Sydney Chinese New Year Festival

Sydney Chinese New Year Festival

When: Friday 16 February 2018
Venue: Chinatown & Haymarket

Lunar New Year is Friday 16 February, with festivities happening in various locations as part of the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival between 16 February - 4 March

2018 is the year of the dog! To see all attractions and events during this time please click here.


Lion Dances & Chinese Crackers | Friday - Sunday between 16 February - 4 March | 6:00pm - 6:30pm

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival crackers will be set off at 6pm in Chinatown. Watch as the Chinese lion dancers drum through the streets.


Chinese New Year Festival Opening Night | 16 February | 5pm - 11pm

Fireworks will light up Sydney Harbour on Lunar New Year and the opening night of the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival.


Lunar Lanterns | 16 - 25 February

Discover the 12 signs of the Lunar-Zodiac, scattered in various locations around Circular Quay. The Lunar Lanterns will be illuminated each day from dusk, however they can also be viewed in daylight.


Chinatown Dog Lanterns | 16 February - 4 March

Two illuminated dogs will guard the entrance to Chinatown during the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival. At 4.8 metres tall, these towering dogs are brightly lit in blue and red.


Guide Dog NSW/ACT Art Installation | 16 - 25 February

60 model dogs have been turned into an art installation in Scout Place, Alfred Street, Sydney. Celebrate 60 years of these models supporting Guide Dogs in shops.


Guide Dog NSW/ACT Graduation Ceremony | 17 February 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Held at the Bligh & Barney Reserve in The Rocks, this free event allows you to see the latest NSW / ACT Guide Dogs graduate!


Chinese Garden of Friendship | 17 February - 4 March

The Chinese Garden of Friendship in Darling Harbour is hosting various events and activities over the Lunar New Year period, including tai chi classes, lion dancing and traditional tea ceremonies. Click here for more information.


Dragon Boat Races | 24 February 8:00am - 5:00pm & 25 February 8:30am - 3:00pm

Returning to Darling Harbour in 2018 is the Dragon Boat Races, the biggest in the Southern Hemisphere. Head to Cockle Bay Wharf to watch over 3,000 paddlers will battle it out in 12 metre-long Dragon Boats!



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