Think the 2015 New Year celebrations are all over? Think again!

By the Chinese lunar-based calendar, the Year of the Horse is trotting offstage and the Year of the Ram is making its grand entry this month. You can help celebrate the turnover by attending the 33rd-annual San Diego Chinese New Year Food & Cultural Fair on February 21 and 22!

We invite you to board with us here at the Sofia Hotel while you enjoy all of the beautiful pageantry. We’d be honored to have you as our guest as the Year of the Ram dawns!

The Festival

The 2015 iteration of the city’s Chinese New Year Food & Cultural Fair marks the 33rd time that it’s been helmed by the San Diego Chinese Center. This longstanding organization serves San Diego’s Chinese community and also helps facilitate cross-cultural understanding among all residents. The New Year fair achieves those worthy aims while also setting the stage for plenty of revelry and spectacle!

Ushering in the Year of the Ram means eating some fantastically good traditional food—an intrinsic part of the Chinese New Year celebration. It also means enjoying to the fullest the dances, parades, and ceremonies used to foster an auspicious beginning for the freshly minted lunar year.

Both Saturday and Sunday will be chock full of live entertainment, from the Hsi Fang Temple Dancers to the Shaolin Kungfu Monks. A real highlight is the midday Lantern Parade and Lion Dance, an all-ages spectacular. Kids can construct their own lanterns at the Children’s Craft Area beforehand and then stroll alongside the 25-foot, 11-person dragon and Chinese lions during the must-see parade.

The Details

The San Diego Chinese New Year Food & Cultural Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the 21st and 22nd in downtown San Diego, centered on the junction of Third Avenue and J Street.

That’s just blocks from the doorstep of the Sofia Hotel, which means you should definitely come stay with us for all of the festivities! And we wish you all a very pleasant and rewarding Year of the Ram.

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