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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

 

Things To Do in Orange County on Memorial Day Weekend

It’s a weekend filled with festivals in Orange County! The Garden Grove Strawberry Festival is back for it’s 60th year in OC! Plus you can attend the Patchwork Show arts & crafts festival in Santa Ana, or the Scottish Festival in Costa Mesa. We’ve also gathered 24 Memorial Day Services that you can attend on Monday.

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Here’s what’s happening for Memorial Day weekend in Orange County:

  • The Garden Grove Strawberry Festival is all weekend (starting Friday afternoon) at the Village Green in Garden Grove. Parade, food, games, music & more! FREE to attend. http://ocevent.co/1FpmRJF
  • Sunset Serenades continues at Heisler Park in Laguna Beach, Friday nights in May from 6:30pm to sunset. Take a picnic & listen to live music in the Rockpile Amphitheater. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2KxNnc9
  • The Patchwork Show arts & craft show is Sunday 5/27 from 11am-5pm in Downtown Santa Ana. FREE to attend. http://ocevent.co/1Fy7akI
  • The Scottish Festival is all weekend at the OC Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. Highland games, Whiskey tasting, sheep herding, food, shopping & more! Admission required (free admission for active and retired military, police, firefighters and first responders.). http://ocevent.co/1PxThtt
  • The Santa Ana Memorial Day Festival is all weekend (starting Friday night) at Madison Park (Edinger & Standard). Rides, games, food & more! FREE to attend. http://ocevent.co/1TVn6Rk
  • FREE Pet Adoptions all weekend for active military and veterans at OC Animal Care in Orange. http://bit.ly/2s42pP6
  • The 20th Annual Memorial Day Half Marathon is Monday 5/28 in Laguna Hills. Half Marathon, 5k, 10k and Kid’s run. Registration is open online: http://bit.ly/2qUey9d

Memorial Day Services, listed by city:

Anaheim:

Brea:

  • View 1100 full size American Flags, each having draped the casket of a deceased Veteran, flying along the  “Avenues of Flags”. 59th Annual Memorial Day Service, Monday 5/28 at 11am at the Memory Garden in Brea. http://bit.ly/2qgX4Fo

Buena Park:

  • Memorial Day Service and Pancake Breakfast, Monday 5/28 at George Bellis Park. Breakfast is at 8am the and remembrance service is at 10am, followed by a picnic in the park. http://bit.ly/2GNdj07

Corona del Mar:

  • 60th Annual Memorial Day Service, Monday 5/28, from 11am-1pm at Pacific View Memorial Park. Complimentary refreshments and hot dogs will be served following the service. http://bit.ly/2IGSARm

Costa Mesa:

  • 64th Annual Memorial Day Service, Monday 5/28, from 11am-12pm at Harbor Lawn-Mt. Olive Memorial Park. Special guest speaker, flyover & more.

Cypress:

  • Memorial Day Service, Monday 5/28, from 10am-11am at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Keynote speaker, rifle salute, patriotic music, and more. http://bit.ly/2GMRrlF

Dana Point:

Fountain Valley:

  • Memorial Day Service, Monday 5/28, 8:30am-12pm at the Fountain Valley Veterans Memorial. Pancake breakfast starts at 8:30am, service starts at 10am. http://bit.ly/2KQva8N

Fullerton:

  • 80th Annual Memorial Day Celebration, Monday 5/28 at 10am in Loma Vista Memorial Park. Over 4000 flags and crosses will be placed on graves. http://bit.ly/2qhjDJP

Huntington Beach:

Irvine:

La Habra/Whittier:

  • 98th Annual Memorial Day Observance, Monday 5/28, from 11am-2pm at Rose Hills Memorial Park. Military vehicle displays, vintage plane flyover & more. http://bit.ly/2LrRmXW

La Palma:

  • Memorial Day Celebration, Monday 5/28 at 9am at the City’s Eternal Flame located in front of the Civic Center. http://bit.ly/2r1u6qd

Laguna Beach:

  • Memorial Day Celebration, Monday 5/29 at 11am at Heisler Park.
  • Patriotic Concert by the Laguna Beach Concert Band, Monday 5/28, at 11am at Main Beach. http://bit.ly/2rVOWao

Lake Forest:

  • Memorial Day Observance Program, Monday 5/28, from 11am-12pm at El Toro Memorial Park. http://bit.ly/2s0rWGC

Mission Viejo:

San Clemente:

  • Memorial Day Observance, Monday 5/28, from 11am-12pm at the Community Center. Special guest speakers, live music & more. http://bit.ly/2IITYTR

Santa Ana:

Seal Beach:

  • Memorial Day Service, Monday 5/28 at 11am at Eisenhower Park presented by the Lions Club.
  • Memorial Day Ceremony, Monday 5/28 at 11am at the Naval Weapons Station. http://bit.ly/2s4653k

Westminster:

  • 46th Annual Memorial Day Service, Monday 5/28, from 11am-12:30pm at Westminster Memorial Park. Live music, white dove release, and complimentary refreshments and hot dogs. http://bit.ly/2IMb7rB

Yorba Linda:

  • Memorial Day Ceremony, Monday 5/28 at 11am at the Nixon Museum, followed by a lecture at 1pm and concert at 3:30pm. http://bit.ly/2qldGYc

8 Lunar New Year Celebrations in Orange County 2018

The Lunar New Year is upon us and there are many ways to celebrate, this weekend in Orange County…

  • Celebrate the Lunar New Year at the Tet Festival, 2/16-2/18, at the OC Fairgrounds. Entertainment, cultural displays, games, fireworks & more! Admission and parking fees apply. http://ocevent.co/1o4rJ2I
  • Celebrate the Lunar New Year at the Tet Festival in Mile Square Park in Fountain Valley, from 10am-10pm, 2/16-2/18. Live music, Lion Dance, firecrackers, and more. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2GgSKcP
  • The Little Saigon Tet Parade is Saturday 2/17 from 9am-12pm in Westminster. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2CnKxRH
  • South Coast Plaza is celebrating the the Year of the Dog all weekend with live entertainment, crafts, and exhibits. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2o8B9vT
  • Fashion Island is celebrating the Lunar New Year on Saturday from 1-2pm in the Neiman Marcus/Bloomingdale’s Courtyard. Korean Fan Dancers, Chinese Dragon Dance, lucky red envelopes, and more. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2HiqCqY
  • Irvine Spectrum Center is celebrating the Lunar New Year on Sunday 2/18 from 1pm-3pm in the Giant Wheel Court. Lucky red envelopes, Korean Fan Dancers, Chinese Dragon Dance, and more. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2o8UmxK
  • The Source OC in Buena Park is celebrating Lunar New Year Sunday 2/18 from 1pm-5pm. Live performances, Kung Fu demonstration, free face painting. chopstick contest, and more. FREE to attend.  http://bit.ly/2Hjl5R5
  • The Outlets at Orange are celebrating Lunar New Year on Saturday 2/17 from 12pm-2pm. Lunar New Year themed photo booth, live performances, lucky envelopes, and more. http://bit.ly/2EyV0iQ

BONUS events:

  • The 119th annual Golden Dragon Parade is in downtown LA on Saturday, 2/17 at 1pm, and the OCTA is giving out FREE tickets to the first 100 people at the Irvine Metrolink Station at 8am.  http://bit.ly/2nZWl8j
  • Disneyland is celebrating the Lunar New Year through Sunday 2/18, with Mulan’s New Year Procession, specialty menu items, live performances, and more. Admission required. http://bit.ly/2EvgcGD 
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