A whole list of awesomeness await…
7 Feb – 29 March Sydney: Chinese New Year Festival, City of Sydney
In its 19th year, the Festival is organised by the City of Sydney and is by far the largest Lunar New Year celebration in NSW; from entertainment, arts, food, markets, tours and workshops. Popular events include Dragon Boat Races, Chinese New Year Markets and Twilight Parade.
14 Feb Hurstville, Lunar New Year Festival, Hurstville Council
Hurstville City Council welcomed in the Year of the Sheep with a spectacular Street Festival held on Saturday, 14 February 2014 along Forest Road, Hurstville.
14 Feb Chatswood, St.George Longest Lunar New Year Lunch Table
It is not just any feast, but the longest one! 60 hungry diners will enjoy a 10-course Din Tai Fung feast at Australia’s Longest Lunar New Year Table.
14 Feb Saigon Place, Bankstown, Lunar New Year Festival, Bankstown Council
All of the traditional elements will be there including lion dances, lucky envelopes given by the God of Good Fortune, New Year card making, New Year flower making and Chung cake making classes. Calligraphy by the Learned Scholar and fruit carving demonstrations are always popular but it is The New Year Garden that continues to delight festival goers.
20 Feb Church St Mall, Parramatta: Lunar New Year Festival, Parramatta Council
From 4.30pm, celebrate the Year of the Goat with live entertainment, traditional and contemporary cultural music and dance, delicious food stalls including all your authentic favourites, kid’s activities and the spectacular Chinese dragon and lion dance with fire crackers.
20 Feb King Street Place, Rockdale: Chinese New Year Festival, Rockdale Council
Lunar New Year (formerly known as Chinese New Year) is held annually in King Street Place, Rockdale in celebration of the City’s Australian-Asian community. The event features Dragon and Lion Dances, stalls, traditional performances, authentic food and children’s activities.
20 Feb Lane Cove Plaza, Lunar New Year Festival, Lane Cove Council
Join Council from 4.30pm as it hosts a special Lunar New Year Celebration including a Chinese lion dance that parades through the Plaza to bring good fortune to all. Children will also receive their own lai see (lucky red envelope) for extra good luck.
21 Feb Cabramatta Freedom Plaza: Lunar New Year Festival, Fairfield Council
A lower-key event compared to the Council’s huge Moon Festival, this one has a Vietnamese flavour. The event will be an action-packed weekend filled with entertainment, traditional rituals and, if you’re feeling a little peckish, you’ll find some of the most authentic Asian dishes in Sydney.
21 Feb Chatswood Mall: Chinese New Year Festival, Willoughby Council
An official opening will be at 11am by the Mayor of Willoughby and the Chairperson from the Chinese Cultural Centre NSW. A Lion and Dragon Dance will welcome the New Year, followed by an assortment of performances and entertainment.
26 Feb Burwood Park, Burwood: Lunar New Year Festival, Burwood Council
Enter the gateway to the Asian food fair where vendors will be selling a variety of Asian food and merchandise, while performers including stilt walkers, spinning plates, calligrapher, God of Wealth, fire dancers and Lion Dancers roam through the crowd.
26 Feb Kogarah Town Square, Chinese New Year Festival, Kogarah Council
This annual celebration showcases the Chinese community through song and dance with the traditional ‘dotting of the eyes’, lion dance and crackers provided by Da Hong Kung-Fu. Other performers include: Ocean Dream Cultural Art Centre, St George Choir, St George Brass Band, Australia International Youth Talent Competition, Grace Chinese Christian Church, CASS Kogarah Activity Group Kogarah Chinese Seniors Group, and Sydney Music Ensemble.
27 Feb – 1 Mar Fairfield Showground, Fairfield, Tet/Lunar New Year Festival, Vietnamese Community
Organised by the Vietnamese Community in Australia (VCA), this is an annual fundraiser for them and the largest Vietnamese celebration in the state, attracting over 60,000 visitors. This is the one to go to if you want to see how the Vietnamese celebrate new year
28 Feb Calvert Street car park, off Illawarra Road, Marrickville: Lunar New Year Festival, Marrickville Council
Celebration of the Lunar New Year with the awakening of the Lions, live entertainment including traditional singing, dancing, musicians and martial arts. The Lions and the God of Wealth will also parade the Marrickville CBD blessing businesses and distributing traditional Red Envelopes.
28 Feb Eastwood Plaza, Eastwood Lunar New Year Festival, City of Ryde
2015 is the Year of the Sheep and Eastwood will host the annual celebrations for Lunar New Year. Come and join the party! Music and Chinese and Korean dance performances, high pole dancing lions, food stalls, fireworks and Eastwood’s longest dragon parade.