February 16, 2018 Bailey Underwood2 mins

As the Year of the Rooster comes to an end, preparations are beginning for the Year of the Dog, which will begin with the start of the Lunar New Year. The main festivities kick off on New Year’s Eve, Thursday the 15th of February, and will continue until the 2nd of March. Here, we’ve compiled a handy list of all the major Lunar New Year events taking place around Australia for you and yours to enjoy.

Sydney, NSW.

Friday 16 February -  Sunday 4 March 2018

Weekdays 5pm - 10pm, weekends 4pm - 10pm


Boasting the biggest and arguably the best festivities across Australia, Sydney's Chinese New Year celebrations are parallel to none. With over 80 unique events spread over 2 weeks, there is something for everyone to enjoy. From lion dancing, traditional folk music and martial artists to a range of tours, plenty of exhibitions, dragon boat races and, of course, fireworks. Come along and join the celebrations at Chinatown on Quay Street, Haymarket.



Melbourne, VIC.

Thursday 15 February - Friday 2 March 2018

Official opening Sunday 18 February


Melbourne plays host to a wide range of Chinese New Year festivities in 2018. Visitors to Chinatown on Little Bourke Street can enjoy dragon parades, cultural performances, Buddhist prayers, afternoon tea, a dumpling-eating competition and the ping-pong finals!




Brisbane, QLD.

Saturday February 17, 2018

From 4pm


Brisbane will hold a spectacular array of celebrations, including fire shows, lion dancers, traditional Chinese music, cultural performances, interactive workshops and plenty of performing street artists. Don't miss any of the fun this year at the Chinatown Mall on Duncan Street, Fortitude Valley.




Gold Coast, QLD.

Saturday February 17, 2018

4pm - 9pm


The Gold Coast's Chinatown district will host an Asian street food market, traditional dishes from local vendors, live music and cultural entertainment, film screenings, a pop-up laneway bar, children's activities and a captivating fireworks display. Head on down to Chinatown on Young and Davenport Streets in Southport to catch the action.



Perth, WA.

Sunday February 18, 2018

12pm - 9pm


The Chinese New Year Festival is held in the heart of Perth's Chinatown precinct along Roe Street. Featuring parade stalls, cultural activities, lion and dragon dancing, a multicultural concert, games and rides, the celebrations include something for everyone.




Adelaide, SA.

Saturday February 17, 2018

12pm - 10pm


Join hundreds in celebrating Adelaide's Chinese New Year festivities in the centre of Chinatown on Moonta Street, adjacent to the famed Adelaide Central Markets. Featuring live on-stage performances, kid’s entertainment, local cuisine, the lion dance and, for the first time, delectable offerings from local wineries.




Hobart, TAS.

Sunday February 18, 2018

10am - 4pm


Hobart's Lunar New Year Festival is held on the Parliament House lawns, featuring lion dancing, traditional Chinese instrumentals, food and cooking demonstrations, dragon boat displays, and two huge fire crackers to help ward off evil spirits!