What’s On in Sydney: 2016 Chinese New Year Edition

With February here already, you should get ready to celebrate! I’m not talking about Valentine’s day this time, even though you are welcomed to celebrate for that if that’s what you’re into. I’m talking about Chinese New Year and getting used to the splash of red all over Sydney. The lantern decorations and the noisy firecrackers that tells you that the lion dance is somewhere near, and the food, please don’t forget about the food! So without further ado here is a few things that you can do in Sydney to celebrate Chinese New Year, immersing yourself in cultural stuff, being creative, or eating to your heart’s content.

The Sydney Morning Herald Lunar Markets by The Star

Just opposite of the Star in Pyrmont, is the SMH Lunar Markets by The Star, which boasts stalls like; Bao Stop, Poklol, The Star Sydney’s Fat Noodle and The Century. Also, outdoor bars and entertainment for the span of those weeks. Poklol was a favorite of mine when it opened it stall during the Night Noodle Market last year, and I have missed their presence ever since. Might go there solely for Poklol, heh.

Opposite the Star
Thursday 4 February to Sunday 14 February 2016
Mon-Wed: 5PM-9PM, Thu-Fri: 5PM-10PM, Sat: 4PM-10PM, Sun: 4PM-9PM

The Sydney Morning Herald Lunar Markets by The Star

Cure Brain Cancer celebrity dragon boat race

Cure Brain Cancer celebrity dragon boat race
The Dragon Boat festival is usually celebrated later in the year, so I am not sure why there is a Dragon Boat racing at this time of the year. However the tradition is very strong in the Chinese culture and since Chinese New Year are the perfect time to celebrate anything Chinese-related, maybe they figured, why not? In the celebration of Dragon boat festival, people usually have zongzi, steamed glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo leaves and reminiscence about the sad legend that started this festival.

Darling Harbour
Sunday 21 February 2016

Painting the Town Red

The new in thing of projecting things into building is still alive as ever in Sydney, and this time the Sydney Opera House will get a special wash of red in celebration of Chinese New Year. In Chinese culture, red is viewed as a colour that brings luck and joy as well as a traditionally symbolic colour for happines, being used widely in celebrations such as New Year and Weddings.

Don’t stare too long though, it might make you hungry.

Sydney Opera House
Saturday 6 February to Sunday 21 February 2016

Painting the town red

Kensington Street’s CNY celebration

Kensington Street's CNY celebration
Do you know of a place called Spice Alley, deep within the new hip lane that is Kensington St? It is a food court, with very affordable but very delicious offerings. Me and a coworker go there at least once every 2 weeks for lunch and I have lots of good things to say about the place, but maybe that account for a separate blog post instead.

During two days, there will be will be lion dances, calligraphy masters, and food demonstrations. Not only that, traditional dances accompanied by live music. Sounds like a riot, I am sold.

Spice Alley, Kensington St, Chippendale
Saturday 6 February 2016 & Monday 8 February 2016
Sat: 3PM-7PM, Mon: 6PM-10PM

Various events at the Chinese Garden of Friendship

The Chinese garden of friendship has a few events during the Chinese New Year weeks. The events varied from some traditional lion dance and fan dance, garden tour, tea ceremony and even some lantern decorating workshop for some of the creative ones out there. Information as follows:

Garden entry: Gold coin donation during Chinese New Year celebrations (6-21 Feb)
Chinese Garden of Friendship, Pier St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Lion Dance
Saturday 6 February 2016
11-11:30 AM

Fan Dance
Saturday 6, 13 & 20 February 2016
1-1:15 PM

Chinese Garden highlights tour
Saturday 6 February to Sunday 21 February 2016

Tea Ceremony by Christina Leung of Zensation Tea House
Sunday 7 February 2016

Lantern decorating workshop
Saturday 13 February 2016 to Sunday 14 February 2016

Various events at the Chinese Garden of Friendship

Print your own 3D monkey

For the techy people out there, ever curious about 3D printer and how it works? Now you can visit and view it for free. If you want to take the monkey home however, you can by donating to the charity partner Cure Brain Cancer Foundation.

Customs House Library
Thursday 11 February 2016 to Saturday 13 February 2016

Which one interests you the most? Tell me, maybe we can say hi amongst the crowd.

If none of these tickles your fancy, head over to the City of Sydney website, they have more events than what I covered here and you might find something you like, Karaoke bridge climb perhaps?

Stay awesome, Sydney and don’t forget to wear red 😉

♥ Marc

PS: None of these images are mine.

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