Cultural Festivals & Fairs in San Diego 

Upcoming Events:
(Note: Some events may cancel last minute due to precautions against the Coronavirus Covid-19. Please check with the event's direct website before attending.)

Feb 12 - 14, 2021 - Tet Festival at Mira Mesa Community Park. Free admission. Address: 8575 New Salem St., San Diego, CA 92126
--- Past Events ---
Lunar New Year Festival at SDCCU (formerly Qualcomm) Stadium
Dates: Jan 17 - 19, 2020 
Times: Fri, Jan 17, 2020: 5PM - 10PM
           Sat, Jan 18, 2020: 11AM - 10PM
           Sun, Jan 19, 2020: 11AM - 8PM
Celebrate the YEAR OF THE RAT with San Diego's choice, 3-day festival, dragon and lion dances, firecrackers, games, ASIAN FOOD, FESTIVAL FOOD and more! Bring your cameras, your kids, your piglets and be ready food, folks and fun! Adults are $6 and Kids under 13 are $4 per ticket. This festival location is located in the Mission Valley area of San Diego.

Address: 9449 Friars Rd, San Diego, California 92108

Cho Tet San Diego at Thuan Phat Supermarket (Lunar New Year Fair) in Linda Vista
Dates: January 17 - 19, 2020
Jan 17 (Friday): 3pm-9:30pm
Jan 18 (Saturday): 11am-9:30pm
Jan 19 (Sunday): 11am- 8:30pm
Admission: Free for all ages!
Kid-friendly and 3 day event with live entertainment, food vendors, craft vendors, flowers and Tet merchandise. Opening ceremony with firecrackers, lion dancing and more is on Sat., Jan 18, 2020 at 11AM. 
Address: 6935 Linda Vista Rd, San Diego, CA 92111
Lunar New Year Festival Location at VAYA Tet Festival in Mira Mesa Community Park 
Address: 8575 New Salem Street, San Diego, Ca 92126
Mira Mesa Tet Admission Price: Free! 
Dates & Hours: 
Friday 01/24/2020 05:00 PM - 10:00 PM 
Saturday 01/25/2020 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM 
Sunday 01/26/2020 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM 

This event is free and expect parking to be difficult. Recommended Parking areas: - Mira Mesa High School -Mira Mesa Mall North or Mira Mesa Mall South 

Lunar New Year Festival at Chinese New Year at Balboa Park International Cottages

Address: 668 Pan American Road, San Diego, California 92101 (At House of China, San Diego)

Dates & Times: Jan 25, 2020 at 11AM – 5PM & Jan 26, 2020 at 11AM - 5PM 

Free admission! Come celebrate the Lunar New Year 2020 (Year of the Rat!) at the International Cottages with House of China, Located in Balboa Park. This is a 2 day event, free and family-friendly! 

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Lunar New Year Festival Location at 38th Annual San Diego Chinese New Year Fair 2020 
Year of the Mouse Celebration! Location: Downtown San Diego. 
For GPS, use address: 428 3rd Ave, San Diego, CA 92101. 

The fair will be held on February 8 and 9, 2020 in the Asian Thematic Historic District, on Third Avenue and J Street in Downtown San Diego. Admission is free! The great thing about it being in downtown is that there are a lot of parking structures you can park at.

Lunar New Year Celebration at SeaWorld SanDiego from January 11 - February 2, 2020 (3 weeks of fun)
You won’t want to miss SeaWorld San Diego’s one-of-a-kind Lunar New Year celebration, featuring an incredible Chinese acrobats show, local performers, and delicious culinary delights. Dig into the Asian-inspired offerings of Ramen, Lo Mein, Bao Buns, Dim Sum, rice dishes and more. Celebration is included with your SeaWorld admission ticket. Address: 500 Sea World Dr, San Diego, CA 92109
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What is Tet and Lunar New Year

Usually the Vietnamese (Lunar) New Year, also called "Tet" is 1 - 2 months after the American New Year's Day. Therefore, the year of the new animal doesn't start exactly on Jan 1.  The Vietnamese New Year and Chinese New Year are always on the same dates of each other. They share the same calendar. 2020 will be the Year of the Rat (or Mouse)! This year, Tet or Lunar New Years starts on January 25, 2020.

Lunar New Year only happens during the winter season. lists Lunar New Year Festivals and Fairs taking place in San Diego and also posts any cultural festivals open to the public that is happening in San Diego throughout the year. Come back to this website all year long to see what's coming up next.