San Francisco Lunar New Year Travel & Transit Updates 2023
Lunar New Year is one of the biggest holidays celebrated in many Asian communities. Diverse San Franciscan communities including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese people have long celebrated this festive occasion. For many, the Lunar New Year brings a fresh mindset and resolutions for happiness and health. A zodiac animal with specific traits represents each year in the repeating zodiac cycle of 12 years. 2023 is the Year of the Rabbit, the fourth animal in the zodiac and some people say the most lucky.
The holiday follows the moon's cycles and usually begins in late January or early February. This year Lunar New Year begins January 22.
Fun Fact: In the lunar calendar, the Vietnamese zodiac and the Chinese zodiac are similar, but the Vietnamese zodiac includes a cat while the Chinese zodiac includes a rabbit.
As we enter the Year of the Rabbit, join SFMTA in supporting Asian heritage events throughout January and February:
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 14-15: Flower Fair
- February 3-5: Chinese New Year Parade Setup and Takedown
- February 4: Chinese New Year Parade
- February 4-5: Chinese New Year Community Street Fair
Save time and avoid crowds by purchasing your fare before boarding Muni.
MuniMobile is the easiest way buy your tickets for any Muni services instantly before you ride. Skip the lines and buy tickets ahead of time or on the go, then activate when you are ready to ride. With MuniMobile, your phone is your fare.
Customers may also use a preloaded Clipper card, or purchase tickets at Muni Metro Embarcadero station.