Experience the sights, sounds and flavours of the far east in Melbourne when the Chinese New Year Festival returns for 2019. With 15 days of celebration set to take place to welcome the Year of the Pig, festivities are set to go off like a firecracker (pun intended 😉).



The 2019 Chinese New Year Melbourne Festival promises a spectacular two weeks of special performances, hands-on workshops, and a hub of traditional Chinese food passed down from generations. Read on for a guide to some of the not-to-miss events on offer between Sat 2 Feb and Sun 17 Feb.


Official Opening of the Festival
Sat 2 Feb, 11.00am – 10.00pm

Kick off the festivities with cultural performances by community groups from 11am, including the Lion Dance and light installations, Chinese chess competitions, gods of Fortune photo ops, Chinese drum practice, traditional calligraphy art and the official opening of the festival at Queensbridge Square at 8pm. @ Queensbridge Square, Queensbridge Street.


Chinese New Year’s Eve
Mon 4 Feb, 6.00pm – 10.00pm

Celebrate the eve of 2019 Chinese New Year at Queensbridge Square, the home of Cultural Kaleidoscope. To help ring in the New Year, there will be various exciting stage performances throughout the night including dances, Kung-Fu, costume parades, drums, a magic show, a Lion dance and Latin and hip-hop dances from youth groups. @ Queensbridge Square, Queensbridge Street.


Social Dragon Boat Regatta
Sat 16 Feb, 9:30am – 4:00pm

Dragon Boat racing has been practiced for more than 2000 years, making it one of China’s oldest and most revered traditions. The Social Dragon Boat Regatta is a blend of tradition and heart-stopping action as the spectacular dragon boats race along Victoria Harbour to the beat of the drums. @ 55 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands.


Club Dragon Boat Regatta
Sun 17 Feb, 9:00am – 5:00pm

Watch the pros race it out in the 200m Club Dragon Boat Regatta while thousands of people cheer on. Or you can enjoy a plethora of cultural performances, lion dances, a dragon boat tug of war, children activities and delicious food from all around the world. @ 55 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands.


A Weekend at the District Docklands
Fri 8 Feb to Sun 10 Feb, 11.00am – 2.00pm

For three days The District Docklands and Melbourne Star will light up to celebrate the Year of Pig in true Chinese style. Kicking things off on Friday 8 February at Fukutontei Ramen, a lion dance will bless the restaurant at noon and then roam through O’Brien Group Arena for a lion dance on ice and through the venue in the evening.

Saturday and Sunday will feature live music and entertainment under the Melbourne Star, and fun activities near H&M the whole family can enjoy. Try your hand at lantern making, painting or paper cutting, or learn how to write your name in Chinese. Plus, enjoy a spectacular fireworks display (weather permitting) on Saturday night. More info at: www.thedistrictdocklands.com.au

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