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Year Of The Dog | Where To Celebrate Chinese New Year In Brisbane

By Shannon Coward
9th Feb 2018


Happy year of the dog, Brisbane! Chinese New Year 2018 is finally upon us, so naturally we're gearing up for city-wide festivities and all the over-eating about to go down. From traditional celebrations in Chinatown, to 'zen-ing' out temple-style, race days and a full arvo dedicated to the humble dumpling, Chinese new year in Brisbane is about to go off.

Don’t believe us? All you have to do is scroll down to find where to celebrate Chinese New Year in Brisbane. Zhōngguó xīnnián!

Chinese Lunar New Year In Chinatown

Fortitude Valley

Chinese New Year just wouldn’t be whole without a proper show-stopper at Fortitude Valley’s Chinatown Mall. Think lion dancers, fire shows, traditional Chinese music, cultural performance, interactive workshops, bulk street-style food, and roving street performers—all there to welcome in the Year of the Dog in style. 

When: 17-18 February
Where: Chinatown Mall
For all the details, click here.

Chung Tian Temple


Nestled in the lush surrounds of Underwood Park, Chung Tian Temple is for those who like their Chinese New Year celebrations a little bit more traditional. A fully operating Zen Buddhist temple built in the style of the ancient temples of old, Chung Tian’s celebrations will take place over three days, with February 15 serving as the main attraction. On the Thursday, The temple will be offering up a food fair, multicultural performance, the opening of a new exhibition at the temple’s very own art gallery, a lion dance and a light offering service to help both the practicing and non-practicing ring in the New Year. Celebrations on the Friday and Saturday are more traditional still, with Buddha becoming the star of the show, but the Saturday will also feature a food and fun fair. 

When: 15-17 February
Where: Chung Tian Temple
For all the details, click here.

Lunar New Year Raceday At Doomben Racecourse


Doomben Racecourse is hosting a glitzy raceday to celebrate Lunar New Near 2018. Delivering live racing all throughout the day, alongside a range of traditional Asian festivities and entertainment, this is your op to throw on your Sunday best and enjoy the festivities. You didn’t hear it from us, but lion dancing is definitely going to make an appearance. Plus, racegoers will be given a red envelope on arrival with a cheeky gift inside. Doomben, you spoil us.

When: 17 February, 10:30am-6pm
Where: Doomben Racecourse
For more information, click here.

Dumpling Day At Wandering Cooks

South Brisbane

BrisAsia is teaming up with Brisbane icons, Wandering Cooks to serve up the tastiest Chinese New Year celebration on the 2018 calendar. Derived from the day in the Lunar New Year Calendar when dumplings were shared amongst family and friends as a symbol of wealth, Brisbane’s Dumpling Day is set to offer something just a little bit different. All day, Wandering Cooks will be presenting varieties dumplings from across Asia as a way to show the world the story of this delicious and versatile dish. The opportunity to learn how to craft your own dumplings in the style of everywhere from Tibet to Palestine, alongside traditional jiaozi with a twist, will also be on offer. If you need us, you know where to find us.

When: 17 February, 10am-4pm
Where: Wandering Cooks
For more information, click here.

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Moreton Bay Region Lunar New Year


The Moreton Bay Region Lunar New Year festival is looking pretty lit (because fireworks, of course!). Taking place in Caboolture Town Square, this event will see the area filled with traditional Asian music and dance, authentic dishes, Chinese dragons, cultural displays, activities and workshops. The party will start at 4pm and kick on until 8pm, so you have plenty of time to sample your way around Asia in celebration of the Year of the Dog. Oh and, you guessed it, it’s all totally free and perfect for every member of the family. 

When: 17 February, 4pm-8pm
Where: Caboolture Town Square
For more information, click here.

Lunar New Year On King Street

Bowen Hills

Bowen Hill's King Street is doing Chinese New Year B.I.G. Transforming this little pocket of Brisbane into a mini Beijing street-scene, King Street is going all; combining traditional lion dancers, ALL the red lanterns and a foodie feast you won’t soon forget. Stop number one: Fat Dumpling, which will be offering all-you-can-eat dumplings alongside a set menu that includes such dishes as braised pork belly and fresh mango cake. Afterwards, roll yourself along to Banoi, which will be dishing up a three-course Vietnamese banquet of crispy spring rolls, your choice of main and an extra AF Vietnamese flan. All we can say is: challenge accepted. Just remember to get in quick, as bookings are essential.

