- Mon 12 Feb – Fri 2 MarStart 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
- Mon 12 Feb – Fri 2nd MarTry guessing how many fortune cookies there are in the towers located in the shopping arcades in Chinatown.206 Bourke Street Shopping Centre
- Mon 12 – Sun 18th 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, Melbourne Emporium and Myers
- Mon 12 – Sun 18 FebLocal and International roving musicians, artists and performers will take to the streets of Chinatown.Chinatown
- Mon 12 Feb – Fri 2 MarThe Chinatown Square is illuminated, setting the scene for the Year of the Dog celebrations.Chinatown Square, Cohen Place
- Thu 15 FebAn outdoor theatre springs to life at Fed Square, with an Asian film, screening from dusk to CHINESE NEW YEAR COUNTDOWN.Federation Square, Swanston Street
Thu 15th FebCultural 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
Thu 15 – Fri 16 FebExperience 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
Sat 17 FebThis Chinese New Year, immerse yourself in an unforgettable cultural Melbourne experience at Flemington’s Great Horse Race Day.Flemington Race Course11:30am-5:30pm
Sun 18th 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.
11.00am and 10.00pm
Sun 18th FebPop 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
Sun 18th FebVisit 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
Sun 18 FebChinatown 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 Streets11:30am-2:30pm
Sun 18th 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
11.00am and 6.00pm
Sun 18th FebQuality 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
Sun 18 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 18 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 18 FebFamilies 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, Melbourne12:30am-5pm
Sun 18 FebTake 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 Garden11am-3pm
Sun 18th FebDumpling and Hot Dog Eating CompetitionsLt. Bourke Street, between Exhibition Street to Market Lane