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Lunar New Year may have been on January 28th but now you can celebrate again this weekend at the 35th Annual San Diego Chinese New Year Fair! The fair will be take place on Saturday and Sunday, February 11th & 12th, from 10AM – 5PM in San Diego’s historic Chinatown (Third Avenue and J Street)!

This year’s fair celebrates the year of the Rooster and is filled with spectacular dance and cultural performances, children’s activities and delicious street food that may be found at a night market in China, but all right here in Downtown San Diego!

The San Diego Chinese Historical Museum, located at 404 Third Avenue, is the education and cultural sponsor for this year’s Fair. They will be hosting an array of children’s activities throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday, including traditional Chinese arts and crafts, lucky fortunes, storytelling, book signing from an award-winning children’s book author (Dr. Virginia Loh-Hagan), and a special appearance from the San Diego Zoo’s baby panda mascot, Bamboo Panda!

Check below for the Children’s Activities Schedule and the Entertainment Schedule!

Children’s Activities Schedule

SATURDAY

For the first time ever, the Museum will present special guest from the San Diego Zoo, Bamboo Panda, who will join us in the Museum Garden Saturday ONLY! Bamboo Panda, San Diego Zoo’s baby panda mascot, will meet and greet kids in the garden from 1:00pm-1:30pm. The fun will not end there–right after Bamboo Panda’s visit, we will tell the story of the Year of the Rooster by Oliver Chin, an award-winning children’s book series.


11:00AM-12:00PM |  Lantern Making (CCBA Community Room)

12:00PM-12:30PM |  Bamboo Panda on the Main Stage

12:00PM-1:00PM   |  Coloring (CCBA Community Room)

1:00PM-1:30PM     |  Meet & Greet with Bamboo Panda (Museum Garden)

1:30PM – 2:00PM   |  Chinese Names & Lucky Fortunes (Museum Garden)

2:00PM – 2:30PM   |  Book Reading of The Year of the Rooster by Oliver Chin performed by Kathleen Dang (Museum Garden)

3:00PM – 4:00PM   |  Calligraphy (CCBA Community Room)

4:00PM – 5:00PM   |  Papercuttings (CCBA Community Room)

SUNDAY

On Sunday ONLY, special guest Dr. Virginia Loh-Hagan will read from her award-winning book, Paper Son and her newly published book, Popo’s Lucky Chinese New Year. Dr. Loh-Hagan will be available for a meet and greet and will also sign books after the reading. Books available for purchase in the Museum garden.


11:00AM-12:00PM  |  Lantern Making (CCBA Community Room)

12:00PM-1:00PM    |  Coloring (CCBA Community Room)

1:30PM – 2:00PM   |  Chinese Names & Lucky Fortunes (Museum Garden)

2:00PM – 3:00PM    |  Storytelling with Dr. Virginia Loh-Hogan (Museum Garden)

3:00PM – 4:00PM   |  Calligraphy (CCBA Community Room)

4:00PM – 5:00PM   |  Papercuttings (CCBA Community Room)

Entertainment Schedule

SATURDAY

10:00 AM   OPENING CEREMONY with Lucky Lion Dancers
10:30 AM   Xingjian Dance Studio
11:00 AM   Southern Sea, Dragon and Lion Dance Association
11:30 AM   San Diego Wushu Center and Socal Applied Wing Chun
12:00 PM   Lantern Parade with Lucky Lion Dancers
12:30 PM   Asian Story Theater
1:00 PM     JING Institute of Chinese Martial Arts and Culture
1:30 PM     Confucius Institute Six Arts
2:00 PM     Chinese Dance Association
2:30 PM     Chan Family Choy Lee Fut Kung Fu School
3:00 PM     Bohua Academy Youth Group
3:30 PM     Red Panda Acrobat
4:00 PM     Ronald McDonald
4:10 PM     San Diego Korean Pungmul Institute
4:30 PM     San Diego Taiko
5:00 PM     END

SUNDAY

10:00 AM   Lucky Lion Dancers
10:30 AM   Red Panda Acrobat
11:00 AM   Southern Sea, Dragon and Lion Dance Association
11:30 AM   San Diego Wushu Center
12:00 PM   Lantern Parade with Lucky Lion Dancers
12:30 PM   Asian Story Theater
1:00 PM     Qigong with Reyna Lerma
1:30 PM     Naruwan Taiko
2:00 PM     Jinqiu Senior Chorus
2:30 PM     Ronald McDonald
2:45 PM     Youth Journalists Club Art Troupe of We Chinese
3:00 PM     Chan Family Choy Lee Fut Kung Fu School
3:30 PM     Red Panda Acrobat
4:00 PM     Ivan Cheong
4:30 PM     White Dragon Martial Arts
4:50 PM     Raffle Drawing
5:00 PM     END

Make sure to join us for a weekend filled with exciting activities! For more information, please visit: WWW.SDCNY.ORG.

San Diego Chinese Historic Museum