Gung Hey Fat Choy. Chúc Mừng Năm Mới. Happy New Year!
Thursday ushered in the new year according to the Lunar Calendar. This weekend there are various festivals around town celebrating the Lunar New Year.
San Diego Tết Festival
This longest-running Tết festival, celebrating the Vietnamese New Year, starts Friday at the Mira Mesa Community Park. The 10th annual San Diego Tết Festival will features the signature Miss Vietnam San Diego Pageant, various cultural performances through out the entire weekend, lion dancing, various carnival rides and games, and a goat petting zoo to usher in the Year of the Goat.
The event is free and times varies each day.
San Diego Chinese New Year Food and Cultural Fair
This 33rd annual tradition, also free for the community, celebrates the Chinese New Year. The San Diego Chinese New Year Food and Cultural Fair is street fair of sort in the Gaslamp District, complete with lion dancers, martial arts demonstrations, food vendors and a paper lantern parade.
The event goes from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
SeaWorld Lunar New Year Celebration
Even Shamu is getting in on the Lunar New Year fun, which is celebrated by many cultures in Asia, including Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese.
The SeaWorld celebration features various Asian-themed performances, such as taiko drummers, lion dancers and Chinese Acrobats of Hebei. The park will also offer Asian foods and each guest will receive a lucky red envelope with a gift inside.
The celebration is from 10 a.m. to closing Saturday and Sunday this weekend and next. Admission range from $80 to $86.
Jim Henson’s Dinosaur Train Live!
There are nothing toddlers love more than trains and dinosaurs. OK, that might be a bit of an exaggerations, but trains and dinosaurs are pretty cool. Dinosaur Train Live!, as the title suggests is a live presentation of the hit PBS show, “Dinosaur Train.”
The show encourages basic scientific thinking skills as the audience learns about life science, natural history and paleontology.
Show times are 3 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. Saturday at the Balboa Theatre. Tickets range from $17 to $52.
San Diego Winter Brew Festival
It’s almost ubiquitous that San Diego and craft beers go together like cheese and crackers. This Friday, the San Diego Winter Brew Festival celebrates craft beverages, not just beers, from around California (great beers aren’t just only in San Diego, though it does appear that way sometimes).
The event features live music and food. It is also a fundraiser for Outdoor Outreach and the San Diego Mountain Bike Association.
The festival goes from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission range from $40 to $60.
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