Chinese New Year guide

A little extra luck has never hurt anyone. Luckily for you, Chinese New Year is the best time for hailing in good fortune. Celebrate one of our city’s most vibrant festivals at these six locations this summer.


Queensbridge Square

Firstly, visit Queensbridge Square for Chinese New Year Melbourne Festival‘s countdown on Friday 27 January. Festivities include free activities, music and performances on the big stage and cooking demonstrations by Lee Chan. The Food Truck Park will be serving up Asian cuisine throughout the night and serving free dumplings at midnight!


For celebrating the Year of the Rooster, Chinatown should be your first stop. The vibrant precinct will be transformed with a cacophony of festive events leading up and through the Lunar New Year. From roving performers in red and gold to dedicated Chinese New Year street food feasts, you can also enjoy a visit from a traditional Chinese Lion in participating restaurants. Don’t miss the traditional Dai Loong Dragon Parade as it emerges from the Chinese Museum from 11:30am on Sunday 29 January.


Dockland’s boutique waterfront location makes for a unique festive atmosphere. The Melbourne Star Observation Wheel will display a Chinese New Year-themed LED light show nightly, there will be Asian street food until late and the Fire Rooster Light Show will dazzle from 8pm to midnight.

Fire Rooster Light Show

Federation Square

One of Melbourne’s most iconic landmarks will usher in the Year of the Rooster with breathtaking light installations, booming cultural performances and activities for every age and community. Federation Square’s Chinese New Year will also play host to an emporium of traditional street food.

Queen Victoria Market  

Queen Victoria Market will be celebrating the Lunar New Year over two performance-packed weeks. Firecrackers above the iconic market sheds, traditional performances and a towering Hongbao wall are some of the attractions. Local and international artists will take the stage to perform Lion Dances, Martial Arts and showcase Chinese musical instruments.

Yarra River

Architecture, restaurants and iconic buildings will come alive along the Yarra River to celebrate 2017’s Chinese New Year Melbourne Festival. Discover trinket stalls, traditional banquets and the 12 zodiac figures; and stroll along the bridges of the Yarra River to find themed light installations.

Yarra River

Chinese New Year Melbourne Festival runs across the city from 27 January to 12 February 2017.