Sydney Lunar Festival from 10 February – 25 February 2024

February 8, 2024

Kick off Lunar New Year celebrations in the heart of Chinatown at Sydney Lunar Streets from 5-10pm on Saturday 10 February – the City of Sydney’s opening street party event.

To mark the Year of the Dragon for the Sydney Lunar Festival (10 – 25 February 2024), there will be a 20m-long Chinese dragon winding its way through Chinatown. The festival features 25 market stalls along Sussex St and Thomas St, including two food stalls by charity partner SSI Settlement Services International.

There will be food trucks located on Harbour St and Little Hay Streets, with a main stage on Hay St featuring non-stop entertainment and performers. Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore will officially kick things off at 8pm followed by a traditional eye-dotting and ribbon tying ceremony, and then lion dance.

Check this page for the full schedule of the day.

Dragon on Dixon

Dixon St will be the centre of celebrations, with Dragon on Dixon by Basalt Studio and Haymarket HQ bringing the energetic presence of the Wood Dragon.

The dragon lighting installation is a 3D piece made from sheets of locally sourced marine plywood – chosen specifically for its strength, workability, endurance and sustainable qualities. The dragon’s personality, energetic in its generosity, brings good fortune and prosperity to all, in the year 2024.

Lunar Gateways

The festivities continue throughout Haymarket and the CBD, with the Lunar Gateways – a tribute to Chinese, Korean, Thai and Vietnamese architecture – returning for the Year of the Dragon.

Gateway locations:

  • Chinese Gateway: Intersection of Thomas Street and Hay Street
  • Korean Gateway: Intersection of Ultimo Road and Thomas Street
  • Thai Gateway: Intersection of Campbell Street and George Street
  • Vietnamese Gateway: Intersection of George Street and Barlow Street