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What to do and where to eat during Sydney Lunar Festival 2021

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

Here are some of the best things to do from 12 to 21 February.

Rooster by Valerie Khoo

Lunar Lanterns exhibition

12 to 21 February 2021
Circular Quay to Haymarket

The Lunar Lanterns are a creative, contemporary interpretation of a centuries old tradition. Take a stroll from Circular Quay to Haymarket and discover 12 larger-than-life animal signs of the lunar zodiac.

Find these magnificent giant artworks on the Lunar Lanterns walk.

The free, self-guided tour is available in the Sydney Culture Walks app. Download from the App Store or on Google Play now.

Ox lantern artist Chrissy Lau gives a preveiw of the 2 waving Ox lanterns to appear in Haymarket from 12 February:

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Lunar Spectacular shows

Saturday 13 February
Lower Town Hall, Sydney Town Hall
1-hour shows at 11am, 1.30pm and 4pm.

Chinese, Korean, Thai, Japanese, Vietnamese, Malaysian, Mongolian and Indonesian performers share their culture with traditional and contemporary dance and music.

Expect to see Japanese hip hop, Korean drumming, Mongolian throat singing, fashion shows and more.

Covid-safe measures will be in place and bookings are essential.

The Rocks Lunar Markets

The Rocks Lunar Markets

12 to 14 February and 19 to 21 February
10am to 9pm (Sundays until 5pm)
The Rocks

The vibrant stalls will be surrounded by live music, bright red lanterns and a stunning Ox in a china shop display in Kendall Lane. Produced by Place Management NSW.

Lunar New Year at Chinese Garden of Friendship

Lunar New Year at Chinese Garden of Friendship

6 to 28 February
10am to 4pm
Pier Street, at the corner of Harbour Street, Darling Harbour

Visit a Chinese astrologer for a personal reading for the year ahead. Drop in and enjoy interactive workshops, including tea tastings and crafts for the little ones.

Lunar New Year 2021 | Oxapalooza!

29 January to 28 February
World Square

The Oxapalooza Festival features 30 days of electric art and entertainment, fabulous shopping and exclusive deals. Take part in an augmented reality treasure hunt for a chance to win $10,000.

Cocktail and dumpling masterclass

Cocktail and dumpling masterclass

Saturday 13 February
The Gardens by Lotus, Chinese Garden of Friendship

Learn the secrets and skills of making 3 types of delicious dumplings and 3 types of cocktails. Indulge in your own creations along the way and take the leftover fruits of your labour home to impress your family or friends.

Sydney Opera House tours

Sydney Opera House tours

Bennelong Point
12 to 14 February. Mandarin language tours run daily at 9am and 11.30am

Uncover the untold stories, anecdotes and history of the landmark in an immersive digital experience.

Lion Dancing in Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour
12 to 14 February and 20 to 21 February, Saturdays 6pm and 9pm, Sundays 6.30pm

Enjoy a lion dance that embraces the beauty, art, culture, traditions and history of China.

Seedlings Nature School

Seedlings nature school

18 February
Royal Botanic Gardens

Explore the Oriental Garden, design special paper lanterns and make your own Chinese garden to take home.

Jin Wu Koon Lion Dance at Market City

Jin Wu Koon Lion Dance at Market City

9-13 Hay Street, Haymarket
12 to 14 February, 2pm

The renowned lion dance crew – Jin Wu Koon – will perform annual Lunar New Year shows.

Chris Yee Giant Lunar New Year installation

12 to 28 February
Chinese Garden of Friendship Forecourt, Darling Harbour

A modern interpretation of classic ornamentation and a Chinese ‘moon’ gate.

Lunar Feasts

Lunar New Year at Ho Jiak Town Hall

Sumptuous banquets, traditional Asian dishes and feasting galore – celebrate the Lunar New Year at one of these venues.

Lucky Menu at Chat Thai
20 Campbell Street, Haymarket

Golden Century Special Lunar Feast Banquet 393 to 399 Sussex Street, Chinatown

Banquets at The Gardens at Lotus
Chinese Garden of Friendship, Pier Street, Darling Harbour

Lunar New Year cocktails at Banchō Bar
10 Thomas Lane, Haymarket

The Year of Ox celebrations feast at Old Town
10A Dixon Street, Chinatown

Sydney Lunar Festival menu at Auvers Dining 12 and 13 February, 8am to 9.30pm

New Shanghai 8-course Lunar New Year Feast
Westfield Sydney

Sky High Lunar New Year at Sydney Tower Eye
100 Market Street, Sydney

Lunar New Year at Ho Jiak Town Hall
125 York Street, Sydney

Chinese New Year celebrations at Spice Temple
10 Bligh Street, Sydney

Lunar New Year celebrations at Bodhi Restaurant Bar
2 to 4 College Street, Sydney

Lunar New Year feast at Sheraton Grand
161 Elizabeth Street, Sydney
12 to 21 February, lunch from 12pm to 2pm and dinner from 6pm to 10pm

Lunar New Year at Blu Bar on 36
8 to 21 February, 5pm to 9pm

Covid safety guidelines

All events will follow Covid-safe regulations. Guests are reminded to follow the latest NSW Health advice on social distancing, hygiene and staying home if unwell.

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