Cultural Fair & Festival Locations

Upcoming Community Fairs & Festivals in San Diego
June 15, 2019 (Sat) - Asian and Pacific Islander Festival at the San Diego County Fair from 11:30AM - 9:30PM. The FIFTH annual, AWARD WINNING, Asian and Pacific Islander Festival at the San Diego County Fair is returning on Saturday, June 15 at the PADDOCK STAGE! You can expect traditional and cultural entertainment from 11:30 am-7:45 pm, including lion dances, Kung fu, traditional dance, and other performances representing the Philippines, China, Japan, Vietnam, Korea, India, and more! At 8:30 pm, we present our headliner: TRIBAL THEORY! This is part of your cost of San Diego Fair. Address: 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014

June 22, 2019 (Sat) - Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) movie showing at Old Trolley Barn Neighborhood Park from 6PM - 9PM. Free. Bring your blankets, picnics, and lawn chairs for a fun night for the whole family! Come early to get a good seat and enjoy the park! Pre-movie activities will begin at 6 p.m. and the movie will begin 15 minutes after sunset. Address: 1943 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116

July 7, 2019 (Sun) - 1st Annual Tanabata Festival from 12PM - 6PM at the Japanese Friendship Festival in Balboa Park. Regular Admission is $16 and $14 for student, military, senior 65+. both cultural education with family fun by being host to various activity booths, delectable festival foods and tea, cultural performances and demonstrations, beer & sake, and opportunities to participate in popular Tanabata customs such as creating kazariAddress: 2215 Pan American Rd E., San Diego, CA 92101

October 12, 2019 (Sat) - FilAmFest 2019 Filipino American Arts & Culture Festival from 10AM -6PM at San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts. Free admission. This is one of San Diego's largest celebrations for Filipino American History Month in October. Address: 2425 Dusk Dr., San Diego, CA 92139

Happy New Year of the Pig 2019! The Tet San Diego website lists Vietnamese New Year festivals and all other cultural and community fairs and festivals. Take advantage of the festivities and immerse yourself in delicious food, dancing, games and fun! Many cities don't have this luxury.  San Diego is truly lucky.

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Lunar New Year (& Tet) Festivals List

Here are the locations of where you will find the Lunar New Year festivals in San Diego. Scroll down for more info. 


1. Lunar New Year Festival at SDCCU Qualcomm Stadium Feb 1 - 3, 2019 (scroll down for more info)

2. San Diego Chinese New Year Fair 2019 in Downtown San Diego [free admission] (scroll down for details)

3. Tet Festival 2019 by VAYA in Mira Mesa [free admission]

4. Chinese New Year at Balboa Park International Cottages Feb 9 - 10, 2019 [free admission] (scroll down for more information on dates and details)

(Pho from a Tet Festival. Yummy, yummy.) 

Lunar New Year Festival #1 at SDCCU Qualcomm Stadium
Feb 1 - 3, 2019 
Times: Fri, Feb 1, 2019: 5PM - 10PM
           Sat, Feb 2, 2019: 11AM - 10PM
           Sun, Feb 3, 2019: 11AM - 8PM
Celebrate the YEAR OF THE PIG 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! Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for kids under 13.

Address: 9449 Friars Rd, San Diego, California 92108

Lunar New Year Festival Location #2: 2019 Tet Festival by VAYA at Mira Mesa Community Park 

This is a big annual tet festival in San Diego. Admission is FREE. There is always a large list of Vietnamese food vendors that will satisfy your taste buds. Come see the lion dance, fireworks and the pageant, as well as, other live entertainment. 

8575 New Salem Street, San Diego, Ca 92126
Festival Hours:
Fri., Feb 8 2019: 5pm - 10pm
Sat., Feb 9, 2019: 11am - 10pm
Sun., Feb 10, 2019: 11am - 9pm
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Lunar New Year Festival #3: Chinese New Year at Balboa Park International Cottages

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

Dates: Feb 9, 2019 at 11 AM – 5 PM & Feb 10, 2019 at 11 AM - 5 PM

Free admission! Come celebrate the Lunar New Year 2019 at the International Cottages with House of China, Located in Balboa Park. This is a 2 day event! House of China located in the International Cottages, Balboa Park is hosting it's special Chinese New Year Festival. Come see Chinese Culture and performances at the festival. This is a family-friendly event and it is free to the public. There will be Chinese craft vendors along with Ethnic Specialty foods. Celebrate Chinese New Year with Kung-Fu, Lion Dance, Red Envelope, Dumplings, Steamed Buns, Calligraphy, and Ethnic Dance Performances.

Lunar New Year Festival Location #4: 37th Annual San Diego Chinese New Year Fair 2019 

Location: Downtown San Diego 
For GPS, use address: 428 3rd Ave, San Diego, CA 92101. 

The fair will be held on February 16 and 17, 2019 in the Asian Thematic Historic District, on Third Avenue and J Street in Downtown San Diego. This 2 day event is free to attend! Just park in a parking structure in downtown and walk there. Make it a fun downtown day adventure!