Sydney Lunar Festival is the biggest celebration of Lunar New Year outside of Asia with more than 100 exciting events and experiences that reflect Sydney’s cultural diversity, artistic talent and community spirit.

Don’t know where to start? Let us guide you!

1. All-You-Can-Eat Dumplings at Koala Rooftop

Love dumplings? Obviously! Well, we’ve got some great news for you.

For just $50, you can enjoy 30 minutes of endless dumplings and after-hours access to Taronga Zoo, while celebrating the Lunar New Year!


Where? WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo 1-5 Wheat Road, Sydney
When? Wednesday, January 22, 2020 – Thursday, January 30, 2020

2. Sydney Tower Eye

Start your new year receiving red pockets from the sky, meeting Caishen (God of Fortune) in front of an incredible view, and joining Sydney’s highest outdoor adventure – Skywalk!

This special 90-minute Lunar New Year experience is an absolute must!


Where? Sydney Tower Eye (100 Market Street, Sydney)
When? Every day, 5.30am to 8pm – Saturday 18 January to Sunday 2 February 2020

3. Dragon Boat Racing

See thousands of paddlers churn the waters of Cockle Bay at the biggest Dragon Boat regatta in the southern hemisphere. It all begins with a traditional blessing by Taoist monks and an eye dotting ceremony said to awaken the dragons. Oh, and it’s 100% free!

Where? Cockle Bay Wharf (Darling Park, Sydney)
When? Saturday 1 February 2020 from 8.30am to 5pm, Sunday 2 February 2020 from 8.30am to 3pm


4. Watch Watsons Bay Goes Red!

Watch the famous Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel turn red! For two weeks, the iconic venue will be celebrating the Lunar New Year by changing colour. You don’t want to miss this!

Where? 1 Military Rd, Watsons Bay
When? Every day, 11am to 5pm Saturday 25 January to Sunday 9 February 2020.

5. Sydney Lunar New Year Fair at Belmore Park


The biggest Lunar New Year celebration outside of Asia closes out with this family-friendly fete in Belmore Park near Central Station.

There will be carnival rides and craft activities for kids, traditional lion dances and firecrackers, as well as food trucks and market stalls to browse.

Plus, more than 300 performers will entertain the crowds with multicultural dance, music, theatre and storytelling in the Lunar Spectacular Show.

Where? Belmore Park, Haymarket
When? 10am-4:30pm, Saturday February 8 2020.


Check out all of the Lunar New Year action happening in Sydney here. We’ll see you there!

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