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It's the year of the fire rooster - Roosters are happiest when surrounded by others, whether at a party or a social gathering. Chinese New Year in Melbourne runs from 27 January - 12 February 2017 and there's lots on in and out of town if you're looking for a fun, engaging, free and cultural experience.

Over the 17 days, you're invited to enjoy the citywide festivities from Queensbridge Square, Queen Victoria Market, Chinatown, the Chinese Museum, Melbourne Zoo, Eureka Skydeck and Southgate, to Docklands and more.
Victoria Street Lunar Festival, Richmond
Not only one of Yarra’s biggest parties, this Festival has become one of the most popular and recognised Lunar New Year celebrations in Victoria, drawing people from all over Melbourne. It is a wonderful opportunity for Victoria Street to treat the community to a vibrant, colourful and culturally rich experience.

Entertainment is diverse with everything from Chinese opera to Vietnamese pop and carnival rides. Follow one of the largest Chinese dragons in Australia as it twists and twirls its way along Victoria Street and block your ears as strings of firecrackers noisily scare away those evil spirits.

Enjoy a cooking demonstration at the Tastes of Asia cooking stage or sample tasty treats from the many Vietnamese and Chinese hawker food stalls.

When: 22nd January 2017 11am - 10pm

Federation Square
Welcome the Year of the Rooster on Chinese New Year’s day in Federation Square!

The Federation of Chinese Association (FCA) will host a variety of family friendly Chinese New Year activities at Federation Square including music, performances, and handicrafts.

Enjoy traditional Chinese entertainment on the main stage all day and join in on the fun and activities.

January 28, 10am - 5pm
Federation Square, Corner Swanston St & Flinders St, Melbourne




For a lucky Chinese New Year 2017 visit Eureka Skydeck 88!

Everyone who visits Eureka Skydeck 88 during Chinese New Year will receive a red pocket gift for their chance to win great prizes*.

See Melbourne and find your good fortune on lucky level 88 - the highest viewing platform in the Southern Hemisphere.

*One free red pocket per person (prizes inside may include; gift, photo, Edge ticket, drink), valid for every visitor during Chinese New Year Period 27 January – 12 February 2017, while stocks last.


January 27 - February 12, 12pm - 10pm
Next to Cow in the Tree, Harbour Esplanade, Docklands

Celebrate with weekend events along Harbour Esplanade with Asian cuisine from The Food Truck Park from 12pm and drinks until late as the sun sets over the water. Enjoy traditional Chinese handicrafts and entertainment in a perfect waterside setting.

Also enjoy a spectacular light show at 888 Collins Street (arguably Melbourne’s luckiest address) from sunset to midnight, playing every hour on the hour each night and, don’t miss the Chinese New Year-themed LED light show at the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel on every night.


Come celebrate Chinese New Year, the year of the Golden Fire Rooster, with the Melbourne Star! We are offering 2 for 1 General Admission tickets (Adult and Child) from 27 January 2017 – 12 February 2017. Simply mention the code word ‘Rooster 2017’ at the Melbourne Star ticketing booth to access this great offer.
January 27 - February 12, 11am - 10pm
Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, 101 Waterfront Way, Docklands
Melbourne Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary and Werribee Open Range Zoo
The wildlife at Melbourne Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary and Werribee Open Range Zoo can’t wait to celebrate Lunar New Year with you!

Bring your family to meet our family of wildlife wishing your own zodiac animal a happy Lunar New Year and see our properties dresses with beautiful red lanterns.

Upload photos of your Lunar New Year adventures at our Zoos on WeChat for your chance to win wildlife prizes! Snap a photo with koalas at Healesville Sanctuary, giraffes at Werribee Open Range Zoo or maybe you would prefer a photo with little penguins at Melbourne Zoo. The best images will win your very own wildlife gifts.

January 27 - February 12, 9am - 5pm


Chinese Museum, Melbourne


Come and experience the Han Dynasty at the Chinese Museum where the first 88 kids through the doors on 4th, 5th, 11th and 12th February receive FREE entry!

February 4 - February 12, 10am - 4pm
Chinese Museum, 22 Cohen Place, Melbourne


Chinese New Year Festival, Box Hill


Whitehorse City Council is proud to once again support the Asian Business Association of Whitehorse as it brings an exciting program of entertainment and stalls to one of the largest Chinese New Year celebrations in Melbourne on Saturday 11th February.

Chinese New Year festivities are full of sound, colour, dance and sweet treats to mark the start of another year full of promise.

The stunning Parade of Choi Sun (Chinese God of Fortune) will entertain, while a visit to the giant Buddha statue will give some a chance to pray for a prosperous, safe year to come.

Other entertainment include traditional lion and dragon dancers moving through the crowd to count in the New Year, a firecracker show, martial arts demonstrations, singers, dancers, games and amusement rides for all ages.

Stalls will sell Chinese New Year souvenirs and merchandise, and there will be a market of unique and authentic Asian cuisine.

The festival will be held in and around the Box Hill Mall and along the section of Whitehorse Road adjoining the Mall.


Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton


The Carlton Gardens precinct will glow in red and gold to celebrate Chinese New Year in 2017.

Visit the precinct after sunset between Saturday 28 January and Friday 3 February to see the Royal Exhibition Building illuminated with projections welcoming in the year of the Rooster.

January 28 - February 3, 8:30pm - 6:30am
Royal Exhibition Building, 9 Nicholson Street, Carlton

Queen Vic Market
The celebration continues with a two-day Lantern Festival on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 February on Queen Street with a variety of traditional Asian food stalls, performers and free family activities.

Delight in traditional performances from local and international acts and marvel at the mythical creatures lighting the way for a prosperous New Year.

Lantern Festival Times:
Saturday 11 February, 9am to 3pm
Sunday 12 February, 9am to 4pm



Head to Ballarat to experience an authentic Chinese New Year gold rush celebration at Sovereign Hill on Sunday 5 February and Sunday 12 February 2017. The Chinese Australian Cultural Society Ballarat Inc will provide hands on activities for children, calligraphy, traditional music, dance, Tai Chi lessons and lion dance performances.

Why not combine your Sovereign Hill visit with a trip to the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E) for the Chinese Fortunes exhibition? A short 10-minute drive from Sovereign Hill, Chinese Fortunes will reveal the forgotten history of Chinese people in Australia since the goldfields. Featuring tales of families, fortune and culture it will be a unique presentation never seen before and translated into both English and Mandarin.

What: Sovereign Hill Gold Rush Celebrations
Presented by the Chinese Australian Cultural Society Ballarat
Where: Sovereign Hill, 39 Bradshaw Street, Ballarat
When: Sunday 5 February & Sunday 12 February 2017, 10am – 5pm




Celebrate the Chinese New Year Melbourne Festival 2017 as part of the Diversitat Pako Festa in Geelong. Enjoy a smorgasbord of fabulous food, traditional dancing, free activities for children and an exciting day of non-stop entertainment.

Diversitat Pako Festa is the largest free celebration of cultural diversity in Australia. Every year it attracts scores of people from local and cultural communities, professional performers, community groups, schools, businesses, street traders and artists from all walks of life.

Diversitat Pako Festa prides itself on being a free event, accessible to all who want to share the enriching experience of Australian multiculturalism.

What: Diversitat Pako Festa
Where: Pakington Street, Geelong and surrounding roads
When: Saturday 25 February 2017, all day




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