Taste of Little Saigon

Illustration by SARAH HANSEL

If you’ve already flaked out on your New Year’s resolutions, hit the reset button by honoring the Lunar New Year instead. The big day celebrated throughout Southeast Asia—January 28—already passed, but you can find a sense of renewal by scarfing down some juicy barbecued meat from a food truck. The 12th annual Tet Festival in Little Saigon, February 4-5, at Florin Road and Stockton Boulevard, will feature vendors of Vietnamese, Thai, Laotian and Japanese food. In Vietnam during this time of year, flowers fill the streets, and the South Sacramento festival aims to be just as verdant with pretty petals. Stick around for a fashion show, martial arts demonstrations, the Miss Vietnam Sacramento pageant contest and V-pop singers. Traditional lion dances will snake through the crowd in a flurry of colorful feathers, and firecrackers will spice up your weekend, in case you hadn’t already eaten enough chili sauce. Festivities kick off at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and carnival games and rides continue until 11 p.m. Saturday and midnight Sunday. Learn more at lunarflowerfest.org.