Chinese New Year: How to celebrate Year of the Ram 

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TODAY

Chinatown New Year Run

7 a.m. registration; 8 a.m. start

Grant Avenue and Sacramento Street

• The Chinatown YMCA holds its 37th annual Chinese New Year 5- and 10-kilometer walk or run. The scenic route starts at Grant Avenue and Sacramento Street, winds its way through Chinatown, North Beach, The Embarcadero and Downtown and finishes on Kearny between California and Sacramento streets.

• Register at: www.ysfchinatownrun.org or call 415-576-9622. Cost: $42; includes a Year of the Ram T-shirt, finish line goodies for all runners, prizes for top winners in each age group.

FRIDAY

Miss Chinatown U.S.A. Coronation Ball

6 p.m. dinner; 8 p.m. coronation; 8:30 p.m. dancing

Hilton San Francisco Union Square

333 O’Farrell St.

• The newly selected Miss Chinatown U.S.A and her court will be crowned at the annual black tie Miss Chinatown U.S.A. Coronation Ball, dinner and dance, attended by many community leaders.

• For more information and tickets, $150, contact the Chinese Chamber of Commerce at 415-982-3000.

SATURDAY

Chinese New Year Parade

Market and Second streets to Kearny and Jackson streets

5:15 p.m. to 8 p.m.

• Named one of the top 10 parades in the world by the International Festivals and Events Association, the Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade is one of the grandest night illuminated parades in the U.S. and the largest celebration of Asian culture outside of Asia. It started in the 1860s by Chinese in San Francisco to educate the community about their culture. Features elaborate floats, lion dancers, folk dancers, costumed elementary school groups, marching bands, stilt walkers, Chinese acrobats and a 268-foot long Golden Dragon. Free or bleacher tickets for $30 at (415) 680-6297 or (415) 982-3000. Broadcast live on KTVU (Ch. 2) or KTSF (Ch. 26) 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Parade points of interest:

• Telecast booth for KTVU and KTSF: Post Streett between Powell and Stockton streets

• Review stand with commentary from Rose Pak: Kearny Street between Washington and Jackson streets

• Parade route start: Second and Market streets

• Parade route end: Columbus Avenue and Kearny Street

• Bleachers (seats for purchase): Post between Powell and Stockton streets, Sutter between Grant Avenue and Kearny, Kearny between California and Sacramento streets

Chinese Historical Society of America Celebrates the Year of the Ram

All day

Chinese Historical Society of America

965 Clay St.

• Dragon dance performance and presentation by artist Frank Wong on his miniature dioramas of places he remembers while growing up in Chinatown.

Spring Festival at the Chinese Culture Center

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Chinese Culture Center auditorium

750 Kearny St., Third Floor

• The largest indoor Lunar New Year celebration. Lion dances, Chinese opera by the Chung Lau Drama Club, ethnic dance by the China Dance School and music and dance by the Star King Shooting Stars will kick off the Chinese Culture Foundation’s 50th anniversary. Free performances 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; $30 for the Chinese opera 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Coincides with the free opening of the Visual Art Center with an exhibition on the San Francisco-Shanghai Sister Cities, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

Chinese New Year Community Street Fair

10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

• Grant Avenue from California to Broadway streets; Pacific Avenue and Sacramento, Washington and Jackson streets between Stockton and Kearny streets.

• The final Chinese New Year event by the Chinese Chamber of Commerce, featuring more than 80 booths and concessions. The entertainment stage on Washington Street below Grant Avenue will include Chinese folk dancing, opera, drumming and more. There will be planned activities and entertainment for all ages including a family photo with giant puppets and other artifacts. Free.

SUNDAY

Forest Hill Association Chinese New Year celebration

2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Forest Hill Clubhouse

381 Magellan Ave.

• Chinese New Year performances, food and drinks for Forest Hill Association members and neighbors.

TODAY-SUNDAY

Lunar New Year Zodiac display

Westfield San Francisco Centre

865 Market St., Level 2 near Bloomingdale’s

• Determine your Chinese zodiac sign and learn each sign’s characteristics using a colorful and informative display about the animals, presented by the Asian Art Museum. Free.

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Jessica Kwong

Jessica Kwong

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Jessica Kwong covers transportation, housing, and ethnic communities, among other topics, for the San Francisco Examiner. She covered City Hall as a fellow for the San Francisco Chronicle, night cops and courts for the San Antonio Express-News, general news for Spanish-language newspapers La Opinión and El Mensajero,... more
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