Lunar New Year 2023 celebrations in San Diego

Oh, it’s festival season alright.

Lion dancers at the San Diego Tet Festival celebrate the Vietnamese Lunar New Year.

The San Diego Tết Festival is Friday, Jan. 27-Sunday, Jan. 29.

The Lunar New Year is upon us. As revelers celebrate the Year of the Rabbit Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023-Thursday, Feb. 9, 2024 — or the Year of the Cat, depending on cultural traditions — several free, local festivals will be hoppin’ (and the cat’s meow).

🏮 This Saturday and Sunday, the 2023 SD Lunar New Year Festival at Officer Jeremy Henwood Memorial Park in City Heights will showcase traditional performances and cultural exhibitions.

🏮 Also this Sunday, the Chinese New Year Festival at the House of China at Balboa Park will feature Chinese food, lion dances, and crafts.

A past Chinese New Year celebration at the House of China in Balboa Park

A past Chinese New Year celebration at the House of China in Balboa Park.

Photo via @sotnwaffle

🏮 On Friday, Jan. 27-Sunday, Jan. 29, the San Diego Tết Festival at Mira Mesa Community Park will celebrate the Vietnamese tradition (and Year of the Cat) with live entertainment, vendors, and a pageant.

🏮 On Saturday, Jan. 28, 12-4 p.m., head to the San Diego Central Library for the Korean American Heritage & Lunar New Year Celebration and enjoy themed crafts, dance performances, and other activities.

🏮 On Saturday, Feb. 4, and Sunday, Feb. 5, the 40th annual San Diego Chinese New Year Fair will return to J Street and Third Avenue in downtown San Diego with entertainment, art, and food vendors.

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