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.
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.
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.
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.