Lunar & Chinese New Year Festivals


Sausalito Chinese New Year Festival

February 17, 2020, 9 a.m. -4 p.m. Year of the Rat

President's Day event

Bay Area Discovery Museum
Fort Baker
557 McReynolds Road
Sausalito, CA 94965

Experience the vibrant traditions of the Lunar New Year at BADM! On Monday, February 17, BADM is celebrating the magic of the Lunar New Year with a full schedule of programs, performances, food, and more!

Programs and Activities:
Lantern Making: Decorate a personalized paper lantern, made on the Fab Lab's laser cutter. Find inspiration from your lunar zodiac sign, and stamp designs on your lantern in lucky colors.
Calligraphy: The Marin Chinese Cultural Association will practice calligraphy in the Art Studios - view this traditional art form, and get your name written in calligraphy for a take home keepsake.
Chinese Games: Run by the Marin Chinese Cultural Association, this program will explore games like Chinese Jump Rope, Jianzi (Chinese hacky sack), and more. Energetic play is the perfect way to celebrate the Lunar New Year!
Performances By:
Marin Chinese Cultural Association Lion Dance Team Performance
China Dance School Performance
Gu Zheng Musicians
10,000 Victories Kung Fu School Martial Arts demonstration
More information and the schedule of the day's activities coming soon!

All Lunar New Year programs and activities are included in the price of museum admission or free for BADM members.


Try your hand at calligraphy or make a kite in the Art Studio. Delicious Chinese food will be on sale. Don't miss the free outdoor demonstrations by the spectacular lion dancers.
Lion Dance
Festival Plaza (if raining, performances will be in the Discovery Theatre. Please pick up your free tickets at the Front Desk before

Past Chinese New Year Activities

Marin Chinese Cultural Association Lion Dance Team performance
Make your own sweet wonton and purchase Chinese food for sale
Calligraphy demonstrations with take-home keepsakes
Chinese Games and Activities
10,000 Victories Kung Fu School martial arts demonstration
Chinese Dance School & Theatre performance
Lion Dance Costume Petting Zoo
Asian Art Museum Storyteller
Chinese Dance Theater Meet and Greet
Chinese Music Lessons with Cheung Wa Mandy
Lantern Making in BADM's Fab Lab

Chinese New Year is a festive family holiday which celebrates the beginning of the New Year. The date is determined by the Chinese Lunar Calendar and usually falls in late January or February and the series of celebratory events can last up to two weeks. The primary focus at this time is to ensure good luck, pay respects to ancestors, gods and spirits, and to wish good fortune for friends and family in the coming year.
The Kitchen God - Tsun Kwan
On the 23rd day of the last month of the New Year, the Kitchen God leaves the family's home to report to heaven on the family's
behavior during the past year. Families pray to the Kitchen God and serve a special dinner in his honor. Sweet foods are served to
sweeten up” the God's report to heaven. After dinner, his picture is burned and many people light firecrackers. On New Year's Day,
the Kitchen God returns to the family. On New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, families get together and have feasts. Houses are cleaned prior to New Year's Eve, but not on the celebratory days themselves.

The Zodiac: The Chinese Zodiac is divided into 12 parts, each representing a different animal. Each year is ruled by one of these 12 animals.

Red Envelopes: Children receive lucky red envelopes with money inside. The envelopes, called Li-cee,” represent good luck and bring good fortune.

Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.

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