12 Family Fun Chinese New Year Events

January 26, 2016

Lion dance at Bay Area Discovery Museum Chinese New Year MarinNext month, the Year of the Ram comes to an end and the Year of the Monkey begins! Chinese New Year or the Lunar New Year takes starts on Monday, February 8.

As with many major holidays, there's plenty of family fun to be found in Marin County and all over the San Francisco Bay Area, ranging from a Chinese New Year Festival at the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito on Monday, February 15 to the big blowout Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco on Saturday, February 20.

Here are a dozen fun family Chinese New Year events not to miss in the Bay Area:

Year of the Monkey: Chinese New Year Celebration

San Francisco Public Library, Main Branch
Children's Storytelling Room
Saturday, January 30, 1–3 pm

Chinese New Year Family Celebration

Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
Sunday, January 31, 10:30 am–4 pm

Chinese Lion Dancers

San Anselmo Library Lawn
Saturday, February 6, 11 am

Chinese New Year Celebration with the Flying Angels Chinese Dance Company

San Francisco Public Library, Presidio Branch
Saturday, February 6, 3–4:30 pm

Lunar New Year 2016

San Francisco Zoo
Saturday, February 13, 11 am-3 pm

Lunar Chinese New Year Festival

Fourth Street in Berkeley
Saturday, February 13, noon–4 pm

Chinese New Year Celebration and Imperial Dinner

San Francisco Symphony
Saturday, February 13, 3 pm

Chinese New Year Festival

Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausaltio
Monday, February 15 (Presidents' Day), 9 am–5 pm

Chinatown Community Street Fair

Chinatown, San Francisco
Saturday, February 20, 10 am–4:30 pm
Sunday, February 21, 9 am–5 pm

Year of the Monkey Chinese New Year Celebration

Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building
Saturday, February 20, 5–8:30 pm

Chinese Culture Center Spring Festival: Year of the Monkey

Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco Auditorium
Saturday, February 20, 11 am–2 pm

Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Festival and Parade

Downtown San Francisco
Saturday, February 20, 6–8 pm

Photo: Bay Area Discovery Museum