Chinese New Year in San Francisco
Year of the Rooster Celebrations 2017!

Chinese New Year in San Francisco: Dragon Parade at Flower Fair

If you happen to be in San Francisco during the Chinese New Year festivities you are in for a treat!

San Francisco's Chinatown celebrations have to be one of the largest and most colorful in the world, just the fantastic dragon parade attracting over one million revelers every year!

And there's more to go around, the flower fairs start ahead of the New Year so everyone can prepare, Miss Chinatown events are also in the calendar, and of course the Street Fairs with the fantastic carnival atmosphere and noisy firecrackers are another staple of the celebrations.

So without much ado, here's what's happening in San Francisco this year as we welcome the Year of the Rooster in 2017:

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San Francisco Chinese New Year Flower Market Fair 2017

CNY Flower Market Fair in San Francisco

Always on the weekend prior to the Lunar New Year, the Flower Market Fair is the "grand opening" of the festivities and a fantastic opportunity to load up on all the New Year necessities... Over 120 stalls and booths brimming with decorations, flowers and plants, fruits, gifts, candies, etc. this is more than shopping on steroids though, besides the numerous stalls lining the streets, keep an eye out for the lions and dragons, drummers, dancers and firecrackers...

CNY Flower Market Fair in San Francisco: Mini Procession Dragon Parade

That's right, there will be a mini-Procession, a preview of what is to come on the big day of the Grand Parade. The short procession begins at St. Mary's Square and follows the original parade route down Grant Avenue and ends at the Flower Market Fair's main stage where the Official Ribbon Cutting ceremony takes place.

CNY Flower Market Fair in San Francisco: Dragon Dances at the Main stage

San Francisco Chinese New Year Flower Market Fair 2017

When: Saturday and Sunday January 21 - 22, 2017

Stalls and Fair
Saturday 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
Sunday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Mini-Parade on Saturday January 21, 2017 10:30 a.m.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the Main Stage where the Mini Parade will end, approximately 10:50 a.m.

Where: San Francisco Chinatown on Grant Avenue from Clay to Broadway; Pacific, Jackson and Washington between Stockton and Kearny

How Much: FREE!

More Info: San Francisco Chinese New Year Flower Market Fair.

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Miss Chinatown USA Pageant and Coronation Ball

CNY Flower Market Fair in San Francisco

Miss Chinatown USA Pageant 2017

When: Saturday, February 4, 2017 - 7:30 pm

Where: Palace of Fine Arts Theater at 3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco

How Much: $35, $45, $65

More Info and Tickets: Miss Chinatown USA Pageant 2017.

Miss Chinatown USA Coronation Ball 2017

When: Friday February 10, 2017 - 6:00 pm

Where: Hilton San Francisco Union Square at 333 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco

How Much: Call the Chinese Chamber of Commerce at (415) 982-3071

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San Francisco Chinese New Year Grand Parade 2017

CNY Grand Dragon Parade in San Francisco

The Grand Parade is the highlight of the celebrations and the most anticipated event. An annual tradition that started in the 1860's, it is still going strong and is attended by over a million visitors every year.

Troupes of lion dancers...

CNY Grand Dragon Parade in San Francisco: Lion Dancers

... Performers, marching bands, drummers, stilt walkers and entertainers...

CNY Grand Dragon Parade in San Francisco: Dancers, Performers, Drummers

...All parade amongst the colorful and sparkling floats in the twilight hours...

CNY Grand Dragon Parade in San Francisco: Stunning Floats

... Giving way to the fantastic illuminated 260-foot Golden Dragon, the highlight of the parade, snaking through the streets and bringing cheer, joy and good luck for the New Year, all in a flurry of firecrackers, gongs and drums.

CNY Grand Dragon Parade in San Francisco:Golden Dragon

This is of course a FREE event but ticketed stands and bleachers are set up along Kearny Street between California and Sacramento for those who would like a better vantage point and a bit more comfort as some sections of the parade could be over 40 people deep. The bleachers are first-come-first-served and there is NO assigned seating.

San Francisco Golden Dragon Chinese New Year Parade 2017

When: Saturday February 11, 2017 - 5:15 pm - approx. 8:00 pm

Where: Streets of Chinatown. Parade starts at Second and Market Streets, up Post to Powell, down Sutter to Kearny and end at Columbus. Click here for parade route map.

How Much: FREE along the parade route. Bleacher tickets $30 per person, children under 2 free, shipping and handling $8 per order

This is a smoke-free event!

More Info, Tickets, Parking, Transport: www.chineseparade.com.

And if you can't be here, the parade is broadcast live, tune to KTVU/Fox 2 and KTSF Channel 26 (Chinese broadcast) from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

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San Francisco Chinese New Year Community Street Fair 2017

CNY Flower Market Fair in San Francisco

The Street Fair takes place on the weekend of the Parade and stalls and booths line the streets of Chinatown.

Organized by the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, there are lots of planned activities and entertainment including Chinese folk performances, dancing, opera... all taking place by the stage on Washington below Grant Avenue.

If you are attending the parade, then you can combine both on Saturday. If crowds are not your thing, plan on going on Sunday. You still get to see all the lions, giant puppets and dragons from the parade which also make fantastic props for selfies and give kids a chance for a close up look!

CNY Flower Market Fair in San Francisco

San Francisco Chinese New Year Community Street Fair 2017

When: Saturday and Sunday February 11-12, 2017

Booths and Entertainment
Saturday 10:00 am to 4:30 pm (parade starts at 5:15pm)
Sunday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Where: San Francisco Chinatown on Grant Avenue from California to Broadway; Sacramento, Jackson and Washington and Pacific between Stockton and Kearny

How Much: FREE!

More Info: San Francisco Chinese New Year Community Street Fair.

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