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January - February

Lunar New Year Festivals (citywide)

Lunar New Year is an Asian festival celebrated at the turn of the lunisolar Chinese calendar.

Traditionally, celebrations run from the eve to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first calendar month. It is celebrated in countries and territories with sizable Chinese populations, including Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines.

The information below refers to past 2020 events. Plans for 2021 have not been released.

USC Pacific Asia Museum

Southern California’s only museum and U.S. university dedicated to the Pacific and arts of Asia. Since 1971, USC Pacific Asia Museum has served a broad audience of students, families, adults and scholars through its education and outreach programs.

Join the museum for their annual Lunar New Year festival celebrating the “Year of the Rat.” Visiting guests will gain free admission to the galleries, performances, artmaking workshops, food trucks and more.


Cost: Free

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Langham Huntington

To celebrate the Chinese New Year, the historic 4-star luxury hotel will offer Lunar New Year Afternoon Tea in the Lobby Lounge, January 25-February 8 for $75 per person, excluding tax and gratuity.

Lunar New Year Afternoon Tea

  • Sandwiches
  • Tea-Smoked Deviled Egg
  • Sesame Ginger Shrimp
  • Chinese Crab Salad
  • Crispy Pork Belly
  • Scones with Devonshire Cream
  • Yuzu Meringue Tart
  • Matcha Green Tea Donut
  • Lychee Layered Gateau
  • Toasted Golden Sesame Seed Mandarin Macaron
  • Langham Blend Tea: a sophisticated twist on a classic English Breakfast
  • Palm Court Blend Tea: an exclusive and unique blend of the finest quality Chinese white tea, hibiscus flowers, rosehip and pink rose petals.
  • One glass of sparkling wine (included)

Chuan Spa and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Chua Spa is proud to offer treatments rooted in traditional Chinese medicine. This Lunar New Year, experience Gua Sha, January 25-February 8, which utilizes healing jade stone to nurture, heal and restore the skin through stimulation on important meridian points and increasing the flow of body circulation. (1 hour, 15 minutes, $240 including 20% discount)