The Best Chinese Lunar New Year Events in Sydney

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Lunar New Year in Sydney is one of the largest cultural festivities outside of China, giving Sydney families the opportunity to experience this vibrant tradition, and the 2022 celebrations are ready to go off with a colourful bang!

Ushering in the Year of the Tiger, Lunar New Year 2022 runs from 27 January to 20 February 2022 with epic events happening all across the city. We've rounded up some of the best Chinese Lunar New Year events for Sydney families to start off the Year of the Tiger on a very festive note.

The Best Lunar New Year Events Happening in Sydney

1. Lunar Lanterns at Circular Quay

Lunar New Year Sydney
You'll be in awe of the epic lunar lanterns at Circular Quay.

One of our top picks to celebrate the Year of the Tiger is the stunning Lunar Lanterns, a contemporary installation of 12 larger-than-life animal signs of the Lunar zodiac dotted around the city's most popular landmarks.

Giving the age-old tradition a delightfully modern twist, the creative artworks are on show along a trail from Circular Quay to Haymarket. Explore the magical lanterns as they light up Sydney for Chinese  New Year and have fun finding your own zodiac sign! 

When:   29 January to 13 February 2022
Where:  Circular Quay To Haymarket along the Lunar Lanterns walk.
Cost:     FREE

2. Lunar New Year Buffet at Kitchens on Kent

Kitchens on Kent
Celebrate with a delicious meal at Kitchens on Kent.

If a belly full of incredible foods is how you'd like to ring in the Year of the Tiger, then book a table at Kitchens on Kent and get ready for a feast. Executive Chef Stephen Lech curates authentic flavours from China, including a live wok station featuring stir-fries made to order, a selection of dim sum and dumplings from our steamer, a variety of meat, fish and vegetable dishes, plus a dessert station and much more.

When:   31 January to 6 February 2022
Where:  Kitchens on Kent
Cost:     Lunch buffet from $130 pp; dinner buffet from $148 pp

3. Lunar Lanes Haymarket Street Party

Lunar lions in Sydney
Catch the legendary Lunar lions at the Haymarket Street Party.

The Lunar Lanes Haymarket Street Party is going to be bigger than ever this year as Chinatown comes alive with live entertainment, roving performers, markets stalls, food trucks, DJs and plenty of Chinese New Year merriment. 

Enjoy performances from Sydney’s Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Thai, Indonesian, Taiwanese and Japanese community groups on the main stage at Hay Street. From 9 pm, dance the night away as a live band performs all your favourite hits. A highlight of the Sydney Lunar New Year will be the lion dancers. From 8.45 pm, the electrifying LED lion and dragon dancers will take their dynamic performance to the streets.

When:   29 January from 5 pm to 10 pm
Where:  Dixon Street, Haymarket
Cost:     FREE

4. Lunar New Year at The Rocks

The Rocks Lunar Market
Join a buzzing Asian-inspired street party at The Rocks Lunar Market.

Welcome in the Year of the Tiger with an almighty bang at The Rocks with sizzling Asian street food, roaming lion dancers, glowing red lanterns, live performers, bustling stalls, the Lunar Laneway Cinema and more. 

When:   1-13 February 2022
Where:  The Rocks
Cost:     FREE entry

5. Lunar New Year at World Square

World Square Lunar
21 days of Tiger Love is coming to World Square.

21 days of entertainment, music, exclusive offers, plus an augmented reality treasure hunt with a $5K prize pool is coming to the Lunar New Year celebrations at World Square. 

As always, Lunar New Year at World Square will be a family event with giant tigers, a Tiger Trails Treasure Hunt, incredible food offerings, live music, roaming lions and more making the Chinese New Year in Sydney extra exotic. 

When:   29 January to 3 February 2022
Where:  World Square
Cost:     FREE entry

6. Chatswood Year of the Tiger Festival

Chatswood Lunar Festival
The Curious Tiger is a highlight of the 2022 Chatswood Lunar Festival.

For three weeks, Chatswood will be bursting with exciting new events and familiar favourites at their Year of the Tiger Festival. A feast of food and culture, this year’s festival includes art installations, the popular Golden Markets, an inaugural Lunar New Year Comedy Festival and a 10-metre-high Curious Tiger

The famous Golden Market is on 27 January and will transform the mall into an Asian street fair with stallholders selling flowers, lucky bamboo, decorations, and delicious new year delicacies. There will also be a tiger mural by Sydney artist Christina Huynh, and don't miss the hilarious Lunar New Year Comedy Festival.

When:   27 January to 20 February 2022
Where:  Chatswood Concourse 
Cost:     FREE entry

7. Lunar New Year in Lane Cove

Lunar New Year
Join a local Lunar New Year celebration with entertainment and activities in Lane Cove.

Bring in the Year of the Tiger at this special Lunar New Year In The Plaza event featuring live entertainment, creative workshops, kids activities and spectacular lion dance by Pak Hok Kung Fu. 

The schedule includes kids activities at the Plaza from 3:30-5:45 pm, a Travelling Lion Dance at The Plaza and The Canopy from 5:45 pm and live music at The Canopy from 6 pm-8 pm.

When:   4 February 2022
Where:  Lane Cove Plaza, Burns Bay Rd, Lane Cove
Cost:     FREE entry

8. Lunar New Year in Bankstown and Campsie

The City of Canterbury Bankstown invites you to share in the celebrations and explore the neighbourhood's cultural diversity as they celebrate the Year of the Tiger in spectacular style during their Lunar New Year celebrations. Join the exciting celebrations with live entertainment, lucky envelopes given by the God of Good Fortune, lion dancing, Chinese firecrackers and more.

Campsie will be aglow with festive decorations in Anzac Street Mall and the Campsie Noodle Markets will be held on 18 February from 5-9 pm.

When:   29 January and 18 February 2022
Where:  Griffith Park, Bankstown and Anzac Street Mall, Campsie
Cost:     FREE entry

9. Lunar Sea at the Maritime Museum

Maritime Museum
The lions are roaring into the Maritime Museum!

Two weeks of festivities, performances, creative workshops, language tours, activity trails and more are on the agenda at this year's Lunar Sea at the Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour. Bring the whole family along for a jam-packed schedule that's running on weekends from 29 January to 13 February 2022. 

When:   29 January and 13 February 2022
Where:  Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour
Cost:     FREE entry

10. Eastwood Lunar New Year Festival

The annual Eastwood Lunar New Year Festival extravaganza is back this year with lion dancing, an outdoor cinema, food trucks, entertainment, kids activities and plenty more - mark your calendars!

When:   TBA
Where:  Eastwood Town Centre
Cost:     FREE entry

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