Everyone knows about the giant Chinese New Year parade and celebration that happens ever year (it’s on the 27th this year btw), but this is the first time I’ve ever heard of the Chinese New Year Flower Fair. For all you fools out there, here is the skinny on the San Francisco Chinese New Year celebrations:
Chinese New Year is a two week Spring festival celebrated for over 5,000 years in China. The San Francisco Chinese New Year celebration originated in the 1860′s during the Gold Rush day and is now the largest Asian event in North America as well as the largest general market event in Northern California. The celebration includes two major fairs, the Chinese New Year Flower Fair and Chinatown Community Street Fair. All the festivities culminate with Chinese New Year Parade.
The Flower Fair features traditional Chinese dance, music, art, cultural displays and a helluva lot of flowers! Held in the heart of Chinatown, you’ll have the chance to stock up on traditional Chinese plants, fruits and flowers while connecting with a culture that has played a significant role in San Francisco history. So, if it’s not raining take a stroll over to this awesome and FREE once-a-year happening! (If it IS raining, you are welcome to join me on my couch, curled up in the fetal position, singing “rain rain go away.” GOOD TIMES!!!)
Chinese New Year Flower Fair
Grant Avenue from Clay to Broadway
Pacific Avenue from Kearny to Stockton [Chinatown]
Saturday, February 6, 10am-8pm
Sunday, February 7, 9am-6pm
Photo from: hoax-slayer.com
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