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We are working hard for next year's festival! Stay tuned for more updates!

In the mean time please follow our Facebook pages!

San Diego Tet Festival: facebook.com/vayasdtet/

Miss Vietnam: facebook.com/missvietnamsandiego

Friday January 27 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday January 28 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday January 29 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Last Year's Schedule

We are working on this year's schedule. Updates soon! Listed below is last year's.

5:00PM Festival Opens
Lion Dance
5:30PM Ivan Cheong
6:00PM Autumn Drift
6:30PM Leon Vu
7:00PM Legendary Lion Dance
7:30PM Step Up Dance Competition
8:30PM Golden Voice
10:00PM Festival Closes
Feb 12
11:00AM Festival Opens
Taiko Drums
12:00PM Opening Ceremony
1:00PM Hoa Nghiem
3:00PM Southern Seas Lion Dance
5:00PM Legendary Lion Dance
5:30PM Miss Vietnam Pageant
6:30PM Vu Thang
7:30PM Minh Tuyet
9:30PM Miss Vietnam Pageant Winners
10:00PM Festival Closes
Feb 13
11:00AM Festival Opens
11:30AM Southern Seas Lion Dance
12:00PM Autumn Drift
1:00PM Legendary Lion Dance
1:30PM David Vo
3:30PM Autumn Drift
5:00PM Van Kiep
6:00PM Festival Closes
Feb 14


Would you like to be part of our entertainment program? Apply below!

Step Up Dance Competition

Do you love dancing? If you have an up and coming team or a new choreography to try, why not bring yourselves to our stage and wow us for the new year!

  • ALL AGES & SKILL LEVELS will be competing with one another
  • STAGE SIZE - 30x24 (Can fit about 10-12 people dancing comfortably)
  • TEAM of 2 or more
  • Performances/music must not exceed 6 minutes in length
  • Competition Date: TBA

Apply Now

Kid's Spotlight

While the new year is a celebration for everyone, we know that it is the most enjoyable for the youth! It is probably one of the few times a year that they are able to learn about their culture in fun and exciting ways! We want to showcase the future generation of Vietnamese Americans. Plus it will be very cute :)

Golden Voice

Do you love singing? We do! Kareoke is basically in our blood! For the new year, we would love to listen to you perform your favorite songs on stage in front of hundreds of people!

  • The Contestant must be at least 15 years old.
  • The Contestant must only perform Vietnamese or English songs.
  • The Contestant must submit a photo of him/herself with the application.
  • The Contestant will perform live on stage with a band.
  • The Contestant must not be the previous 1st Place winner of VAYA Golden Voice.

Apply Now

About Miss Vietnam of San Diego™

The Miss Vietnam San Diego™ is established with the primary focus of elevating the Vietnamese-American female as a national symbol of beauty and pride captured internally and externally through her poise, grace, intellectual strength, and individuality.

The pageant also serves to promote the Vietnamese culture by retaining the functions of the traditional dress ao dai, developing teamwork through cultural dances, and directing questions to educate the audience on the perception of culture via the eyes of Vietnamese females today. Last but definitely not least, its third purpose is to bring people together, females who participate, family and friends who watch, and all others involved in its formation, fostering a stronger sense of community.

It is an opportunity to develop long-standing friendships and to interact and have fun with peers who carry a similar Vietnamese-American identity. Overall, the Miss Vietnam San Diego is a non-profit event whose only purpose is to serve the Vietnamese community. It serves to elevate the Vietnamese-American female, to promote our culture and heritage, to develop a lasting bond between people of similar identity, and to define what it means to be united. In accomplishing its goal, it can truly say, everyone is a winner.


Miss Vietnam San Diego™
Pageant 2016

Tami Nguyen

Miss Vietnam San Diego


UC San Diego - Biology

"I hope that once I become a dermatologist, I can provide unique and cheaper alternatives for people, especially adolescents, who may not have the money to treat their skin with luxury products. I hope to help people be comfortable in their own physical skin and eventually grow comfortable sharing their personality. I want to help others be confident, and I hope to inspire people to be more resourceful."

