It’s time to celebrate the Year of the Rooster in Sydney!

There’s so much happening during the Chinese New Year Festival which runs from 27 January to 12 February. Here are just a few of the best things to do.

Rooster Lunar Lantern

Rooster Lunar Lantern

1. Explore the Lunar Lanterns and discover your birth-sign. This year the flamboyant Rooster takes centre-stage at Sydney Opera House while 11 other spectacular lanterns light up Circular Quay. You’ll meet some new critters, including some cheeky rats and a high-flying snake.

2. …And then compose a tune at the Pentatonic Rooster. This interactive lantern in Chinatown is inspired by traditional Chinese instruments.

3. “If there’s one thing you need to do at Lunar New Year, it’s feast,” says cook, writer and television presenter Adam Liaw. Check out his 15 ways to eat the Lunar New Year in Sydney.

Pic by @jaym3s2 via Instagram

Pic by @jaym3s2 via Instagram

4.  Design your own Gelato Messina gelato cookie sandwich at the Westpac Lunar Lantern Hub in Martin Place. Yu-um. 

Create your own Gelato Messina gelato cookie sandwich

Create your own Gelato Messina gelato cookie sandwich

5. Get snapping! Tag #CNYSYD on your festival snaps to show us how you’re celebrating.

The Pig Lunar Lantern

The Pig Lunar Lantern

6. Catch up for an after-work cocktail from Taylor’s pop-up bar and Bao Stop’s famous Peking duck fries at the Westpac Lunar Lantern Hub in Martin Place. 

Westpac Lunar Lantern Hub

Westpac Lunar Lantern Hub

7. Treat yourself to delicious street food at the Lunar Markets in Pyrmont.

8. Catch community performances from more than 1000 talented locals aged who’ll perform traditional and modern dance, martial arts, lion dances and more.

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9. Grab a spot harbour-side and watch Australia’s biggest dragon boat races.

Catch the action of Dragon Boat Racing

Catch the action of Dragon Boat Racing

10. Play a friendly game at the Star’s Fortune Mahjong Garden in Martin Place.

11. Treat yourself! Did you know it’s good luck to wear a new outfit on the first day of the Lunar New Year? While in Pitt Street Mall, look up to see the Royal Roosters, brought to you by our charity partner Cure Brain Cancer.

12. Bring your singing voice to Sydney Chinese New Year Festival 21st Birthday celebrations! We’re talking two nights of Massaoke, an enormous singalong for young and old!

Want more?

  • Have your fortune told in the quirkiest way! Westpac has created an enormous Wall of Fortune at Circular Quay that displays hundreds of Lunar New Year messages every minute. To capture your 2017 Lunar New Year fortune, simply take a photo of the screen and whatever fortune you snap is yours!
  • Grab a bite to eat at the Sydney Opera House after a tour in Mandarin or English
  • Get the free Sydney Culture Walks app to discover all 12 Lunar Lanterns directly through your smartphone.
  • Follow the social media conversation (#CNYSYD) to get real-time festival updates.

That’s just the beginning!