Gung Hay Fat Choy!
Here’s how to ring in the year of the ram across the Bay Area.
February 19 kicks off Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations for 2015, a year the Chinese zodiac suggests will be marked by creativity and inspiration, thanks to its distinction as the year of the ram. Here are some of the best ways to celebrate:
Lunar New Year Bazaar
Getting an early start to this year’s celebrations, Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce’s outdoor Lunar New Year Bazaar features roughly 100 vendors selling flowers, candies, gifts, clothing, and more. A little prince and princess contest includes participants in traditional Chinese outfits. February 7 and 8, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., oaklandchinatownchamber.org.
Uncle Yu’s at the Vineyard
Uncle Yu’s at the Vineyard in Livermore offers a special five-course tasting menu for Chinese New Year, honoring traditional cuisine. February 19–27, $38–$60, uncleyus.com/livermore.html.
Lunar New Year at OMCA
The Oakland Museum of California’s Lunar New Year celebration includes martial arts, storytelling, Chinese opera face painting, and more. February 22,
12 p.m.–4:30 p.m., museumca.org.
Trader Vic’s Chinese New Year
For its annual Chinese New Year celebration, Trader Vic’s in Emeryville hosts two nights of festivities complete with lion dancers (think dancers wearing large dragon-esque costumes), firecrackers, and chef’s special dishes. February 27 and 28, 7:30 p.m., tradervicsemeryville.com.
Ulferts Center Chinese New Year
Dublin’s Ulferts Center holds its annual Chinese New Year lion dance, with games and gifts. And the center’s Kee Wah Bakery, which originated in Hong Kong, will sell a Chinese New Year’s gift box full of Chinese pastries like moon cakes. March 1, 1 p.m., ulferts.com, keewah.us.