2013 is the Year of the Snake. Slither over to the Chinese New Year Festival, and ring it in. Free festivities are happening all weekend, including the 114th Golden Dragon Parade and plenty of performances on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. Below is a list of what's happening on Sunday, February 17, 2013 from noon until 5 p.m.. Bring your friends and celebrate.
L.A. Buzz Bands' Kevin Bronson curates five new indie bands, which are only playing on Sunday on The LA Weekly Live Music Stage near 943-951 North Broadway. Shed some skin and dance! TM87 kicks off the day with experimental rock at noon. Psycho groove band, The Vim Dicta, hits the stage at 1 p.m. Random Ninjas plays random rock at 2 p.m. Post-roots band, Drive He Said, takes the wheel at 3 p.m. Y LUV closes the festival with their lovely set at 4 p.m.
The Main Central Plaza Performance Stage, located at 943-951 North Broadway, features some of the same entertainment from Saturday. Here's your chance to see the following again on Sunday: Asian pop girl band Blush, East Wind Lion Dance Troupe, Martial Artist Jin Wu Kung Fu, and more! A modern lion dance, dynamic Chinese yo-yo, another Chinese dance, and hoop diving are also on the bill.
At the West Plaza (943 N. Hill Street), calligraphy by Sophia Nie, clay portrait sculpture by Keluo Xu, dough sculpture by Chris Lee, face-painting by Tai-Ling Wong, feng shui by Guojian Cui, and storytelling by Barbara Wong will be showcased. There's also a family workshop.
Help break the world record for Chinese paper folding in the Mandarin Plaza at 970 N. Broadway, or make a wish on the Wishing Snake. (Donations will benefit the Chinatown Service Center Youth Center.) At 3 p.m. there's an eating contest. If you're up to the challenge, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up. It's $20 to enter, or you can post a status update about the eating competition on Facebook, tag Los Angeles Chinatown, and lock in 50 Likes to enter for free. Then, work off all those calories with a game of ping pong. If you don't enter the eating contest, you can always snack on some goodies at local restaurants, or patronize the gourmet food trucks at each location.
Happy New Year!
Chinese New Year Festival - free
Feb. 17 from noon to 5 p.m.
Various locations in Chinatown
Metro Gold Line stop: Chinatown Station
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