When: 16-17 February, from 5:30pm
Where: Fat Dumpling and Banoi, Bowen Hills
For more information, and to make a reservation, click

Lunar New Year Rooftop Party | Gibli Studio Screening

Sunnybank Hills

BrisAsia Festival will be throwing one happenin’ rooftop party this Chinese New Year. Taking place atop Sunnybank Plaza’s sprawling carpark, the Lunar New Year Rooftop Party will feature a stellar line-up of food options, dragon and lion dancers, lantern workshops, markets and K-Pop performances. And that’s all before the headline act: a screening of The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya by Studio Ghibli. In other words, it’s a pretty good excuse to get off the couch and to hit up Sunnybank Plaza this month. 

When: 24 February
Where: Sunnybank Plaza
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Chinese New Year At Sichuan Bang Bang


If you ask us, Chinese New Year and Sichuan Bang Bang are a match made in heaven. This year, Sichuan Bang Bang will be offering up a banquet fit for a king, complete with a complimentary lion dance to top things off. Bookings are essential for this one, gang, so hit the link and save your spot—asap!

When: 10 February, 5pm-10pm
Where: Sichuan Bang Bang, Paddington
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Chinese New Year At Sofitel Brisbane Central


Looking for a touch of class to complement your Chinese New Year plans? The Sofitel Brisbane Central has totally got you covered. This year, Chinese New Year celebrations will take place in both the Cuvee Lounge Bar and the Thyme2 restaurant. The Cuvee Lounge Bar will be dishing up a Chinese Apero Chic, a perfectly-sweet lychee martini paired with gow gee filled with scallops and shitake mushrooms and served with soy, chilli and lime dipping sauce. Once you’re done with that appetiser, head on over to Thyme2 for one killer interactive Chinese buffet, decorated to perfection in traditional style.

When: 12-25 February
Where: Sofitel Brisbane Central
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Chinese New Year At Sunnybank Plaza


Chinese New Year celebrations just wouldn’t be complete without Sunnybank Plaza’s yearly line-up. This year, the events calendar is looking as jam-packed as ever with a full suite of things to do, see and taste. Taking place from the 14-18 February, festival highlights include a live ice carving session, noodle making demonstrations, traditional dancing of all kinds, kung fu demonstrations and fruit and vegetable carving workshops.  And that’s all before we get to the traditional costume mini photo studio and classical music performance from The AusOriental orchestra. 

When: 14-18 February
Where: Sunnybank Plaza
For more information, click here.  

Chinese New Year At Sunny Park


Just when you thought Sunnybank Plaza was all you needed for your Chinese New Year plans, Sunny Park goes and drops a killer line-up of activities to accompany their foodie offerings. We’re talking Chinese calligraphy demonstrations, ice carving, lion dancing, kung fu performances and, the icing on the cake, a neon-lit lion dance set to speak to the disco-loving child in all of us. After the entertainment, hit up one of Sunny Park’s restaurants for the main event. Here’s what we’d do: start with dinner at Glamorous Wok, head over to Orange Tea for dessert in the form of bubble tea and then sing the night away with a private karaoke room at K-Music. Chinese New Year = sorted.

When: 14-18 February
Where: Sunny Park, Sunnybank
For more information, click here.

Lunar New Year at Treasury Casino


Fat Noodle is pulling out the big guns in preparation for a Lunar New Year party with style. While Fat Noodle’s shiny new yum cha menu will certainly tempt your tastebuds, the special Lunar New Year banquet for two might just put the traditional yum cha experience to shame. Think a killer spread of dishes that include caramelised pork belly, prawn dumplings, celebrity chef Luke Nguyen’s signature Vietnamese chicken salad, Peking duck wraps and vegetable fried rice, all expertly paired with Morgan’s Bay vino. This combination of foodie delights is only available for the Lunar New Year period, so you’ll have to get in soon to get your mitts on it. Oh and did we mention you could always move on to a Lunar New Year inspired cocktail at The Kitty for an after dinner treat? 

When: 16-28 February
Where: Treasury Casino
For more information, click here.

Feeling like going on a diet after one too many dumplings? Make sure to check out the Gen Y guide to getting healthy without trying.

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