San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade and Festival Parking Guide 2024

Named one of the world’s top ten parades, the Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco is the largest celebration of its kind outside of Asia. If you’re celebrating the Year of the Dragon in San Francisco over the next two weeks, here’s what you need to know about the parade, community street fair, and run/walk.

Chinese New Year Parade Parking

The Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco celebrates the Lunar New Year and is widely regarded as one of the most spectacular night-illuminated parades in the country. This year’s parade will be held on Saturday, February 24th, rain or shine.

Started in the 1860s by the Chinese as a way to educate the community about their culture, this year’s parade includes elaborate floats, lion dancers, folk dancers, costumed elementary school groups, marching bands, stilt walkers, Chinese acrobats, and a 268 foot long Golden Dragon. The newly crowned Miss Chinatown U.S.A. will also make an appearance!

General viewing of the parade is free, and bleacher tickets are available starting at $41. You can purchase bleacher tickets here. Event organizers recommend you get there before 4:00 p.m. If you can’t attend the parade in person, you can catch the live broadcast on KTVU Fox 2 or KTSF 26 (Chinese broadcast) on Saturday, February 20th at beginning at 6pm.

Date and Time: Saturday, February 24th, 5-9 p.m.

Parade Route: Market and Second Street to Kearny and Jackson (see map below for the parade route and bleacher locations)

san fransisco chinese new year parade route map

You can find more information on the official parade event page here.

Chinese New Year Community Street Fair Parking

With over 120 booths and concessions, the Community Street Fair is a must-see part of this year’s celebration! The street fair is free and takes place Saturday, February 24th, and Sunday, February 25th, the same weekend as the Chinese New Year Parade.

Be sure to stop by the entertainment stage on Washington St. below Grant for Chinese folk dancing, opera, drumming, and much more. Then get a family photo with the giant puppets and other artifacts from the parade.

Date and Time: Saturday, February 24 from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Sunday, February 25 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Location: Grant Avenue from California to Broadway St.; Sacramento, Washington, Jackson, and Pacific between Stockton and Kearny

For more information, check out the official event page here.

Chinese New Year Run Parking

The Chinatown YMCA holds its 46th annual Chinese New Year Run on Sunday, March 3rd. The race route starts at Sacramento and Grant and winds its way through Chinatown, North Beach, the Embarcadero, and Downtown before finishing on Kearny between California and Sacramento.

Registration for the race starts at $60 and includes a t-shirt, medal, and finish line goodies, as well as prizes for top winners by age group. Proceeds benefit the Chinatown YMCA Community Center.

Date and Time: March 6 at 8 a.m.

Race route: Starts at Sacramento and Grant before moving through Chinatown, North Beach, the Embarcadero, and Downtown; finishes on Kearny between California and Sacramento.

For more information and to register for the race, head over to the race event page here.