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Chinese New Year Festival

22 January, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5 February, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

Dragon's Awakening Ceremony 2020

Welcome the Year of the Rat with 15 days of celebration

22 January – 5 February 2020.

Saturday, 25th January 2020 is Chinese New Year’s Day

Melbourne hosts many Chinese new year festivals. See below for the Dragon’s Awakening Ceremony in the city or go here for a list of all Melbourne’s Chinese and Lunar New Year festivals.


Chinese New Year Festival

Destination Melbourne

The Chinese New Year Festival features traditional and contemporary Chinese cultural activities, festivities, dances, Chinese opera and singing, culinary delights, arts and crafts, lion dances, dragon parades, calligraphy and children’s events.

This festival welcomes young and old to share the Chinese Cultural heritage of Melbourne’s Chinese community.

There will be celebrations at various venues showcasing over 50 performances, 25 stalls, lion dances, dragon dances and lots of firecrackers.

The sound of firecrackers and fireworks, drums and dragons will sweep through the streets of Melbourne for 10 days as the annual Chinese New Year Melbourne Festival returns to celebrate the Year of the Rat.

Experience the sights, sounds and flavours of the far east in Melbourne.


22 January, 2020 @ 8:00 am
5 February, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
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