Our picks for Sydney Lunar Festival

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

There’s so much happening during the Sydney Lunar Festival with more than 100 events on offer from 25 January to 9 February. Here are just a few of the best things to do.

Sydney Lunar Festival

Claudia Chan Shaw’s Robotic Rat Lantern featuring eight, 2.8m tall, gold metallic, animatronic rats

Lunar Lanes

The kick-off event of Sydney Lunar Festival. Laneways will be transformed by a street party. There’ll be live entertainment including lion dances, roving performers, face painting, kids craft activities and delicious food.

Don’t miss the Lunar Spectacular Show. Enjoy a variety of live performances from traditional and contemporary dance to Korean drumming, Japanese hip hop and fashion shows.

Saturday 25 January

Lunar Lanes – Haymarket street party

Lunar Lanterns

Explore the Lunar Lanterns and discover your birth sign. To celebrate the Year of the Rat, artist Claudia Chan Shaw has created a spectacular tower of 9 gold metallic, animatronic rats. Find it at First Fleet Park.

Walk around the foreshore to see the 11 other spectacular lanterns that light up the foreshore. There are some new animals to discover this year, including a rabbit, rooster and horse lanterns.

Look out for lion dances with a sparkling difference. Catch an electrifying lion and dragon dance performance as performers decorated with LEDs illuminate the foreshore.

Circular Quay to The Rocks
Friday 31 January to Sunday 9 February


Dragon boat races

Grab a spot harbourside and watch the biggest dragon boat races in the southern hemisphere.

More than 3,000 dragon boat race paddlers will churn the water watched by crowds of spectators.

Cockle Bay Wharf, Darling Park
Saturday 1 February and Sunday 2 February


Dragon boat races

Calligraphy demonstrations

Watch a demonstration by master calligraphy artists and go home with your own handwritten souvenir courtesy of our calligraphers. This is a free event. Bookings essential.

Saturday 1 February at Green Square Library
Tuesday 4 February at Customs House

Calligraphy demonstrations

Green Square Lunar New Year celebrations

Thrilling lion dances, Chinese classical music performances and a red packet handout. Green Square Library and plaza will come alive with colour and sound.

Children are invited to learn how to perform a lion dance routine in a 1-hour workshop starting at 10.30am.

Saturday 8 February
Green Square Library and plaza

The Rocks Lunar Markets

The cobblestoned lanes of The Rocks will host markets featuring Asian street food and arts and crafts. Keep an eye out for the lion dance performances at 1pm and 6pm.

Thursday 30 January to Sunday 9 February 2020
The Rocks

The Rocks Lunar Markets

Sydney Lunar New Year Fair

To close off the festival, discover a fun-filled fair. There’ll be activities for kids and food trucks. Catch community performances from a wide range of community groups. They’ll take to the outdoor stage with traditional and contemporary performances.

Belmore Park
Saturday 8 February

Want more?

  • Hear from the artists behind the lanterns at a free talk at Customs House Library.
  • Learn how to create your own zodiac animal mask using a fun new papercraft technique.
  • Follow the social media conversation (#SydneyLunarFestival) to get real-time festival updates.

That’s just the beginning!

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