Sydney Chinese New Year Festival

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at Sydney Lunar Festival, produced by the City of Sydney. This vibrant arts festival has a program bursting with cultural events, markets, tours, exhibitions and entertainment, most of them free.

Be part of the fun as the iconic Sydney foreshore comes alive with giant Lunar Lanterns exhibition in Circular Quay and more. Don't miss the extremely popular Dragon Boat Races in Darling Harbour that see the spirit and power of the dragon come alive as 12 metre long boats, with up to 20 paddlers, battle it out to the beating of drums!

With over 80 events to choose from, visit the Sydney Lunar Festival website to plan your festival.

Chinese New Year in Darling Harbour - What to look forward to:

Over 16 days of performances, demonstrations, workshops, lanterns, and tours.

Slow down in a tai chi class, or experience acrobatic lion dancing, said to bring you good luck and fortune. Learn the ancient art of laughing from deep down inside, or observe a traditional tea ceremony in silence.


  • Dragonboat Racing
  • Lion Dance
  • Inflatable art
  • Lantern Festival
  • Lunar Block Party
  • Mahjong (learn to play)

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