February 10 marks the beginning of the Lunar New Year as Asian people all over the world welcome the Year of the Snake. Here are a couple of events where you can enjoy the festivities of the new year.
The Pacific Asia Museum is celebrating its 3rd Annual Lunar New Year Festival this Saturday, February 2 from 11 am to 5 pm. This popular free event opens up the museum’s galleries, courtyard and parking lot for a full day of family-friendly performances and activities to celebrate the Year of the Snake! Food trucks will also be on site if you get hungry.
Chinatown will hold its 114th Annual Golden Dragon Parade and Festival on February 16 and 17 starting at noon. The Dragon parade will take place on February 16 only from 1 pm to 3 pm. It’s lots of fun for everyone. There will be plenty of performances and booths, and if you’re a foodie, there will be some gourmet food trucks there as well. My kids LOVE to take the train so as a bonus for them, we generally hop on the MTA Gold Line in East L.A. and head out to Chinatown from there. This way we don’t have to deal with the many street closures and trying to find parking, which will probably cost as much as our train tickets.
Happy New Year!
Here are some pictures from our Chinatown visit last year: