What to do and where to eat during Sydney Lunar Festival 2022

Fabulous feasts, spectacular shows and magnificent artworks – it’s time to celebrate the Year of the Tiger.

It’s time to celebrate the Year of the Tiger. We’ve rounded up some of the best things to do and places to eat during Sydney Lunar Festival 2022. It’s happening from 29 January to 13 February.

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Lunar Lanterns exhibition

Sydney CBD

Saturday 29 January to Sunday 13 February

Delight in modern technology blended with classic Chinese techniques as these magical lanterns light up Haymarket and the city centre.

Find these magnificent giant artworks on the Lunar Tour.

The free, self-guided tour is available in the Sydney Culture Walks app. Download from the App Store or on Google Play now.

Lunar Spectacular Shows

Lunar Spectacular shows

Sydney Town Hall

Saturday 12 February, from 10am

Chinese, Korean, Thai, Japanese, Vietnamese, Malaysian, Mongolian and Indonesian performers share their culture with traditional and contemporary dance and music.

Covid-safe measures will be in place and bookings are essential.

The Rocks Lunar Markets

The Rocks Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 4 and 13 February

The air comes alive with the sights, scents and sounds of Asian street food at The Rocks Lunar Markets. Open Friday to Sunday from February 4 to February 13, the vibrant stalls will be surrounded by live music, bright red lanterns and festoon lighting.

Contained by Susan Chen

Dixon Street Mall

Saturday 29 January to Sunday 13 February

Enjoy an immersive Year of the Water Tiger artwork that represents a perfect balance of yin and yang. Both tiger and water share opposing characteristics such as tranquillity and stillness, while also capable of demonstrating strength, ferocity, and power. 

Sydney Lunar Festival banner galleries

Banner Galleries

Various locations

Saturday 29 January to Sunday 13 February

Five Asian–Australian artists share what the Year of the Tiger mean for them in a series of colourful, bright and engaging banner artworks displayed on our outdoor banner galleries.

Lion dancers at Rat Lantern

Daily lion dancing performances

Monday to Thursday, 12pm and 12.30pm at Town Hall steps Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 7.30pm and 8pm at Dixon Street Mall, Chinatown

The City of Sydney’s lion dancing troupes will ring in the Lunar New Year with plenty of drumming, flamboyance and skill.

Lunar Gateways

Alfred Street Saturday 29 January to Sunday 13 February

Each gateway is hand painted and makes design and cultural references to Korean, Chinese and Vietnamese architectural features.

Lunar Nights at Darling Harbour

Tumbalong Park

Friday 4 and Saturday 5 February

Tumbalong Park is transforming for Friday and Saturday night over the Lunar New Year. Expect cosy lounge seating, glowing lanterns and overhead lighting with lunar-inspired music to get you in the mood for relaxation.

100 Good Wishes Quilt

Various locations across Chinatown

Saturday 29 January to Sunday 13 February

Taking inspiration from a Northern Chinese tradition, family and friends come together to make a Bai Jia Bei or “100 Good Wishes Quilt” when welcoming and celebrating new life. Children from Greater Sydney submitted drawings that reflected their memories and vision of Sydney Chinatown which were screen printed and assembled into quilts.

Dragon boat racing

Dragon Boat Races

Cockle Bay, Darling Harbour

5 February 8am to 5pm and 6 February 8.30am to 3pm

Watch the biggest dragon boat races in the southern hemisphere as more than 3,000 paddlers churn up the waters and battle it out.

Celebrate Lunar New Year with SBS

Customs House, Circular Quay

29 January to 13 February

SBS is celebrating The Year of the Tiger with an eye-grabbing, interactive pop-up installation by local artist Chris Yee at Customs House Forecourt.

Hello Kitty Town

Darling Square, 35 Tumbalong Boulevard, Haymarket

Saturday 29 January to Friday 29 April

Come and play with Hello Kitty and Friends in an immersive feast of art, fun and flavour. Enjoy one-of-a-kind Hello Kitty and Friends artworks and over 40 new products in the restaurant and retail outlets.

Lunar Feasts

Lunar New Year at Ho Jiak Town Hall

Sumptuous banquets, traditional Asian dishes and feasting galore – celebrate the Lunar New Year at one of these venues.

Chinatown and Haymarket

Chinese New Year menu at Ho Jiak

Ho Jiak, 92 Hay Street, Haymarket

Tuesday 1 February to Sunday 13 February

Lunar New Year Celebration at The Gardens by Lotus

Chinese Garden of Friendship, Pier Street, Haymarket

Saturday 29 January to Sunday 13 February

Lunar New Year themed cocktails at Banchō Bar

10 Thomas Lane, Haymarket

Saturday 29 January to Sunday 13 February, 4pm to midnight (Tuesday to Saturday)

Lunar New Year Feast 2022 at Old Town Hong Kong Cuisine

10A Dixon Street, Chinatown

Saturday 29 January to Sunday 13 February

Lunar New Year themed dishes and beverages at Auvers

Saturday 29 January to Sunday 13 February

Shop NE04, 12 Nicolle Walk, Haymarket

City centre

Lunar New Year Celebration at Lotus

Lotus, The Galeries, Level 1, 500 George Street, Sydney

Saturday 29 January to Sunday 13 February

Lunar New Year Afternoon Tea

The Fullerton Hotel, No. 1 Martin Place, Sydney

Saturday 29 January to Sunday 13 February, 12pm to 6pm

Lunar New Year menu at Bodhi Restaurant Bar

Bodhi Restaurant and Bar, 2–4 College Street, Sydney

Saturday 29 January to Sunday 13 February

Lunar New Year Banquet Feast

New Shanghai, Westfield Sydney

Saturday 29 January to Sunday 13 February, from 11am

City North

Chat Thai Lunar New Year Feast

Circular Quay 05/1 Macquarie Place, Sydney

Saturday 29 January to Sunday 13 February

Chinese New Year Banquet at Spice Temple

Spice Temple, 10 Bligh Street, Sydney

Tuesday 1 to Sunday 13 February (lunch and dinner sittings)

Lunar New Year - Trust the Chef at Blu Bar on 36

Shangri-La Sydney, 176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks

Saturday 29 January to Sunday 13 February

Harbourside Lunar New Year celebrations at Q Dining

Q Dining, 61 Macquarie Street, Sydney

Saturday 29 January to Sunday 13 February

Covid safety guidelines

All events will follow Covid-safe regulations. Guests are reminded to follow the latest NSW Health advice on social distancing, hygiene and staying home if unwell.

Want more?

Discover the Sydney Lunar Festival program.

The City of Sydney is proud to partner with The Benevolent Society during Sydney Lunar Festival.

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