2014 is the year of the horse (? ?) – one of the 12-year cycle of animals in the Chinese zodiac. Horse are known for high energy and stamina accounting for predictions of successful new ventures right out of the gate. The SF Bay Area is celebrating the Year of the Horse with family friendly street fairs, festivals, parades, and museum activities.
The Oakland Museum’s Asian multicultural New Year celebration includes lion dancing, magic, storytelling, henna art, acrobats, martial arts demos, Ikebana demonstrations, and several ethnic dance groups. Families are invited to welcome the “Year of the Horse” at the Bay Area Discovery Museum’s annual celebration. Celebrate the Year of the Horse with lion dancers, lively folk dances, sword swirling tai chi performers, family friendly children’s crafts and Lunar New Year storytelling.
Come to the Chinese New Year Flower Fair to purchase traditional holiday plants, fresh flowers, fruits, candy and other supplies for the new year. This mini parade includes giant walking puppets, costumed stilt walkers, colorful dancers, drummers, electrifying lions, and the noble Dragon.
Hear storytellers share Lunar New Year stories, create your own work of art, and search for zodiac animals on a treasure hunt through the galleries. NOTE: On February 9, 2014 the Asian Art Museum will celebrate the Year of the Horse with students from the Chinese American International School.

The SF Zoo is celebrating the New Year with acrobats, lion and folk dancing, Chinese yo-yo tricks, and a Chinese-zodiac-animals scavenger hunt and more.
Free for people born in horse years (1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002 and 2014.)  Everyone else, activities free with zoo admission.
Head to San Francisco’s Chinatown for two full days of entertainment, eating, and shopping. Come see why San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade is one of the top ten Parades in the world. Just when I was feeling bummed by my failure to keep my new year’s resolution another “new year” pops up on the calendar.  How lucky is that? In the spirit of this lunar new year, wear new clothes in good-luck-color red, don’t argue, and don’t use knives or sharp objects. This entry was posted in East Bay, Events, Family, Free Admission, Holiday Fair, Museum, Parade, Peninsula, San Francisco, Street Fair and tagged Chinatown Community Street Fair, Chinese New Year Festival at the Bay Area Discovery Museum, Chinese New Year Flower Market Fair in San Francisco's Chinatown, Chinese New Year Mini-Parade 2014, Family Friendly Lunar New Year’s Events 2014, Free Lunar New Year Celebration at The Asian Art Museum, Guide to SF Bay Area Chinese New Year's Celebrations, Lunar New Year at the SF Zoo, Lunar New Year Celebration at Oakland Museum, Lunar New Year Celebration at SF Botanical Garden, Lunar New Year in Redwood City, Lunar New Year San Mateo County History Museum, Oakland Asian Cultural Center, San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade on January 23, 2014 by Shari. Those more in the know say the Year of the Horse is an optimistic time when people are generally more apt to work together in a spirit of community while still enabling independent ideas to help solve problems. See spectacular lion dancers, try your hand at calligraphy, learn about the Chinese zodiac, make a kite in the Art Studio, cook up a traditional sweet wonton, and hear Chinese string music.
See one of the world’s greatest collections of Asian magnolias at the peak of their bloom.

The Botanical Garden is FREE daily 7:30–9am and all day on the second Tuesday of every month as well as Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Years Day. Students will present classical music and dance from China including a traditional lion dance to scare away evil spirits and ensure a bright beginning to the year. Started in the 1860s and steeped in tradition this Parade and Festival is the largest celebration of Asian culture outside of Asia. Grant Avenue, from Broadway to Clay Street, and on Pacific Avenue, from Stockton to Kearny Street as well as Jackson Street between Stockton and Kearny. This fun-filled scavenger hunt adventure will lead guests to the animals found on the Chinese calendar. Parade highlights include elaborate floats, lion dancers, folk dancers, costumed school groups, marching bands, stilt walkers, Chinese acrobats, and a 268 foot long Golden Dragon (“Gum Lung.”) Note: Can’t make it to the Parade? Everyone who completes the Zodiac tour will receive a lucky red envelope with a surprise inside.

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