The New Year celebrations keep going as the Chinese calendar begins on February 5th, with the Year of the Pig. The zodiacal symbol of financial success, it’s a great idea to celebrate and usher that luck your way. Here are five uniquely L.A. events to bring the squeal.
The Huntington Library Chinese Lunar New Year Festival
Traditional Chinese music, Lion dancers, mask-changing dancers, martial artists, and more can be found in the beautiful surroundings of the Huntington botanical gardens. Saturday, February 2–Sunday, February 3; 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino; 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Chinese New Year Midnight Temple Ceremony at Thien Hau Temple
To guarantee success in the new year, ring it in with the monks of Chinatown’s Thien Hau Temple. Begin by offering gifts to the deities as incense and more than 500,000 firecrackers wake up the spirits just in time to welcome the calendar change. Monday, February 4; 756 Yale Street, Los Angeles; 10 p.m.–12:30 a.m.
Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Chinese New Year
Celebrate with one of the best known and most popular Chinese instrumental compositions, plus a few surprises, as violinist Ray Chen performs a mix of classical Eastern and Western. Wednesday, February 6; Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles; 8 p.m.
The Golden Dragon Parade in Chinatown
Wrap up the celebration with the piece de resistance, the Golden Dragon Parade, now in its 120th year in Chinatown. Dozens of floats, marching bands, cultural groups, local business, and political leaders will be kicking off the parade at Hill and Ord Streets, and concluding at Broadway and Cesar Chavez. Saturday, February 9; 1 p.m.
Firecracker 5/10K in Chinatown
After all of that celebrating, you may feel like you need to work off your dim sum. One hundred thousand firecrackers open up the celebration on Saturday, February 16, with a 20- or 40-mile bike ride and a 2k dog walk through the Los Angeles State Historic Park. On Sunday, February 17, there’s a 10K run/walk for adults and a quick kiddie run (plus included carbo-load meals). Throughout both days, enjoy a family-friendly festival with live entertainment, food, arts, crafts, a petting zoo, and other local attractions. Register for all events ahead of time. Saturday, February 17; Locations vary, check the website for details; 6 a.m.