San Francisco Chinese New Year Celebration
Chinese New Year is an annual two-week festival celebrated for over 5,000 years in China, each year themed on a different animal from the Chinese zodiac. The San Francisco Chinese New Year celebration originated in the 1860's during the Gold Rush day and has grown to be the largest Asian event in North America as well as the largest general market event in Northern California.
Events for San Francisco Chinese New Year 2020 will take place in mainly in Chinatown from January 17 to February 8. People come from near and far to help ring in the Year of the Rat. This information here will help all customers--whether you live here or are just visiting--stay informed of service changes related to Chinese New Year. If you're attending a Chinese New Year event, we can help you get to there and back again, car-free. If you're going about your business as usual, we want to help you get around amidst all the hustle and bustle.
Temporary Service Changes
The following pages contain information regarding service impacts and extra services for each event. These pages will be updated as event details are finalized. Please check each of these pages for the latest information.
- January 17-19: Flower Fair
- February 7-9: Community Street Fair
- February 7-10: Parade Setup and Takedown
- February 8: Parade & Festival
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Customers may also use a preloaded Clipper card, or purchase tickets at Muni Metro Embarcadero station.