The Lunar New Year is a significant cultural celebration for many Asian communities, including the Chinese, Vietnamese, Koreans and Tibetans. The celebrations are all about renewal, chasing away bad luck, and of course, ushering in the new year with as much good luck as possible.
February 5th this 2019 ushers in the Year of the Pig in the Chinese lunar calendar, and there are multiple celebrations popping up across Perth. It doesn't matter if you're not from those communities - celebrating the new year (again) is for everyone.
Here are some of the large family-friendly celebrations happening all across Perth in the coming weeks to usher in the Lunar New Year:
Chinese New Year at Brookfield Place When: Tuesday 5 to Friday 15 February
Where: Brookfield Place, 125 St Georges Terrace (the BHP Billiton Building) What's there: Art installations, performances, special offers and events Entry Fee: Free Find out more
Chinese New Year on The Llawn When: Saturday 9 February, 5 pm - 8:30 pm Where: Mandoon Estate, Swan Valley What's there: Dragon dance, bouncy castle, face painting and bubulogist, live music and lots of food Entry Fee: By gold coin donation or pre-payment of $1 online. All proceeds go toward supporting the Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre Find out more
Lunar New Year Showcase, Crown Perth When: Saturdays 6 & 9 February, from 6 pm Where: Crown Perth at Crown Metropol Lobby What's there: Lion dances and kung fu performances Entry fee: Free Find out more
Perth Chinese New Year Fair, Northbridge When: Sunday 10 February, 12 pm - 9 pm Where: Starting at James Street ending at William Street What's there: Multiple multi-cultural performances including street parades, lion dances, martial art displays, pipe bands, folk dances and choir performances. Entertainment includes rides, games and competitions, Entry Fee: Free Find out more here and here
Chinese New Year at Sorrento Quay Boardwalk When: Sunday 10 February, 11:30 am - 1 pm Where: Sorrento Quay Boardwalk What's there: Lion dancing, Chinese Dancing, Chinese orchestra Entry fee: Free Find out more
Chinese New Year Family Fun at Carillon City When: Sunday 10 February & Saturday 16 February 12 pm to 2 pm Where: Carillon City Perth, Murray Street level entry and food court What's there: Lion dances and Chinese New Year kids craft activities, traditional Chinese instrumental music and roaming staff giving out red envelopes containing Carillon City gift cards. Entry fee: Free Find out more
Tet Festival - Vietnamese Lunar New Year Celebration When: Friday 12 February, 6 pm - 12 am & Saturday 13 February, 12 pm - 12 am. Where: Wanneroo Showgrounds, corner of Ariti Avenue and Wanneroo Road What's there: Entertainment which includes lion dances, concerts, pageants, beauty contests, carnival activities and show rides. Features 50 stalls of authentic Vietnamese food and displays. Fireworks at 8:30 pm every night. Entry fee: Free, and you get entered into the lucky draw if you show up in traditional Vietnamese ao dai (national costume) Find out more
Lunar New Year Lantern Festival When: Sunday 17 February, 4 pm - 9 pm Where: Along William Street, Northbridge, from Roe to Brisbane Street What's there: Lion dances, kids activities, roving entertainment and participating William Street retailers, identified by Year of the Pig decorations Entry fee: Free Find out more here and here