Lunar New Year 2024: The Year of the Dragon

Lunar New Year on Saturday, February 10, ushers in the Year of the Wood Dragon. Enjoy one of the many events around the Bay Area to celebrate. Photo: CandyRetriever – stock.adobe.com

BAY AREA – Chinese Lunar New Year, also known as Spring Festival, is a joyous and vibrant celebration that marks the beginning of the lunar calendar year. It is a time when families come together to honor their ancestors and welcome good fortune for the upcoming year. One of the most significant aspects of this festival is the use of the color red in decorations, which symbolizes luck, happiness and prosperity in Chinese culture. By adorning homes and streets with red lanterns, paper cutouts and more, it is believed that you can ward off evil spirits and invite positive energy into your life. Red envelopes filled with money, known as lai see or hóngbāo, are also given as a gesture of good luck for the new year.
According to the Chinese zodiac, 2024 is the Year of the Wood Dragon, and those born during this year are said to be powerful, diplomatic, imaginative and successful. If you were born in 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000 or 2012, you’re also a “dragon”!

Lunar New Year 2024
Saturday, February 10, 2024


Lunar New Year Events in the Bay Area

Photo: Blackhawk Museum

Blackhawk Museum: Into China
Celebrate the New Year with a visit to the Blackhawk Museum’s acclaimed gallery featuring many fine handcrafted masterpieces representing China’s enormous scale and rich history.
Year-Round
Blackhawk Museum, Danville
For more information, visit BlackhawkMuseum.org

Lunar New Year Celebration – Pleasanton
Head to the Amador Theater in Pleasanton will host a free community event celebrating the Year of the Dragon.
Saturday, February 3, 2024
1 – 3pm
Amador Theater, Pleasanton
FirehouseArts.org/Celebrations

San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade
In addition to the annual parade, this month-long celebration features a Flower Market Fair, the Miss Chinatown U.S.A. Pageant and Coronation Ball, the Basketball Jamboree and more!
February 3 – March 3, 2024
San Francisco
For more information, visit ChineseParade.com/Events-Calendar.

Lunar New Year Celebration Concert
Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of China with a free Lunar New Year Celebration Concert, where you can enjoy a mesmerizing afternoon filled with enchanting classical Chinese music and captivating dance performances.
Sunday, February 4, 2024
1 – 4pm
Dublin Senior Center, Dublin
For more information, visit Dublin.CA.gov.

Lunar New Year Celebration in Livermore
Head to the Bankhead Plaza in Livermore for a free community event celebrating the Year of the Wood Dragon with demonstrations, performances and arts for the entire family.
Sunday, February 11, 2024
10am – 2pm
Bankhead Plaza, Livermore
For more information, visit LivermoreArts.org.