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Chinese New Year Free Events in Sydney 2014

This year, Sydney is the number ONE on Forbes Travel Guide Blog’s round of the “Five Fabulous Destinations for Celebrating Chinese New Year”. Traveling on Chinese New Year has becomes a trend for many Chinese communities around the world especially in China. Taking the opportunity of the long holiday, many Chinese will travel around the world at this time of the year. I will be traveling to Sydney soon celebrating the last few days of Chinese New Year and I will be reporting live on my Facebook Page!


Chinese Garden of Friendship in Sydney

Sydney will be kicking off the Chinese New Year Festival in style from this weekend with a stunning twilight parade on Sunday 2 February at 8pm. There will events line up for the twilight parade which includes projection and fireworks!


Twilight Parade Sydney Information, Time and Venue:

Date: Sun 2 Feb 2014

Time: 8:00pm – 12:00am


Sydney Town Hall (From Sydney Town Hall to Chinatown followed by fireworks at Cockle Bay Darling Harbour),

483 George Street, Sydney

Price: FREE!

More info on the event, visit Twilight Parade Sydney


Welcoming the Year of the Wooden Horse, the festival features free events from 24 January to 9 February including Lunar Feasts at Sydney’s Best Asian restaurants.

Read: Lunar Feasts at Sydney’s Best Asian restaurants


Don’t forget also the Dragon Boat Races at Cockle Bay Wharf! Dragon boat racing has been around for 2000 years and the heart thumping race will be held at Cockle Bay Wharf for FREE!


Dragon Boat Races at Cockle Bay Wharf Time and Phone:    


Sat 8 Feb 2014 8:00am- 5:00pm

Sun 9 Feb 2014 9:00am- 3:00pm


Cockle Bay Wharf,

201 Sussex Street, Sydney

Price: FREE!!

Phone:  02 9265 9333



Other free Chinese New Year events in Sydney as follows:


Chinatown Lion Dances

26, 27 January and 1, 2 February throughout Chinatown

Experience the noise, colour and excitement of the traditional Chinese lion dances before unwinding with a meal at one of the many Chinatown restaurants.



CNY Festival Launch

24 January at Belmore Park

Kick off the Chinese New Year celebrations in style at the official festival launch in Belmore Park. The park will come to life with market stalls and a range of entertainment including traditional lion dances.



Chinese Garden of Friendship, Forecourt Lion Dance

24 January at the Chinese Garden of Friendship, Darling Harbour – free

Watch in amazement as martial art performers present the ancient Chinese lion dance.



Chinese New Year at Two Temples

8 February at the Yiu Ming Hung Fook Tong Temple, Alexandria and Sze Yup Kwan Ti Temple, Edward St, Glebe – free

Celebrate the Year of the Horse with lion dancing, firecrackers and the lighting of incense while enjoying the breathtaking view at Sydney’s temples rich with history and religious significance.



Chinese New Year at the QVB

Until 5 February at the QVB – free

Lions will dance through the floors of the Queen Victoria Building, which will be transformed to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

More info visit



Chinese New Year at The Galeries

24 January at The Galeries

To celebrate the Chinese New Year, The Galeries will have exclusive retailer offers and lion dances.

More info, visit



Lion Dance Workshop

8 February at CYL Clubhouse, Haymarket – FREE (bookings essential)

Come along and learn the art of the ancient Chinese lion dance with the Chinese Youth League Lion and Dragon Dance Group.


We wish everyone Happy Chinese New Year and have a prosperous new year! For more info on Chinese New Year events in Sydney, visit

Story is sourced from: Tourism Australia

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