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Lunar New Year Celebration | OMCA

February 17, 2024 @ 11:00 am 4:00 pm

Annual Lunar New Year Celebration at OMCA

Gather with us on OMCA’s campus to ring in the Year of the Dragon together!

Doors open at 11 am; festivities begin at 12 pm | Celebration ends at 4pm

Gather with us at OMCA for our annual Lunar New Year Celebration. Celebrate and honor Lunar New Year traditions through family-friendly storytelling, performances, activities, and more. Come together to uplift AAPI communities and explore the shared connections between Asian cultures of the Bay Area.

OMCA Admission is $10 for adults. Kids 12 and under FREE.
Parking is available in OMCA’s Oak Street Garage for a day rate of $10; overflow event parking is available at Alco Park (165 13th Street) for the day rate of $7. 

ASL interpretation will be provided. 

OMCA Opening Celebration

Garden Stage 12–12:20 pm – Usher in the New Year and chase evil spirits away with a lucky lion dance.


Garden Stage
12:45–1:30 pm Nanta, Samgomu, and Pan-Gut by Hansamo’s Nanta, Pungmul & Dance Teams
2:00–2:30 pm Interactive lion dance performance with LionDanceME – take pictures with the lions and dancers!
3:00–3:35 pm Street style dance performance and lesson by Str8jacket, as seen on America’s Got Talent


12:30–1 pm The Year of the Dragon: Tales from the Chinese Zodiac with author Oliver Chin
1:30–2:15 pm Storytime with Joanna Ho, author of Eyes that Kiss in the Corners
3–3:30 pm The Year of the Dragon: Tales from the Chinese Zodiac with author Oliver Chin

Hands-on Activities

Garden, Lower Level 12–4:00 pm Create a paper dragon puppet and paper dragon dangler

KORET PLAZA, LOWER LEVEL 12–4:00 pm Write a wish for your community for the new year on a dragon scale and add it to our collective Year of the Dragon artwork!

CALIFORNIA ROOM, LOWER LEVEL 12:30–3:30 pm Learn about and sample a variety of tea with local tea company, Far Leaves Tea founder Donna Lo.

KORET PLAZA, LOWER LEVEL 11 am–4:00 pm   Pick up a self-guided Lunar New Year Zodiac Animal Quest activity and search for zodiac animals in our core galleries. 

Free Free with admission.

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1000 Oak St.
Oakland, CA 94607 USA
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