According to publicly available census data, about 6000 people live in Sarasota County, making the Lunar New Year celebration the largest Vietnamese community celebration in the area.

If You Go:

The Happy Monastery, also known as Tu Viện Hạnh Phúc, is a Buddhist temple located at 4101 S Lockwood Ridge Rd, Sarasota, FL 34231.

Festivities begin Sunday, February 11 from 1pm – 9pm.

Open to public. An incredible selection of ethnic foods will be available for sale. (Note: No alcohol allowed).What you’ll see?

During the celebration, you’ll have the chance to witness traditional dances such as the dragon dance, lotus dance, and various cultural Vietnamese dances. Including dances directed and taught by Lily Liu. These performances showcase the beauty and diversity of Vietnamese culture and add vibrancy to our festivities.

In addition, we’ll have singing performances from people such as Lily Lieu and many more. Moreover, there will be delicious and authentic vegetarian Vietnamese food as well as a plethora of activities for all.

People from all over the country, including states like California, Texas, and Nebraska, as well as international visitors from Vietnam, travel to Sarasota specifically for our festival.

“It’s a true testament to the growing popularity and significance of this event,” says Lily.


We look forward to celebrating the Lunar New Year together!

Andrea Mastrocinque-Martone is Sarasota Event Calendar’s Chief Editor. She is the former A & E Editor for Sarasota Observer Newspapers and is currently a public relations consultant.