What’s on for Lunar New Year 2019 in Australia?

What’s on for Lunar New Year 2019 in Australia?

Across Australia, hundreds of thousands of people of Asian heritage are preparing to welcome in the Lunar New Year on February 5, 2019.

For millions around the world who follow the Lunar Calendar, Lunar New Year is one of the biggest days in the year, and is often marked as a national holiday in many countries including China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Korea, Vietnam and more.

It is also one of the biggest cultural dates in Australia, and many cities will welcome and bring together huge, diverse crowds to celebrate the Year of the Pig at exciting cultural Lunar festivals and events.

To make it easy for you to decide where to spend your Lunar New Year, we’ve narrowed down some of our favourites in each major Australian city. Scroll down for all you need to know!


Sydney Lunar Festival
WHEN: February 1 – 10, 2019
WHERE: Alfred St, Sydney NSW 2000

It’s time to celebrate the Year of the Pig in style with over 80 events to choose from. Find your birth sign in the glorious, giant lunar lanterns lit up all over Sydney Harbour, or eat delicious noodles and dumplings at The Rocks Lunar Markets. But don’t miss the highlight of the event: the extremely popular dragon boat races, with the boat being 12 metres wide and holding up to twenty paddlers.

Plan your festival HERE

Chatswood Year of the Pig Festival
WHEN: January 29 – 19, 2019
WHERE: Chatswood CBD, Chatswood NSW 2067

Chatswood is hosting a three-week festival to fully celebrate the Lunar New Year and its good fortune and prosperity. Watch musical performances with dragon dancers or visit calligraphy workshops to have your name painted. Walk through the Taste of Asia food tours and after dinner, take your kids to watch Chinese and English movies at Flicks with Piglets located at the Concourse.

Check out the website for further information HERE


2019 Chinese New Year Melbourne Festival
WHEN: February 2 – 17, 2019
WHERE: Melbourne CBD, Melbourne VIC 3000

For this Lunar New Year, Melbourne will be hosting the biggest event ever that will unite families and friends in celebrating Chinese culture and traditions. The festival will be opened by the City of Melbourne mayor Sally Capp and will feature special cooking food demonstrations by Masterchef winner, Diana Chen at Queensbridge Square, along with a dragon awakening parade throughout Chinatown.

Check out their website HERE

Box Hill Chinese New Year Festival
WHEN: February 2 – 3, 2019, 11am – 1am
WHERE: Box Hill Central, 1 Main St, Box Hill VIC 3128

Hosted by Whitehorse City Council, the festival will showcase an exciting program that is bound to mark the start of a new year. Watch the parade of Choi Sun (Chinese God of Fortune), buy treasured Chinese New Year souvenirs and merchandise at the market stalls, plus there are even rides for the kids.

Check out their website HERE


Lunar New Year at Fortitude Valley
WHEN: February 4, 2019 4-9pm & February 5, 2019 12-5pm
WHERE: Chinatown Mall, 33 Duncan St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006

For two days only, Chinatown Mall will be bringing the excitement and fun to you. Watch traditional music performances and fire shows or get involved in interactive workshops. This is welcome to all ages and it’s free.

Check out their website HERE


Chinese Lantern Festival
WHEN: February 23, 2019, 6:15-8:30pm
WHERE: Narra Peace Park, Lennox Gardens, Yarralumla ACT 2600

For two hours only, you do not want to miss the colourful lanterns and lights decorated through the new Beijing Garden in Lennox Gardens. Feel free to bring your own lantern or buy one, and ring in the New Year with the Canberra Rotary Peace Bell.

Check out their website HERE


Perth Chinese New Year Fair 2019
WHEN: February 10, 2019, 12-9pm
WHERE: 128 James St, Northbridge WA 6003

Hosted by the Chung Wah Association, Perth will spread love, warmth and colour of the East throughout the streets with traditional parades and lion dancers. There will also be a photobooth and multicultural concert and plenty of rides, games and competitions for children to enjoy.

Check out their website HERE


Chinese New Year Come and Try Workshops
WHEN: February 10, 2019 2-4pm
WHERE: Festival Theatre Foyers, King William Street, Adelaide SA 5000
Free, some bookings required

Presented by the Adelaide Festival Centre, a host of various workshops and activities will be available for the whole family to enjoy. Learn how to compose Chinese calligraphy or try knotting and mask painting. If you have kids that are aged six and under, then listen to Chinese instruments and traditional stories being read out, which is sure to be a music and cultural masterpiece.

Check out their website for further information HERE

Tiffany Fung

Tiffany Fung is currently studying Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing at UTS, where she is well-versed in different genres such as feminist poetry to coming of age short stories.As a Chinese-Australian woman, she loves telling people’s unique voices and stories that aren’t usually the main character and are silenced from the majority.Her favourite food right now is Japanese udon, and she can't wait to travel to Japan again.Got a story to tell? Get in touch: editor@culturalpulse.com.au