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
9 Feb 2020

The Rocks Lunar Markets

The air comes alive with the sights, scents and sounds of Asian street food at The Rocks Lunar Markets. Vibrant stalls will be surrounded by live music, bright red lanterns, festoon lighting and a cascading lantern display coming to life in Kendall Lane. 

Prepare for a party on the streets and in your mouth with a range of exciting market stalls to enjoy. Fragrant smoke lingers gently in the air, mouth-watering produce sizzles to perfection, and sweet treats are lovingly prepared in front of hungry eyes.

Stroll through the colourful lit up streets to find unusual gifts for friends, family or even yourself. You will discover handcrafted jewellery, textiles, homewares, art and more – and keep your eye out for traditional lion dance performances. Thursday to Sunday, 30 January to 9 February 

Lunar Lanterns

Explore the magic of the colourful lunar lanterns around Circular Quay to discover 12 larger-than-life animal signs of the Lunar zodiac as part of the annual Lunar Lanterns display. Blending modern technology with classic Chinese techniques, these include the majestic Tiger at Bligh and Barney Reserve, or the spectacular tower of nine, gold robotic rats in First Fleet Park in celebration of 2020 as The Year of the Rat.

Continue from walking amongst the magnificent giant artworks into The Rocks to snare a Lunar New Year memento with market stalls stocking jewellery, fashions and a bounty of unique gifts – perfect keepsakes for a year of good fortune.

Festive Feasts

Wander down lively streets and colourful laneways, and explore the unique Asian dining or group feasting options to celebrate with friends and family – Cantonese cuisine in an old police station building, anyone?