Snake It Up

San Francisco's Chinese New Year celebration began in the 1860s, and is now the largest of its kind outside Asia. The celebration has already crowned the new Miss Chinatown, hosted a 5K run, and welcomed back all-star Jeremy Lin, but there are still some outstanding family-friendly events waiting to ring in the Year of the Water Snake. For the urban sleuth, enjoy the undiscovered treasures of our city in a special walking tour and treasure hunt around Chinatown (, $12-$45). This unique event invites participants to solve a series of tricky and humorous riddles that uncover fascinating historical facts. The Chinese Historical Society (, free) celebrates the New Year with free tours and programs that offer exclusive access to displayed artists like Leland Wong, Frank Wong, and Leon Sun. The museum also debuts its “Hats Off!” exhibit, a playful collection of vintage Chinese children’s headwear from the Qing dynasty. The folks at Westfield San Francisco and the Asian Art Museum have partnered on an all-ages literary event (, free). Knowledgeable storytellers invite participants to enjoy the world of traditional Chinease myths, lessons, and folktales. Last but not least is the Chinese New Year Community Street Fair and Parade. Dubbed one of the world’s top 10 parades, this year’s event features local martial arts groups, stilt walkers, Chinese acrobats, and a display of over 600,000 firecrackers. The parade ends, as is tradition, with the march of a 200-foot-long golden dragon.
Sat., Feb. 23, 10 a.m., 2013

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