California was the first place in the U.S. where Chinese immigrants arrived and settled, so the Chinese New Year celebration has been an old tradition here. The San Diego Chinese New Year Fair is a two-day festival focused on culture and food. It showcases exciting dances, Asian art, and delicious Chinese dishes. The event is free of charge and is quite popular with families. The Fair takes place in the old Chinatown of San Diego or the Asian Thematic District.
The San Diego Chinese New Year Fair has been organized by the San Diego Chinese Center (SDCC) since the 1980s. It attracts about 25,000 people every year and features over 50 food and gift booths, live performances on stage, lion and dragon dance parades, along with children's activities.