JANUARY 30 - FEBRUARY 28, 2016


January 30
Saturday 10:30 am
Southwest Airlines® Mini-Procession & Ribbon Cutting
Grant Avenue from California to Pacific Avenue.
Come help us kick off the new year with a procession that gives a taste of what the larger Lunar New Year parade will bring. The procession begins at historic St. Mary’s Square, follows the original parade route down Grant Avenue and proceeds to the Flower Fair’s main stage on Washington below Grant. The procession will include lion dancers, giant walking puppets, costumed stilt walkers, drummers and dancers. Following the procession, the City dignitaries will join honored guests in officially opening the Festival with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the main stage on Washington St. below Grant Ave. & Kearny.
January 30-31
Saturday 10am - 8pm
Sunday 9am - 6pm
Chinese New Year Flower Market Fair
Grant Avenue from Clay to Broadway; Washington, Jackson & Pacific between Stockton & Kearny
Oranges, tangerines, flowers, plants, and a variety of auspicious foods are just a few of the many new year items for sale at the Flower Market Fair. Oranges and tangerines are symbols of abundant happiness. Tangerines with leaves intact assure that one’s relationship with another remains secure. For newlyweds, this represents the branching of the couple into a family with many children. Every traditional Chinese household should have live blooming plants to symbolize rebirth and new growth. Traditional Chinese entertainment such as Chinese Opera and lion dancing will be performed on stage both days. Please note: This is a non-smoking event.
February 6
Saturday 10am - 4pm
SF Chinese Chamber of Commerce/Southwest Airlines®
Basketball Jamboree
Betty Ann Ong Chinese Recreation Center
Mason & Washington Street, San Francisco
Contact: Kenny Lee
Chinese New Year will kick off the Year of the Monkey with six exciting basketball games. The first game will begin at 10am with the last game at 3pm. There are 3 slots for each division (boys and girls), with approximately sixty participants. The players represent the greater Chinatown-North Beach community and San Francisco Middle Schools. This popular basketball jamboree is celebrating its 23rd year! Bring your family and friends and enjoy a great day of fun and slam dunk moments!
February 8
Chinese New Year Day
(No events scheduled on this day)
February 13
Saturday 7:30 pm
Miss Chinatown U.S.A Pageant
Palace of Fine Arts Theater
3301 Lyon Street @ Bay, San Francisco
$35, $45, $65
Tickets available at:

Washington Bakery & Restaurant
733 Washington Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 397-3232
Mon-Sun 10am-8pm.

East West Bank
900 Kearny St. San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 397-8988
M-Thu 9am-5pm; Fri 9am-6pm; Sat 9am-4pm

Ling Ling Chinese Dress
63 Walter U. Lum Place, San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 981-5608
Mon-Wed & Fri-Sun 10:30am-5pm

For more information, contact SF Chinese Chamber of Commerce: (415) 982-3071

For nearly 60 years, lovely and talented young women from throughout the United States have come to San Francisco to compete in the annual Miss Chinatown U.S.A. Pageant. The new Queen and her Court will become goodwill ambassadors for the Chinese community throughout the new year.
February 19
6pm Dinner
8pm Coronation
8:30pm Dancing
Caesars Entertainment®
Miss Chinatown U.S.A. Coronation Ball
Hilton San Francisco Union Square
333 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco
Tickets: 415 982-3071
The newly selected Miss Chinatown U.S.A and her court will be crowned at the annual 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 20
Saturday 5:15pm-8pm
Southwest Airlines® Chinese New Year Parade
Market and Second Street to Kearny and Jackson
Bleacher Tickets available: (415) 680-6297 or (415) 982-3071
Tickets can also be purchased [HERE].
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 268 foot long Golden Dragon (“Gum Lung”).

If you can't watch the Parade in person, be sure to watch the live broadcast on KTVU Fox 2 or KTSF 26 (Chinese broadcast) on Saturday, February 20th, 6-8pm.
February 20-21
Saturday 10am-4:30pm
Sunday 9am-5pm
Chinese New Year Community Street Fair
Grant Avenue from California to Broadway St.
Sacramento, Washington, Jackson & Pacific between Stockton & Kearny
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. You will find over 80 booths and concessions making this a shopper's paradise. The SF Chinese Chamber of Commerce has planned activities and entertainment for all ages. Enjoy Chinese folk dancing, opera, drumming and much more at the entertainment stage on Washington St. below Grant Ave. Make sure you get a family photo with the giant puppets and other memorable artifacts from the Parade. This is a non-smoking event.
February 28
Sunday 8am start
Registration: 7am
CCHP/Chinatown YMCA Chinese New Year Run
5K/10K Run/Walk
Contact: 415 576-9622

The Chinatown YMCA will hold their 38th annual “Chinese New Year Run” on Sunday, February 28 at 8am. Presented by the SF Chinese Chamber of Commerce, this scenic route starts at Sacramento and Grant, winds its way through Chinatown, North Beach, The Embarcadero and Downtown and finishes on Kearny between California and Sacramento. Registration info: You may also call (415 ) 576-9622 to request a registration form and get race details. The cost includes a T-shirt and finish line goodies for all runners as well as prizes for top winners in each age group.

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