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Happy New Year: Lunar New Year celebrations in San Diego

Beijing Celebrates New Year's Eve 2018
Posted at 3:47 PM, Jan 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-13 15:30:18-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — It's the year of the pig!

Chinese New Year starts on Feb. 5, marking the beginning of the new year on the Chinese calendar and one of several Lunar New Years in Asia.

To mark the new year, several San Diego celebrations for both Chinese New Year and Lunar New Year are planned around town:

San Diego Lunar New Year Festival
When: Feb. 1, 2, and 3; Where: SDCCU Stadium
Dragon and lion dancing, firecrackers, games, countless foods, and more will be hosted at SDCCU Stadium for three days to celebrate Lunar New Year.

Lunar New Year Celebration
When: Feb. 9; Where: Carlsbad Premium Outlets
Lunar New Year crafts for kids and lion dancers will be at Carlsbad Premium Outlets to mark Lunar New Year.

Chinese New Year celebration
When: Feb. 9; Where: Barnard Elementary School
Live performances, food, and competitions will be hosted at Pacific Beach's Barnard Elementary School to mark Chinese New Year.

International Cottages celebration
When: Feb. 9 - 10; Where: Balboa Park International Cottages
The International Cottages in Balboa Park will be celebrating Chinese New Year with lion dances, cultural performances, crafts, calligraphy, and delicious, traditional foods.

Lunar New Year
When: Feb. 2 - 18; Where: SeaWorld San Diego
SeaWorld San Diego is planning to roll out several shows featuring acrobatics, dancing and cultural performances, and interactive activities and, of course, serve up some delicious foods for Lunar New Year.

San Diego Tết Festival
When: Feb. 8 - 10; Where: Mira Mesa Community Park
Enjoy cultural performances, competitions, karaoke, a pet costume contest, mouthwatering food, and the crowning of Miss Vietnam of San Diego at the San Diego Tết Festival.

37th annual San Diego Chinese New Year Fair
When: Feb. 16 - 17; Where: Third Ave. and J St.
Celebrate Chinese New Year for two days downtown, with traditional performances, lion and dragon dancers, Asian art and culture, delicious Chinese and Asian foods, and more!