As there is a large community of Chinese-Australians living in Victoria, Melbournians love celebrating Chinese New Year year after year. 2017 is the year of the Rooster.

Although this festival is celebrated all across the country, Melbourne does it a bit different. Chinese-Australians celebrate this cultural festival with the same vigor and energy as they do in China.

Chinese New Year – 2017 Dates & Celebrations, Melbourne

The Chinese New Year celebrations begin at the end of January or the start of February each year and run for a week. With live music, food stalls, parades and fireworks; the Chinese New Year is a great family event to celebrate together.

Melbourne also hosts an exciting parade featuring a 100 metre long illuminated dragon, with the Mayor of Melbourne unveiling the dragon every year to kick off the festivities. The fireworks display is also a staple of Chinese New Year and local restaurants, Chinese grocery stores and other community businesses participate in this huge event.

Traditional music, Chinese lion dancers, martial arts shows and fireworks displays are all part of these celebrations. Local shops and businesses also use red flags and Chinese lanterns decorate the festival.

Visitors are welcome to participate and enjoy the cultural activities during the festival. Every year, China Town in the CBD celebrates the Dragon Awakening Ceremony, with spectators watching the famous lion dance, folk dance, costume parade and the Dragon parade through the streets of Melbourne.

You can also find other locations for celebration at Docklands, along the Yarra River and at Federation Square.

Chinese New Year Information

China Town
Little Bourke Street,
Melbourne, VIC
  Event Dates:
Chinese New Year: 28 January 2017
Melbourne festival: 27 Jan - 12 Feb 2017
  Event Times:
All day
Phone: (03) 9830 7230
Email: [email protected]
 Ticket Prices/Admission:

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  • What date is the Dragon out in the streets of Melbourne ass we are from Perth and would love to be there for it ?

    • Hi Margaret,

      The program hasn’t yet been released for 2017.

      It appears from previous years that the dragon was there to open the festival on the first day in Chinatown at around 11.30am. I will update this page with information on the schedule of events as it comes to hand. Please check back with us!