Where to Celebrate Chinese New Year in San Diego

See which places are throwing events throughout the county

By Sarah Grieco
|  Friday, Feb 8, 2013  |  Updated 12:19 PM PDT
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The Year of the Snake is almost here. Millions of people will celebrate Chinese New Year across the globe, and San Diego is no exception.

Here’s where to attend celebrations throughout the county:

New Year Meal
6-9 p.m. on Feb. 8 at Alchemy of the Hearth, San Marcos
It’s customary to enjoy a good meal during the Chinese New Year. Try a variety of dishes at this San Marcos restaurant and learn something new about the Year of the Snake.

The Red Ball
7:30 p.m. on Feb. 9 at Club M Grand Del Mar
This party combines tradition and luxury with a midnight countdown and red cocktail theme. Admission is free, but reservations are required.

Fireworks Celebration
11 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Feb. 9 at Indochinese Association of San Diego
View fireworks, listen to live music and see exciting performances at this yearly festival in Fairmont Village. This late night event is free and open to the public.

Year of the Snake
1-3 p.m. on Feb. 9 at Bonita-Sunnyside Library
Bring your family to this free event and learn about the important traditions of Chinese New Year. The Lucky Lion Dancers will perform at the library and ceremonial red envelopes will be handed out to kids.

Red Carpet Feast
5-10:30 p.m. on Feb. 9 at Wang’s North Park
Enjoy a traditional Chinese New Year dinner while The Southern Sea Lion Dancers perform for your enjoyment. A red carpet will be rolled out at the restaurant, so you’ll feel like a star for the Year of the Snake.

Chinese New Year Cultural Festival

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 16 & 17 at The San Diego Chinese Historical Museum

This free two-day festival will have it all: Dancing, food and live entertainment. The event hosts local businesses that will welcome The Year of the Snake.

What are you doing for Chinese New Year? Tell us in the comments below.

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