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Oakland Museum of California Celebrates The Year of the Pig with 18th Annual Lunar New Year Event

(Oakland, CA) January 28, 2019Join the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) for the 18th annual Lunar New Year celebration, a fortune-filled family-friendly event to welcome in the Year of the Pig. Celebrate with spectacular cultural performances, demonstrations, traditional and contemporary music and dance, and much more. Explore connections between the diverse Asian cultures represented in California, including Chinese, Tibetan, Korean, Vietnamese, Malaysian, Japanese, and more.

Enjoy spectacular lion and dragon dances by the Developing Virtue Secondary School, Chinese acrobatics by local favorite Red Panda Acrobats, and a magic show by Perry Yan the Magician. Hear traditional Vie­­­tnamese instruments by Emmy-award winning composer Van-Anh Vanessa Vo and watch our live performances, including a martial arts demonstration by Vovinam America, Japanese taiko by Jiten Daiko, Philippine folk dance by American Center of Philippine Arts, Korean drumming by EGO, and K-pop dance by KPG Cal.     

Learn how to drink Gong Fu Cha and make Vietnamese spring rolls. Explore our hands-on activities, make Tibetan prayer flags, learn to create Bok Jumoni, and play I Ching games. Other family-friendly fun includes Lunar New Year stories by Oliver Chin, ASL storytelling, a petting zoo with farm animals, and Asian-inspired food trucks.


The Lunar New Year Celebration is presented in collaboration with Deaf Counseling Advocacy and Referral Agency and Bay Area Asian Deaf Association.


All activities are included with Museum admission. Visitors are encouraged to use public transportation. Limited flat rate parking will be available during the event for $7. Full program details can be found at


WHAT: OMCA’s 18th annual Lunar New Year & Other Asian Traditions Celebration, a culture-filled family day celebrating the Year of the Pig
WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 10, 12–4:30 pm
WHERE: Oakland Museum of California at 1000 Oak Street in Oakland, CA
COST: Included with regular Museum admission

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) is committed to being a welcoming and lively place for multi-generational Bay Area families to visit, learn, and engage through OMCA Family, with art activities, storytelling, and hands-on, drop-in projects throughout the Museum. OMCA’s other family-friendly offerings include free Family Guides to the Galleries available at ticketing desks, free activity Books & Blankets available for check-out anytime the Museum is open, and three large annual festivals: Lunar New Year in February, the Summer Reading Celebration in August with the Oakland Public Library, and the Days of the Dead Celebration in October. OMCA Festivals are made possible in part by generous support from the Oakland Museum Women’s Board and the Koret Foundation.

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) tells the many stories that comprise California, creating the space and context for greater connection, trust, and understanding between people. Through its inclusive exhibitions, public programs, educational initiatives, and cultural events, OMCA brings Californians together and inspires greater understanding about what our state’s art, history, and natural surroundings teach us about ourselves and each other. With more than 1.9 million objects, OMCA brings together its multi-disciplinary collections of art, history, and natural science with the first-person accounts and often untold narratives of California, all within its 110,000 square feet of gallery space and seven-acre campus. OMCA is a leading cultural institution of the Bay Area and a resource for the research and understanding of California’s dynamic cultural and environmental heritage for visitors from the region, the state, and around the world.

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) is at 1000 Oak Street, at 10th Street, in Oakland. Museum admission is $15.95 general; $10.95 seniors and students with valid ID, $6.95 youth ages 9 to 17, and free for Members and children 8 and under. There is a $4 charge in addition to general admission pricing for some special exhibitions. Cruisin’ the Fossil Coastline is included with general Museum admission. OMCA offers onsite underground parking and is conveniently located one block from the Lake Merritt BART station, on the corner of 10th Street and Oak Street. The accessibility ramp is located at the 1000 Oak Street main entrance to the Museum.