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What to do and where to eat during Sydney Lunar Festival 2024

Fabulous feasts, spectacular shows and magnificent artworks – it’s time to celebrate the Year of the Dragon.

We’ve rounded up some of the best things to do and places to eat during Sydney Lunar Festival. It’s happening from 10-25 February.

Sydney Lunar Streets

Saturday 10 February, 5pm–10pm

Kick off your Lunar New Year celebrations and see the laneways of Haymarket transformed into an exciting street party. Chinatown will buzz with live entertainment, roving performers, market stalls, food trucks, DJs and lion dances.

Sydney Lunar Streets in Haymarket

Lion dancing and cultural performances

Thomas Street, Haymarket
Fridays to Sundays, 6pm–6:30pm
Sunday 11 February to Sunday 25 February

Lion dancing troupes and cultural groups ring in the Lunar New Year with plenty of drumming, dance, flamboyance and skill.

Dragon boat races

Cockle Bay, Darling Harbour
Welcome ceremony: Friday 16 February
Racing day 1: Saturday 17 February
Racing day 2: Sunday 18 February

Watch the biggest dragon boat races in the southern hemisphere as more than 3,000 paddlers churn up the waters and battle it out.

Dragon boat races

Dragon on Dixon

Dixon Street, Haymarket
Every day, Saturday 10 February to Sunday 25 February

A Wood Dragon centrepiece takes over Dixon Street Mall this Lunar New Year.

Light rail dragon

City centre and surrounds
Saturday 10 February to Sunday 25 February

This dragon is happy to take you on a ride. Catch a glimpse of this colourful light rail dragon and hop on board during the festival.

Lunar Spectacular Show - Allocation Exhausted

Sydney Town Hall
Saturday 17 February
Two shows: 2pm and 5pm

Performers from Chinese, Korean, Thai, Japanese and Vietnamese communities share their culture through traditional and contemporary dance and music. Book your free tickets.

Lunar spectacular

The Great Dragon Race

George Street, Haymarket

Saturday 24 February, 11am–1pm

Join the official Sydney Lunar Festival scavenger hunt. The first 20 people to successfully complete all 8 tasks will receive their very own 3D-printed dragon.

Lunar gateways

Haymarket, various locations
Saturday 10 February to Sunday 25 February

Don’t miss seeing these impressive structures beautifully illuminated at night. Each gateway is hand painted with Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese, or Thai cultural designs.

Haymarket, various locations
Saturday 10 February to Sunday 25 February

Four Asian-Australian artists share what the Year of the Dragon means for them. Don’t miss the colourful and vibrant banner artworks displayed on our outdoor banner galleries on Sussex Street, George Street, Alfred Street and Harbour Street.

Banner Galleries: Yuqing Wei - 龙凤呈祥

See, make and buy art

Sydney LNY Market

1 Dixon Street, Haymarket
Saturday 17 February, 10am–3pm

Browse the stalls of over 20 local Asian Australian artists and small businesses and take home some art to bring you luck for the year. Plus, enjoy giveaways, lion dances and more!

Cosmic Neighbour

Blank Gallery
Level 2, 17 Valentine Street, Haymarket
Mondays and Thursdays to Sundays, Thursday 25 January to Monday 26 February

To welcome the Year of the Dragon, twin brothers Chris and Andrew Yee join hands once more in their graphically scintillating show, Cosmic Neighbour.

Cosmic Neighbour

Happy Dragon4Harmonious World

China Cultural Centre, Sydney
Monday 12 to Wednesday 14 February

Learn something new at cultural lectures and take part in calligraphy, paper cutting, Peking opera mask painting, Chinese knot weaving and more at this 3-day event.

Journey through tradition: a celebration of Chinese icons

Darling Square Community Bank
Thursday 1 February to Friday 29 March

Step into a world where time-honoured Chinese traditions and cherished iconic motifs come alive in this solo exhibition by Anthony Van Lam.

Journey Through Tradition by artist Anthony Van Lam

Celebrate Lunar New Year with the Australian Chinese Painting Society

The Shop Gallery, 112 Glebe Point Road, Glebe
Thursday 15 February to Wednesday 21 February

This week-long exhibition features rice paper paintings by members of the Australian Chinese Painting Society. See how traditional, modern and experimental painting styles push the boundaries of this unique medium.

In our time: 4 decades of art from China and beyond

National Art School gallery
Thursday 18 January to Saturday 30 March

See a special selection of artworks by artists working in both China and Australia, from the collection of Dr Geoff Raby AO, an Australian economist and diplomat.

