Asian Festival Locations

Upcoming Asian Festivals in San Diego
May 4, 2019 (Sat) - 15th Annual San Diego Dragon Boat Festival at Tecolote Shores Park in Mission Bay from 9AM - 4PM. Come out to this family-friendly event and enjoy watching local community teams compete in dragon boat racing! There are food vendors and cultural performances throughout the day. What is dragon boat?
It is a paddling sport that stemmed from an ancient folk ritual of contending villagers into a modern day international sport. The boat consists of a crew, drummer, and steersman. Address: 1740 E Mission Bay Dr., San Diego, CA 92109

May 4, 2019 (Sat) - 10th Annual Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego 2019 at Mira Mesa Park and Recreation Center from 10AM - 5PM. Family-friendly, fun, and FREE admission! Cosplay Contest!
~ Ramen Eating Contest!
~ Live Art!
~ Live cooking demo of exotic Asian cuisine
~ Cultural row with booths showcasing cultures of Asia
~ Children's interactive area
~ Asian food vendors
Address: 8575 New Salem St., San Diego, CA 92126

May 26, 2019 (Sun) - 39th Annual Ethnic Food fair event at International Cottages at Balboa Park from 11AM - 5PM. Experience food and entertainment from 30+ cultures. Free entry. Nominal fee to buy each dish. Address: 2191 Pan American Plz, San Diego, California 92101

Happy New Year of the Pig 2019! The Tet San Diego website lists Vietnamese New Year festivals that happen in San Diego during the Vietnamese New Year. Take advantage of the festivities and immerse yourself into a weekend full of Vietnamese food, dancing, games and fun! Many cities don't have this luxury.  San Diego is truly lucky.

Usually the Vietnamese New Year, also called "Tet", takes place between 1 - 2 months after the American New Year's Day.

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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!