When you’re on the hunt for things to do in Sydney, this Chinese New Year, it can be difficult to decide what to do and when.
Luckily for you (and us) The Star Sydney has sorted your Chinese New Year itinerary. Whether it’s food, cocktails, music, or events; The Star has got you covered for the year of the sheep! Spoiler alert: there is another Sydney noodle market. React accordingly.
Lunar Markets presented by The Star
12 Feb – 22 Feb
We physically could not be more excited about this one if we tried. This 11-day festival celebrates the best of Asian cuisine at Pyrmont Bay Park. It’s completely free to attend and you can eat your weight in dumplings from The Star’s Fat Noodle and The Century. And if you’ve heard rumours about phumplings, you’ve heard correct: pho dumplings are a thing, and they’re glorious. These delicious morsels will sell out faster than we can inhale two servings so get down early!
Mon - Wed: 5pm-9pm
The Star Mahjong Lounge at Lunar Streets
Don’t lie to us, your inner nana or poppa loves nothing more than a good game of Mahjong before heading to bed at 5pm. Lunar Streets, City of Sydney’s brand new event for Chinese New Year, will feature a special Mahjong table where you can show off your skills or learn how the pros do it. Game on!
Lunar Feasts at Balla
5 Feb – 1 March
You know Balla for serving up some of the best Italian food in Sydney, but this year they’re branching out and serving up some Chinese delights. Think pork dumplings with Chinese cabbage, sautéed sweet and sour Yamba prawns, and deep-fried ice cream with chocolate sauce. Can’t choose? Duh. Have all three for just $75.
Dragon Boat Racing
29 Feb – 1 March
This ancient tradition is the pinnacle of Chinese New Year celebrations. If you’ve never seen a Dragon Boat Race in Sydney, do yourself a favour and head down to watch 12-metre-long boats racing to the sound of pounding drums. The Star will even have their very own boat, which is guaranteed to impress, so make sure you check it out.
Chinese New Year Twilight Parade
8pm 22 February
Lanterns, floats, and street projections will be aplenty at this year’s Chinese New Year Twilight Parade, which will start at the end of George Street and feature all of the colour and spectacle you can expect on Chinese New Year in Sydney. The parade will finish up at Darling Harbour with an un-missable fireworks display. Why can’t it be Chinese New Year every day?
Lunar Feasts at Sokyo
5 Feb – 1 March
We fell in love with Sydney restaurant, Sokyo’s brand new breakfast offering last year, and their 2015 efforts have made us fall all over again. The Lunar Feasts menu at Sokyo features abalone tempura, kurobata pork belly, and a sashimi salad. Talk about a food coma!
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