Lunar New Year falls on Sunday, January 22, 2023, and The San Francisco Peninsula has several ways to celebrate from January through February! If you're visiting during this time, you'll be able to enjoy Lunar New Year festivals and cultural celebrations to ring in the Year of the Rabbit. See a list of Lunar New Year events on The San Francisco Peninsula below.

NightLife: Lunar Underground at California Academy of Sciences

When: Thursday, January 26, 2023, from 6:00 to 10:00 PM

Experience the New Year the NightLife way at the California Academy of Sciences with a mahjong parlor, LED lion dance performances, and a special market featuring Asian-owned businesses. Please note this event is for ages 21+ only. 

Exterior of California Academy of Sciences
California Academy of Sciences

Traditional Lion Dance at Four Seasons Silicon Valley

When: Friday, January 27, 2023, from 5:00 to 6:00 PM

Over a dozen energetic lion dance performers will dance to the beat of gongs and drums while weaving their way through the Four Season Silicon Valley’s courtyard. Attendees are invited to stop by Quattro Restaurant & Bar afterward and enjoy a unique Lunar New Year handcrafted cocktail.

Lunar New Year Macarons at Four Seasons Silicon Valley
Macarons at Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley

Lunar New Year at Hillsdale Shopping Center

When: Saturday and Sunday, January 28 and 29, 2023, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM

Welcome the 2023 Lunar New Year at the Hillsdale Shopping Center in San Mateo. This free event will feature lively lion dancers, acrobatic performances, photos with a life-sized costumed panda, calligraphers, and more!

Lion Dance at Hillsdale Shopping Center
Lion Dance at the Hillsdale Shopping Center

Lunar New Year Festival 2023 in Millbrae

When: Sunday, January 29, 2023, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

The Millbrae Cultural Committee is hosting over 80 local vendors for a free Lunar New Year Festival. Highlights include a dragon and lion dance, as well as traditional performances and Chinese martial arts. 

Lunar New Year Celebration 2023 in Belmont

When: Friday, February 3, 2023, from 3:00 to 4:00 PM

Join the City of Belmont and community partners to celebrate the Year of the Rabbit. This free event will take place at the City Hall entrance.


Lunar New Year Celebration 2023 in Redwood City

When: Saturday, February 4, 2023, from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit in downtown Redwood City with lion dancers, martial artists, taiko drummers, and other live performers. There will also be free admission to the San Mateo County History Museum where children can participate in arts and crafts like creating a paper lantern, making a red envelope, and more!



Looking for more upcoming events on The San Francisco Peninsula? Check out our events calendar for seasonal and holiday events, family-friendly events, and more!