Lunar New Year is an annual community festival to mark the New Year in the Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean Calendars. Parramatta’s Lunar New Year Celebrations is an event for the whole family to enjoy and will showcase the beautiful and colourful traditions of South East Asian culture, with plenty of food, performances, free activities and a fireworks finale.
Highlights of Parramatta’s Lunar New Years Celebrations include:
- Dr Katrina and the Wonderdogs
- Kung-Fu performances by Sydney Youth Lion & Dragon Dance Troupe
- Free craft workshops, games and activities
- Free K-pop workshops and kid’s cooking classes
- Delicious Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese food and desserts
- Firecracker show
- Performances by international guest performers from China (Wuhan Peking Opera Company) and Pyeong taek Nong Ak Percussion (South Korea)
- Spectacular fireworks finale
And if you are not able to make this Lunar New Year celebration, then there are about 15 other local ones to attend.
There is an exciting and colourful program of traditional and contemporary cultural performances planned for Parramatta’s Lunar New Year Celebrations. Including:
- Korean drumming
- K-Pop dancers
- Vietnamese Ao Dai show
- Lion and Dragon dance
- Dr Katrina and the Wonderdogs
- Special international guest performers by Wuhan Peking Opera Company from China and Pyeong taek Nong Ak Percussion team from South Korea.
The family friendly Lunar Land is back again with new workshops and free activities for everyone. We recommend getting there early as you may need to put your name down for some activities beforehand.
- Visit the Vietnamese Dynamic Students stall and try your hand at calligraphy.
- Unleash your inner dancing queen at their K-pop workshop by the Korean Cultural Centre.
- Get your faces painted with Peking Opera characters by the Wuhan Peking Opera artists.
- Cook some yummy things at the kid’s cooking classes.
- Get creative at the lunar craft workshops.
- Capture the insta-worthy moment in the beautiful Lunar Garden.
Get your food fix at our hawker-inspired markets, with some of the best Asian treats on offer:
- Vietnamese Banh Xeo pancakes
- Malaysian noodles
- Korean bulgogi beef
- Pork belly bao
- Gourmet fried ice cream
- Desserts from KOI Dessert Bar
- Refreshing bubble tea
Families also have the opportunity to enjoy the night from the relaxed setting of the family friendly Lunar Lounge and Dumpling Bar.
To top it off, the event will conclude with a special fireworks finale at 9:30pm – you won’t want to miss!
5Important Information and Tips
- We recommend going early to make it easier to get food and join in the activities. This is a popular event and lines can be very long for food and activities.
- There are toilets at Centenary Square near the water fountains, as well as port-a-loos towards the station.
- There is a water refill station between the water fountains and the toilets.
- The water fountains will be on.
- There are a number of nearby car parks, including City Centre Secure Parking, Westfield Parramatta and Eat Street Secure Car Park.
6Finding Parramatta’s Lunar New Year Celebrations
Parramatta’s Lunar New Year Celebrations, hosted by City of Parramatta Council, will be held in Centenary Square, which is located on Church Street between Macquarie and Darcey Streets.
- Public transport: Centenary Square is only a few minutes walk away from the Parramatta transport interchange and Westfield Parramatta.
- Parking: The nearest car parks are the City Centre Secure Parking and Westfield Parramatta. Eat Street Secure Car Park is also an easy walk away.
Other Lunar New Year Events and Activities