Lucky you, it’s the weekend. And if that weren’t enough, there’s so much to do from a all kinds of Chinese New Year celebrations taking place across the bay to moonlit hikes and seal-sighting outings. See what else in happening in your hood.


Photo: San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade

San Francisco

If Your Lucky, You’ll Get to see the Chinese New Year Parade
You’ll need to arrive early and brave hordes of revelers to see San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade, but it’s worth it. You’ll see gorgeous costumes, elaborate floats, stilt walkers, lion dancers, the newly crowned Miss Chinatown USA, and the famous Golden Dragon, “Gum Lung”, all accompanied by music, drumbeats, and over 600,000 firecrackers! Parade starts on Market Street, up Grant, down Post, then through Chinatown on Kearney, ending at Columbus. Route follows Post, Sutter and Kearny on the outskirts of Chinatown. Sat. Event details.

SF Jazz Family Matinee
In the United States, jazz and other African-American traditions have always walked hand in hand with our stories. The power of music to inspire, motivate, and heal is an essential part of what makes this music so vibrant, and so essential many years after it was born. Join the Marcus Shelby Quintet as we celebrate the sounds of freedom. Both fun and educational, Family Matinees provide a window into the exciting world of live jazz. Each one-hour matinee features live performance, audience participation, Q&A, and amazing music. Sat. Event details.

San Francisco Symphony’s Chinese New Year Concert
Celebrate Lunar New Year and the Year of the Dog with the San Francisco Symphony at this family event that draws on both ancient and contemporary traditions. Arrive at 2 p.m. for the activity-filled Festival Reception with Chinese instruments, lion dancing, “lucky” red envelopes, entertainment, tea bars, sweet and savory bites, and more. Sat. Event details.

East Bay

Have a Hippety-Hoppety Time at Ardenwood
Bring the little ones out for an exciting morning at the Ardenwood Historic Farm. Learn about rabbits and why they are such great jumpers through stories and fun. Then spend the rest of the day checking out the farm’s many Victorian buildings, gardens, and animals. Sun. Event details.

Get Lunar at the OMCA Celebration
Join OMCA for the 17th annual Lunar New Year celebration, a fortune-filled family-friendly event to welcome in the Year of the Dog. Enjoy live performances and an array of Asian traditions in arts, crafts, food, demonstrations and more. Sun. Event details.

South Bay

Last Chance to Move It at CDM in San Jose
Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose wants  you to move it! In additional to promoting the benefits for physical activity, healthy food choices, and drinking more water a different group of go-getters will visit the museum from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, including the San Jose Giants and more! “Kids Like to Move it Week” is part of the museum’s ongoing programs Kids Food Festival and the exhibit galleries Rainbow Market, Kids in Motion, and FoodShed, the museum’s renovated café that features fresh, whole, and seasonal foods that are minimally processed. Don’t miss the Bear Hunt Hike at 12:45 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. in “Bill’s Backyad.”

Hit the Ice with Disney
Follow your heart straight to adventure at Disney On Ice! Just keep swimming with Dory and new pal Hank from Disney-Pixar’s Finding Dory as they set out to find her parents and discover the devotion of family. Cheer with Joy, Sadness, and the rest of the Emotions from Disney-Pixar’s Inside Out as they work together to boost Riley’s spirit and win the big hockey game. Venture to wintery Arendelle where Olaf and Kristoff help reunite royal sisters Anna and Elsa from Disney’s Frozen and learn love is the most powerful magic of all. See Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel and the Disney Princesses make their dreams possible through virtues of bravery, kindness and perseverance. And celebrate true friendship with Buzz Lightyear, Woody and The Toy Story gang. Make unforgettable memories with Mickey, Minnie and all your Disney friends when Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart skates into your hometown! Fri-.Sun. Event details.


Celebrate Lunar New Year in Redwood City
It’s time to head to Downtown Redwood City for the 8th Annual Lunar New Year Celebration. This free event will include performances on Courthouse Square such as lion dancers, martial artists and taiko drummers as well as a kid’s arts and crafts area. Sat. Event details.

You’ll Quack for this Classic Duckling Story
Introduce your little one to a classic story that’s both heartwarming and seriously memorable. An ugly duckling may seems like a misfit until one day he discovers he’s grown into a handsome swan. This story about love and acceptance can be appreciated by kids and parents of all ages. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

North Bay

Hike with the Moon and the Stars Tonight
Amazing stargazing! Using binoculars, a spotting scope, and telescopes, you’ll study the face of the moon and learn more about constellations and the night sky. Binoculars will be provided, or bring your favorite pair! Weather may prevent us from actually seeing the moon and stars, but we will still have fun and learn about constellations, the features of the moon, and astronomical myths. These evening hikes are usually no more than two miles and allow for fun and learning along the way. After the hike we provide all the necessary supplies for some fun around the campfire including s’more roasting, campfire skits & fun sing alongs. Sat. Event details.

Hang out with the Elephant Seals
Want to meet some northern elephant seals? Head to the Elephant Seal Overlook near Chimney Rock at Point Reyes Station. Weather permitting, docents will be stations at the overlook where visitors can questions and view the seals through park-provided binoculars and scopes. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Will this year be a lucky one for you? Tell us  why in the comments below!

–Chantal Lamers