CA State Parks invites public to celebrate Chinese New Year at Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park

Photos above show last year’s (2023) Chinese New Year celebrations at Weaverville Joss House State Historic ParkPhotos courtesy of California State Parks

Festivities will be held on Saturday, February 17, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WEAVERVILLE — History will come alive when a traditional Chinese lion dance will be presented at the Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park (SHP) to celebrate the Year of the Dragon. This free special event, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, February 17, will take place in front of the “Temple of the Forest Beneath the Clouds,” a Taoist temple built in 1874 that is the oldest continuously used Chinese temple in California.

Chinese believe the lions will preserve peace and tranquility in the community and prevail over all evil to bring joy and happiness in the new year. There will be a traditional firecracker display after the lion dance, along with hot tea and fortune cookies provided by the Weaverville Joss House Association. Chinese New Year crafts along with tours of the temple will also be offered during the event.

State Parks supports equal access. Prior to arrival, visitors with disabilities who need assistance should contact Weaverville Joss House SHP at (530) 623-5284.

The historic park is located in downtown Weaverville at the corner of Main and Oregon Streets. For more information about the event, you can call the park or check the Weaverville Joss House SHP Facebook page at

The California Department of Parks and Recreation, popularly known as State Parks, and the programs supported by its Office of Historic Preservation and divisions of Boating and Waterways and Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation provide for the health, inspiration and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state’s extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation. Learn more at

(CDPR Release)


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