Discover East Bay's Best Weekend Activities: A Guide to Celebrating the Lunar New Year and More!

As we step into another vibrant weekend in the East Bay, the region is buzzing with an array of events that promise to cater to every taste and interest. From the enchanting orchid exposition in Golden Gate Park to diverse Lunar New Year celebrations across the Bay Area, here’s your ultimate guide to making the most of this weekend, February 16-18, 2024.

1. 2024 Pacific Orchid Exposition: "Timeless Orchids" in Golden Gate Park
When: February 16-18, Friday to Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: SF County Fair Building, 1199 9th Ave., San Francisco, CA
Cost: $10.50 in advance (30% off the $15 door price) Get your tickets here

Dive into the world of "Timeless Orchids" at the 71st Annual Pacific Orchid Exposition. Hosted by the San Francisco Orchid Society, this event showcases thousands of orchids and offers hands-on demonstrations for enthusiasts. It's a family-friendly event with special activities for kids, making it the perfect weekend outing for nature lovers.

2. CHSA’s Lunar New Year Celebration: Free Admission & Lion Dance
When: February 16, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Chinese Historical Society, 965 Clay St, San Francisco, CA
Cost: FREE

Celebrate the Year of the Dragon with the Chinese Historical Society's weekend celebration. Enjoy calligraphy, book signings, and the thrilling Lion Dance Performance. It's a cultural feast that offers a deep dive into the Lunar New Year traditions.

3. SF’s Mini Night Market on Ocean Ave.
When: February 16, 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Little Oceanaut, 1917 Ocean Ave, San Francisco, CA
Cost: FREE

Explore the Mini Night Market for a taste of local culture and shopping. It’s a perfect evening plan for those looking to support local businesses and find unique items.

4. 2024 San Jose Lunar New Year “Tet Festival”
When: February 17, 11:00 am to 11:00 pm
Where: Eastridge Mall, 2200 Eastridge Loop, San Jose, CA
Cost: FREE

Join the largest Vietnamese Lunar New Year celebration in San Jose with a day packed with live entertainment, traditional lion dancers, food booths, and more. It’s a vibrant showcase of culture and community spirit.

5. 2024 Lunar New Year Celebration w/ Free Lunch on Ocean Avenue
When: February 17, 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Where: Unity Plaza, 1002-1040 Ocean Ave., San Francisco, CA
Cost: FREE

Don’t miss the chance to celebrate Lunar New Year with family-friendly activities, performances, and a complimentary lunch for the first 400 guests. It’s a community event that brings together the best of multicultural celebrations.

6. 2024 Millbrae Lunar New Year Festival
When: February 17, 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
Where: Millbrae, 300 Broadway Millbrae, CA
Cost: FREE

Experience over 100 vendors, traditional performances, and the joy of the Lunar New Year in Millbrae. It’s an all-day affair that promises fun and cultural enrichment for all ages.

7. 2024 Lunar New Year Celebration at Oakland Museum of California (OMCA)
When: February 17, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland, CA
Cost: $10 (children under 12 free with advance reservations) Get your tickets here

OMCA’s 23rd Annual Lunar New Year Celebration is an event not to be missed. With storytelling, performances, and hands-on activities, it’s a celebration of Asian cultures and traditions that enriches the Bay Area's cultural tapestry.

8. Lunar New Year Festival w/ Street Eats, Art Stations + More in Oakland
When: February 18, 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Where: Groundfloor Club, 4055 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609
Cost: $10* Get your tickets here

Immerse yourself in a bustling “night market” atmosphere with tea cocktails, street foods, and art stations. This collaboration between Baba’s House and Yăng Shēng brings a unique flavor to the Lunar New Year festivities.

9. Lunar New Year Celebration w/ Colorful Traditional Dancers in San Ramon
When: February 18, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: City Center Bishop Ranch, 6000 Bollinger Canyon Rd, San Ramon, CA 94583
Cost: FREE

Wrap up your weekend with an explosion of color and tradition. Enjoy performances by Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese dancers, and don’t miss the Lunar New Year-themed selfie station for memorable photos.

Whether you're a fan of floral beauty, cultural celebrations, or local markets, the East Bay offers something for everyone this weekend. Embrace the spirit of the Lunar New Year and the diverse activities available, making it a weekend to remember.

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