January 29 | Lunar New Year 2023 Celebration: Oakland Museum of California

22nd Annual Lunar New Year Celebration

Sunday, January 29, 2023

  • Doors/Food Market open at 11 am; The festivities begin at 12 pm; The celebration ends at 4 pm

Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St., Oakland CA

Of Oakland Museum of California:

“Join us on the OMCA campus as we celebrate the Year of the Rabbit together.

“Access to the festival starts at 11 am; the food market opens at 11 am; activities and performances start at 12 pm

“Parking is available at the OMCA Oak Street Garage for a daily fee of $10; additional event parking is available at Alco Park (165 13th Street) for a daily fee of $7.

“There are four types of tickets for the Lunar New Year Celebration.

  • only festivals – access to all Lunar New Year performances and activities
  • Member Tickets – Members receive free access to the Lunar New Year festival
  • Festival + Special Exhibition enjoy the festival and check out our special exhibition, Angela Davis–Seize the time
  • Festival + Gallery Talks and Main Galleries – enjoy festival access, gallery talks, and access to the Art, Natural Sciences, and California History galleries.

“Opening Celebration

garden stage
12–12:15 p.m. – Welcome the New Year and scare away evil spirits with a lucky lion dance from Developing Virtue High School


Garden scene *
12:30–1:00 p.m.
– Nanta Drum Play and Pan-Gut from Hansamo’s Nanta, Pungmulnori & Dance Teams

1:15 p.m.–1:45 p.m. – Vietnamese 16-string đàn tranh (zither) performance by Vân-Ánh Võ

2:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m. – Singkil Filipino Dance Show and Lesson by Earlene Escobal and the Pilipinx American Student Association at CSU East Bay

2:45 p.m.–3:00 p.m. – Drums of the 24 stations of Malaysia by Developing Virtue High School

15:15–15:35 – Street style dance show and lesson from Str8jacket, as seen on America’s Got Talent

* If it rains, performances will be moved to the James Moore Theater, lower level

“story time

Assembly Room, Lower Level **
13:00-13:30 and 15:00-15:30
The Year of the Rabbit: Tales of the Chinese Zodiac with author Oliver Chin

14:00-14:30 – Storytime for toddlers with the Oakland Public Library

** Limited seats. Doors open 15 minutes before each story time.

“Practical activities

Garden, Lower Level
12–4:00 p.m. – Create paper lanterns with Developing Virtue High School.

Koi pond, lower level
12–4:00 p.m.
– Make a paper cutout of a rabbit, a cat, “Spring” (春), or your own design!

California room, ground floor
12-16:00Create care cards for the elderly experiencing food insecurity in neighboring Chinatown and Little Saigon with Cut Fruit Collective.

Oak Street Plaza, upper level
12-16:00 – Whiteboard conversation

panel chat

History Gallery, Medium Level
1-1:30 p.m. – Join us for a special edition of Oakland Asian Cultural Center’s Open EARS for Change, a series highlighting the intersection between Black and Asian histories in Oakland. OACC’s Stephanie Hoang will moderate a lively conversation on racial solidarity with oral historian Roy Chan and Carolyn Johnson of the Black Cultural Zone. Gallery admission required.

“Closing Celebration

garden stage
3:45 p.m. – End the celebration with an exuberant dragon dance performed by Developing Virtue High School.”


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