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Welcome the Year of the Dragon 2024

2024 is the Year of the Dragon, a year of opportunities, changes, and challenges according to the Chinese Zodiac. Bring it on, we say!

Celebrations for the Lunar New Year begin on Saturday 10 February. Here are some accessible celebrations you can attend to enjoy the festivities.

Lunar Sea

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

Find out more.

Dragon outside entrance to the Australian National Maritime Museum
There are lots of hands-on opportunities for learning at Lunar Sea.

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.

Find out more.

LED Dragon display at Dixon Street Sydney Lunar Streets event watched by a crowd at night
Take to the streets to celebrate the Lunar New Year in Sydney. Credit: Adam Hollingworth

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

Find out more.

A dragon head on a tiled floor with families gathered in the background at Melbourne Museum
Make your own dragon and more at Melbourne Museum this Lunar New Year.

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.

Find out more.

Dragon head in the foreground with families sitting on large open grassed area in the background
An afternoon concert is a wonderful way to welcome the Year of the Dragon.
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