First Fleet Park, The Rocks, Saturday 8 February, 10.30am – 1.30pm
International guests including Korean traditional percussion performance Nanjang & Pan will join high energy hip hop crew Australia’s Got Talent grand finalists, Kookies N Kream in a show that has something for everyone.
Circular Quay foreshore until Sunday 9 February
Take in the 12 larger-than-life animal signs of the lunar zodiac and delight in modern technology blended with classic techniques as these magical lanterns light up Sydney’s harbour. There are new lanterns to discover this year – Claudia Chan Shaw’s glowing tower of nine golden rats, Min Woo Bang’s pair of robotic horses, Nancy Liang and Fiona Lu’s paper-folded rabbit and a chandelier-inspired rooster designed by festival curator, Valerie Khoo.
Green Square Library, Zetland, Saturday 8 February, 10am–1pm
The Lunar Festival fun continues at Green Square where kids can join in lion dance workshops and enjoy beautiful music from the Asian-Australian musicians of the Sydney Xi Yang Yang Chinese Orchestra. Lord Mayor Clover Moore will hand out lucky red packets to the sounds of a thrilling lion dance performance.
Circular Quay foreshore, 3 – 6 and 9 February, 7pm and 7.30pm
Haymarket, 7 – 9 February, 6pm and 6.30pm
With plenty of drumming, flamboyance and acrobatic skill, the City’s lion dancing troupes will ring in the Lunar New Year celebrations in Chinatown and around the harbour foreshore.
Circular Quay, near First Fleet Park, until 9 February
As the charity partner of Sydney Lunar Festival, The Fred Hollows Foundation invites you to share goodwill at The Goodwill Wall. The interactive screen of red envelopes flutters when you make a $25 donation that will help restore sight in a disadvantaged community.
Campbell Street, Haymarket, 8 – 9 February, 11.30am –9pm
Enjoy dining and shopping with plenty of discounts and special offers at Thai restaurants, grocery stores and Thai shops. Enjoy shopping for Thai art and authentic Thai-designed products at the market in the Metro Hotel, Thai Town.