Due to community and performer concerns about the new coronavirus, City of Parramatta Council is postponing its Lunar New Year celebrations that were set to take place on Friday 7th February. We’ll update you when a new date has been set.
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 this year on 25th January.
What’s On Offer at Parramatta’s Lunar New Year Celebration
Experience traditional and contemporary performances on the main stage, including:
- Sydney Yun Yee Tong Dragon and Lion Dance
- Internationally-renowned Nanjan and Pan Korean Percussion group who are set to bring Korea’s traditional performing arts to life on stage
- Midnight Pool Party with a fusion of electro, dance and hip hop music
- Singers Yoni Yen and Clarissa Mei
- Fan dancing
- Kung Fu demonstrations
- Sydney Youth Dragon and Association Lion Dance Troupe
- Sydney Garden Shire Chinese Folk and Art Group
2Lunar Land Workshops
The family fun Lunar Land is back 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.
- Chinese calligraphy
- K-Pop and hip-hop
Enjoy delicious food and drinks from across Asia including rainbow dumplings from Mr Wangs, Filipino Firepops, Tsuru Food Truck, The Ginger Tiger, Korean BBQ and more. Sweeten it all up with dessert from fan favourites Koi Dessert Bar, Mix Mix Co, and TEBU Sugarcane.
Plus don’t miss our exclusive Asian-inspired Lunar New Year cocktails in the Lunar Lounge, brought to you by What On Tap.
To top it off, there will be a special firecracker finale with music, light and dance at 9.30pm in front of Town Hall.
Important 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 at 9:30pm 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’s 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, are 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
If you’re not able to make the Parramatta Lunar New Year celebration, here are about 10 other local ones to attend.