Happy New Year! This time it’s a nod to my Chinese heritage as January 31 marks the beginning of the Lunar New Year where Asians all over the world usher in the Year of the Horse. Here are a couple of events where you can enjoy the festivities of the new year.
The Pacific Asia Museum is celebrating its 4th Annual Lunar New Year Festival this Saturday, January 18 from 11 am to 5 pm. This popular free event opens up the museum’s galleries, courtyard and parking lot for a full day of family-friendly performances and activities to celebrate the Year of the Horse.
Chinatown will hold its 115th Annual Golden Dragon Parade and Festival on February 1 and 2 starting at noon. The Dragon parade will take place on February 1 from 1 pm to 3 pm but there are still plenty of performances and mini parades if you miss the main attraction. It’s lots of fun for everyone. And if you’re a foodie, there will be some gourmet food trucks there as well. My kids LOVE to take the train so as a bonus for them, we generally hop on the MTA Gold Line from East L.A. and head out to Chinatown from there. This way we don’t have to deal with all the traffic and parking, which will probably cost as much as our train tickets.