February Sydney Events

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Many of the February Sydney events are associated with the Chinese New Year.

Sydney is a large multinational city so the celebrations of the New Lunar Year are spectacular, involve great performances, many interesting cultural activities and a large audience.

In 2019 the Chinese celebrate the Year of the Pig, starting on 5 February. Sydney welcomes the event with a Chinese New Year Festival running from the 1st of February up until Sunday 10th of February. 

The celebration of the lunar year in Sydney is considered to be the biggest Chinese New Year festival in a city away from Asia.

Lion dances, live performances and great food tempting your taste buds with beautiful Chinese, Korean and Thai food are all part of the festival. 

Dragon boat races run at Cockle Bay wharf. So make sure to be at Darling Harbour to cheer the contestants. 

And while you are in Darling Habour enjoy the splendid Chinese Gardens of Friendship, which are an oasis of beauty, harmony and tranquility. Admire the groovy landscape and relax or refresh with a tea ceremony. 

The festival launches with 12 huge lanterns, one for each zodiac animal in various places around the Circular Quay. 

Hover your mouse on any of the small images below to see the animal zodiac lanterns in a larger format.

three monkeys at the opera for chinese new year 2016

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Other exciting events dedicated to this celebration include:

  • Sydney Symphony Orchestra performances at the Opera House, on the 1st and 2nd of February, marking the Lunar New Year ;
  • scrumptious food, dancing, karaoke, fireworks and lots of entertainment;
  • various cultural activities, such as: music, exhibitions, movies, talks, stories and lots of fun.

Parades and dragons are everywhere and delight passers-by or shoppers.

chinese new year in shops

More February Sydney Events

Taronga Twilight Concerts

The shows run for several weeks from 1st of February to 9th of March 2019.
Take a picnic blanket, grab some snacks and drinks and head to the open air performance at Taronga Zoo to listen to great music and enjoy your weekend. 

Some concerts bring back the 80s. If you loved the power filled era and its pop culture, you can take your kids to see the animals at the zoo in the morning and then get them to listen to and sing along the sound tracks of ABBA and some of other great stars of the time.

For information and all the program details check twilightattaronga.com.au

The Rocks Markets

The markets near Circular Quay are open every Friday from 9 am to 3 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. You'll find lots of stalls with unique clothes, jewellery, home decorations and much more.da

The Fridays to Sundays during the Lunar Year celebrations (February 1st to 10th), the markets are open from 10am to 10pm.

Gourmet food and fresh produce will keep you wanting for more.

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