Chinese New Year Festival

Chinese New Year Festival

20th anniversary festival

  • 2016: Year of the Fire Monkey
  • Lunar New Year's Day: Monday 8 February 2016
  • CNY Festival: 6 February–21 February 2016

Sydney's Chinese New Year Festival has grown from a modest community street market in 1995 to become one of the largest Lunar New Year celebrations outside Asia.

Our 16-day program includes performances, talks, tours, entertainment, installations, exhibitions and special one-off events celebrating the diverse cultures that observe Lunar New Year.

  • Pick up a printed program from stands at Sydney Town Hall, Martin Place and Circular Quay. Browse a copy online.
  • Follow the social media conversation (#CNYSYD) to get real-time festival updates.

Plan your festival  

Year of the Monkey

People born in the Year of the Monkey are fun-loving, energetic and inquisitive. Their intellect allows them to adapt to any situation, they are confident, charismatic, loyal and inventive.

Sometimes, the Monkey can be a little too curious for his or her own good, as well as careless, restless, immature and arrogant. 


Chinese New Year 2016 will be a great opportunity to get some fantastic snaps of Sydney's unique Lunar New Year celebrations.

We'd also love to see your photos from the festival. Share them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with the official hashtag #CNYSYD and mention @cityofsydney.

Latest news

Twilight Parade

The annual CNY Twilight Parade will not go ahead in 2016 in light of construction underway on George Street. The City of Sydney alongside Transport for NSW considered alternative routes for the Twilight Parade but they would only have allowed half the usual spectator capacity.

The festival’s main feature this year will be Lunar Lanterns, with giant lanterns representing animal signs of the Chinese zodiac in city centre locations from 6–14 February. The exhibition’s duration will allow many more opportunities for tourists, workers, community, business, sponsors and media to engage with the celebrations.

Festival organisers will revisit the possibility of a future Twilight Parade on George Street when light rail construction is complete.


Chinese New Year Festival
02 9265 9333

For media enquiries, please contact:

Elaine Kelly
Senior Publicist
9265 9201

Last updated: Monday, 8 February 2016