In San Francisco, you can put tangerines all around the house for good luck. You shouldn't say any bad words around the time of Chinese New Year or you might get bad luck.
You might even get red envelopes around Chinese New Year. Put the envelope in your wallet for good luck throughout the year.
In Chinatown, there is a big parade with food and good luck charms. In the parade there is always a special event called the lion dance. In this event, there will be a bunch of people dressing inside a big lion costume. They do this every month because the lions scares the evil spirits. You can also eat cakes called moon cakes. If you are the year of an animals you get to be celebrated -- this year it is the year of the tiger. You also if you want to give food to the for the full moon.
Read Zach's story about what to do in San Francisco for Chinese New Year. Also, below is the parade route for the holiday parade.