The Chinese New Year Melbourne Festival from 27th January until 12th February 2017 will offer spectacular lighting installations, cultural performances, food experiences and public activities designed to encourage people from diverse backgrounds to come together and celebrate.

From Tai Chi and dragon boat trials to cooking demonstrations and an Asian Fusion Dinner at Eureka 89, the Victorian Government is proud to celebrate the diversity of our state.

Our top five picks of what’s happening in our city this season:

Eureka Skydeck

Friday 27th January – Sunday 12th February

Everyone who visits Eureka Skydeck 88 during Chinese New Year will receive a red pocket gift for their chance to win great prizes. See Melbourne and find your good fortune on lucky level 88 – the highest viewing platform in the Southern Hemisphere.

Click here for more info.


Eureka 89

Wednesday 8th February

Join celebrity chef, author and television presenter Elizabeth Chong to enjoy contemporary flavours of Asia. Eureka 89 will transform to celebrate the Year of the Rooster whilst experiencing 360 degree views of Melbourne through floor to ceiling windows.

Click here to book your seat.

Image: Eureka 89

Queensbridge Square

Queensbridge Square will be kicking off with a Chinese New Year countdown. Enjoy FREE family-friendly activities, including entertainment on the big stage, and cooking demonstrations. The Food Truck Park will be serving up Asian cuisine throughout the night and serving FREE dumplings at midnight!

Friday 27th January – Sunday 12th February

Throughout the festival, Queensbridge Square will come alive with an impressive Chinese cultural village filled with colourful decorations, family-friendly activities including music and performances, and morning Tai Chi lessons each weekday morning. The banks and bridges of the Yarra River will be covered in spectacular lighting installations, topped with a closing ceremony to end the festivities.

Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th February

Dragon boat racing has evolved from its cultural origin in ancient China, and now Dragon Boat Victoria want to share this ‘ultimate’ sport with you! The Victorian dragon boat clubs will perform dragon boat racing demonstrations on the 4th and 5th of February.

Click here for the whole planner of what’s on at Queensbridge Square.queensbridge-square-countdown-cny
Image: Chinese New Year Melbourne (2016)

Plenary at Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre (MCEC)

Friday 3rd February

Shan Dong Lai Zhou China Martial Arts School and China’s Three Tenors will host two of China’s most premier traditional performance groups in Plenary, MCEC. This promises to be a spectacle of colour, music, dance and singing.

For tickets, book here.

Image: MCEC

The Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank

Thursday 9th February

Ausfeng presents a Chinese New Year concert by the renowned national-level orchestra of the China National Opera & Dance Theatre (CNODDT), the Chinese Music Orchestra, called Treasures of a Nation. The concert will take you on a fascinating musical journey, exploring the treasures of a nation and immersing yourself in the rich Chinese culture.

For tickets, book here.

Image: Melbourne Recital Centre

For the whole schedule of Chinese New Year celebrations 2017, click here.

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