Lunar New Year
A sensory feast

Lunar New Year

Discover the distinct flavours of Asia with street food markets, lantern-filled laneways and vibrant entertainment.
30 Jan 2020
09 Feb 2020

The Rocks Lunar Markets

The air is alive, filled with the sights, scents and sounds of delicious Asian street food. Bright red lanterns and festoon lighting sway overhead, and cascading lantern displays spilling into Kendall Lane. 

From the moment you step into The Rocks Lunar Markets you’ll be surrounded by vibrant stalls, live music and sense of celebration. Expect a few unique editions, as well as your favourite weekly stallholders bringing lunar-inspired twists to their usual fare, like melt-in-your-mouth lychee gelato.

But it’s not just about the food. Colourful market streets are the perfect place to find artisan and handcrafted gifts, homewares and textiles. Keep your eye out for traditional lion dance performances too.

The Rocks Lunar Markets are on Thursday to Sunday, 30 January to 9 February.

Lunar Lanterns

Explore lantern-lit laneways and colourful spaces as you follow the Lunar New Year Lantern Walk from Circular Quay to The Rocks. Perched throughout the precincts are twelve larger-than-life installations, showing the animal signs of the Lunar zodiac.

From the majestic tiger at Bligh and Barney Reserve to the spectacular tower of robotic rats in First Fleet Park, discover the beautiful blend of modern technology with classic Chinese techniques.

Wind up your walk at The Rocks Lunar Markets, the perfect place to pick up memento. You can celebrate 2020, The Year of the Rat with keepsake for good fortune.

Lunar Lanterns are on from 31 January to 9 February.

Lunar Lane

Discover a riot of colour, light and cascading lanterns in the heart of The Rocks along Kendall Lane.

Lunar activities

Visit The Rocks Lunar Markets and find free activities including mahjong, lion dancing and calligraphy workshops where you can take a little souvenir home with a wish for the New Year.
  • Free Calligraphy Bookmarks and Workshops 12pm-8pm
  • Free Mahjong 11am-8pm
  • Lion Dancing
    Thursday 1pm & 8pm
    Friday 1pm & 8pm
    Saturday 12pm, 6pm & 8pm
    Sunday 1.30pm