This year the Lunar New Year is Monday 8 February 2016 for the Year of the Monkey.
Even if you’re not of Asian descent it’s a great time in Melbourne for festivities and yummy food!
Here’s a list of Chinese New Year events in Melbourne:
- Lunar New Year at Crown – Thu 21 Jan – Sun 21 Feb Crown Complex, Southbank. Hawker’s Bazaar, Zodiac Spectacular, restaurant specials, fireworks.
- East Meets West Lunar Festival Sun 31 Jan, 10am-10pm Hopkins St Footscray. Food stalls, games and rides will fill the street.
- The Age Lunar Market Docklands Thu 4 Feb – Sun 14 Feb Harbour Esplanade Docklands. Asian cuisine and a range of outdoor bars and entertainment over 11 nights.
- Box Hill Street Festival – Sat 6 Feb, 1pm-1am Box Hill Mall, Box Hill. Cultural performances, game, amusement rides and food.
- Springvale Lunar New Year Festival Sun 7 Feb, 10am-10pm Buckingham Ave, Springvale. See martial arts displays, lion dances, folk dancing and of course lots of Asian food stalls.
- Lunar New Year at Melbourne Zoo Sun 7 Feb – Sun 21 Feb Melbourne Zoo, Parkville. Year of the Monkey experience to meet Squirrel Monkeys, primate keeper talks and presentation, visit the Treetop Monkeys.
- Lunar New Year at Werribee Zoo Sun 7 Feb – Sun 21 Feb Werribee Open Range Zoo, Werribee. Ropes course, Vervet Monkey presentation, visit the monkey exhibit.
- Lunar New Year at Healesville Sanctuary Sun 7 Feb – Sun 21 Feb Healesville. Display of lanterns and hang a Lunar New Year decoration on a wishing tree.
- FCA Melbourne Chinatown Chinese New Year Festival Tue 2 Feb – Sun 14 Feb Melbourne Chinatown – The biggest celebration in Melbourne, with the official ceremony on Sunday 14 February.
- Chinese New Year at Federation Square Sat 6 Feb – Sun 7 Feb 10am – late – live music, multicultural entertainment and activities, food and beautiful light displays.
- Glen Waverley Chinese Lantern Festival – Sat 21 Feb, 11am-9pm. Kingsway, Glen Waverley. International food stalls, cultural performances and activities.
Also try these Chinese restaurants for a special CNY meal:
How will you be celebrating The Year of the Monkey in 2016?