- Wed 9 Jan – Sun 10 FebThe Chinatown Square is illuminated, setting the scene for the Year of the Pig celebrations.Chinatown Square, Cohen Place
- Sat 2 Feb – Sun 10 FebVisit the “Gods of Prosperity, Wisdom and Longevity”, who will offer well wishes for the New Year as well as fortune cookies and sweets as they roam throughout the streets, buildings and centres.Chinatown, Myer and other Shopping Arcades in Lt. Bourke Street
- Mon 4 FebCultural performances from China will keep you entertained as we count down to the New Year.Chinatown Square, Cohen Place (off Lt. Bourke St.)
- Mon 4 FebThis New Year Goodies Street is an annual pop up that allows Chinese families to purchase and pick up specific New Year items such as decorations, New Year messages, Nian Gao (rice cake) and other supplies for celebrating the New Year in China, Singapore and Malaysia.Chinatown Square, Cohen Place (off Lt. Bourke St.)
- Mon 4 FebAn outdoor theatre springs to life at Fed Square, with an Asian film, screening from dusk to CHINESE NEW YEAR COUNTDOWN.Chinatown Square, Cohen Place (off Lt. Bourke Street)
6pm – 9pm
Mon 4 FebLearn to play Mahjong for beginners or Chinese Chess, with players able to play all night … to the drumbeats of the Chinese Drums.Chinatown Square, Cohen Place (off Lt. Bourke St.)
Tue 5 FebLocal and International roving musicians, artists and performers will take to the streets of Chinatown.Chinatown
Tue 5 FebTry guessing how many fortune cookies there are in the towers located in the shopping arcades in Chinatown.Myer, 314-336 Bourke Street, Telstra, cnr Bourke and Swanston Street, Secret Kitchen, 222 Exhibition Street
Sun 10 FebThe Official Opening of Chinatown Chinese New Year Festival takes place on stage followed by a cultural performance program into the evening.Cnr. Russell and Lt Bourke Sts.
Sun 10 FebMelbourne’s very own Dai Loong emerges from the Chinese Museum with onlookers in awe, truly heralding the commencement of this Spring Festival.Throughout Chinatown11:30am-1pm
Sun 10 FebThe streets are awash with a cacophony of rhythmic drumming as Chinese Lions bring in the New Year by blessing the businesses of Chinatown.Throughout Chinatown
11am and 8pm
Sun 10 FebJoin in the festivities and competitions and enjoy scrumptious pieces of pork, crackling, and all “Piggy” foodLt. Bourke Street, between Exhibition Street and Market Lane
Sun 10 FebQuality hawker stalls and produce stores will span Russell Street, offering traditional Chinese New Year treats and other treats.Russell St.
10am – 9pm
Sun 10 FebFree entry when you visit the Chinese Museum on Sunday 18 February. See 5 floors of Chinese Australian history from early Gold Rush Australia to the present day.Cohen Place Melbourne
Sun 10 FebFeng shui, calligraphy mah jong, cooking demonstrations and craft workshops provide insights into Chinese customs and pastimes.Chinese Museum, Chinatown Square, Cohen Place (off Lt. Bourke St.)
11am all day
Sun 10 FebChinatown goes al fresco … make your booking for this Special Top of the Town Yum Cha.
Booking essential. Please call the Secret Kitchen Restaurant (03)9988 7778
Cost: $35/personLittle Bourke Street, between Liverpool and Exhibition Streets11:30am-2:30pm