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UVSA Tet Festival celebrates Vietnamese Lunar New Year in Costa Mesa

Live music, traditional dance competitions, pho-eating contests, carnival rides and other attractions were part of the action Saturday on the second day of the UVSA Tet Festival at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa.

The festival, in its 38th year, is presented by the nonprofit Union of Vietnamese Student Assns. and celebrates the Vietnamese Lunar New Year, “the most important holiday in Vietnamese culture,” according to the event’s website.

“Tet celebrates the arrival of a new spring where families reunite, enjoy each other’s company, forget about the troubles of the previous year and look forward to a better upcoming year,” the website states.

The festival continues from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday at the fairgrounds, 88 Fair Drive. General admission is $6; children 2 and younger get in free. Parking costs $9.


For more information or a schedule of activities and performances, visit, email or call (714) 388-6711.