In our time

Soul of Chinatown’s Year of the Dragon art fundraiser

Bancho bar, 10 Thomas Lane, Haymarket
Wednesday 21 February, 5:30pm

The works of talented Asian-Australian artists go to auction at this art fundraising event in Chinatown’s premier speakeasy bar.


Chinatown Comedy Club

the six:twelve, 6–12 Harbour Street, Haymarket
Friday 16 February, 8pm to late

See some of Australia’s best comedians perform in the first comedy club in Sydney’s Chinatown. Enjoy a Lunar New Year themed drink and prepare for a hilarious evening in a former Chinatown cinema.

Chang’an in the Fantasy World

City Recital Hall, 2 Angel Place, Sydney
Friday 23 February, 7:30pm-9:15pm

Be transported back to the ancient Chinese capital of Chang’an in this musical celebration of the Year of the Dragon. This unique concert features young performers from the Xi’an Song and Dance Theatre.

Lunar New Year Concert 2024: Chang'an in the Fantasy World

WSFM Lunar Archway

Hay Street, Haymarket
Sunday 11 February, 12pm-6:30pm

Drop by to see a magical array of acts and artists showcase their skills in front of the WSFM archway.

Australia Chinese New Year Gala

Sydney Town Hall
Sunday 11 February, 7:30pm-9:50pm

Over 300 artists will perform traditional Chinese music, classical dance, martial arts and more at this black tie event.

Legends and lanterns

Sydney Town Hall
Wednesday 14 February, from 7pm

Internationally renowned Chinese-Australian cellist Li-Wei Qin, acclaimed violinist Harmonnia Junus and the Odyssey Symphony Orchestra perform a musical fusion of east meets west at this concert.

Legends and lanterns

Festival of Spring

Sydney Town Hall
Wednesday 21 February, from 7pm

The Lunar New Year also marks the arrival of spring for many Asian communities. This event features live Chinese art troupe performances of acrobatics, Peking opera, folk music and more.

Children and teens

Lunar Sea

Australian National Maritime Museum
Weekends, 10am–4pm
Saturday 10 February to Sunday 25 February

Celebrate the Year of the Dragon at the Australian National Maritime Museum with tours and treasure trails, captivating cultural performances and creative family-friendly workshops.

Lunar Sea

Chinese lion and dragon dance workshops

Chinese Youth League
Level 2, 10 Dixon Street, Haymarket
Saturday 24 February, from 1pm

Learn about the history of lion and dragon dance in these workshops and get a taste of basic movements, music and performance equipment.

Lion and Dragon Dance Workshops

Talks and ideas

Screening of Shanghai Express (1932)

Sydney Mechanics School of Arts
Saturday 10 February, 12:45pm-3pm

Legendary Chinese American actress Anna May Wong stars alongside Marlene Deitrich and Clive Brook in Shanghai Express. Learn about the Lincheng Outrage of 1923, the international incident that rocked the world and inspired the 1932 film.

Book launch: The China-Australia migration corridor

Darling Square Library
Saturday 17 February, 11am-1pm

Learn about the legacy and heritage of Chinese migration to Australia from the 1840s to the present day. Three guest speakers will be in conversation with the book’s authors about the history of Chinese migration to Australia.

The China-Australia Migration Corridor Book Launch

The Yin and Yang of the Dragon

Sydney Mechanics School of Arts
Saturday 17 February, 2:30pm

Learn about the myth, metaphor and magic of this year’s Chinese zodiac animal with the Chinese Heritage Association of Australia.


Fascinating Thaitown

Laneway corner Campbell Street and George Street, Haymarket
Saturday 17 February, 11am–8pm

Explore vibrant stalls showcasing cultural treasures and artisanal Thai crafts, relax in the Singha beer garden and indulge in authentic Thai cuisine.

Fascinating Thaitown

Taste of Chinatown

108 Dixon Street, Haymarket
Multiple dates throughout February, from 6pm

Explore Chinatown through food, stories, history and culture. Learn more about the Lunar New Year as you sample dishes from China, Korea and Malaysia on this walking cultural food tour.

Market City Tavern celebrates the Year of the Dragon

Market City Tavern
Sunday 10 to Sunday 25 February

Toast to good fortune and prosperity with drink specials and exclusive Lunar New Year cocktails in the heart of Chinatown.

Want more?

Discover the Sydney Lunar Festival program.

The City of Sydney is proud to partner with SSI during Sydney Lunar Festival.