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Jean Oelrich
Director of Communications
(714) 876-2380

Pacific Symphony And South Coast Chinese Cultural Center/ Irvine Chinese School Celebrate Lantern Festival With Fourth Annual Orange County Lantern Festival, March 2

Orange County, CA — February 05, 2019

For the fourth year in a row, Pacific Symphony and South Coast Chinese Cultural Center (SCCCC)/ Irvine Chinese School (ICS) join hands to present a free, fun, family-friendly Lantern Festival, commemorating the end of the Lunar New Year celebration. The festival, spread throughout the concert hall and the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza, features culture, music and arts, including a variety of colorful performances showcasing local music and dance groups. Entire families are encouraged to come and celebrate the Year of the Pig with numerous activities traditionally associated with Lantern Festival, a Chinese festival traditionally celebrated on the fifteenth day of the Lunar New Year! Make sure to stay updated on our social media channels, as we broadcast live some of the event’s highlights on Facebook and Instagram.

The Lantern Festival takes place on Saturday, March 2, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, with performances in the theater, activities in the lobby and interactive demonstrations on the Argyros Plaza. The event is free and open to the public, but due to the limited capacity, remaining available tickets will go fast. Entry is first-come, first-served; tickets must be reserved in advance through, or with our Box Office at (714) 755-5799. The Lantern Festival is made possible through the support of the James Irvine Foundation, and is presented in cooperation with Segerstrom Center for the Arts, with additional support from Taiwan Tourism Bureau and Wang Intellectual Property.

As in years past, this Lantern Festival community celebration will include a variety of musical and performing arts acts and activities, such as performances by the Pacific Symphony Chamber Orchestra, the South Coast Chinese Orchestra, Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra Octet, Lac Hong Performing Art Group, Chinese folk-dance lessons and a ukulele sing-along. Activities such as Lantern Making with the Bowers Museum, a Petting Zoo featuring this year’s animal, the pig, and Chinese Knotting classes will keep the whole family busy. Don’t miss the numerous photo opportunities, like where festival-goers can try on traditional Áo Dài Vietnamese outfits, and the finale of the day: the colorful Dragon Dance!


2019 Lantern Festival Lineup

Plaza Booths/Activities:

  • Taiwan Tourism Bureau
  • Orange County Asian Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA)
  • Petting Zoo
  • Red Envelope Lantern Making
  • Calligraphy
  • Culminating Dragon Dance and Lantern Parade

Food Trucks:

  • Dos Chinos
  • The Coconut Truck
  • Waffle-icious

Plaza Demonstrations:

  • Chen Style Thai Chi + Tai Chi Fan
  • Chinese Instruments
  • Meet the Musician (Dennis Kim)
  • Lion Dance
  • Vietnamese Bánh Mì Making
  • Chinese Folk Dance
  • Chinese Traditional Costumes
  • Chinese Yo-Yo
  • Ukulele Sing-Along
  • Áo Dài Fashion Show
  • K-Pop Dance

Lobby Activities:

  • Lantern Installation
  • Riddles
  • Photo Booth
  • Lantern Making with Bowers Museum
  • Vietnamese Wood Block Art
  • Chinese Knotting Classes
  • Chinese Paper Cutting
  • Calligraphy
  • Art Show


  • Pacific Symphony Chamber Orchestra
  • Chinese Folk Dance
  • Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings Quartet
  • Korean American Youth Performing Artists
  • South Coast Chinese Orchestra
  • Strings for Generations
  • Irvine Chinese Chorus
  • Lac Hong Performing Art Group
  • New Orange County Children’s Choir
  • South Coast Chinese Drum Team
  • Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra Octet


Artists, programs, prices and dates are subject to change.

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