2 Feb – 10 Feb 2019

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  • CHINATOWN SQUARE CHINESE NEW YEAR LIGHTING

    CHINATOWN SQUARE CHINESE NEW YEAR LIGHTING

    Wed 9 Jan – Sun 10 Feb
    The Chinatown Square is illuminated, setting the scene for the Year of the Pig celebrations.
    Chinatown Square, Cohen Place

  • GOD OF PROSPERITY, WISDOM AND LONGEVITY VISITATIONS

    GOD OF PROSPERITY, WISDOM AND LONGEVITY VISITATIONS

    Sat 2 Feb – Sun 10 Feb
    Visit 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
    11am-3pm, 6pm-10pm

  • CHINESE NEW YEAR COUNTDOWN

    CHINESE NEW YEAR COUNTDOWN

    Mon 4 Feb
    Cultural performances from China will keep you entertained as we count down to the New Year.
    Chinatown Square, Cohen Place (off Lt. Bourke St.)
    11:45pm-12:15am

  • FESTIVE STREET BAZAAR

    FESTIVE STREET BAZAAR

    Mon 4 Feb
    This 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.)
    3pm-late

  • OUTDOOR CINEMA

    OUTDOOR CINEMA

    Mon 4 Feb
    An outdoor theatre springs to life at Chinatown Square, with an Asian film, screening from dusk to CHINESE NEW YEAR COUNTDOWN.
    Chinatown Square, Cohen Place (off Lt. Bourke Street)
    6pm – 9pm


  • A NIGHT ON THE TILES: MAHJONG UNDER THE STARS

    A NIGHT ON THE TILES: MAHJONG UNDER THE STARS

    Mon 10 Feb
    Learn 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.)
    3pm-late

  • ROVING PERFORMERS

    ROVING PERFORMERS

    Tue 5 Feb
    Local and International roving musicians, artists and performers will take to the streets of Chinatown.
    Chinatown
    11am-3pm, 6pm-10pm

  • HOW MANY FORTUNE COOKIES?

    HOW MANY FORTUNE COOKIES?

    Tue 5 Feb
    Try 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

  • CENTRE STAGE – CHINATOWN FESTIVAL OFFICIAL OPENING

    CENTRE STAGE – CHINATOWN FESTIVAL OFFICIAL OPENING

    Sun 10 Feb
    The 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.
    11am

  • CHINESE NEW YEAR MELBOURNE MILLENNIUM DAI LOONG DRAGON PARADE

    CHINESE NEW YEAR MELBOURNE MILLENNIUM DAI LOONG DRAGON PARADE

    Sun 10 Feb
    Melbourne’s very own Dai Loong emerges from the Chinese Museum with onlookers in awe, truly heralding the commencement of this Spring Festival.
    Throughout Chinatown
    11:30am-1pm


  • CHINESE LIONS

    CHINESE LIONS

    Sun 10 Feb
    The 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


  • ALL THINGS PIGGY

    ALL THINGS PIGGY

    Sun 10 Feb
    Join in the festivities and competitions and enjoy scrumptious pieces of pork, crackling, and all “Piggy” food
    Lt. Bourke Street, between Exhibition Street and Market Lane
    3pm-5pm


  • ASIAN DELIGHTS – HAWKER STYLE FOOD STALLS

    ASIAN DELIGHTS – HAWKER STYLE FOOD STALLS

    Sun 10 Feb
    Quality hawker stalls and produce stores will span Russell Street, offering traditional Chinese New Year treats and other treats.
    Russell St.
    10am – 9pm


  • CHINESE MUSEUM OPEN DAY

    CHINESE MUSEUM OPEN DAY

    Sun 10 Feb
    Free 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
    12:30am-5pm


  • CULTURAL WORKSHOPS

    CULTURAL WORKSHOPS

    Sun 10 Feb
    Feng 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


  • CHINATOWN TOP OF THE TOWN YUM CHA

    CHINATOWN TOP OF THE TOWN YUM CHA

    Sun 10 Feb
    Chinatown 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/person

    Little Bourke Street, between Liverpool and Exhibition Streets
    11:30am-2:30pm