LA Kicks Off Festivities to Bring in Year of the Dragon

Lion dancing, parades, carnivals on Chinese New Year agenda starting this weekend

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ALHAMBRA: San Gabriel Valley Annual Lunar New Year Parade and Festival

Includes crafts, food, fashion show, cultural pavilion, entertainment and red envelopes for children.

Where: Valley Blvd. Between Almansor Street and Garfield Ave., Alhambra
When: Saturday, Feb. 4 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
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BEVERLY HILLS: Chinese New Year on Rodeo Drive

Includes dragon dancers and a Chinese drum corps, as well as refreshments, specials and extended hours at surrounding businesses. Check in at the Beverly Hills Conference and Visitors Bureau table near the Lladro boutique for special deals and prizes.

Where: 400 block of Rodeo Drive
When: Friday, Jan. 20 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
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CHINATOWN: Golden Dragon Parade

Where: Parade route starts at Main and Cesar Chavez, heads west on Cesar Chavez, north on Broadway, west on Bernard and south on Hill St. in Chinatown
When: Saturday, Jan. 28 at 1 p.m.
Cost: Free to view from the street, $25 grandstand tickets available
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DISNEYLAND: Special Lunar New Year performances

Includes performances by Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese musicians and dancers in front of “It’s a Small World.” Disneyland park guests will also be able to visit with Mulan, Mushu and other Disney Characters.

Where: Disneyland
When: Jan. 20-29, regular park hours
Cost: Standard Disneyland admission
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GARDEN GROVE: Tet Festival

Sponsored by the Union of Vietnamese Student Associations of Southern California, the Tet Festival celebrates its 30th year with dragon dancers, pageants, entertainment, rides, food and cultural booths.

Where: Garden Grove Park, 9301 Westminster Blvd., Garden Grove
When: Friday, Jan. 27 from 3 – 10 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 28 from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 29 from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Cost: $5 adults, $4 children 48” and under, babies and toddlers free
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MONTEREY PARK: Chinese New Year Festival

Includes food, lion dancers, music and carnival rides.

Where: Downtown Business District on Garvey Avenue (between Garfield and Nicholson), Monterey Park
When: Saturday, Jan. 28 and Sunday, Jan. 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: Free
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OLVERA STREET: The Chinese American Museum Lantern festival at Olvera Street

Live entertainment, including lion dancers, acrobatics, musical and dance performances, craft workshops and free entrance to the Chinese American Museum.

Where: 425 Los Angeles Street at El Pueblo Historic Site/Olvera Street
When: Friday, March 2 from noon to 7 p.m.
Cost: Free
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ROSEMEAD: Lunar New Year Family Festival

Where: 8001 Garvey Avenue (former site of the Auto Auction), Rosemead
When: Saturday, Jan. 31 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
*In the event of rain, the festival will be held on Jan. 28
Cost: Free
For more information, call (626) 569-2160

WALNUT: Chinese New Year celebration

Includes cultural food, dancing, and other entertainment. Hosted by the Chinese American Parent Association of Walnut Valley School District.

Where: Creekside Park, 780 Creekside Drive, Walnut
When: Saturday, Jan. 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: Free
Event will benefit the Walnut Valley Unified School District. For more information, call (909) 468-0087

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