Arts & Leisure

Tet events, Surf City marathon and more

THE LION DANCE is traditional for the New Year. This is the Year of the Rooster, and will be celebrated at the Tet Festival in Garden Grove and a parade in Westminster.

THE LION DANCE is traditional for the New Year. This is the Year of the Rooster, and will be celebrated at the Tet Festival in Garden Grove and a parade in Westminster (File photo).

Finally, there’s a lot going on in the Garden Grove-Huntington Beach-Westminster area so you don’t have to sit on your couch and binge-watch on Netflix while eating Cheetos and otherwise trashing your New Year’s resolutions. Here’s what’s happening:


Opening this weekend at cinemas in the area are:

  • “Rings,” a horror-film about a video that kills people seven days after they watch it. Rated PG-13.
  • “The Space Between Us.” A 16-year-old boy born and raised on Mars returns to Earth and finds that his body may not be able to handle the differences between the two planets. Starring Asa Butterfield, Britt Robertson and Gary Oldman. PG-13 sci-fi fantasy with a bit of romance.
  • “The Comedian.” A standup comic (Robert DeNiro) has to do community service after punching a heckler. Also starring Leslie Mann, Danny DeVito and Harvey Keitel. An R-rated comedy.


“The Wisdom of Eve” continues at the Westminster Community Playhouse. It’s a stage adaptation of the story first told in the film “All About Eve.” It’s a gritty backstage look at the world of theater in 1950s New York. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and three Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. The WCP is located at 7272 Maple St. in Westminster. For more, go to .


The Tet Festival returns to Garden Grove Park (9301 Westminster Ave.) this weekend, and that’s not all that’s going on to observe the Vietnamese New Year. The Festival will be at the park from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday. The two-day event features food, entertainment, carnival rides and more. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children.

  • The annual Tet Parade will be on Bolsa Avenue in Westminster on Saturday morning. The route will begin at Bishop Place then turn west from Bushard Street ending at Magnolia Street on Bolsa. Floats, bands and more will be on hand. About 15,000 people are expected to view the parade.

The annual Surf City Marathon will be held on Sunday on the streets of Huntington Beach. There are actually several races occurring that day, including a wheelchair event starting at 6:25 a.m., a half-marathon commencing at 7:45 a.m. and the main race at 6:30 a.m. The route takes in the Central Park, the Bolsa Chica Wetlands, Pacific Coast Highway and Bolsa Chica State Beach.

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