Linh Tran

1st Runner-up

Miss Congeniality


Mesa College - Psychology

"As a Vietnamese-American female, I try to set an example and be a strong influence for others, to encourage them to learn confidence in themselves and to embrace their culture. This pageant is an opportunity for me to become more confident in myself while learning more about my heritage. I am always searching for a way to become the best version of myself."

Demi Ngo

2nd Runner-up


Miramar College - Pharmaceutical Neuroscience

"I want to show women that no matter where you go or what type of career you want to pursue, to not get discouraged by what others say or think. Their words do not define who you are; the reasons behind each action you choose to take, and what you choose to feel defines your experience as well as your impact."

Hien Mai

3rd Runner-up


UC San Diego - Human Biology

"Aside from academics, I enjoy traveling, shopping, and trying out authentic food from different cultures. I also have an interest in fashion blogging. I like to inspire girls to construct their own individuality through fashion. To others, fashion simply means comfort, but I see myself as a canvas, expressing myself uniquely, thoughtfully, and creatively."

Thienkim Cao

4th Runner-up


Scripps Ranch High School

"Now I use my time to aid others going through their own challenges by volunteering at hospitals and charity groups. With my compassion and dedication, I want to show young Vietnamese girls that despite the difficulty of a challenge, they can achieve anything they set their mind on. "

Vyanh Vo

Miss Photogenic


Human Biology BS

"I would like to continue to pursue my passion for helping others. Not only would my work be focused in the San Diego community but across the United States as well and hopefully in Vietnam as well."

Julie Nguyen

Miss Community Service


Scripps Ranch High School

"During my free time, I find satisfaction in dance and musical performing arts. You can undeniably catch me dancing anywhere, everywhere, and anytime. Even though I am the youngest contestant, I believe that taking action and being involved in the community has no age restrictions. The earlier you start the more experience you gain and thus, the more you contribute and impact those around you."

Quynh Nguyen

Audience's Choice


Mesa College - Pre-med

"I am constantly learning so I can properly care for my future patients. I volunteer at the VA Hospital on my spare time, taking care of veterans and learning about their lifestyles and ethnic roots. If I am awarded the title of Miss Vietnam, I will continue to perform volunteer work, improve myself in every way, and contribute to the honor and beauty of Vietnamese women in the United States."

Natalie Nguyen

Miss Ao Dai


Mesa College - Nursing

"The lesson I’ve learned throughout my life is that if you keep an open mind and always think positively, there is nothing you can’t accomplish. I like the quote of Gandhi, "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." There is no doubt that every day is a gift, and the gift is an opportunity to live, to learn, and to grow."

Cynthia Le

Miss Evening Gown


Grossmont College - Business

"Time is always going by and we must cherish the moments that we have now and not take them for granted. I want to make the most out of my time and live in the moment. I never thought that I would join a pageant but in doing so I was able to open up my life to an amazing opportunity and take a chance. "

An Doan


Mesa College - Advertising

"I really like art, I can spend hours drawing without feeling tired or bored. I love cooking, specially Vietnamese food. I used to cook for my family whenever I got time and for me, that was the best moment of my life. "

Monica Cummins


Miramar College - Nursing

"Although I do not look Vietnamese, I have always grown up and have been raised to my Vietnamese culture. The most important thing to me and who have helped me become who I am today is my family. Family has always taught me how to be caring while how to mentally be a strong person. These characteristics has led me to develop and become the person I strive to be."

Sasha Herbert


Boston University - International Relations

"Now, I'm working for a company in Vietnam specializing in supporting foreign development business across the country. I will continue to maintain close relations with Vietnam, help the economy grow to overcome international barriers and improve the living standards of the people. One day, I hope to introduce the better Vietnam to my friends and family."

