With the Lunar New Year of the Tiger just four days away, we’ve rounded up some activities to get in the festive mood.

Celebrate the Year of the Tiger with Thrive City

Join Thrive City today from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. as it welcomes the Year of the Tiger at its free, family-friendly Lunar New Year Celebration at 1725 3rd St. Celebrate the Asian-American community by viewing Thrive’s Good Fortune Tiger statue, creating lanterns at the arts and crafts station, and enjoying live entertainment. Come dressed in traditional attire that celebrates your heritage during this time of year and participate in a photo opportunity!

For more info, here.

Lunar New Year mini-procession

Giant walking puppets, costumed stilt walkers, mischievous lions, and colorful ribbon and fan dancers will walk down Chinatown’s streets on Jan. 29 from 10:30 to 11 a.m. The mini-procession will start from St. Mary’s Square.

Flower market fair

The Lunar New Year Flower Market Fair is held on the weekend before Lunar New Year Day. The Flower Fair is the place to purchase fresh flowers, fruits, candies and brand new supplies for the home to begin the new lunar year. Delight in performances of traditional Chinese magicians, acrobats, folk dancers and opera as you take in the beautiful fragrances of spring. You will find over 120 booths and concessions making this a shopper’s paradise.

The 2022 Flower Market Fair is scheduled for Jan. 29 and 30, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more info, here.

Chinese community street fair

Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of San Francisco’s exhilarating Chinatown during one of the community’s most exciting times of the year. You will find more than 120 booths and concessions, making this a shopper’s paradise. The San Francisco Chinese Chamber of Commerce has activities and entertainment for all ages. Enjoy Chinese folk dancing, opera, drumming and much more at the entertainment stage on Washington Street below Grant Avenue. Make sure to get a family photo with the giant puppets, dragon and other memorable artifacts from the parade!

The 2022 community street fair is scheduled for February 19 and 20. For more info, here.

SF Lunar New Year Parade 2022

The Lunar New Year Parade will be held on Feb. 19. Tickets are now available.

Other notes:

Roxie Theater: ‘Drive My Car

Adapted a short story by Haruki Murakami, Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s “Drive My Car” is a haunting road movie traveling a path of love, loss, acceptance and peace. It won three prizes at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, including best screenplay.

The event will run from 8:15 to 11:15 p.m. today. Japan. Japanese, Korean, English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Tagalog, Indonesian, German, Malaysian with English subtitles. For more info, here.

Art exhibition

The Drawing Room’s new Mission “annex” at 780 Valencia St. will open on Jan. 29 and host the works of 50+ local bay area artists, who each responded to their open call for art in relation to climate change. “TIDES OF CHANGE” will include works in all media and will be engaging the walls, windows and many rooms within the building.

For more info, here.

Mission Street Stories art exhibition

This Saturday will be the opening reception for the Mission Street Stories Group Art Exhibition curated by Evolved SF and Susana Goofier. 

The event runs from 3 to 8 p.m. at 3067 24th St. For more info, here.

Afterlife Boutique

Beginning this February, the Afterlife Boutique at 988 Valencia St. will start its new adventure at After Life Collective, at 541 Valencia St.

“What really shook us to our core was the pandemic, but so many of you supported us during that time, it really bolstered our spirits to keep going, and we did. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts and hope we brightened your days as well,” said Luke, Danielle and Pam from Afterlife Boutique.

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