Feb. 17, at 10 am-3 pm
Acrobats, lion and folk dancing, Chinese yo-yo tricks, and a Chinese-zodiac-animals scavenger hunt. People born in snake years (1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001 and 2013) are admitted free.
At San Francisco Zoo. Activities free with zoo admission.
An Asian multicultural new year celebration with lion dancing, mochi pounding, martial arts demos, ikebana on display, Gangnam-style Korean moves, Balinese dancers, mahjong and arts and crafts activities.
At the Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St., Oakland 94607. Free with regular museum admission.
Feb. 22, at 6 pm–midnight
The new Miss Chinatown USA and her court are crowned at this black-tie dinner/dance.
At San Francisco Hilton & Towers, 333 O'Farrell St. Tickets $120.
Feb. 23, at 11 am-4 pm
Acrobats, lion dances, music, martial arts, taiko drumming, kid-oriented arts and crafts, and food.
At Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City. Free.
Feb. 23, at 10 am-4:30 pm; Feb. 24, at 9 am-5 pm
Calligraphy, fortune-telling, roving giant puppets, shopping and a stage with acrobatics, folk dancing, lion dancing and other entertainment.
On Grant Ave., from California to Broadway; and on Pacific Ave., Washington and Jackson streets from Kearny to Stockton. Free.
Feb. 23 & 24, at 11 am-3 pm
Exhibits, crafts, New Year food samples, a bilingual riddle game, prizes, and performances of martial arts and folk and classical dances, all indoors. Paper-cutting artist Hou Yumei, who's designing a mural for the Chinatown Central Subway, will demonstrate her techniques.
At the Chinese Culture Center, 750 Kearny St., 3/F. Free.
Feb. 23, at 4:30-9 pm
As the Chinese New Year Parade proceeds, crack clues that test your wits and take you to obscure sites in Chinatown, North Beach and Telegraph Hill--and try to beat the clock and other teams to win prizes. You’re bound to learn bits of San Francisco history and culture.
Begins and ends at Justin Herman Plaza, Market St. at the Embarcadero, San Francisco. Tickets $12-50.
Feb. 23, at 5:15-8 pm
Decorated floats, lion dancers, marching bands and drill teams, stilt walkers, and the 270-foot-long Golden Dragon ("gum lung" in Cantonese). This is one of the few remaining night-time parades in the US and one of the top ten parades in the world, according to the International Festivals and Events Association.
Starts at Market and Second streets; ends at Kearny and Jackson. Free. Bleacher seats $30.