Danthanh Le


UC San Diego - Clinical Psychology

"We live in a society where mental illnesses are still heavily stigmatized due to heavily-ingrained yet inaccurate stereotypes and a lack of understanding. I hope that through my education, I can help those around me look at mental illnesses with more acceptance and less prejudice. "

Tammy Luu


UC San Diego - Cognitive/Behavioral Neuroscience

"For years, I spoke almost exclusively English. I became a teaching assistant at Về Nguồn Vietnamese Language School, and it was around then that I realized I wanted to teach Vietnamese, which motivated me to speak it more often. I am proud to be an embodiment of the ideals of Về Nguồn, which means 'to return to your roots'."

Trinh Nguyen


Grossmont College - Business Management

"I was born and raised on the beautiful beaches of Nha Trang. My hobbies are singing and dancing. I joined this competition to improve my confidence and communication skills so I can be move involved in the many activities that serve the community of San Diego."

Jennifer Ngo


San Diego State University - Social Work

"Friendships are a huge part of my life. My friends are basically my family they keep me striving for my goals. With the support of my friends I am able to go through this process. I want to break these stereotypes of what is believed to be perfect, and prove that no disability or flaw should deter you from aiming for your goals. "

Trina Tang


UC San Diego - Public Health

"As a 1st generation Vietnamese-American, I want to represent our community by inspiring young girls to develop individual identities without losing their cultural roots.  I hope to improve myself and escape my comfort zone, while envisioning the ability to inspire others."

Kimberly Chau




Diane Truong





The Sponsorship Application: download

Questions or details?: sponsor@sdtet.com

Dear Sponsors and Exhibitors,

For 11 years, VAYA has organized the Tết Festival, the largest Vietnamese New Year event in San Diego and the second largest event of its kind in Southern California. The Festival is one of the most anticipated annual events for the Vietnamese community in San Diego. Highlights of the festival include the Lion Dances, Miss Vietnam San Diego Pageant, Golden Voice singing competition, the Cultural Village and various other performances.

This is a great opportunity for your business or organization to establish an on-going presence in the Vietnamese community, introduce new products or services and to tie non-profit investment strategy to your business development plan. On average, our festival attracts more than 25,000 people each year.

Below are benefits of supporting the San Diego Tết Festival

  • Increase your company’s visibility
  • Promote your company’s products and/or services
  • Explore new business ventures
  • Reinforce your commitment and support of the Vietnamese community
  • Celebrate the Vietnamese New Year

On behalf of VAYA, we would like to invite your company to take part in celebrating the diversity of San Diego by pledging your support. Please feel free to contact us should you have any further inquiries about our festival.



Thank you 2016 Sponsors!



Dear Prospective Vendors,

Once again the Lunar New Year Festival has come! This year, we hope to bring you another fun, successful and profitable experience during our 3-day festival. Our previous vendors have made huge profits, and we would love to have you along for the ride.

With over 10 years in the running, we have become very well-known to the San Diego community as well as our neighboring cities. Our annual festival attracts well over 20,000 people of different cultures and ethnicities, making it one of the largest Lunar New Year Festivals in Southern California.

Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We'll make sure that the upcoming Lunar New Year will be an amazing experience for you.


Step 1 - Fill out the form and send to VAYA.

Food Vendor Application download

Non-Food Vendor Application : download

Step 2 - Pay

Select your type of booth.

Electronic Payment

Business Name*

Booth Price $400.00
Trash Fee $30.00
Refundable deposit $200.00
Total $630.00

or... Check Payment

Please write two checks payable to VAYA. Make sure to include your business name so we can match your payment to your application.

  • Check 1: $430.00 for booth fees
  • Check 2: $200.00 for the refundable deposit

Then mail them to...

VAYA Vendor Committee
PO Box 711912
San Diego, CA 92171

Electronic Payment

Business Name*
Price of Booth $300.00
Trash Fee $30.00
Refundable deposit $200.00
Total $530.00

or... Check Payment

Please write two checks payable to VAYA. Make sure to include your business name so we can match your payment to your application.

