Parramatta Lunar New Year Festival

Celebrate the Year of the Monkey in Centenary Square, Parramatta and enjoy the cultural experience of the Lunar New Year festivities.

Food writer and presenter Melissa Leong will be hosting the evening's entertainment featuring performances from 2014 X-Factor winner Marlisa, the Dauntless Movement Crew and Sydney band Ai Ai Ai.

MarlisaFeast on dumplings or Asian street food from Tsuru and Mama Linh’s, try delicious treats from dessert experts Luxbite, or drop into the 350 Restaurant & Lounge pop-up bar by Novotel Parramatta to sample contemporary Asian cuisine and cocktails.

Pick up your lucky red envelopes from the God of Fortune and don’t miss the dragon and lion dance performance and spectacular fireworks at 9.30pm!

Curious GeorgeGet in touch with your inner monkey at Lunar Land – packed with interactive games and workshops. Meet Curious George and make your own monkey mask!

Join family and friends for games of Mah-jong or Barrel of Monkeys, hold a ping pong tournament, learn calligraphy and make some lanterns to add to the lantern garden.

Snap Tag & Win!

We want you to snap your favourite Asian meal in Parramatta or your home cooked favourite!

We will work with Melissa Leong (@fooderati on Instagram) to pick the most delicious photo and the winner will receive a $50 food&drink voucher to use at the 350 bar and restaurant pop-up by Novotel Sydney Parramatta on the night!

To enter head to Instagram snap your best Asian inspired foodie pic and tag it with #ParraLNY and follow @fooderati  - check out her feed for inspiration!

Winner will be drawn on Wednesday 17 February and announced on our Instagram!

#ParraLNY photo comp

On the night tag your best snaps on social media with #ParraLNY and you could be in the running to win one nights luxury accommodation in a Superior King Room with buffet breakfast for two thanks to the Novotel Sydney Parramatta (voucher valid until 30 September 2016). 

Images need to be posted on a public account and include the #ParraLNY tag. You need to have your entry in by 10am, Monday 22 February. Winner will be announced on Friday 26 February.

Time Main Stage Lunar Land
4.30pm Happy Waist Drum Show
Kangping Dance Group

4.30pm - 8.30pm
Chinese Calligraphy Workshops
4.30pm - 9.30pm
Lantern Making Workshops
Table Tennis
Giant Chess
Giant Connect 4
4.40pm Chinese Children's Dance

4.55pm Red, the symbolic colour of China
Australia International Elite Cultural & Arts Centre

5.00pm - 8.00pm
Curious George Monkey Mask Making
Barrel of Monkeys
5.05pm Hometown is Beijing
Kangpin Dance Group

5.10pm Vietnamese Showcase
5.30pm Chinese Dance and Drumming
5.50pm Maple Leaf Arts Group Fashion
6.00pm Sydney Chinese Dance Group
6.25pm Chinese Dance
Sydney Youth Dragon & Lion Dance Troupe


6.55pm Australian Yellow River Chorus
7.10pm Official Proceedings
7.20pm Dragon & Lion Dance
Sydney Youth Dragon & Lion Dance Troupe

7.35pm Korean Dance and Drumming
Song Min Sun Korean Dance Academy


7.55pm Kung Fu Demonstration
Sydney Youth Dragon & Lion Dance Troupe

8.10pm AiAiAi
8.45pm Dauntless Movement Crew
9.10pm Marlisa
9.30pm Fireworks

Plus, meet and greet Curious George at 4.45pm, 5.45pm & 6.45pm outside Town Hall and catch roving performances by The Replicants at 7.55pm & 8.55pm.

Parking and transport

Centenary Square is located a short walk from Parramatta Interchange. Plan your trip by visiting www.transportnsw.infoor by calling the Transport Infoline 131 500.

The nearest car parks are City Centre (Horwood Place) and Parramatta Station (Wentworth Street) car parks. Visit Council's parking and transport page for more parking information.

Social Media

Like Council’s Facebook page Parramatta City Counciland click ‘attending’ on the Lunar New Year event to be in the running for our Special Lunar New Year Food & Drink voucher giveaway, to use on the night!


Media Partners

TVB Australia

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Accommodation partner

Novotel Sydney Parramatta

Visitor InformationVisitor Information

Event start:
19th Feb 2016 4:30pm
Event end:
19th Feb 2016 9:30pm
Host Venue: Centenary Square, Parramatta
Centenary Square, Parramatta
Cost: Free
Contact name: Parramatta Heritage and Visitor Information Centre
Contact phone: (02) 8839 3311


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