Chinese New Year In Brisbane 2019

  • Thu Jan 31 - Sun Feb 10 2019
  • Family
    All Ages
  • Free

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Celebrate the Chinese New Year in the Chinatown Mall in Fortitude Valley. Enjoy firecrackers, traditional lion dancers, music, displays and most importantly, the food. So. Much. Food. Seeing as it’s a celebration, you have permission to indulge and enjoy as all the dumplings. 2019 is the year of the Pig, just saying.

Some of the best things to see are:

What: Lunar New Year - Chinatown Mall

A vibrant mix of traditional Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese dances, cultural performances, firecrackers and hands-on workshops - part of the wider BrisAsia Festival.

Where: Chinatown Mall, Fortitude Valley

When: 4pm - 9pm Saturday, 9th February & 12pm - 5pm Sunday, 10th February 2019

Cost: Free entry

ellaslist opinion: Parking will be a nightmare so definitely opt for public transport!

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What: Technicolour Chinese New Year Night Market

Food trucks, Lion Dancing, Craft, Kids Entertainment and Cultural Performance.

Where: DiverCiti Centre, 23 Foster Street, Newmarket

When: Saturday, 16th February 2019 (Market 4pm - 9pm Cultural Show 6.30pm)

Cost: Free entry

ellaslist opinion: There is free onsite parking and plenty of on road parking closeby - very handy if you are bringing the kids along!

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What: The Glen Hotel’s 2019 Chinese New Year Festival

Specially designed Asian menu, Chinese lunar lanterns, Fire Crackers, Lion Dancing by the Shaolin Kung Fu Guan, Fire Crackers, competitions and more!

Where: The Glen Hotel, 24 Gaskell Street, Eight Mile Plains

When: 4th - 16th February 2019

Cost: Varies

ellaslist opinion:  The firecracker show at 7pm on Wednesday 6th is sure to be a hit so make sure you book first.

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What: Lunar New Year Race Day - Presented by the Chinese Jockey Club

A range of traditional entertainment such as Dancing Lion, Beijing opera and pop-up Asian Food Markets, alongside live racing.

Where: Doomben Racecourse

When: 16th February 2019 - gates open 10.30am

Cost: Tickets start from $10 pp. (Buffet available for $75 pp)

ellaslist opinion:  Get there early and you can score a complimentary TAB voucher!

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What: Moreton Bay Region Lunar New Year

Traditional Asian music and dance performances, Asian food stalls, Firecracker display and Asian culture workshops.

Where: Caboolture Town Square, 4 Hasking Street, Caboolture

When: 4pm - 8pm, 9th February 2019

Cost: Free entry

ellaslist opinion:  The kids will love the magic show on at 4.25pm.

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More info on the entire festival is available atChinese New Year Brisbane website


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