San Diego Tet Festival:

Miss Vietnam:

Friday Feb 16 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday Feb 17 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday Feb 18 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM

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Main Stage Schedule

Subject to change

Cultural Village Schedule

Subject to change


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: Feb 16 2018

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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.

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 2017

NOTE: Due to a calculation error, we announced the wrong winner for People's Choice. The winner is Bella Nguyen, however, both Miranda and Bella will get to keep their titles and prizes. Our sincerest apologies.

Diana Pham

Miss Vietnam San Diego


UC San Diego

"I believe that finding unique opportunities is necessary for personal growth, and I encourage everyone to challenge themselves to continuously try new things throughout their lives."

Linh Huynh

1st Runner Up


Grossmont College

"Nếu may mắn được trao tặng danh hiệu hoa hậu Việt Nam San Diego, em sẽ cố gắng ngày càng hoàn thiện bản thân hơn nữa để góp phần tôn vinh vẻ đẹp của người phụ nữ Việt tại Mỹ- người phụ nữ đẹp trong một đất nước hiện đại nhưng vẫn giữ được nét đẹp truyền thống của Việt Nam ta."

Tiffany Luu

2nd Runner Up


Mt. Carmel High School

"I wore my áo dài with pride, and saw many others do the same. Today, I have decided to participate in the pageant for young girls who were like me as a child and didn’t care about being Vietnamese. I want to show them that being Vietnamese is something to be proud of and embrace."

Julie Nguyen

Miss Congeniality


Scripps Ranch High School

"I want to open the eyes of others to the Vietnamese culture while urging the younger Vietnamese-Americans to take a step towards understanding the culture from the land of the language we speak."

Bella Nguyen

People's Choice


UC San Diego

"The wide spectrum of my hobbies has allowed me to realize my goal of creatively helping others with their health so that they can chase and live their own dreams. I am optimistic and confident that I want to grow to be someone who is committed to serving others and can use her skills to meet society’s needs."

Miranda Nguyen

People's Choice


UC San Diego

"My whole life— from the foods that I love to my morals and mannerisms— has been strongly influenced by Vietnamese culture. Today, I am very grateful to be born into such a unique culture and that I am able to communicate so easily with my elders and fellow members of the Vietnamese community. "

Brittany Mai

Miss Photogenic


UCLA Alumni

"It is always very rewarding to give back to the community and my goal is to demonstrate to the youth that you can succeed at anything you put your mind and whole heart into. I believe that dedication can open so many doors and endless opportunities. "

Kristina Vo

Miss Ao Dai


CSU San Marcos

"After graduation, I hope to attend law school and become a family lawyer. My professional hobby includes playing the piano. I volunteer to play at retirement homes for senior citizens and accompany actors for theatre plays and performances. "

Kathy Tram


UC San Diego

"After getting my bachelor’s degree, I hope to go to medical school, and eventually work as a doctor in rural, underprivileged communities to help deliver medical services. I hope to take advantage of the educational opportunities that have been I have been provided in order to give back to the community."

Vivian Truong


San Diego State University

"I aspire to help my community and the world by informing others of preventable diseases and by promoting a healthy lifestyle. The reason I am running for Miss. Vietnam is because I want to represent my roots and give back to my parent's hard work."

Jenny Le


San Diego State University

"I want people to know that by setting your mindset to something you’re passionate and determined about, anything is possible. I want to be a role model to young adults and prove that they’re able to succeed if they dedicate their time and effort into it."


The Sponsorship Application: download

Questions or details?:

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 2017 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 $450.00
Refundable deposit $200.00
Total $650.00

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: $450.00 for booth fees
  • Check 2: $200.00 for the refundable clean-up fee

Then mail them to...

VAYA Vendor Committee
PO Box 711912
San Diego, CA 92171

Electronic Payment

Business Name*
Price of Booth $350.00
Refundable clean-up fee $200.00
Total $550.00

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: $350.00 for booth fees
  • Check 2: $200.00 for the refundable clean-up fee

Then mail them to...

VAYA Vendor Committee
PO Box 711912
San Diego, CA 92171

Electronic Payment

Business Name*
Price of Booth $250.00
Refundable clean-up fee $200.00
Total $450.00

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: $250.00 for booth fees
  • Check 2: $200.00 for the refundable clean-up fee

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 $800.00
Refundable cleanup fee $200.00
Total $1000.00
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: $800.00 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?:


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 the day of your first shift right before you volunteer.

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

Questions or details?:


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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