February 10 - March 4, 2018


February 10
Saturday 10:15 am
Southwest Airlines® Mini-Procession & Ribbon Cutting
Grant Avenue from California to Pacific.

Come help us kick off the new year with a procession that gives a taste of what the larger Lunar New Year parade will bring. The procession begins at historic St. Mary’s Square, follows the original parade route down Grant Ave. and proceeds to the Flower Fair’s main stage on Washington St. below Grant. The procession will include lion dancers, giant walking puppets, costumed stilt walkers, drummers and dancers. Following the procession, the City dignitaries will join honored guests in officially opening the Festival with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the main stage on Washington below Grant & Kearny.
February 10-11
Saturday 10am - 8pm
Sunday 9am - 6pm
Chinese New Year Flower Market Fair
Grant Avenue from Clay to Broadway; Washington, Jackson & Pacific between Stockton & Kearny
Oranges, tangerines, flowers, plants, and a variety of auspicious foods are just a few of the many new year items for sale at the Flower Market Fair. Oranges and tangerines are symbols of abundant happiness. Tangerines with leaves intact assure that one’s relationship with another remains secure. For newlyweds, this represents the branching of the couple into a family with many children. Every traditional Chinese household should have live blooming plants to symbolize rebirth and new growth. Traditional Chinese entertainment such as Chinese Opera and lion dancing will be performed on stage both days. Please note: This is a non-smoking event.
February 16
Friday 11am
Chinese New Year Day and Unveiling of
the New 2018 Golden Dragon Eye Dotting Ceremony at Portsmouth Square

Kearny St. from Clay to Washington
February 17
Saturday 10am - 4pm
SF Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Southwest Airlines® Basketball Jamboree
Betty Ann Ong Chinese Recreation Center
Mason & Washington Street, San Francisco
Contact: Kenny Lee
Chinese New Year will kick off the Year of the Dog with six exciting basketball games. The first game will begin at 10am with the last game at 3pm. There are 3 slots for each division (boys and girls), with approximately sixty participants. The players represent the greater Chinatown-North Beach community and San Francisco Middle Schools. This popular basketball jamboree is celebrating its 25th year! Bring your family and friends and enjoy a great day of fun and slam dunk moments!
February 22
Miss Chinatown U.S.A Pageant
War Memorial Herbst Theater
401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
For more information visit [HERE].

For over 60 years, lovely and talented young women from throughout the United States have come to San Francisco to compete for titles and prizes 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.
February 23
7pm Dinner
8pm Coronation & Dancing

Thunder Valley Casino Resort
Miss Chinatown U.S.A. Coronation Ball

Hyatt Regency
5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco
Tickets: (415) 982-3000
For more information visit [HERE].

The newly selected Miss Chinatown U.S.A and her court will be crowned at the annual Miss Chinatown U.S.A. Coronation Ball. The black tie dinner/dance, attended by many community leaders promises to be a highlight of the Lunar New Year festivities.
February 24
Saturday 5:15pm-8pm
Southwest Airlines® Chinese New Year Parade
Market and Second Street to Kearny and Jackson
Bleacher Tickets available: $35, locations are chosen randomly and are sold on a first come first served basis. Unfortunately due to demand, we are unable to reserve tickets.

Tickets can also be purchased [HERE].
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. Started in the 1860’s by the Chinese in San Francisco as a means to educate the community about their culture, the Parade and Festival have grown to be the largest celebration of Asian culture outside of Asia. Parade highlights include elaborate floats, lion dancers, folk dancers, costumed elementary school groups, marching bands, stilt walkers, Chinese acrobats, and a 288 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 26 (Chinese broadcast) on Saturday, February 24th, 6-8pm. KTVU Plus will re-broadcast on Saturday, 2/24 9-11pm and on Sunday, 2/25 4-6pm.
February 24-25
Saturday 10am-4:30pm
Sunday 9am-5pm
Chinese New Year Community Street Fair
Grant Avenue from California to Broadway St.
Washington, Jackson & Pacific between Stockton & Kearny

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. The SF Chinese Chamber of Commerce has planned activities and entertainment for all ages. Enjoy Chinese folk dancing, opera, drumming and much more at the entertainment stage on Washington St. below Grant. Make sure you get a family photo with the giant puppets and other memorable artifacts from the Parade.
March 4
Sunday 8am start
Registration: 7am
CCHP/Chinatown YMCA Chinese New Year Run
5K/10K Run/Walk
Contact: (415) 576-9622

The Chinatown YMCA will hold their 40th annual “Chinese New Year Run” on Sunday, March 4th at 8am. 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. Registration info: Please call (415 ) 576-9622 to request a registration form and get race details. The Chinese New Year Run is an annual fundraiser benefiting Chinatown YMCA's Physical Education Program and Community Center, which serves 1,600 youth and families in Chinatown with wellness and community programs each week.

The cost includes a T-shirt and finish line goodies for all runners as well as prizes for top winners in each age group.

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