Chinese New Year Melbourne 2017, Whats on, Where to go, What to do.

Uncategorized, Whats on in Melbourne


With the year of the Rooster fast approaching, Chinese New Year celebrations are taking place all over Melbourne from the 27th of January. TMEB has compiled a list of must see events to help you reign in the Lunar New Year on the 28th of January.


The Emporium Melbourne:  27th January to 5th February

Times: 12 noon to 6 pm daily

The Emporium will be hosting an installation as part of Chinese New Year. The instillation is a mirrored glass cube in which you step inside. The cube celebrates “the sentiments of Longevity, Prosperity, and Happiness”.



South wharf:  27th  January – 12th February

DFO South Wharf will be featuring blossom light displays, handing out fortune cookies and have traditional Chinese performances and sales on to celebrate the Chinese New year. Traditional Chinese entertainment at will be on at 12pm, Saturday 28th January, Saturday 4th and Saturday 11th February.

There is also a chance to win a $1,000 DFO Gift Card by Tagging @DFO_Southwharf and use the hashtag #CNYatDFOSW.




Queens Victoria Market:  28th January 10am- 2pm

“Delight in traditional performances from local and international acts, marvel at the mythical creatures and receive a message of prosperity from the Hongbao wall. Plus, go into the lucky draw for the chance to win prizes and special offers!”

Entertainment Schedule

10am – 12pm:
Chinese Youth Society of Melbourne Lion Dance Team
Lai Zhou Chinese Martial Arts Academy
Chinese Performing Arts Development
New Eastern Chinese Instrument Group
Time Chinese Dance School.

10am – 2pm:
Chinese Fortune Journey & Hongbao Wall – win prizes and special offers.

12.30pm – 1.30pm:
Free cooking demonstration with Chinese New Year Melbourne Festival ambassador Elizabeth Chong.


Free Tai Chi, 30th January –  10th of February:

Queensbridge square,southbank

7:30am – 8.15am

Free Tai Chi classes will available every morning during the festival  period. “Tai Chi has been used for fitness as well as to prevent and cure disease amongst Chinese people since the 16th century. The Tai Chi classes are designed to strengthen the well-being of the residential and corporate communities. The morning classes will feature a Tai Chi trainer who will guide participants through movements regardless of their age, Tai Chi experience or fitness level.”


Target Centre: January 16- February 13th

Come and enjoy the festivities this year at the Target Centre, located in the Chinatown Precinct in between Chinatown (Little Bourke Street) and Bourke Street. Take the scenic route and enter the Target Centre via Bourke Street.  The target centre has lantern ceiling installations & have the gods  of prosperity  wandering the centre daily.

Food Truck Park Chinese New Year Theme: 27th of January – 12th February

The best in Asian street food across the city this summer. Visit us in Southbank’s Queensbridge Square and Docklands to experience street food plus spectacular lighting installations, fireworks, cultural performances and family friendly activities designed to bring people from all backgrounds together and celebrate.


Queensbridge St, Southbank VIC 3006
27 January
New Year’s Eve Countdown
11.30am – Midnight
28 January to 12 February 2017
Queensbridge Square Celebrations – Culture Kaleidoscope
Serving Lunch and Dinner from 11.30am – 9.30pm daily


Harbour Esplanade, Docklands VIC 3008
27 January to 12 February 2017
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Serving Lunch and Dinner from 11.30am – 9.30pm



Chinese Museum Open Day: January 29th 1opm- 5pm  

As part of the 2017 Chinese New Year festivities in Chinatown, the museum is open to the public for free today!This is your chance to see five floors of Chinese Australian history. Explore the Gold Rush and the stories of early twentieth century migration in our permanent collections; see new exhibitions Han Dynasty: Life Everlasting, the Unruly Art of Leo Tien, and more; and get involved with craft workshops for the whole family!



Melbourne central- February 1st 10am- 10pm 

“Between special food pop-ups, exclusive shopping offers and the classic Treasure Hunt” Melbourne central is a hot spot this Lunar New Year.
Check out the Melbourne Central website for all the special offers.



National Ballet on China: February 15th – 18th 

Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre, 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Bookings and further information available at:

Set in the 1930s on the lush tropical island of Hainan, The Red Detachment of Women is based on the stories of an all-female company of the communist Red Army.


Chinese New Year Concert: February 3, 7:30pm

The Plenary, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, 1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf

On 3 February, The Federation of Chinese Association and Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre will host the 2017 Chinese New Year Concert in Plenary. Featuring two of China’s premier entertainment groups, don’t miss this stunning display of colour, music and dance.

For discounted tickets, please contact the FCA. Email:



For more information on Events visit:


Wishing you a very Happy Chinese New Year, with luck and prosperity in the year of the Rooster. 

Blogger: Nicki B


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