Annual Vietnamese New Year Celebrations Moves to Mira Mesa

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Mira Mesa - The eighth annual San Diego Tet Festival, the Vietnamese New Year celebration, will be moving to from its usual home in Balboa Park to Mira Mesa.

Because of the preparation for the 2015 Centennial Celebration, the festival's usual spot at the corner of President's Way and Park Boulevard is under construction and will not be available. This year's festival will be held at Mira Mesa Community Park, 8575 New Salem St.

The festival, which attracts 20,000 people each year, promises fun for whole the family with such activities as carnival rides and games, authentic Vietnamese food, lion dancing and firecrackers. And entertainment programs, such as the Miss Vietnam of San Diego and a Cultural Village to immerse yourself in Vietnamese culture.

Festival Dates and Hours are: Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Vietnamese-American Youth Alliance (V.A.Y.A), a 501(c)3 non-profit, non-partisan, community-based organization, was founded in 2004 as a mean for Vietnamese-American youth to organize socially and culturally within the local communities.

At VAYA, we work to promote youth leadership, cultural awareness, social awareness, and community development. This is our mission. Everything we do reflects this mission and the values that make it possible.