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Lunar New Year Events in Orange County

Lunar New Year in Orange County

The Year of the Pig is upon us! With a strong and vibrant Asian population all throughout Orange County, there are many ways to celebrate! Here are some of the most popular Lunar New Year events happening this weekend in Orange County!

  • The largest Vietnamese Lunar New Year celebration is held right here in Orange County! Celebrate the Lunar New Year at the Tet Festival, 2/8-2/10, at the OC Fairgrounds. Entertainment, cultural displays, games, fireworks & more! Regular admission is $6, children 2 and under are free with paid adult, and parking is $9. Guests can also park at Sid Goldstein Freedom Park and take the free shuttle to the event. https://tetfestival.org/

 

  • OC Parks is celebrating the Lunar New Year with a Tet Festival held in Mile Square Park in Fountain Valley 2/8-2/10. The event will feature live music and entertainment, a traditional Lion Dance, firecrackers, and more. FREE to attend, free parking and free shuttles are available. http://www.ocparks.com/parks/mile/events

 

  • The Little Saigon Tet Parade is the largest and most watched event of its kind in the U.S. This years even is on Saturday 2/9 from 9am-1pm in Westminster. The parade is free to attend, but a limited amount of seats located near the main stage are available for purchase. http://tetparade.org/

 

  • The District at Tustin will celebrate their first ever Lunar New Year event with traditional and family-friendly festivities to ring in the Year of the Pig beginning at 3pm Sunday, 2/10. The first 500 guests will receive a lucky red envelope containing a crisp $1 bill and other highlights will include lively lion dance performances at 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., along with fan dancers and plenty of kid-friendly activities. https://thedistricttl.com/events/district-celebrate-lunar-new-year-at-the-district

 

  • South Coast Plaza is celebrating the the Year of the Pig with a variety of free weekend entertainment featuring traditional Asian cultural performances including Lion Dance, UniStar Children’s Variety Show, the Silk Road Band and more. Children’s activities and unique exhibits and exclusive items are also available throughout the weekend. http://www.southcoastplaza.com/lunar-new-year/

 

 

 

  • The Outlets at San Clemente is celebrating Lunar New Year with a special lucky envelope giveaway. Visit Customer Service between now and Friday, 2/8 to pick up your free Lucky Red Envelope for the chance to win special offers and prizes from your favorite brands. https://www.outletsatsanclemente.com/lunar/

 

BONUS:

  • The 119th annual Golden Dragon Parade is in downtown LA on Saturday, 2/8 at 1pm, and Orange County residents can get a FREE ride from OCTA! The first 100 people in line at the Irvine Metrolink Station at 8am will receive round trip train tickets to Downtown Los Angeles! Everyone else can buy tickets for just $10. There will also be refreshments and a lion dance prior to the train departing. https://www.metrolinktrains.com/lunarnewyear/

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  • The Source OC in Buena Park is celebrating Lunar New Year next weekend in the main plaza on Saturday 2/16 from 12pm-6pm. Live performances, lion dancing, facepainting and more special events throughout the day. Tickets are free, but guests are strongly encouraged to register on Eventbrite prior to attending. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lunar-new-year-celebration-tickets-55437774877

 

Holiday Events and More, This Weekend in Orange County

There are 14 fun events happening this weekend in Orange County, including 3 parades, 2 boat parades, 4 tree lightings, a candlelight walk, holiday pet adoption event, and more!

  • The Seal Beach Christmas Parade is Friday 12/7 from 7-8:45pm on Main Street from Ocean Ave to PCH. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2iufjUO
  • The 44th Annual Dana Point Boat Parade is Friday and Saturday night at 7:30pm. Family friendly activities start at 4:30pm. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2BoLxVz
  • Laguna Beach Hospitality Night is Friday 12/7 from 5-10pm in downtown Laguna Beach. Live music, tree lighting, Santa, shopping & more. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2AIPzvu
  • The Tustin Tree Lighting is Friday 12/7 at 6pm in the Tustin Library Courtyard. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2itL1S8
  • The 6th Annual Buena Park Tree Lighting is Friday 12/7 at 6pm at City Hall. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2AKrXqi
  • The 33rd Annual Heritage Hill Candlelight Walk is Friday, Saturday and Sunday night from 5:30-8:30pm in Lake Forest. Enjoy live music, carolers, visits with Santa & more. Admission is $5. http://bit.ly/2wMalHx
  • The 24th Annual Nutcracker Christmas Tree Lighting & Holiday Shopping Village is Saturday 12/8 from 10am-7pm in Downtown Anaheim. Snow, kids activities, Santa, tree lighting & more. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2AirPO2
  • The Sugar Plum Arts & Crafts Festival is all weekend in Buena Park at the Buena Park Downtown Mall. Shop for holiday themed craft items from vendors. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2dbo8QT
  • The 7th Annual OC Brew HO HO Holiday Ale Festival is Saturday 12/8 at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim. Tickets required. http://bit.ly/2Umpid5
  • The 56th Annual Huntington Harbor Boat Parade is Saturday and Sunday night. Parade starts at 5:15pm. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2gqBrM3
  • The Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade is Saturday 12/8 at 10am on Crown Valley Parkway between Nueva Vista and Central Park Drive. Marching bands, floats, military members, Santa & more. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2Pn2SEP
  • The Fountain Valley Pho Festival is all weekend at the Fountain Valley Sports Park. Cooking demos, best pho contest, live entertainment, and more. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2L18dkF
  • The Irvine Animal Care Center’s 12th Annual Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption Fair is Sunday 12/9 from 10am-2pm. Over 600 animals will be available for adoption. Donation of $2 for admission. http://bit.ly/2zEPeGh
  • The 21st Annual Villa Park “Dry Land Boat Parade” is Sunday 12/9 at 5pm. Events begin in the town center. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2jyBy8A

