link above to the official event website for schedule & updates.
- Chinese New Year Mini-Parade Preview & Ribbon Cutting – Free. Procession and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with the Mayor and other city officials. Begins at historic St. Mary’s Square, follows the original parade route down Grant to the Flower Fair’s main stage on Washington. Estimated time for the ribbon cutting ceremony 10:45am.
- Chinese New Year Flower Market Fair – Free. Grant Ave from California to Broadway. Pacific Ave from Kearny to Stockton; Washington & Jackson St from Kearny to Stockton.
- Chinese New Year Day – No events scheduled on this day.
- Chinese New Year Parade – Free. Parade begins at Second and Market Streets, then west on Market to Kearny and Jackson.
- Chinese New Year Community Street Fair – Free. Grant Avenue from California to Broadway St., Pacific Avenue from Kearny to Stockton, Washington and Jackson Streets from Kearny to Stockton, San Francisco.
SAVVY TIP: Parade viewing gets more crowded as you get closer to Chinatown. Post Street is suggested by parade organizers as a good place to watch the parade. Want to skip the crowds? Tune in to watch the live Parade broadcast on KTVU Fox 2 or KTSF Ch. 26 from 6-8pm.