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SF Lunar New Year Festivities 2022

Jeff Howard January 27, 2022

It’s the Year of the Tiger, and there are many exciting and unique ways to celebrate across The City at these wonderful SF Lunar New Year festivities in 2022! From parades and nature walks to art pop-ups and street fairs, San Francisco is the place to be for the Lunar New Year celebration. Learn about eight excellent events available to all this year!

Chinatown YMCA 44th Annual Lunar New Year Run

While last year’s 5k/10k run was entirely virtual, participants will have the opportunity to participate in-person or virtually this year! The in-person event will begin at the Chinatown YMCA on March 6th at 8:00 am, and participants of all ages are encouraged to join. This event is a great way to help you stay committed to your fitness-related New Year’s Resolutions in 2022!

Lunar New Year Wildlife Adventure at McLaren Park

San Francisco is filled with incredible urban hikes, and John McLaren Park is the perfect spot to get in touch with nature without leaving The City! Tree Frog Treks provides the opportunity to adventure with experienced naturalists across SF beginning February 1st at Yosemite Marsh & Spring in McLaren Park. Celebrate the Lunar New Year learning about nature!

Chinese New Year Parade & Festival

The most anticipated event of all Lunar New Year festivities is undoubtedly the Chinese New Year Parade and Festival in the heart of San Francisco’s Chinatown neighborhood on February 19th. A San Francisco tradition since the 1860s, the event continues to grow and has been televised by KTVU since 1987. So whether you’re looking to join the fun in-person or would prefer to watch from the comfort of your beautiful San Francisco apartment, this parade is a can’t-miss spectacle!

Chinatown Community Street Fair


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Locally made holiday treats are abundant at the Chinatown Community Street Fair on Saturday, February 19th, 2022 – Sunday, February 20th, 2022! This once-a-year event features over 120 booths and concessions with activities and entertainment suitable for all ages! This colorful and lively atmosphere is the perfect place to snap a festive photo with family and friends. Locals of the nearby 350 Union, 1059 Union, or 2140 Taylor apartments can make the quick walk to Chinatown for an afternoon of fun!

Flower Market Fair

On Saturday, January 29th through Sunday, January 30th at 703 Jackson St, the Chinese New Year Flower Market Fair will kick off the Lunar New Year Celebration in San Francisco. The fair features fruits, flowers, plants, candy, and much more available for purchase. So join the fun, and see traditional performances from magicians, acrobats, folk dancers, opera singers, and more!

Celebrate Lunar New Year at the Asian Art Museum


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Located just blocks away from the 1177 Market, 33 8th, 1190 Mission, and 1188 Mission apartments at Trinity Place, the Asian Art Musem will host an array of virtual and in-person events in the heart of The City. These opportunities include art activities, live performances, and storytelling. You can also explore a collection of traditional art and relevant books and articles to learn more about the holiday!

Lunar New Year Pop-Up at The Ferry Building

San Francisco’s iconic Ferry Building is joining in on the Lunar New Year fun with a four-week pop-up that takes place from January 22nd – February 13th on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. The Marketplace will include handmade decorations and lanterns created by local Chinatown shops. Known as one of the best places to purchase fresh fruit, vegetables, and local foods in the Bay Area, the Ferry Building Farmers’ Market also takes place each weekend.

The Magic Tea Shop: A Lunar New Year Cabaret

On February 4th through 12th, the Great Star Theater will host five separate performances of The Magic Tea Shop: a Lunar New Year Cabaret. The family-friendly Lunar New Year cabaret includes magic, music, circus, and dance! Immerse yourself in a traditional holiday celebration by viewing this authentic performance!

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