4 Ways to Celebrate Chinese New Year in Canberra

Published on 12 February 2018

With two weeks of lively Chinese New Year celebrations ahead, there’s little reason to be bored in Canberra this month. From festive foodie spreads to orchestral music and lantern making, getting into the spirit is as easy as indulging in your twentieth dumpling.

1. Chinese New Year Concert

The prestigious Chinese Orchestra of China National Opera and Dance Drama Theatre is heading down under for a special Chinese New Year tour. Audiences will be treated to a musical journey led by traditional Chinese instruments and a modern orchestra.

Date: 3 March
More information: from Visit Canberra 

2. National Multicultural Festival – Chinese New Year Showcase


The annual National Multicultural Festival is back with an overflowing calendar of live music, food stalls and cultural celebrations from around the world. The Chinese New Year showcase on 18 February will feature singing groups, opera and folk dances from various Chinese provinces. Be sure to catch TV chef and cookbook author Poh Ling Yeow on 17 February when she presents a series of free cooking demonstrations. She will also be signing copies of her latest book, Poh Bakes 100 Greats.

Date: 16-18 February (various times)
Price: Free
Info: www.multiculturalfestival.com.au

3. Banquet at CBD Dumpling House


To ring in the Year of the Dog, why not fill up on a multi-course Chinese banquet. Feast on classics such as dumplings, chili beef, decadent seafood, Sichuan style crispy chicken and more.

Info: for bookings or enquiries, visit CBD Dumpling House or call 02 6262 8855

4. Chinese Lantern Festival


Watch the edge of Lake Burley Griffin glow red with a lantern parade for the Chinese Lantern Festival. Kids and adults are invited to join in on the festival, which marks the end of this year’s Chinese New Year celebrations. Bring your own lantern or buy one at the festival. The Australian China Friendship Society will also hold its lantern making workshop in the week before the festival.

Date: 3 March
Price: Free
Info: Visit Canberra 

Lantern making workshop
Date: 25 February
Price: $3
Info: Visit Canberra