Haven’t had the chance to enjoy Lunar New Year festivities in Sydney style? Don’t wait to celebrate! Here are some events to get you started. (Hint: it includes food…lots of food)
Lunar Markets (Sun 14th Feb)
If you celebrate Valentine’s Day and are already in the city, why not come by the pop-up food festival at Pyrmont Bay Park? With so many dishes to tempt you from steaming hot dumplings to fried rice, you’ll enjoy a red Lunar New Year/Valentine’s with a full belly.
Lunar Lanterns (Sun 14th Feb)
Take a moment to stroll under 12 enormous, dreamy zodiac lanterns. Sydney Opera House Forecourt will be the last place you can glimpse these lanterns to celebrate the New Year. An Ox made of mahjong tiles will visit Martin Place while 22 illuminated rabbits will be practicing tai chi at Circular Quay, Customs house.
Twilight Performances (Wed 10th – Mon 15th, 6 – 7pm)
Come by for the evening to watch short demonstrations held by thousands of performers from local organisations. They will be roving through Pitt Street Mall, Circular Quay and Martin Place. Against a backdrop of Lunar Lanterns – Ox, Rrabbit, Dragon, Goat and Tiger – watch the performances highlight the concept of community.
- Street Monkeys – Fairfield’s Dauntless Movement Crew will perform monkey-inspired acrobatics throughout Sydney
- Tai Chi Rabbits – Sydney Dance Company guest Kristina Chan will direct a ballet-inspired tai chi piece
- Mah-Jongsters – Brent St Performing Arts School will perform tap routines wearing mahjong-tile-inspired costumes
Westpac Lunar Lantern Hub (Sat 6th – Sun 21st Feb, 8pm – midnight)
Walk under a 50-metre-long canopy of red lanterns at Sydney Town Hall and Capitol Theatre (courtesy of The Sound of Music) and marvel at the wondrous lights. Grab a drink at the Monkey Shoulder Whiskey Bar, the world’s smallest bar, or stop by The Star’s Fortune Garden to try out a game of mahjong. Don’t forget to take part in Westpac’s Lunar Snaps challenge which ends on the 22nd this month of February. Simply Instagram your best Lunar New Year pic with “#CNYSYD” and “#Westpac” to be in the running to win BridgeClimb passes for you and 6 friends.
Lunar Feasts (Sat 6th – Sun 21st Feb)
A night is not complete without some eating whether it’s street food or fine dining. Visit one of the 40 best Asian restaurants where set-price meals and Lunar New Year inspired menus await you. Make sure to book as these special offers are available for a limited time. For a comprehensive list, visit https://whatson.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/posts/lunar-feasts
Monkey’s Happy Hour (Sat 6th – Sun 21st Feb, 5:30pm – 7:30pm)
Need something after a satisfying meal? Head over to selected venues to get special Monkey Hour drinks (~$8). Part of the profits will go to Cure Brain Cancer Foundation to help with world-class brain cancer research.
- Eat Love Pizza – 31 Wheat Road, Darling Harbour, Sydney
- Quay Bar – 31 Alfred Street Customs House, Circular Quay, Sydney
- Edinburgh Castle – 94 Pitt Street, Sydney
- Chelsea Hotel – 14 Railway Street, Chatswood
- Since I Left You – 338 Kent St, Sydney
Dragon Boat Races (Sat 20th and Sun 21st Feb)
At Cockle Bay, Darling Harbour, approximately 3000 paddlers will participate in the southern hemisphere’s largest dragon boat racing festival. Cure Brain Cancer Foundation, the official charity partner for the Chinese New Year Festival, will also have celebrities such as Jim Wilson (Channel 7), Richard Wilkins (Channel 9) and Prof Charlie Teo as participants. To sponsor the celebrity boat, go to http://curebraincancer.org.au