Melbourne will soon be bursting with festive cheer as the Chinese New Year Melbourne Festival envelopes the city to welcome in the new Lunar New Year in February 2019. For 16 days from February 2 to 17, the city will come alive with events across some of Melbourne’s most treasured landmarks including the Melbourne Museum, the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Queensbridge Square, the Docklands and South Wharf.
The Chinese New Year Melbourne Festival will open officially at Queensbridge Square on February 2 with incredible Lion and Dragon dance performances, ladies in exquisite clothing from an array of ancient dynasties along with a slew of Chinese cultural activities.
Among the list of must-see events at this year’s Chinese New Year Melbourne Festival is the Dragon Boat Regatta at the Victoria Harbour Promenade Docklands, where members of the public can form teams to race authentic dragon boats.
Other exciting activities include Lion dances, a special dinner for international students, Chinese costume shows, stilt walking displays and opera performances.
The full list of programming, including regional events in Ballarat, can be found on the website.