2024 Lunar New Year Events In Orange County

2024 Lunar New Year Events In Orange County

As the Lunar New Year approaches, communities around the world eagerly anticipate the arrival of the Year of the Dragon and Orange County is no different. Steeped in tradition, rich symbolism, and cultural significance, this auspicious occasion brings with it a sense of renewal, prosperity, and unity.  In many East Asian cultures, the dragon is regarded as a powerful and mythical creature, embodying strength, wisdom, and good fortune. As the Lunar New Year festivities kick off, the dragon takes center stage in vibrant parades, elaborate decorations, and traditional performances. Here are the events right here in Orange County where you can celebrate the Lunar New Year.

Tet Festival at the OC Fair & Events Center

Date: February 9th-11th, 2024

Time: Friday: 4:30-10:00pm, Saturday 11:00am-8:30pm, Sunday: 11:00am-9pm

Location: OC Fair & Events Center: 88 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

This year, UVSA Tet Festival proudly presents our theme, Hoi Long Van, which depicts the story and idea of the dragon and the clouds meeting. Their meeting symbolizes luck, prosperity, and our biggest hopes and dreams coming to life. UVSA Tet Festival hopes that not only will families come together and celebrate the holiday together, but much like how the fish meets the water and the dragon meets the clouds, we will also meet one another in this space. Click HERE for the full lineup of each days activities.

The District in Tustin

Date: February 10th, 2024

Time: 12:00pm-2:00pm 

Location: The District at Tustin Legacy: 2437 Park Ave, Tustin, CA 92782

Celebrate the Year of the Dragon at the District in Tustin. The FREE event invites all to come and enjoy lion dance performances, martial arts shows, Chinese fan dancers, glitter tattoos, Asian-themed kid’s crafts, and a Live DJ.  If you can’t make it the 10th, that’s ok. The District has a year of the Dragon photo op up January 26th through February 18th. The first 500 attendees on February 10th will receive a Red Lucky Envelope with a $2 bill with local offers inside!

Santa Ana Tet Festival at Centennial Park

Date: February 3rd, 2024

Time: 2:00-7:00pm

Location: 3000 W Edinger Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92704

Celebrate the Year of the Dragon in Santa Ana. This event will be family-friendly and open to the public. Enjoy plenty of live entertainment, dancing, vendors, inflatables, and fireworks!

Westminster Tet Parade

Date: February 10th, 2024

Time: 8:30am

Location: Along Bolsa Ave between Magnolia and Bushard

The Westminster Tet Celebration invites you to celebrate the Lunar New Year and the vibrant  Vietnamese-American community of Orange County centered in Little Saigon. Did you know the Vietnamese-Americans living in Westminster and the surrounding cities are the largest community of Vietnamese- Americans outside of Vietnam? Come celebrate the New Year in Westminster.

Mile Square Park in Fountain Valley

Date: February 03, 2024

Time: 10:00am-1:00pm

Location: Fountain Valley Recreation Center: 16400 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708

Celebrate an appreciation of culture at Mile Square Park in Fountain Valley. A cultural educational experience. Come join the community at this Free event.  Enjoy entertainment, games, activities, crafts, and history.

South Coast Plaza

Date: February 08th-25th, 2024 

Time: Varies

Location: South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St, Costa Mesa

Enjoy a captivating cultural exhibit, unique Year of the Dragon collections, dazzling events and dining promotions to welcome the Lunar New Year at South Coast Plaza.




Bowers Museum Lunar New Year Festival

Date: February 04th, 2024

Time: 11am-3pm

Location: Bowers Museum: 2002 North Main Street
Santa Ana, California 92706

Celebrate with the Bowers Museum during our free family festivals held the first Sunday of the month in the Museum’s
beautiful Key Courtyard. Enjoy live performances, art making, face painting and complimentary treats at every festival. Celebrate the Year of the Dragon with a lively Chinese New Year Festival! Enjoy free art activities, face painting, and exhilarating dance and music performances. Join us in welcoming a year of strength, confidence, and luck! Click HERE for more information. 

Irvine Spectrum Center Lunar New Year Celebration

Date: February 10th, 2024

Time: 11:00am-2:00pm

Location: Irvine Spectrum Center: 670 Spectrum Center Dr. Irvine, CA 92618

Come celebrate the year of the Dragon featuring a traditional Lion Dance, martial arts demonstrations, instrumental performances, discounts from spectrum shops and more! 

Pacific Symphony Lunar New Year

Date: February 10th, 2024

Time: 8:00pm

Location: Segerstrom Concert Hall: 615 Town Center Drive Costa Mesa, CA 92626  

Celebrating the Year of the Dragon, this performance is sure to sell out once again as audiences from across our communities come together to feast on a colorful presentation of Eastern and Western music and dance. Looking for tickets? Click HERE

The Outlets of San Clemente Lunar New Year Celebration

Date: February 10th, 2024

Time: 11:00 am-2:00 pm

Location: The Outlets of San Clemente: 101 W Avenida Vista Hermosa San ClementeCA 92672

As we welcome the Year of the Dragon, join the Outlets at San Clemente’s 2024 Lunar New Year Celebration. Enjoy free face painting, balloon, twisting, and arts & craft at the center court from 11 am- 2pm. Don’t miss out on a special performance from the Mandarin Immersion Program students from 12:30 pm – 1 pm. May this Lunar New Year bring you prosperity, good fortune, and moments of joy with your loved ones!