Lunar New Year Celebration and Other Asian Traditions
Oakland, CA 94607
Don't miss an annual favorite, as the Oakland Museum of California rings in the Year of the Horse with a fortune-filled event for the whole family. Elements of Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Japanese, Tibetan and other Asian cultures will be featured in the daylong celebration, including an array of traditions in dance, music, crafts, food, family-friendly activities, and more.
The celebration kicks off with a traditional Chinese lion dance. A Shanghai-born juggler and acrobat will present a plate-spinning show, and students from UC Berkeley will perform Korean pop dances. Japanese ikebana artists will create gorgeous flower arrangements, and the Dharma Realm Chinese Orchestra will play traditional music. Jiten Daiko will perform a rousing taiko drumming performance, and Duniya Dance and Drum Company will perform a bhangra dance.
In honor of Losar, the Tibetan New Year, festival-goers can learn from an artist how to make prayer flags. Visitors will learn the art of bojagi (Korean wrapping cloths), and learn how to create Japanese dolls. Story time is always popular, featuring writer Oliver Chin and Storyteller Megumi, as is the magic performance, this year by The Magic of Chin-Chin. Visitors can adorn themselves festively with henna art and the face-painting station with Chinese opera singers. The celebration will close with a fiery dragon dance!
Treat the family and discover the diversity of Asian New Year traditions practiced across the globe!
Included with Museum admission. Children 8 and under are admitted free. Free to OMCA Members.
Conveniently located one block from Lake Merritt BART.
Enjoy secure parking in OMCA's Oak Street garage. $1 per hour for Museum visitors with ticket validation.