San Francisco Celebrates

Lunar New Year2021

Year of the Ox
Virtual Celebration

Lunar New Year 2021

Celebration Guide

Lunar New Year starts on February 12, 2021 and we are ready to celebrate the Year of the Ox.

The Lunar New Year is not only observed in the Chinese community but is also celebrated across several Asian Pacific communities.  To help you and your family celebrate safely at home as well as around San Francisco, please see the Celebration Guide below compiled by the APA Heritage Foundation.

Special Virtual Programs

San Francisco Lunar New Year Celebration 2021

Feb 12: APA Heritage Foundation hosts a virtual Lunar New Year Celebration with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and San Francisco Mayor London Breed.

Joint Celebration of Black History Month and Lunar New Year

Feb 18: Bridging Communities Through Art & Culture, a citywide Stand Together SF virtual event celebrating Black History Month and Lunar New Year with a panel conversation on cross-cultural engagement and spirited cultural performances!

Activities

Year of the Ox on Parade

For the celebration of the Year of the Ox, the San Francisco Chinese Chamber of commerce has organized an exhibit of 11 oxen.   Displayed in various San Francisco neighborhoods from February 3 to March 14, 2021, each Ox is culturally decorated by local artists.  Take a selfie with an Ox display and tag the Chinese Chamber @chineseparade with hashtag #oxonparade for a chance to win a prize.

After the event, each Ox will be donated to a local nonprofit to be auctioned off. Proceeds to benefit the nonprofit.

12 Murals to Celebrate Chinese New Year in San Francisco Chinatown

12 Celebrate Chinese New Year Murals & Cash Raffle

SF Chinatown Merchants Association (SFCMA) invites you to visit 12 Chinese New Year murals – each featuring a different Chinese Zodiac animal and predictions for the new year. While exploring the shops, restaurants, vibrant streets and alleyways in Chinatown, take a photo with each mural & enter the cash raffle sponsored by the APA Heritage Foundation. To enter, post your photos on Instagram and tag @SFCMA. Your submission can not contain photos from other people. One entry per person.

Celebrate Lunar New Year

Museum From Home

The Asian Art Museum invites you to celebrate the Lunar New Year at home.  From performance videos and  exhibits to art making activities, there is something for the entire family to enjoy.  Visit the Asian Art Museum website at www.asianart.org.

Art, Culture, and Belonging in Chinatown and Manilatown

Art, Culture, and Belonging in Chinatown and Manilatown

Chinese Culture Center invites you to celebrate the Lunar New Year for “Art, Culture & Belonging” at 41 Ross and online. A outdoor exhibit and comic zine by Christine Wong Yap on Chinatown & Manilatown stories.

Calendar

Feb 10

Feb 10

Chinese New Year Celebration: SF Neon Chinatown Tour Part 1

6:40 PM - 8:50 PM
Chinese Historical Society of America:
This is a special presentation of the neon lights of San Francisco’s Chinatown, featuring legacy neighborhood businesses with neon signs that have become neighborhood landmarks.

Feb 12

Feb 12

Newly Renovated Willie Woo Woo Wong Playground and Clubhouse Opening!

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Community Youth Center of San Francisco:
After 3 years of renovation, the Willie Woo Woo Wong Playground and Clubhouse will be open on February 12, 2021. There will be lion dancing and a short program starting at 10am.

Feb 13

Feb 13

American Chinese Restaurants

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Chinese Historical Society of America:
Join this webinar to learn about small Chinese family businesses, historical racism, architecture, and growing up in an American Chinese restaurant.

Feb 14

Feb 14

San Francisco Day of Action: Love Our People, Heal Our Communities

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Polk Street in front of City Hall
Multiracial, interfaith healing event to condemn the violence against our Asian elders, women and young people and call for investment in long-term, community-centered solutions. This event is hosted by Coalition for Community Safety and Justice in San Francisco.

Feb 17

Feb 17

SF Neon Chinatown Tour Part 2

6:40 PM - 8:50 PM
Chinese Historical Society of America:
This is the second part of a presentation about the neon lights of San Francisco’s Chinatown, featuring legacy neighborhood businesses with neon signs that have become neighborhood landmarks.

Feb 18

Feb 18

Chinese New Year Children’s Program: Year of the Ox

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Chinese Historical Society of America:
Join CHSA and author Oliver Chin for a reading of The Year of the Ox: Tales from the Chinese Zodiac.

Feb 19

Feb 19

11th Annual Bayview Black History Month and Lunar New Year VIRTUAL celebration

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Community Youth Center of SF (CYC) collaborating with the Bayview YMCA and CCDC to put together this incredible cross-cultural event where we can celebrate together with cultural performances The event will be live on Facebook and YouTube on 2/19 at 3 PM, remember to save the date!

Feb 19

Feb 19

Stand Together: District 4 Community Roundtable

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
In celebration of Black History Month and Lunar New Year, Supervisor Mar is hosting a roundtable with leaders in our Black and Asian American communities. Let’s come together to reflect on the struggles and gains from the Civil Rights Movement and immigration reform of the 60s to the ongoing fight for social, economic, housing justice and access, most keenly felt in our marginalized communities.

Feb 20

Feb 20

Chinese New Year Parade Special Broadcast

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
SF Chinese Chamber of Commerce and our broadcast partners, KTVU Fox 2 and KTSF 26, have been working hard to reimagine a way to ring in 2021, the Year of the Ox. The Parade Special will be upbeat and exciting. We invite you to tune in to bring the spirit of the Ox into your home.

Greetings from San Francisco Leaders

Connie Chan, District 1 Supervisor

Aaron Peskin, District 3 Supervisor

Gordon Mar, District 4 Supervisor

Shamann Walton, District 10 Supervisor

Paul Miyamoto, Sheriff

Joaquín Torres , Assessor-Recorder

APA Heritage Foundation

The APA Heritage Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting appreciation of the diverse Asian Pacific American cultures as well as to providing a forum for community collaborations.

The annual San Francisco celebration of APA heritage month is coordinated by community representatives who volunteer on the APA Heritage Celebration Committee.

2020 Sponsors and Partners

Your support of the APA Heritage Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, makes this celebration possible. For 2021 APA Heritage Month sponsorship information, please contact Claudine Cheng at info@apasf.org.

Presenting Sponsor

Heritage Champions

Heritage Captains

Heritage Partners

Heritage Friends

Community Sponsors

  • Asian American Donors Program
  • Asian Peace Officers Association
  • Chinese American Citizens Alliance San Francisco Lodge
  • Center for Asian American Media
  • Coalition of Asian American Government Employees
  • Hawaii Chamber of Commerce of Northern California
  • Hep B Free – San Francisco Bay Area
  • Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California
  • Nihonmachi Street Fair, Inc.
  • OCA San Francisco Bay Chapter
  • San Francisco Community Health Center
  • San Francisco – Bangalore Sister City Committee
  • San Francisco – Ho Chi Minh Sister City Committee
  • San Francisco – Manila Sister City Committee
  • San Francisco – Osaka Sister City Association
  • San Francisco – Seoul Sister City Committee
  • San Francisco – Taipei Sister City Committee
  • Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center

Media Sponsors

Official Celebration

This is the official celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month for the City and County of San Francisco.