Celebrations for the Lunar New Year begin on Saturday 10 February. Here are some accessible celebrations you can attend to enjoy the festivities.
Where: the Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney
The Australian National Maritime Museum, in partnership with the China Cultural Centre marks Lunar New year with Lunar Sea, a program of free, fun events for all ages, every weekend from February 10. Activities include:
- Lunar Sea Activity Trail & Lucky Dip Prizes
- Mandarin Language Tours
- Culture Carnival
- Lunar Maker Space
- Lunar Performances
Sydney Lunar Streets
Where: Haymarket, Sydney
Kick off your Lunar New Year celebrations at Sydney Lunar Streets, the opening street party event of Sydney Lunar Festival. Visit the 25 market stalls along Sussex St and Thomas St, pick up a delicious meal from one of the food trucks, and check out over a dozen performers on the Main Stage. Keep your eyes peeled for the 20m traditional Chinese Dragon winding its way through the party, too!
There is a clear level path throughout the event, a designated accessible viewing area, accessible bathrooms, and a quiet space for a sensory time-out if needed.
Lunar New Year Family Day
Where: Melbourne Museum, Melbourne
Melbourne Museum is welcoming the Year of the Dragon with a range of family-friendly activities on Saturday 10 February.
- Dragon and Lion Dances from 10AM
- What Zodiac Animal Am I? hands-on maker activity from 11AM
- Make Your Own Dragon from 11AM
- Australian Dragon information session at midday and 1PM
BrisAsia Unites: Lunar New Year Concert
Where: Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha, Brisbane
BrisAsia Unites is a concert celebrating traditional music, dance, and theatre from across Asia. Pick up some authentic Asian street food for a late lunch or early dinner, and relax under the shade of the majestic trees of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens as you take in the concert. The stage will feature live performances from 4PM to 6PM on Sunday 11 February. There are level paths to get around and an all-abilities playground if the kids need to work off some energy.