Get ready to slurp xiao long bao and jostle with dragons in Melbourne's Chinatown this Lunar New Year, Sunday 22 January 2023. Centred around Little Bourke Street, Melbourne's Chinatown is the second-longest continuous Chinese settlement in the Western world, dating back to 1851 – so it’s no surprise that locals like to get out and celebrate the city’s Chinese heritage and culture at this time.

A flurry of feasts, fireworks and festivities happen around Lunar New Year’s Eve (21 January), New Year’s Day (22 January) and the Lantern Festival (5 February). Join the epic celebrations in Chinatown on New Year's Day from 11am, enjoying food and music and Dai Loong – one of the world's largest Chinese dragons. (How big? It takes 200 people to operate it.) It's also a great excuse to indulge in Melbourne’s unofficial favourite food – dumplings.

In February, watch the Lunar New Year Dragon Boat Festival (18 to 19 February) at Victoria Harbour, where spectacular dragon boats speed along the water in a race to the finish line. It’s a family-friendly fun weekend of racing thrills, lion dances, activities and food trucks.

Follow up with the Asian Community of Australia’s Lunar New Year Festival from 5pm on Friday 20 February at nearby Queensbridge Square, or book a ticket to the Melbourne Symphone Orchestra (MSO)’s 10th annual Chinese New Year Concert, featuring guest musicians from the Sichuan Orchestra of China.

Further afield, there’s the Golden Age Lunar New Year Festival (28 January) in Box Hill, as well as events in Footscray and other Melbourne neighbourhoods – keep an eye out for events happening in your area.

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