12 Feb – 2 March 2018

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  • A NEW YEAR – A NEW LOOK – A NEW BEGINNING

    Mon 12 Feb – Fri 2 Mar
    Start the New Year right by visiting Melbourne’s iconic shopping stores and malls for your new Chinese New Year outfit.
    Various Locations
    Shopping Hours of each Trading Venue

  • HOW MANY FORTUNE COOKIES?

    HOW MANY FORTUNE COOKIES?

    Mon 12 Feb – Fri 2nd Mar
    Try guessing how many fortune cookies there are in the towers located in the shopping arcades in Chinatown.
    206 Bourke Street Shopping Centre

  • GOD OF PROSPERITY, WISDOM AND LONGEVITY VISITATIONS

    GOD OF PROSPERITY, WISDOM AND LONGEVITY VISITATIONS

    Mon 12 – Sun 18th 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, Melbourne Emporium and Myers
    11am-3pm, 6pm-10pm

  • ROVING PERFORMERS

    ROVING PERFORMERS

    Mon 12 – Sun 18 Feb
    Local and International roving musicians, artists and performers will take to the streets of Chinatown.
    Chinatown
    11-3pm, 6pm-10pm

  • CHINATOWN SQUARE LIGHTING & CHINESE NEW YEAR WISHING TREE

    CHINATOWN SQUARE LIGHTING & CHINESE NEW YEAR WISHING TREE

    Mon 12 Feb – Fri 2 Mar
    The Chinatown Square is illuminated, setting the scene for the Year of the Dog celebrations.
    Chinatown Square, Cohen Place

  • OUTDOOR CINEMA

    OUTDOOR CINEMA

    Thu 15 Feb
    An outdoor theatre springs to life at Fed Square, with an Asian film, screening from dusk to CHINESE NEW YEAR COUNTDOWN.
    Federation Square, Swanston Street
    6pm-12:15am


  • CHINESE NEW YEAR COUNTDOWN

    CHINESE NEW YEAR COUNTDOWN

    Thu 15th Feb
    Cultural performances from China will keep you entertained as we count down to the New Year. The traditional Lion Dancers will usher any evil spirits and usher in the New Year … the YEAR OF THE DOG.
    Federation Square, Swanston Street
    6pm-12:15am

  • PING PONG DIPLOMACY

    Thu 15 – Fri 16 Feb
    Experience the ooh and ahhs as Melbourne celebrities take on the ping pong challenge of this former British parlour game that helped heal US-China relations in the 1970s.
    Melbourne Central


  • FLEMINGTON GREAT HORSE RACE DAY

    FLEMINGTON GREAT HORSE RACE DAY

    Sat 17 Feb
    This Chinese New Year, immerse yourself in an unforgettable cultural Melbourne experience at Flemington’s Great Horse Race Day.
    Flemington Race Course
    11:30am-5:30pm


  • CENTRE STAGE – CHINATOWN FESTIVAL OFFICIAL OPENING

    CENTRE STAGE – CHINATOWN FESTIVAL OFFICIAL OPENING

    Sun 18th 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.
    11.00am and 10.00pm

  • CELEBRATIONS INTO THE NIGHT

    CELEBRATIONS INTO THE NIGHT

    Sun 18th Feb
    Pop Asia DJ and dancers take to the stage early evening followed by Chinese dancers and singers on stage celebrating into the night.
    Main Stage Cnr. Russell and Lonsdale St.
    6.00pm and 9.00pm


  • FO GUANG SHAN BUDDHIST TEMPLE AND DISPLAY

    FO GUANG SHAN BUDDHIST TEMPLE AND DISPLAY

    Sun 18th Feb
    Visit the temple established by Fo Guang Shan to give your blessings to Buddha on your visit to the Festival in Chinatown.
    Chinatown Car Park, Lt Bourke St.
    11.00am and 4.00pm


  • CHINATOWN TOP OF THE TOWN YUM CHA

    Sun 18 Feb
    Chinatown goes al fresco … make your booking for this Special Top of the Town Yum Cha. Enjoy the scrumptious little dumplings and tim sum varieties whilst sipping fragrant tea … or enjoying a glass of wine, to celebrate the New Year. Be entertained by Roving Performances.
    Little Bourke Street, between Liverpool and Exhibition Streets
    11:30am-2:30pm


  • CHINESE LIONS

    CHINESE LIONS

    Sun 18th 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
    11.00am and 6.00pm


  • ASIAN DELIGHTS

    ASIAN DELIGHTS

    Sun 18th Feb
    Quality hawker stalls and produce stores will span Russell Street, offering traditional Chinese New Year treats and other treats.
    Russell St.
    11.00am to 9.00pm


  • CHINESE NEW YEAR MELBOURNE MILLENNIUM DAI LOONG DRAGON PARADE

    CHINESE NEW YEAR MELBOURNE MILLENNIUM DAI LOONG DRAGON PARADE

    Sun 18 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 MUSEUM OPEN DAY

    CHINESE MUSEUM OPEN DAY

    Sun 18 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


  • CHINESE MUSEUM TREASURE HUNT

    CHINESE MUSEUM TREASURE HUNT

    Sun 18 Feb
    Families and children can pick up a Zheng He Treasure Hunt Map at the front desk ($5.00 per child), find the answers to the map around the Chinese Museum and win a prize!
    Cohen Place, Melbourne
    12:30am-5pm


  • DOG DAY PARADE

    Sun 18 Feb
    Take pleasure, in a leisurely atmosphere and in the beautiful gardens of one of Melbourne Council’s luscious garden, whilst enjoying a Garden Yum Cha Afternoon Tea. Watch the Dog Parade, highlighting the Dogs with the Best Tricks, Cutest Look, Happiest Dog (Waggiest Tail!).
    Treasury Garden
    11am-3pm


  • COMPETITIONS

    COMPETITIONS

    Sun 18th Feb
    Dumpling and Hot Dog Eating Competitions
    Lt. Bourke Street, between Exhibition Street to Market Lane
    3.00pm