  • Check 1: $330.00 for booth fees
  • Check 2: $200.00 for the refundable deposit

Then mail them to...

VAYA Vendor Committee
PO Box 711912
San Diego, CA 92171

Electronic Payment

Business Name*
Price of Booth $200.00
Trash Fee $30.00
Refundable deposit $200.00
Total $430.00

or... Check Payment

Please write two checks payable to VAYA. Make sure to include your business name so we can match your payment to your application.

  • Check 1: $230.00 for booth fees
  • Check 2: $200.00 for the refundable deposit

Then mail them to...

VAYA Vendor Committee
PO Box 711912
San Diego, CA 92171

Exclusivity Fee

To reserve a food item’s exclusivity sold by you, there will be an additional $150 charge per item. These items cannot be common food such as B.B.Q., rice, eggrolls, spring rolls, etc. Exclusivity will be first-come, first-serve basis at Vendor Chairs’ discretion. For further questions, contact a Vendor Chair. If we find that your exclusivity claim is invalid or already have been claimed, we will issue you a refund.

Electronic Payment

Price of Booth $700.00
Trash Fee $30.00
Refundable deposit $200.00
Total $930.00
Exclusive claim fee (optional) $150.00/item

Food Booth Option
Business Name*

or... Check Payment

Please write two or three checks payable to VAYA. Make sure to include your business name so we can match your payment to your application.

  • Check 1: $730.00 for booth fees
  • Check 2: $200.00 for the refundable deposit
  • Check 3 (optional): $150.00/$300.00/$450.00 for exclusive items

Then mail them to...

VAYA Vendor Committee
PO Box 711912
San Diego, CA 92171

Questions or details?: vendor@sdtet.com


We are looking for friendly, helpful, reliable volunteers to help with this exciting festival. Our festival will be filled with people of all ages. If you were at the festival last year, then you have a general idea of how big the festival will be this year and how much fun everyone will have. If you didn't attend the festival last year, then here is an opportunity for you to come to the festival and help make this upcoming festival even bigger and better!

If you have any special needs, or represent a group or individual with special needs please contact us. Not all volunteer jobs are appropriate for all people.

We need volunteers to help us run the festival! We have open shifts!

Sign up now!

Volunteers forms

Required: Volunteer Consent and Release of Liability Form - due before or on the day of your shift

Optional: Hours Verification Form - present on your last shift if you need to provide proof

Questions or details?: volunteer@sdtet.com


Mira Mesa Community Park
8575 New Salem Street
San Diego, CA 92126

VAYA recommends that visitors park at...

  • Mira Mesa Highschool
  • Mira Mesa Mall North - Red Lobster, VONS etc.
  • Mira Mesa Mall South - Target, HomeTown Buffet etc.
New Salem Street will be CONGESTED during festival hours. Avoid this road if you can

Contact Us

Vietnamese American Youth Alliance
PO Box 711912
San Diego, CA 92171
P: 858-215-4838 (4TET)

The Vietnamese American Youth Alliance (VAYA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan organization founded in 2004 as a means for Vietnamese-American youths to organize socially and culturally within the local communities. VAYA is committed to educating youths in cultural awareness, social activism, and community development. As such, we organize projects that empower youths to explore their potentials, to take on leadership roles, and to direct their individual talents toward making a positive difference in the community.

Vietnamese Federation Of San Diego
7833 Linda Vista Road
San Diego, California 92111

The Vietnamese Federation of San Diego (VFSD) is a non-profit organization 501c(3) which serves the Vietnamese American community of San Diego County. Originally founded in 1984 as a mutual assistance association for refugees providing much-needed social services, the VFSD has become the largest Vietnamese American umbrella organization in San Diego. VFSD consists of 38 association members, such as elders, veterans, student, religious, youth, and professional associations as well as individual representatives of the Vietnamese community. VFSD continues to cater to the cultural and social needs of the growing Vietnamese American community in San Diego.

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