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2018 welcomes Chinese New Year for another year in February with plenty more events to attend for kids and families. Check out our highlights below;


  • Head to China Town each Friday-Sunday at 6pm to experience the beauty of Chinese New Year with Lion Dancers and Chinese Crackers.
  • Get crafty at the Chinese Garden of Friendship as kids will be entranced by watercolour painting and decorating their own lantern to take home.
  • Take a stroll around Circular Quay to discover 12 larger-than-life animal signs of the Lunar zodiac in the form of a 13 metre tall lantern.
  • 2018 is the Year of the Dog. Get creative and make your playful paper pup to celebrate the Lunar New Year at the Art Gallery of NSW.
  • Willoughby Council invites you to Chatswood Mall for a day of Chinese New Year festivities including; a Chinese Kung Fu, magic show, acrobatics, folk dances and much more.
  • Have a pawsome day at the ANMM with family fun hosted by resident canine Bailey – assistant director of seagulls , as we celebrate the Lunar New Year of the Dog!
  • Join WSFM’s breakfast radio stars Jonesy and Amanda on Saturday 24 February at Cockle Bay as 3,000 Dragon Boat Race paddlers churn the water. Witness the spectacular 12-metre Dragon Boats battle it out.


  • From dazzling light installations and street performances to outdoor food stalls and vibrant acrobatic dragon dance workshops, colourful Chinese New Year events and activations will light up the streets across the city from Queensbridge Square to Southgate Melbourne, South Wharf, Docklands, Melbourne Star, and Queen Victoria Market.
  • Join the fun and celebrations at Queen Vic Market, with two days of cultural performances, family friendly activities, cooking workshops and demonstrations, stalls and entertainment galore in the third annual Lantern Festival.
  • Bring your pooch to the Immigration Museum on the 25th February for some doggy fun including auspicious traditions, fortune telling, pooch parades, food and drinks for all on two or four legs.
  • Over two wonderful weekends, Queensbridge Square will become a Chinese cultural hub, covering Chinese hand crafts, language, food stalls, cooking demonstrations, traditional dance and performances, Tai Chi, Chinese Square Dancing, Chinese waist drum and traditional tea ceremonies.
  • Melbourne’s iconic Observation Wheel will become a Chinese cultural hub over the New Year period where traditional performances, dance workshops, Children’s activities and more will run throughout the 2018 Chinese New Year celebrations.
  • More than 200 Chinese Square dancers will compete in a 90-minute competition along the Queensbridge Square that will showcase the immensely popular street dance practiced around China. The day will conclude with a Lantern Parade featuring more than 300 people, in a spectacle that marks the closure of the festival.


  • BrisAsia Festival showcases traditional and contemporary Asian arts and cultural events over the Chinese New Year period.


  • Celebrate Chinese New Year at Sorrento Quay Boardwalk! 2018 marks the year of the Dog, which is the symbol of loyalty and honesty. There will be a range of colourful and unique performances running from 1pm. There’s something for everyone- lion dancing, Chinese orchestra and Chinese dancing!
  • Celebrate Chinese New Year at Mandoon Estate. This family event will have plenty of entertainment with the highlight featuring a Dragon Dance by the Chinese Kung Fu & Tai Chi Academy – a luminous dance with the special lighting, storytelling, and Chinese drums.


  • Celebrate Chinese New Year in 2018 with an evening walk carrying Chinese lanterns around the harbour foreshore to Light up Newcastle.