Explore everything there is to do for Lunar New Year in Sydney.
Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year or Spring Festival, is celebrated by Chinese communities across the world. Tuesday, the 1st of February, will kick-off the year of the Tiger and Sydney has a range of events to help you celebrate.
Willoughby City Council has launched its annual ‘Lunar New Year Festival’ in Chatswood. Now in its fourth year, the 2022 festival will be the most vibrant to date, featuring a program of comedy, art, music, performance, food, and traditional cultural celebrations, running until Sunday 20th February. Spanning across multiple Chatswood locations, the events showcase the cultures of China, Vietnam, Singapore, Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
Cultural delights include a one-night-only Lunar New Year Comedy Festival plus large-scale installation and art exhibitions. Every Thursday and Friday and on Saturday 5th February, The Golden Market will transform Chatswood Mall complete with food stalls. For more information on Chatswood’s Year of the Tiger Festival, as well as booking, and ticketing details visit here.
Kylie Kwong has created a special LNY dish for her Australian-Cantonese eatery Lucky Kwong. ‘Lucky’s Lunar New Year Long Life Noodles w Prawns, Sticky Pork & South Eveleigh Native Bush Mint’ will be available for takeaway during the Lunar New Year festival. Plus, bring on the good luck and prosperity with an awe-inspiring and spectacular Lion Dance on Poles performance by renowned Jin Wu Koon on Tuesday 1 February at 1pm (in Innovation Plaza) and a traditional Plucking of the Greens on Wednesday 9 February at 1pm on Locomotive Street. Visit the South Eveleigh website for more details and restaurant opening times including Lucky Kwong.
Kensington Street will be celebrating Chinese New Year with its iconic dragon dancers parading throughout the street to celebrate the Year of the Tiger. Restaurants including Holy Duck , Mekong, Shanghai dumpling bar and Hong Kong diner will also have special menus available. Spice Alley will be hosting free events including dragon dancers, performers, face painting and balloon artists for children. Red envelopes will be available including special offers when dining on Chinese New Year Day, including complimentary items, exclusive discounts and prizes. There will also be a Wheel of Luck for diners to win further prizes, with every $20 spent granting you a spin on the wheel.
Available for one weekend, Providoor is bringing back its limited-edition Lunar New Year dumpling boxes. Some of Sydney’s most loved restaurants – China Doll, Lotus, XO PP, Golden Century and Ho Jiak have come together to bring an epic meal for two (additional servings can be added). Available across NSW and ACT on the 4th and 5th of February the box includes 8 delicious dumpling dishes for $139 + free delivery. If you want more than dumplings – Providoor also have plenty of Lunar New Year banquets from all your favourite Sydney restaurants. Banquets can be found here.
During the first week of February Aria is paying homage to Chinese New Year, offering an exclusive six-course Chinese New Year tasting menu curated by Executive Chef Tom Gorringe. Available Wednesday 2nd of February – Saturday 5th of February, more information can be found here.
Grab some friends and unleash your inner diva on the eve of the festival (Friday 28 January) with Maker studio WeMake. Enjoy a fabulous night of a themed Draw with Drag Queen class and leave with your own pastel artwork to commemorate the year. There are LED Lantern classes hosted by Australia’s leading electronics, brand, Jaycar, resin pour classes to make a beautiful cheese board and plenty of workshops for the kids including painting and dry clay classes. The full program can be found here.
Sydney’s Lotus Dining Group will ring in the Year of the Tiger across six venues with a range of tiger-themed banquets, lion dancers and lucky red envelope giveaways. Lunar New Year will be celebrated from 29 January to 13 February across Lotus Dining Group venues Lotus The Galeries, Lotus Double Bay, Lotus Barangaroo, Lotus Dumpling Bar, CHI by Lotus and The Gardens by Lotus. Find out more here.