UPDATED January 27, 2014
The highlight of the Chinese New Year Festival in Los Angeles is the 115th Golden Dragon Parade on Saturday, February 1, 2014. Before and after the parade, there are plenty of cultural performances to see and live bands to hear. Bring the family and friends. It's free! Here's the lowdown for day one.
The Live Entertainment Stage by the Central Plaza is curated by L.A. Buzz Bands' Kevin Bronson. Robust hard-driving, indie rock band Hobart W Fink kick off with a concert at noon. Modern rockers A House for Lions roar in at 3 p.m., followed by Raw Geronimo at 4 p.m. Line & Circle toe the line at 5 p.m. Brightening up the stage at 6 p.m. is Parade of Lights. The Happy Hollows closes it down at 8 p.m.
Hit the Spring Festival on Spring - 643 N. Spring Street to be exact - from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Princess Pangolin spreads her magic at 5 p.m. The Volcanics start spewing at 6 p.m. Shoot - The Capgun Holdups go on at 7, followed by The Sound Reasons at 8 p.m. Mr. Elevator & the Brain Hotel close it down at 9 p.m.
Discover cultural artisans at the West Plaza (943 N. Hill Street): brush painting by Nori Shirasu, calligraphy by Guojian Cui, candy sculpture by Shinobu Ichiyanagi, clay portrait sculpture by Keluo Xu, dough sculpture by Chris Lee and face-painting by Tai-Ling Wong. Magician Minh Tran and storyteller Barbara Wong will also perform. The Chinese American Museum will be presenting a family workshop, too.
Starting at noon on the Main Central Plaza Performance Stage, located at 943-951 North Broadway, there will be all kinds of entertainment until 8 p.m. The tentative line-up is: a traditional Southern style Dragon and Lion Dance performed by East Wind Foundation For Youth at noon, DJ music at 3 p.m., a Modern Lion Dance (Jason Nguyen) / Aerial and Dance Performances (Various) / Flexibility (Torque Method) / Rolla Bolla (Torque Method) / Cube (Torque Method) / Group Acro (Torque Method) all at 4 p.m., a Shaolin Martial Arts performance by Master Xiaojun Wang and Jin Wu Kung Fu School at 5 p.m., Chinese Face-Changing by Weiqi Zong / Acrobatic Balancing performed by Shasha Luo / Teapot Juggling by Weiqi Zhong at 5:30 p.m. At 6 p.m. the Modern Lion Dance (Jason Nguyen) / Aerial and Dance Performances (Various) / Flexibility (Torque Method) / Rolla Bolla (Torque Method) / Cube (Torque Method) / Group Acro (Torque Method) repeat. Another Shaolin Martial Arts performance by Master Xiaojun Wang and Jin Wu Kung Fu School starts at 7 p.m.
This year, Downtown Flea joins the team, curating a selection of vendors and food trucks at 2 lots located at Central Plaza and 727 N. Hill on the parade route. Naked Juice will be handing out tasty samples there.
Can't make it on Saturday? The festival continues Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014.
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Chinese New Year Festival - free
Day 1 - February 1, 2014 from noon until 11 p.m.
Various locations in Chinatown