The events of January set the scene for more festivities this month. Get ready to welcome the Lunar New Year and across Sydney with the Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean and Japanese population. The City of Sydney not only host one of the most comprehensive celebrations in Australia but also places it high in list of top cities to experience the festivities alongside Singapore and Hong Kong. You and your family can also look forward to community events, farmers markets, dragon boat races and the world's largest short film festival. There are plenty of options to make sure you're having a great time this month in and around Sydney.
Come together with the community of Waterloo for an annual event organised by Counterpoint Community Services. The organisation which fosters growth of community life and community services within Inner Sydney and surrounds is celebrating its 40th birthday! You and your family can enjoy live entertainment, informational stalls and even free refreshments and food. There are also fun activities for the kids and show bags. For more information, visit the website.
In celebration of culture, community and friendship, the Lunar Spectacular Show brings together people from all over Sydney at The Rocks. This is an opportunity to experience the cultural diversity with over 30 community groups performing on the outdoor stage close to the Overseas Passenger Terminal. you and your family can enjoy an array of traditional and contemporary performances such as K-Pop, Japanese drumming, and Chinese, Thai, Indonesian, Korean and Vietnamese dancers. For more details, visit the website.
Sydney's Lunar Festivals in its 23rd year and is one of the largest and liveliest Lunar New Year celebrations outside of Asia. As part of the Lunar Festival, the Lunar Lanterns exhibition showcases the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac in large-scale works of up to 13 metres in height! Made by Asian-Australian artists, their talents entwine contemporary tastes with traditional affairs. Don't forget to catch a glimpse of the lights at the Sydney Harbour Bridge as it lights up in a display of festive light and colour! For more information, visit the website.
Time: All day
Venue: Circular Quay
Address: Circular Quay, Sydney, NSW 2000
The Bondi Farmers Market celebrates the abundance of locally farmed and fresh produce, making it available to the public at the open grounds of Bondi Beach Public School. It is just a few blocks down from the most famous beach in Australia. You'll find a wide range of the freshest seasonal fruits and vegetables, organic meat and poultries, flowers, artisanal bread, jams, farmstead cheeses, seafood, olive oils, herbs, spices and more to fill up your shopping bag. Don't miss this great addition to the popular markets in Sydney. For more details, visit the website.
Time: 9am – 1pm
Venue: Bondi Beach Public School
Address: Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach NSW 2026
Phone: 02 9315 7011 (Office closed on Tuesdays)
Make your way to the lush greens of Parramatta Park as the World's Largest Short Film Festival comes to town. Tropfest will be premiering 16 finalist films to the joy of thousands of fans. So get ready to sit back and revel in the magic of film and entertainment. Don't forget to pack a picnic for this event under the stars. For more details, visit the website.
Time: 7pm – 11pm
Venue: Paramatta Park – The Crescent
Address: Paramatta Park Pitt Street & Macquarie Street, Paramatta, NSW 2150
In one of the largest dragon boat races in the southern hemisphere, over 3,000 paddlers will take to the waters along Darling Harbour. Preparing for a safe weekend of races, Taoist monks will perform blessings of the waters, along with a distinctive eye dotting ritual said to awaken the dragon of the boat. Post ceremony, there will be a lion dance performance taking place before the races commence. You and your family can join thousands spectating the races of the 12m boats and also find out more about Hong Kong and collect some souvenirs from the Hong Kong Economic Trade Office Stall. For more information, visit the website
For dog lovers out there, the Street Paws Festival is the place to be in February. This FREE event brings together the community and their dogs for a day of furry fun. Expect to see many stalls offering pet accessories, dog grooming and more. Your pup can take part in lots of competitions and you can also grab heaps of freebies while receiving advice about training, medical care and whatever pooch-related question you might have. For more information, visit the website.
What a better way to spend a relaxing day with the family than at the Calyx. There is a range of free activities for the little ones to enjoy. Amongst the lush greenery and spectacular views of the Royal Botanic Gardens, you can look forward to face painting, a schedule of workshops, colouring-ins, and the chance to play with a variety of toys. For more information, visit the website.