While some of us are still recovering from New Year’s Eve, millions of people around the world are busy preparing for one of the year’s biggest festivals – Lunar New Year.
Falling this year on Feb. 10, the holiday marks the first new moon of the lunar calendar and is commonly known as the Spring Festival in China. The 15-day celebration is marked by many traditions, including family gatherings, parades, traditional food, fireworks and other festivities. Lunar New Year also signifies the changing of the the Chinese zodiac, with 2024 ushering in the Year of the Dragon.
Every year, Los Angeles commemorates Lunar New Year with it own celebrations. In addition to a number of cultural events, such as the 125th Golden Dragon Parade and Festival in Chinatown and Santa Monica Place’s Lunar New Year Celebration, there are festive parties, limited-edition dinners and more.
Check out some of the best Lunar New Year events happening in LA below.
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On Saturday, Feb. 10, hotpot TAO Los Angeles will be hosting a special Lunar New Year dinner celebration for one night only, featuring traditional lion dancers, interactive performers, TAO beverage and culinary specials and more. Make reservations HERE.
TAO Los Angeles6421 Selma Ave., Los Angeles@taolosangeles
Located on the rooftop of the Pendry West Hollywood, Wolfgang Puck’s Merois will be hosting a special Lunar New Year dinner on Saturday, Feb. 10. Indulge in a culinary journey while enjoying live entertainment. And, of course, the highlight of the night will be a performance by dragon dancers! Tickets are $165. Book HERE.
On Saturday, Feb. 10, Benny Boy Brewing will be hosting its Shanghai Nights: A Lunar New Year Celebration. For this special Lunar New Year concert, multilingual chanteuse, songwriter, and accordionist Jessica Fichot celebrates the swing era sounds of her mother’s hometown of Shanghai. Starting at 6 p.m., her band will perform classic jazz tunes in Mandarin Chinese, iconic multilingual songs (in French, English and Chinese), Mandopop, and celebratory Chinese New Year classics. Guests can also usher in the Year of the Dragon by enjoying food by The Dumpling Dream and Zef BBQ and impressive collection of beer and ciders from the brew house.
Benny Boy Brewing1821 Daly St., Los Angeles@bennyboybrewing
On Saturday, Feb. 10, celebrate the year of The Dragon at Beverly Center. Immerse yourself under the lanterns and cherry blossom trees in an afternoon filled with live entertainment, festive activities, delicious bites, traditional drinks, and more. The afternoon will feature dragon and lion dance performances and Kung Fu demonstration by East Wind Foundation for Youth, a live DJ set by DJ Lani Love, custom Chinese calligraphy by Jojo Calligraphy, live fashion illustrations, festive photo moments, a 2024 wishing wall, delicious bites and ceremony-inspired cocktails and traditional tea by Steep LA. Get tickets HERE.
Beverly Center8500 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles@beverlycenter
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For Lunar New Year, Crustacean in Beverly Hills has crafted a special Heaven & Earth prosperity good luck menu, available Friday, Feb. 9 though Sunday, Feb. 11. The eight-course pre-fixe menu is designed to bring you good fortune and blessings with every bite, featuring dishes symbolizing Lunar New Year meanings. Immerse yourself in the traditions as you savor something from the sky, earth, and sea, as well as dishes for luck and longevity. The weekend long culinary celebration will also include edible art, dragon-themed cocktails, traditional lion dance and artistic performances, art installations,“Li Xi” red envelopes and more. Book HERE.
Crustacean468 N Bedford Dr., Beverly Hills@crustaceanbh
Wolfgang Puck’s swanky Chinese/French fusion restaurant Chinois on Main in Santa Monica will be ushering in the Year of the Dragon with a two-night celebration. On Friday, Feb. 9 the night will consist of the regular menu for guests to enjoy with Lunar New Year special menu items. On Saturday, Feb. 10, Chinois will have their big celebration with a pre-fix menu $175, prepared by Chef Rene Mata, and entertainment with dragon dancers, party favors and more.
Chinois on Main2709 Main St., Santa Monica@chinoisonmain
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