Melbourne’s own Chinese New Year Melbourne Festival has already started with the city welcoming the new Lunar New Year from February 2 - 17th 2019.

Bursting with festival cheer, the city will come alive with events in some of Melbourne’s most treasured landmarks including the Melbourne Museum, the Convention and Exhibition Centre, Queensbridge Square, the Docklands and South Wharf and regional events in Ballarat.

Starting on the 2 February, the 16-day festival opened officially on Queensbridge Square and featured Dragon and Lion dance performances, dancers in exquisite clothing from an array of ancient dynasties, along with a range of cultural activities for everyone!

“One of our city’s favourite events, the Chinese New Year (CNY) Festival Melbourne 2019, unites families and friends to celebrate Chinese culture and traditions across the city,” said Sally Capp, Lord Mayor of Melbourne.

“This year will be our biggest celebration yet, with activations from the north of the city at the Melbourne Museum across to festivities and cultural activities at Southbank and South Wharf, in addition to our wonderful dragon boat Regatta held at the Docklands,” said Thomas Ling, chairman of CNY United, the incorporated body established to manage the Festival.

Among the list of must-see events at this year’s Chinese New Year Melbourne Festival is the Dragon Boat Regatta at the Victoria Harbour Promenade Docklands, where members of the public can form teams to race authentic dragon boats. The public races will be followed by a second Dragon Boat Regatta run by Melbourne’s Dragon Boat Clubs.

Other exciting activities include Lion dances, a special dinner for international students, Chinese costume shows, stilt walking displays and opera performances. Other key activities include:

Family Day at the Cultural Kaleidoscope at Melbourne Museum

Date: 09.02.18

Time: 11:00am – 4:00pm

Grab the whole family and head down to the Melbourne Museum and get among the Chinese New Year celebrations, with a range of amusing activities to keep you busy all day.

"China Year, Eastern Love" Concert at South Wharf

Date: 15.02.19

Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Venue: Melbourne Town Hall – book here!

After their previous visit, the Shanghai Artists Delegation have added more talent to their Australian tour this year, with two enchanting operas popular in the eastern regions of China, performed by the Shanghai Opera and the Yue Opera. The evening will also feature stand-up comedy.

Chinese New Year’s Eve at Queensbridge Square

Date: 04.02.18

Time: 6:00pm – 10.00pm

Venue: 3 Queensbridge St, Southbank VIC 3006

Celebrate the eve of 2019 Chinese New Year at Queensbridge Square, the home of Cultural Kaleidoscope. To help ring in the New Year, there will be various stage performances including dances, Kung-Fu, costume parades, drums, a magic show and range of other activities.

For the full listing of events throughout Melbourne and regional events in Ballarat, see the Chinese New Year website here!