Here are some of the top events to look for this year, they include events for the foodie, the shopper, the adventurous, families with kids or just anyone who wishes to enjoy the spirit of the Chinese New Year.
1. Lunar Lanterns This is a free event Lanterns are of huge significance in the Chinese culture. The Lantern festival traditionally ends the Chinese New Year Festival. This year, the city of Sydney has created a zodiac lantern trail that form a path across the city. Follow the trail from the Monkey at the Sydney Opera House, the Dragon at Dawes Point, the Tiger at the QVB forecourt or to the Pig at Pitt street.
Keep an eye out for the Australian sense of humour in this installations. Read more about the Lantern trail here.
2. Feast Cost varies There is no festival without a feast. A number of restaurants are participating with set menus designed for Chinese New Year. Tantalize your taste buds at the Fat Buddha restaurant or Blue Eye Dragon at Pyrmont or queue up for the Chinese New Year banquet at New Shanghai restaurant. Most of the restaurants in Chinatown will offer set menus that will be hard to go by like the 3 course Peking duck menu at the Emperor's Garden restaurant for $20.
3. Lunar Markets at the Star This is free to enter Pyrmont Bay Park will be transformed to pop-up festival zone with food, drinks and entertainment everyday from 4th February to 13th February. Refer to this site for timings.
4. QVB Dome Display This is a free display Walk through QVB to admire the stunning lantern display within the dome as the traditional lion dances entertain you. Refer to this site for dates and timings.
China is known for its tea and what better time to learn about tea than the Chinese New Year. Zensation Tea House in Redfern is organizing a tea appreciation workshop along with Yum cha on the 6th of February. Look up their website for bookings.
The Chinese garden of friendship is also hosting tea ceremonies and tea tastings for all those who visit on 21st February. See details here.
6. Dragon Boat Races Free event
This is possibly one of the most popular events of the festival. Amidst resounding drum beating and cheering crowds, the boats will race as part of the Dragon Boat race. All the action can be viewed from the 90 metre viewing pontoon at Cockle Bay Wharf.
7. Lion Dances Free event
Across various days over the weekend, Chinatown's Dixon street passers by will be able to see and enjoy Lion dances from ornate and strikingly boldly decorated lions.
8. Chinese Garden of Friendship events $6 per adult
The Chinese garden of friendship will hold a galore of events this festive season. Watch the traditional fan dance presented by Fiona Maiyin Thockloth in the garden on Saturdays between 1 pm and 1:15 pm. Watch performers perform the lion dance on Saturday 6th Feb between 11 am and 11:30 am. Fiona Maiyin Thockloth is also taking Tai Chi classes on Saturdays between 11:30 am and 12:30 pm. On the 6th and 7th of Feb the garden visitors can participate in Penjing workshops and create their own penjing to take home. Tea ceremonies and tea tastings will be available on Sunday the 21st Feb.
9. Karaoke BridgeClimb Cost of BridgeClimb
On the occasion of the Chinese New Year, BridgeClimb is providing the Mandarin climb participants a chance to karaoke on top of the Bridge. Feel like you have conquered the world as an 8 second video captures you singing on top. Read more here.
Participate in events and learn more about the rich Chinese culture.