The Chinese New Year celebrations begin at the end of January or the start of February each year and run for a week. With live music, food stalls, parades and fireworks; the Chinese New Year is a great family event to celebrate together.
The City of Sydney is vamping up Haymarket, Circular Quay and the CBD from February 12 – 21, with events, talks, and a suite of giant Lunar Lanterns to represent the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac. Dixon Street Mall will also have brand new Ox sculptures designed by Sydney-based artist Chrissy Lau. More than 80 associated events are included in the festival this year, including community celebrations, concerts, exhibitions, theatrical performances, special restaurant menus, talks, workshops and tours.
Sydney’s waterside centre of fun is really putting on the ritz for this Lunar New Year. With ox-themed artwork, celebratory tunes, special Chinese Garden of Friendship events and more, Darling Harbour will come alive with festivities and events. These include artist Chris Yee’s massive installation on the Chinese Garden of Friendship forecourt, and the Australian Maritime Museum’s Chinese language guided tours and ‘Lunar Seas’ activity trail inspired by constellations. There’s a whole lot more on at the waterside precinct, too!
The dumpling masters at New Shanghai have partnered with Wild Life Sydney Zoo to bring you a twilight dumpling feast side by side with some native Australian wildlife for Lunar New Year. Choose between a seat at the leafy, eucalypt-filled rooftop overlooking Darling Harbour, or the Upper Croc Deck with a view of the zoo’s 365-kilogram crocodile, Rocky. Sessions run from 5:30pm on 11, 12 and 13 February and from 6pm on 18, 19 and 20 February.
The North Shore suburb of Chatswood is celebrating the Year of the Ox in style with jaw-dropping art installations, its very own comedy festival and a heap of delicious food. Add this multi-day festival to your calendar and invoke all the luck, prosperity and good health for the new year ahead with some fabulous activities and feasts to boot. Chatswood’s inaugural Lunar New Year comedy festival on Saturday, February 27, hosted by Jennifer Wong, with funny faces like Michael Hing, Diana Nguyen, Lawrence Leung, Lizzy Hoo and Fillow Talk, an improv act with Happy Feraren and Jeff Messina.
The Rocks’ Lunar Markets are happening Friday to Sunday on Feb 12-14 and Feb 19-21, turning Playfair Street into an Asian street food festival including gifts, Mahjong, zodiac readings and an ‘Ox in a china shop’ display in Kendall Lane.
Other Lunar New Year events around Sydney include:
- Taste of Chinatown (Haymarket – Lunar New Year): 28 January – 18 February on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, 6pm – 9pm, at 75 Dixon St, Haymarket
- Lunar New Year 2021 – Oxapalooza: 29 January – 28 February, at World Square, 644 George Street, Sydney
- Celebrate Lunar New year with Chat Thai: 1 February – 28 February, Every day, 11am – 10pm, 20 Campbell St, Haymarket NSW
- Festive Vegan Specials and Lion Dance: 1 February – 28 February, Every day, 11am – 10pm (Tuesday 16 February from 11am – 10pm), at 2/4 College St, Sydney
- Must See self-guided tour at The Royal Botanic Garden: 1 February – 28 February, The Royal Botanic Garden, Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney
- Handmade with passion and celebration of the Lunar New Year: 4 February – 20 February, Every day, 9:30am – 4:30pm (Except Sunday 7 February) at Ewart Gallery, Willoughby Ln, Crows Nest
- Lunar New Year at Blu Bar on 36: 8 February – 21 February, Every day, 5pm to 9pm, at Shangri-La Hotel, 176 Cumberland Street, Sydney