Gung Hay Fat Choy! January brings a new calendar year as well as Chinese New Year events leading up to the Grand Parade, which will be held on Saturday, February 8th. The celebrations in San Francisco are some of the largest in the world. You’ll find lots of fun events for the lunar new year in both January and February, just minutes from NEMA. Here are a few featured events happening as the Year of the Rat is celebrated:

Flower Market Fair: January 18-19

The Flower Fair is the place to come to purchase fresh flowers, fruits, candies and brand new supplies for the home to begin the new lunar year. You will find over 120 booths and concessions making this a shopper’s paradise.

Miss Chinatown USA Pageant: February 1

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.

Basketball Jamboree: February 1

The Chinese New Year Basketball Jamboree will kick off the Year of the Rat with many exciting basketball games. The players represent the greater Chinatown-North Beach community and the San Francisco Middle Schools.

Miss Chinatown Coronation Ball: February 7

The newly selected Miss Chinatown U.S.A and her court will be crowned at the annual Miss Chinatown U.S.A. Coronation Ball.

Community Street Fair: February 8-9

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 120 booths and concessions making this a shopper’s paradise.

Chinese New Year Grand Parade: February 8

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. 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 Channel 26, 6-8pm, on Saturday, February 8, 2020.

Chinatown YMCA Run: March 1

The Chinatown YMCA will hold their “Chinese New Year Run” on March 1. 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.

Visit the Chinese New Year Festival & Parade website for more detailed information on events.

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