Parramatta’s Lunar New Year celebration is a great few hours for the whole family! It showcases the beautiful and colourful traditions of South East Asian culture, with plenty of food, performances, free activities and a fireworks finale. Lunar New Year is an annual community festival to mark the New Year in the Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean Calendars, which starts on 5th February.
Highlights of Parramatta’s Lunar New Year 2019 celebration include:
- Pop-up farm where you can meet a real pigs
- Free craft workshops and activities, including mask making
- Free K-pop workshops and martial arts demonstrations
- Delicious Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese food, including favourites Pork Party and Koi Dessert Bar
- Spectacular fireworks finale, launched off the roof of Town Hall. Plus firecrackers just before 6pm in front of Town Hall.
And if you are not able to make this Lunar New Year celebration, there are about 15+ other local ones to attend.
What’s On Offer at Parramatta’s Lunar New Year Celebration
There’s an exciting and colourful program of traditional and contemporary cultural performances planned for Parramatta’s Lunar New Year Celebrations, with MC Andy Trieu from SBS’s Pop Asia.
- Korean drumming
- K-Pop dancers
- Lion and Dragon dance
- Martial arts demonstration
The family fun 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.
- K-Pop and hip hop workshops
- Fruit carving
- Traditional knot tying
- Year of the Pig mask workshops
- Meet a real-life pig at the pop-up farm
- Make your own red pocket with artist Harry Trinh
- Lantern making with artist Dacchi Dang
There will be plenty of mouth-watering dishes, with dood stalls woffering both traditional and modern dishes, celebrating Asian cuisine. Not surprisingly, pork features strongly – a nod to the Year of the Pig.
- Bar B Skew – Filipino Skewers (Pork Belly and Chicken), Meal Pack (2 x Skewers, Rice & Pickle Salad), Filipino Spaghetti, Chicharon (Pork Crackling), Sylvanas (Filipino Macarons)
- Dirty Bird Chicken food truck – Crack-A-Mac Burger, Hot Wings, Dirtybird Trifecta, Fries, Truffle Aioli and drinks
- Dragon Beard Candy – Dragon Beard Candy is an ancient Chinese delicacy
- Dumplings Time – Pork and Chive Pan Fried Dumplings, Chicken and Cabbage Dumplings and Vegetarian Dumplings
- KOI Dessert Bar jointly owned by ex-MasterChef contestant Reynold Poernomo – Prosper (gold chocolate mousse, Frangelico ganache, vanilla caramel and hazelnut crisp) and Lucky Velvet (Red velvet sponge, raspberry cream cheese, hibiscus compote, dried rose and lychee)
- Korean BBQ – BBQ Ribs, Bulgogi in Brioche, Chicken Salad, Pork Dumplings, Chicken Skewers and Bulgogi Salad
- May’s Malaysian – Singapore Noodles, Mee Goreng, Nasi Goreng, Charkway Teow, Fried Radish Cakes and Sago Pudding
- Mr Bao Buns – Gua Baos and Slushies – Coconut, Mint and Lychee
- Pork Party by ex-MasterChef contestant Sarah Tiong – Summer Salad with Pulled Pork, BBQ Pork Belly and Slow Braised Pork Bowl
- Satay Brothers– Chicken Satay, Pork Ribs, Beef ribs, Lamb Ribs and Tom Yum Fries
- Yans Asian Catering – BBQ Dumplings, BBQ Buns, Satay Chicken Sticks, Spring Rolls, Sang Choy Bow, Fried Noodle and Fried Rice
To top it off, there will be a special fireworks finale at 9:30pm, launched from the roof of Town Hall!
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 will be firecrackers set off just before 6pm in front of Town Hall. These can be quite scary/ unsettling for little ones.
- 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 in Centenary Square will be on.
- There are a number of nearby car parks, including City Centre Secure Parking, Westfield Parramatta and Eat Street Secure Car Park.
Finding 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.
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