In San Diego county, there are two free events to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Welcoming the Year of the Snake this weekend are two separate festivals: the 8th Annual San Diego Tet Festival in Mira Mesa, and the 31st Annual San Diego Chinese New Year Food and Cultural Fair downtown.
San Diego Tet Festival
When: 5 to 10 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
Where: Mira Mesa Community Park, 8575 New Salem St., San Diego
About this event: “…A full slate of entertainment is on tap for the three-day event. The festival centerpiece is a cultural village with performances of Vietnamese music, dance, martial arts, fashion shows, contests in flower-arranging, art, trivia, watermelon eating, children’s entertainment and hands-on craft stations. There will also be a children’s talent showcase, carnival rides, Vietnamese food booths, firecrackers, “lucky lion” dancing and a vendor village.”
San Diego Chinese New Year Festival
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Where: Third Avenue and J Street, downtown
Phone: (619) 234-4447
About this event: “An estimated 25,000 people attend the annual fair, which this year will feature lion and dragon dancers, Chinese folk dance and music, martial arts demonstrations and performances by Asian Story Theatre. A craft area for families will include a booth where children can make their own paper lanterns to carry in a lantern parade each day at 1:10 p.m. There will be food and vendor booths…”
This information is found on U~T San Diego’s site here: “Welcoming the Year of the Snake”; go there to read more about these event.