Sydney Chinese New Year Festival - Haymarket

Monday 06 February 2017 to Tuesday 21 February 2017

***Latest Event Details Are Yet To Be Confirmed***

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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, tours, exhibitions and entertainment, most of them free. Join in the celebrations for the Year of the Monkey by including your event in the 2016 Chinese New Year Festival.

Be part of the fun as the city's streets come alive with giant lunar lanterns and more. Don't miss the extremely popular Dragon Boat Races that see the spirit and power of the dragon come alive as 12 metre long boats, with up to 20 paddlers, battle it out to the beating of drums!

With over 80 events to choose from, visit the Sydney Chinese New Year web site to plan your Festival.

For more information:

Lion Dancing

Date: Sunday 24 January 2016 to Saturday 13 February 2016

Location: Sydney Opera House Forecourt

Witness traditional Lion dancing in the city with 6 different lion dancing troupes performing throughout Chinese New Year. Enjoy this spectacle throughout the streets of Chinatown and at The Chinese Garden of Friendship in Darling Harbour on the 6th February at 11am.


Lunar Markets

Date: Thursday 04 February 2016 to Sunday 14 February 2016

Location: Pyrmont Bay Park

Visit 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 enjoy succulent satay sticks, tasty translucent dumplings and fragrant fried rice.


Dragon Boat Races

Saturday 20 February 2016 to Sunday 21 February 2016

Location: Cockle Bay Wharf, Darling Harbour

One of the most anticipated events of Sydney’s Chinese New Year festival, these 12 metre dragon-headed vessels race to the beat of a drum. Watch the spectacle at Cockle Bay Wharf in Darling Harbour on Saturday the 20th and Sunday the 21st of February.


Lunar Lanterns

Date: Saturday 06 February 2016 to Sunday 14 February 2016

Location: Sydney Opera House Forecourt

Sydney welcomes 12 huge zodiac lanterns, with the Monkey Lantern taking up residence at the Sydney Opera House, an Ox constructed of illuminated Mahjong tiles at Martin Place and 22 illuminated rabbits practicing tai chi decorating Customs House at Circular Quay.