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Your Guide to Chinese New Year: The Year of the Dog

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Chinese New YearThe Year of the Dog begins on February 16, 2018, and we’ve rounded up family-friendly Lunar New Year events happening in the area, plus a few fun at-home activities to do with the kids! Know of something else we should add to our list? Comment below or send us an email: [email protected]

San Francisco Events 

Visit San Francisco Moms Blog for a full list of events taking place around the city to celebrate the Lunar New Year. 

On the Peninsula

February 10

Leung’s White Crane Lion Dance, East Palo Alto Library

2415 University Avenue

4:00 – 5:00 PM

The San Mateo County Libraries welcomes Leung’s White Crane Dragon and Lion Dance as we celebrate the Lunar New Year 2018 – the Year of the Dog. These colorful and spectacular lions will give you a unique experience of the most celebrated holiday in East Asia. Stick around for a craft activity after the performance.

February 12

Eth-NohTec Storytelling, San Carlos Libary

1110 Alameda de las Pulgas

3:30 – 4:15

Eth-NohTec is famous for their kinetic storytelling. They perform throughout the US and abroad to promote Asian American stories. They will bring us the folklore of the Lunar New Year and other Asian stories.

Eth-NohTec Storytelling, Foster City Libary

1000 East Hillsdale Boulevard

7:00 – 8:00 PM

Eth-NohTec is famous for their kinetic storytelling. They perform throughout the US and abroad to promote Asian American stories. They will bring us the folklore of the Lunar New Year and other Asian stories.

February 15

Leung’s White Crane Lion Dance, San Carlos Library

1110 Alameda de las Pulgas

3:00 – 4:00 PM

The San Mateo County Libraries welcomes Leung’s White Crane Dragon and Lion Dance as we celebrate the Lunar New Year 2018 – the Year of the Dog. These colorful and spectacular lions will give you a unique experience of the most celebrated holiday in East Asia. 

February 17

Leung’s White Crane Lion Dance, Belmont Library

610 Elm Street

4:00 – 4:30 PM

The San Mateo County Libraries welcomes Leung’s White Crane Dragon and Lion Dance as we celebrate the Lunar New Year 2018 – the Year of the Dog. These colorful and spectacular lions will give you a unique experience of the most celebrated holiday in East Asia. 

February 22

Leung’s White Crane Lion Dance, Atherton Library

2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane

3:45 – 4:00 PM

The San Mateo County Libraries welcomes Leung’s White Crane Dragon and Lion Dance as we celebrate the Lunar New Year 2018 – the Year of the Dog. These colorful and spectacular lions will give you a unique experience of the most celebrated holiday in East Asia. 

Eth-NohTec Storytelling, Belmont Libary

610 Elm Street

2:00 – 2:45 PM

Eth-NohTec is famous for their kinetic storytelling. They perform throughout the US and abroad to promote Asian American stories. They will bring us the folklore of the Lunar New Year and other Asian stories.

February 24

SF Zoo Lunar New Year Celebration

Sloat Blvd @ Great Highway

Soak up the ambiance of the occasion and marvel at traditional Chinese lion and folk dance performances at 11:00 and 1:30. Go on a Zodiac Scavenger Hunt through the Zoo to learn fun facts about the animals found on the Chinese calendar. Stop by Wolf Canyon to see our wolves to celebrate the Year of the Dog! 

Lunar New Year Celebration in Courthouse Square

2200 Broadway Street, Redwood City

11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Come to the 8th annual Lunar New Year Celebration in Redwood City featuring lion dancers, red panda acrobats, martial artists, taiko drummers, and other live performances for this celebration. 

San Mateo County History Museum Lunar New Year Celebration

2200 Broadway Street, Redwood City

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

The San Mateo County History Museum will join Redwood City in celebrating its 8th Annual Lunar New Year with free admission, craft stations based on each symbol on the Chinese zodiac and performances on Courthouse Square.

February 25

SF Zoo Lunar New Year Celebration

Sloat Blvd @ Great Highway

Soak up the ambiance of the occasion and marvel at traditional Chinese lion and folk dance performances at 11:00 and 1:30. Go on a Zodiac Scavenger Hunt through the Zoo to learn fun facts about the animals found on the Chinese calendar. Stop by Wolf Canyon to see our wolves to celebrate the Year of the Dog! 

March 1

Leung’s White Crane Lion Dance, Portola Valley Library

765 Portola Road

4:00 – 5:00 PM

The San Mateo County Libraries welcomes Leung’s White Crane Dragon and Lion Dance as we celebrate the Lunar New Year 2018 – the Year of the Dog. These colorful and spectacular lions will give you a unique experience of the most celebrated holiday in East Asia. 

March 2

Eth-NohTec Storytelling, Atherton Libary

2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane

10:30 – 11:00 PM

Eth-NohTec is famous for their kinetic storytelling. They perform throughout the US and abroad to promote Asian American stories. They will bring us the folklore of the Lunar New Year and other Asian stories.

Eth-NohTec Storytelling, Pacifica Sanchez Libary

1111 Terra Nova Boulevard

4:00 – 5:00 PM

Eth-NohTec is famous for their kinetic storytelling. They perform throughout the US and abroad to promote Asian American stories. They will bring us the folklore of the Lunar New Year and other Asian stories.

March 3

Eth-NohTec Storytelling, Brisbane Libary

250 Visitacion Avenue

2:00 – 3:00 PM

Eth-NohTec is famous for their kinetic storytelling. They perform throughout the US and abroad to promote Asian American stories. They will bring us the folklore of the Lunar New Year and other Asian stories.

March 4

Leung’s White Crane Lion Dance, Foster City Library

1000 East Hillsdale Boulevard

12:30 – 1:00 PM

The San Mateo County Libraries welcomes Leung’s White Crane Dragon and Lion Dance as we celebrate the Lunar New Year 2018 – the Year of the Dog. These colorful and spectacular lions will give you a unique experience of the most celebrated holiday in East Asia. 

At Home

Introduce the customs of Chinese New Year to your little ones with this colorful lift-the-flap book.

Chinese New Year

Check out FirstPalette.com for step-by-step instructions to make these festive paper lanterns.Chinese New Year

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