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Fashion Island and Irvine Spectrum Center Ring in Lunar New Year

Irvine retail centers create family events for the zodiac celebration, Year of The Dog, with fan dances, photo opportunities, and yes—red envelopes. Sound the gong!

IRVINE, Calif. (Feb. 12, 2018) — Irvine Company Retail Properties is keeping the 2018 buzz going with its annual Lunar New Year events this month. In accordance with the traditional Chinese calendar, Fashion Island and Irvine Spectrum Center will be ushering in the Year of the Dog with a weekend of activities Feb. 17-18.

“Lunar New Year has become an annual rite of passage, not only in the Asian community but at Fashion Island and Irvine Spectrum Center,” said Butch Knerr, president, Irvine Company Retail Properties. “These vibrant celebrations immerse patrons of every age into the rituals of the holiday.”

Festivities kick off at Fashion Island on Saturday, Feb. 17 from 1-3 p.m, at the Neiman Marcus/Bloomingdale’s Courtyard. They continue at Irvine Spectrum Center Sunday, Feb. 18 from 1-3 p.m. with the action taking place at Giant Wheel Court.

Expect live entertainment including dancers, stilt walkers as well as face painters, and greeters handing out fortune cookies while supplies last. And the envelopes please… Coveted lucky red envelopes, symbolizing luck and good fortune, contain $2 each and will be given to the first 500 guests at both centers.

Additionally, several stores and restaurants will be offering their own Lunar New Year promotions. At Fashion Island, the fanciful Japanese confection house Minamoto Kitchoan is doling out its sweet-filled New Year Bags (from $35) at half the original price. Its elegantly wrapped mochi in flavors from chocolate to white peach are also on special: Purchase a dozen and receive a free bonus set.

Meanwhile, at Irvine Spectrum Center, delve into the culinary scene where kids’ meals are free with the purchase of an adult entrée at Corner Bakery and Ruby’s Diner. At Pieology, receive one free bambino pizza and beverage with the purchase of a regularly priced pizza or entrée.

Activities include:

  • Lion dance (Irvine Spectrum Center)
  • Asian calligraphy artist (Fashion Island)
  • Dragon dance (Fashion Island)
  • Korean fan dancers
  • Balloon artists (Irvine Spectrum Center)
  • Face painters
  • Greeters handing out fortune cookies
  • Thematic stilt walkers
  • Musical entertainment

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About Fashion Island
As Orange County’s premier coastal shopping experience, Fashion Island features exclusive specialty boutiques, world-class department stores and a diverse assortment of restaurants and cafes. With nearly 16 million visitors a year, Fashion Island offers a sophisticated yet relaxed, resort-like atmosphere that is distinctively Southern California, with pristine views of the Pacific Ocean. The center is home to Orange County’s only Neiman Marcus, as well as Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Bloomingdale’s Home Store and Macy’s – in addition to AG, Alice + Olivia, Rodd & Gunn, Nespresso, Urban Decay, NIKE, SoulCycle, Trina Turk, Vince, Joie and ViX by Paula Hermanny. Fashion Island also features acclaimed restaurants such as Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Sushi Roku, FIG & OLIVE, Red O, CUCINA enoteca, Hopdoddy Burger Bar, Lemonade, True Food Kitchen and R+D Kitchen. For more information, please visit

About Irvine Spectrum Center
Irvine Spectrum Center is one of Southern California’s most popular shopping, dining and entertainment lifestyle destinations, visited by more than 17 million people annually. The center features Nordstrom and Target, along with more than 150 stores, restaurants and entertainment venues, including the country’s most successful Improv Comedy Club, as well as Southern California’s most popular movie theater, the Edwards Spectrum 21 RPX & IMAX, a 5,000-plus-seat, 21-screen movie theater with VIP recliners and seat service. Recent additions include: Habana, Kona Grill, Pressed Juicery, BRIO Tuscan Grille, Del Frisco’s Grille, Umami Burger and TLT Food. For more information, please visit

About Irvine Company Retail Properties
Irvine Company Retail Properties’ portfolio features a distinguished collection of 42 shopping centers in coastal California including two neighborhood and community centers in Northern California: Cherry Orchard Shopping Center in Sunnyvale and Santa Clara Square Marketplace in Santa Clara. In addition, we also provide shopping, dining, fitness and services in four of our apartment communities including Monticello in Santa Clara, Crescent Village in San Jose, River View Apartment Homes in San Jose, and Franklin Street in Redwood City. Irvine Company Retail Properties has recently welcomed several popular retailers to its unique collection of stores and restaurants, including Whole Foods Market, Il Fornaio, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, CorePower Yoga, Sur La Table, Pokéworks, Stanford Health Care Express Care Clinic and more. For more information, please visit