Gong Hee Fot Choy! The weekend before Chinese New Year, which begins on Sunday, February 10, is the kickoff. The annual Chinese New Year Flower Fair and Parade takes place in San Francisco's Chinatown in advance of the official start of the Year of the Snake.
Asian households traditionally display flowers in the home during New Year's, bringing potted plants and oranges to the homes of friends and relatives as well. There will be a wide selection from 80 stalls selling traditional holiday plants, flowers, and fruits to ready the home for the holiday. Visitors can enjoy browse among peach blossoms, narcissus, orchids, snap dragons, chrysanthemums, and piles of good-luck oranges and tangerines.
On Saturday, February 2, 2013, the mini-parade featuring lion dancers and giant puppets begins at 10:30 a.m. from St. Mary's Church at 660 California Street. Thirty minutes later, the parade arrives at the main stage in the heart of Chinatown on Washington Street below Grant Avenue, where a ribbon-cutting ceremony opens the fair.
On Sunday, February 3, 2013, the two-day event continues, with an anticipated 400,000 visitors attending over the weekend.
Saturday. Feb. 2, 2013 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Grant Avenue and Pacific Avenue, Chinatown, San Francisco