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Lunar New Year in San Jose 2021

Learn about Asian cultures and try delicious foods during the colorful celebration


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Disclaimer: Due to COVID-19 concerns, many events might be canceled, postponed, or changed into limited versions, sometimes at very short notice. Please check with event organizers directly for the latest updates (view the "External Resources" section below).

California has a considerable community of Asian Americans, so the Lunar New Year is celebrated on a large scale. Asian restaurants all over San Jose offer specials and entertainment such as lion dances and traditional music. There are also a few popular community events across the area.

Chinese New Year at History Park

The largest Chinese New Year Celebration is held at History Park San Jose. Organized by the Chinese Historical and Cultural Project at History Park this family-friendly event features arts, crafts, dance, and music and runs from 11 am to 4 pm. The main highlights of this free festival are Dragon Parade and storytelling.

San Jose New Year Tet Festival

San Jose New Year Tet Festival is another event celebrating the arrival of the new moon. Held at Eastridge Mall on Tully Road, this is the largest annual celebration for the Vietnamese community. This weekend festival offers live music, a 3D theme park, DJ sets, a cooking contest, a dance contest, Miss Viet Nam California Pageant, lion and dragon dances, carnival rides as well as numerous food booths with Asian delicacies.

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