Chinese New Year events around Sydney
Thousands of paddlers will battle it out over two days at the dragon boat races that take place on Cockle Bay in Darling Harbour. There's more than 100 races running every ten minutes, each carrying 22 rowers, plus a drummer to lead the paddling with a rhythmic beat.
The Sydney Fish Market will keep its doors open late on Friday February 8 for a night of colour and festive fun to celebrate the Year of the Pig. Dine on yum cha and Chinese cuisine as well as a treasure trove of fresh and barbecued seafood while you watch the lion dancers.
While Dixon Street Plaza is always bustling with Sydneysiders seeking out spicy feasts and products that don’t frequent the shelves of Woolies, the lantern-lined thoroughfare glows even brighter for Lunar New Year. There’ll be culturally significant activities in abundance as well as weirder adventures and the usual fantastic dining.
Visitors to Circular Quay during February's Lunar New Year celebrations will see giant animal lanterns representing the creatures of the zodiac dotted around the harbour. Each one has been designed by an Asian-Australian artist and is best seen after dusk when lit up in full, vibrant colour.
These colourful celebrations will fan out across Chatswood with markets, parades, dining events and art exhibitions. Get lost among the dragons and lanterns at the Golden Market grab a snap with the giant inflatable pig entrance, or chase the pig mascot around the stalls.
When you catch sight of pig floats and lion dancers waltzing down Forest Road, you know you’re in the right place for Hurstville’s Lunar New Year Festival. This huge celebration sees more than 50,000 visitors flock to the suburb for a full day of entertainment and traditional Chinese ceremonies.
Weekend revellers can see lion dancing and traditional performances, or get invloved in exciting activities for all ages. Cabramatta is the home of Vietnamese cuisine in Sydney, and boasts a wealth of other diverse edible offerings, so it’s sure to put on some major food fireworks for Lunar New Year.
Every Friday from 4pm, the main strip of Chinatown along Dixon Street transforms into a vibrant night market selling Asian street food, desserts and gifts. They'll be turning up the heat for Lunar New Year, so be sure to visit during the celebratory period.
This Lunar New Year, community groups will get the chance to perform traditional and contemporary pieces in a series of free performances. Head to the outdoor stage near the Overseas Passenger Terminal to see Japanese drumming, K-pop, and Chinese, Thai, Indonesian, Korean and Vietnamese dancers.
The Year of the Pig is upon us, and to celebrate the dumpling dealers from New Shanghai will be taking up residence in the Sydney Tower Eye to dish out their pockets of glorious flavour to the hungry masses. This 45-minute date with dumpling destiny will be on from 5.30-7.30pm each night of the Sydney celebrations.
Australian photographer and former SBS News reporter Marcus Reubenstein will provide a personalised view of life and travel across China. China: Moments in Time is a series of large scale prints and multimedia installations collated from Reubenstein’s travels in China.