 

Fun Holiday Things To Do This Weekend In Orange County

This is THE weekend for holiday events in Orange County! Visit Trader Santa’s Tikiland Trading Co. in Laguna Beach, enjoy 9 tree lighting ceremonies, take a boat ride with Santa, and so much more!

Weekend pick:

  • Trader Santa’s Tikiland Trading Co., a pop-up tiki marketplace is Sunday 12/2 from 10am-4pm in Laguna Beach. Shop from over 60 tiki artists, makers, and vendors, enjoy live music, pineapple Dole Whips, as well as tiki drinks and food by Royal Hawaiian. Admission is $6 in advance or $8 at the door. http://Tikilandtrading.com

Saturday:

  • The Fountain Valley Tree Lighting is Saturday 12/1 from 4:30pm-8pm at the Recreation Center and Sports Park. Santa, live entertainment, games & more. FREE to attend. http://ocevent.co/1G7q6qG
  • The Laguna Niguel Tree Lighting is Saturday 12/2 from 5pm-7pm at City Hall. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2SkNElB
  • San Clemente Santa’s Village By The Sea is Saturday 12/1 from 5pm-8pm. Activities are in 3 locations. Santa, sledding, cookie decorating, live entertainment, outdoor movie & more! FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2itj7pl
  • The San Juan Capistrano Tree Lighting is Saturday 12/1 in the Historic Town Center on El Camino Real. Event starts at 4pm. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2K7YFGs
  • Buena Park Candy Caneland and Craft Faire is Saturday 12/1 from 10am-4pm at the Ehlers Event Center. Snow, Santa, games, shopping, food & more. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2fPMStm
  • Take a 20 minute harbor cruise with Santa on Saturday & Sunday from 10am-2pm at Dana Wharf in Dana Point. FREE but a donation is suggested. http://bit.ly/2QqWm4y
  • The 22nd Annual Crystal Cove Tree Lighting & Holiday Beach Bazaar is Saturday 12/1 from 10am-5:30pm. Carolers, hot cocoa, Santa, arts & crafts, and more. FREE to attend but there is a fee to park. http://bit.ly/2zE5aZd
  • Christmas at the Mission is Saturday 12/1 from 5:30pm-8pm in San Juan Capistrano. Snow, carolers, cookie decorating, tree lighting & more. Admission is $6. http://bit.ly/2gIlXEa
  • Downtown Fullerton Winter Market and Tree Lighting is Saturday 12/1 at 12pm. Shopping, food, face painting, free pictures with Santa (12pm-4pm) & more. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2fH09cx

Sunday:

  • Trader Santa’s Tikiland Trading Co., a pop-up tiki marketplace is Sunday 12/2 from 10am-4pm in Laguna Beach. Shop from over 60 tiki artists, makers, and vendors, enjoy live music, pineapple Dole Whips, as well as tiki drinks and food by Royal Hawaiian. Admission is $6 in advance or $8 at the door. Tikilandtrading.com
  • Balboa Island Christmas Tree Lighting is Sunday 12/2 starts at 4pm. Entertainment, tree lighting & more. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2E4BMRT
  • Dana Point Winter Festival and Tree Lighting is Saturday 12/1 from 12-5:30pm at La Plaza Park. Santa, craft fair, live entertainment & more. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2Q7hz3Y
  • The 24th Annual Old Town Orange Tree Lighting Ceremony and Candlelight Choir Procession is Sunday 12/2 at 3:30pm in the Old Towne Plaza. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2Q4JxNW
  • Irvine Winter Wonderland is Sunday 12/2 from 3pm-7pm at the Civic Center. Games, crafts, music, food, Santa, tree lighting & more. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2KKKyon
  • Corona Del Mar Christmas Walk is Sunday 12/2 from 11am-4pm. Live entertainment, shopping, Santa & more. http://bit.ly/2zET5TL
  • The Sawdust Winter Fantasy arts & crafts show continues this weekend and runs every weekend through 12/17 in Laguna Beach. Tickets required. http://bit.ly/2fKwv2g
  • The Gem Faire is at the OC Fairgrounds all weekend. Shop for gemstones, crystals, jewelry & more. There is a fee for admission and parking. http://bit.ly/2br8EkT

 

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