Lunar New Year celebrations in Canberra

This year, the Lunar New Year runs from February 1 to 15, 2022 marking the Year of the Water Tiger.

Here is a list of Lunar New Year events taking place in Canberra, starting on January 21.

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Canberra’s Lunar New Year Festival will wrap Dickson’s Woolley Street in a Covid-safe kaleidoscope of colours, sounds, tastes and aromas for three consecutive long weekends, with the first taking place from Thursday 27 January to the eve of Lunar New Year on Monday January 31.

The outdoor festival will run from Thursday February 3 to Saturday February 5, and from Thursday February 10 to Saturday February 12. Entertainment is planned between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., plus a daytime component on Saturday.

The celebration to welcome the Year of the Water Tiger will include musical performances, dance and martial arts performances, workshops and an element sponsored by SBS Television.

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said ‘holding the celebration over multiple weekends as a distributed event rather than a large street festival maximizes Covid safety as well as business benefits local and community”.

City Renewal Authority CEO Malcolm Snow said the outdoor street festival is “a safe, fun and enjoyable way to support small businesses while celebrating the cultural diversity of our community and activating Dickson.”

“It’s also a great example of what will be made possible by the Woolley Street upgrade work which is due to start immediately after the event ends,” Mr Snow said.

A stage and tables on the pedestrianized bend of Woolley Street, with dining-style seating in front of the restaurants, will facilitate alfresco dining. Dickson companies have been invited to participate in the Lunar New Year Festival and will receive the traditional gift of tangerine trees.

Program highlights include:

  • Music: Chinese Classical Music Ensemble ANU, Kim Yang, Ding Guili and Lucy Sugerman.
  • Performances: Project Beats and Red Cedar Traditional Chinese Dance.
  • Plus: An element sponsored by SBS Television which has yet to be revealed, Canberra Dragon Dancers, Fire Dragon Australia and Subsdance presents the Zodiac story.

Event attendees are asked to observe Covid safe behaviors. This includes maintaining physical distance from others, considering wearing a mask if that’s not possible, and staying home if you’re not feeling well.

Program details will be available at

Royal Australian Mint

Deakin’s Royal Australian Mint invites little ones to welcome the tier year to Mini-Minties on Friday January 21 from 10:30am-11:15am. The activities will be aimed at children aged 4 to 6 and the session will be followed by a free coffee for parents and guardians. Cost: $10 (+ booking fee); the ticket includes one adult and one child. Reservations essential; by eventbrite.


On Saturday 5th February, see the Chinese Lions of Canberra Lion Dance as they visit local Kingston businesses like the Book Cow in Jardine Street/Green Square to bless them for the New Year!


The Hellenic Club at Woden will host a free performance of the Canberra Prosperous Mountain Dragon and Lion Dance on Sunday 6th February at 2pm in the ground floor foyer. On Saturday February 5 and Sunday February 6 at 1 p.m., you can enjoy the Lunar New Year yum cha with a lion dance performance at the Ginseng restaurant floor. Yum cha essential reservations; call 6282 9866.

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