Chinese New Year Celebrations in Melbourne will feature colourful cultural activities, dragon dance performances, music, traditional art and dragon boat racing. There are plenty of family-friendly things to do and experience around Melbourne the festival runs 2-17 February 2019.
Chinese New Year Celebrations will be officially launched alongside the Yarra River at Queensbridge Square on February 2. Families can enjoy a day of cultural performances, demonstrations, art activities and much more. The official opening ceremony starts from 8pm to 9.30pm with a traditional Lion dance ceremony.
Enjoy the Chinese New Year celebrations at The District Docklands, featuring lion dances, craft activities and live drumming performances. There will be a spectacular fireworks show on Saturday 9 February at 9.30pm (weather permitting).
Friday 8 February Lion Dance Blessing at Fukutontei Ramen – 1pm, Lion Dance on Ice at O’Brien Group Arena – 8pm
Saturday 9 February Lion Dance on Ice at O’Brien Group Arena – 12pm, Cultural Craft Activities (near H&M) – 11am-2pm, Cultural Performances under the Melbourne Star – 11am-2pm, Fireworks Show – 9.30pm
Sunday 10 February Cultural Craft Activities (near H&M) – 11am-2pm, Cultural Performances under the Melbourne Star – 11am-2pm
Dates: 8-10 February 2019 Time: 11.00am – 2.00pm Location: District Docklands, 440 Docklands Drive Price: Free
Bring the family down to Victoria Harbour in the Docklands to experience the exciting dragon boat racing to the beat of the drums. Each day starts with a unique ceremony to awaken the dragons and the blessing of the boats and water to ensure safe racing. There will also be cultural performance, lion dance, dragon boat tug of war, children activities and delicious food from all around the world.
Dates: 16-17 February 2019 Time: 9am-4pm (16 Feb) 9am-5pm (17 Feb) Location: Victoria Harbour, Docklands Price: Free
Melbourne Museum has a range of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy over the Lunar New Year celebrations. Make your own lantern, write your name in calligraphy, practice the ancient art of paper cutting and face colouring. Kids can learn about Chinese culture with performances from local and international Chinese artists of all ages.
Date: 9 February 2019 Time: 11am-4pm Location: Melbourne Museum Plaza, 11 Nicholson Street, Carlton Price: Free
Official Closing Ceremony
This year’s closing ceremony will be full of light and colour. Performances include a lantern parade with a fire dragon and glowing lions and a closing ceremony dance. Families will be invited to dance with the performers, learning authentic Chinese routines to traditional music.
Date: 17 February 2019 Time: 6pm-8.30pm Location: Melbourne Museum Plaza, 11 Nicholson Street, Carlton Price: Free
Royal Exhibition Building Projections
Directly after the official closing ceremony head to the Royal Exhibition Building to view stunning Year of the Pig digital projections across the facade of this beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Celebrate the Year of the Pig at the Immigration Museum with a day of family-friendly activities presented by local Chinese cultural learning group, Funese. Throughout the day there will be shadow puppet performances, Chinese zodiac soft clay workshops, and Chinese blow painting.
Shadow Play Performances – 11am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm Book Session
12 Chinese Zodiacs Soft Clay Workshops – 11.30am, 12pm, 3pm and 3.30pm Book Session
Chinese Blow Painting Workshops – 11:30am, 12pm, 3pm and 3:30pm Book Session
Date: 10 February 2019 Time: 11am-4pm Location: Immigration Museum, 400 Flinders Street Price: free with museum entry, bookings essential Suitable for children 4+
We try our best to provide accurate information on kid-friendly events around Victoria, but we do recommend that parents check details directly to confirm dates, times, prices as some details may be subject to change.