4 Great Events at the 2018 Sydney Chinese New Year Festival

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival.

Join in the festivities as the city celebrates 
the 22nd year of the Sydney Chinese New 
Year Festival from 16 February to 4 March, 2018. Bursting with more than 80 cultural events across 17 days, there’s plenty of experiences 
for the whole family.

Attracting more than one million people in 2017, City of Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival is the largest celebration of the Lunar New Year outside Asia. From the magnificent Lunar Lanterns to food, traditional performances and contemporary exhibitions, take part in a uniquely Sydney celebration welcoming the 
Year of the Dog.

Chinatown Celebrations

The heart and soul of Sydney’s Lunar New Year will be on show in Chinatown including lion dance performances with traditional Chinese crackers, banquet feasts, the Friday night Chinatown markets on Little Hay Street and two giant dog lanterns on guard to watch the festivities. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 16–18 and 23–25 February and 2–4 March. Chinatown, Haymarket. Free.

Families will love the Lunar Lanterns.

Lunar Lanterns

Get up close to 12 giant, artist-designed lanterns representing the animals of the zodiac and ranging in sizes up to 13 metres high as they light up every night at Circular Quay against the magnificent backdrop of Sydney Harbour. Take a short stroll around Circular Quay for an experience the whole family will enjoy! Download the free Sydney Culture Walks App and follow the Lunar Lanterns. Friday 16 February–Sunday 25 February. Circular Quay, from Sydney Opera House to The Rocks. Free.

Traditional dance will be on show at the festival.

Lunar Spectacular Show

More than 350 performers from Sydney’s Chinese, Korean, Thai, Indonesian and Japanese communities will take part in a curated Lunar Theatre Show. See the Year of the Dog come to life through the popular performance program featuring hip hop, folk dance, martial arts and traditional dance. Pre-show entertainment including tai chi, drumming and choir performances can be enjoyed from 5 pm. Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings on 16, 17, 18 and 23, 24 and  25 February. 7 pm–8 pm. Bligh and Barney Reserve, The Rocks. Free.

Dragon Boat Races

Watch thousands of paddlers from across Australia in the biggest dragon boat race in the southern hemisphere. Each 12-metre long boat is decorated with the head and tail of a dragon, a hull painted with dragon scales and armed with 22 rowers including a drummer to inspire the rowers with a rhythmic beat. Saturday and Sunday, 24 and 25 February. Cockle Bay, Darling Harbour. Free.

Dragon Boat Races in Darling Harbour always draw a huge crowd.