Lunar New Year


With traditional bursts of colour, sound and spectacle, the Lunar New Year celebrates the start of the new year according to the traditional Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Mongolian lunisolar calendar. With traditional bursts of colour, sound and spectacle, the Lunar New Year celebrates the start of the new year for the traditional Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Mongolian lunisolar calendar. Enjoy delicious food, vibrant markets, dragon boat races and huge zodiac lanterns in Sydney.

  • Lunar Markets, Sydney. Image credit: Fairfax
  • Dragon boat races, Sydney.

Lunar New Year in Sydney

Sydney celebrates Lunar New Year in spectacular fashion, with dragon boat races, markets, and, of course, fabulous food. Discover 12 huge zodiac lanterns on the edge of beautiful Sydney Harbour in the vibrant city centre. The brilliantly coloured Rooster Lantern is at the iconic Sydney Opera House.

Westpac Lunar Lantern Hub - Image; City of Sydney

Martin Place is transformed into the Lunar Lantern Hub, with a 50-metre-long canopy of glowing lanterns. Enjoy night markets in Chinatown and Haymarket. Lion dances are held at various Lunar New Year festivities in Sydney, including Chinatown, ParramattaCabramatta and Eastwood.

Dragon Boat racing has been a Chinese cultural institution for more than 2,000 years. One of the most anticipated events of Sydney’s Lunar New Year festival, these 12 metre dragon-headed vessels race to the beat of a drum, and you can watch this exhilarating spectacle in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Racing, Image; City of Sydney

Nearby is Pyrmont Bay Park where you’ll find the Lunar Markets, a pop-up food festival with a range of delicious Asian dishes. Grab a bite and relax under a canopy of Chinese lanterns as you chow down on succulent satay sticks, tasty translucent dumplings and fragrant fried rice.

Lunar Eats celebrates Sydney’s amazing Asian cuisine, too. A delectable range of restaurants offer special menus. Try mouth-watering dishes from a host of Asian restaurants with everything from street food to fine dining fusion, such as Fat Buddha in the majestic Queen Victoria Building.

Horse Lantern - Martin Place, Image; City of Sydney

  1. Chinatown Night Market

    Friday 27 January to Friday 29 December 2017, Chinatown And Haymarket

    The Chinatown Night Market is a multicultural community market that is very popular with the city locals and is now rapidly becoming a major tourist attraction in Sydney.As part of the Asia On Your...

    27 Jan -29Dec
  2. Cabramatta Lunar New Year

    Saturday 10 February 2018, Cabramatta

    Cabramatta Lunar New Year 2017 welcomes the year of the Rooster! The cultural festivities on Saturday February 11 and Sunday February 12 will feature the God of Fortune, Lion Dancing and loads of exciting...

    10 Feb
  3. Sydney Chinese New Year Festival

    Event dates to be confirmed: February 2018, Chinatown And Haymarket

    Celebrate the Lunar New Year at City of Sydney's Chinese New Year Festival. This vibrant arts Festival has a program bursting with cultural events, markets...

    Feb 2018
  4. Chinese New Year

    Event dates to be confirmed: February 2018, Sydney North

    Eastwood will be abuzz with excitement as Chinese New Year celebrations get into full swing.Everyone is invited to join in the party atmosphere...

    Feb 2018
  5. Bankstown Lunar New Year Festival

    Friday 16 February 2018, Sydney West

    Join them for the Canterbury Bankstown Lunar New Year Celebrations!The event will see Saigon Place transformed into an exciting, loud and colourful arena of music and festivities to celebrate.All...

    16 Feb

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