Guide to Lunar New Year 2024 events in Adelaide

Lunar New Year is a celebration of the arrival of spring and the beginning of a new year on the lunisolar calendar. It is the most important holiday in China, and it is also widely celebrated in South Korea, Vietnam, and countries with a significant overseas Chinese population.

This Lunar New Year in Adelaide, the city offers an exciting array of events that promise to immerse residents and visitors alike in the rich traditions and spirit of this celebration. In 2024, Lunar New Year will take place on Sunday 10 February 2024 and the festivities will last for 15 days and will end on 24 February 2024.

From parades to entertaining dinners, this guide will navigate you through the Lunar New Year event highlights in Adelaide for the “year of the dragon”.

Chinese New Year banquet special | 9 – 11 Feb

Adelaide’s multi award-winning Chinese restaurant, Concubine, is celebrating moving into the year of the Dragon with a Chinese New Year banquet special as well as a Lion Dance. While the banquet will be on the 9th, 10th and 11th the Lion Dance special is only on Sunday the 11th at 5:30pm.

Where: Concubine, 132 Gouger St, Adelaide SA 5000
When: 9th, 10th, 11th
Book: Click here

Tanzbar’s Lunar New Year Party | 9 Feb

Join Tanzbar as they usher in 2024 with a roar, embracing the bold and auspicious spirit of the dragon. This special night kicks off at 8pm, featuring talented local DJs who will be spinning a unique blend of Berlin-inspired, Asian-influenced techno, creating an atmosphere as vibrant and dynamic as the dragon itself. It will be a night of unforgettable music, mesmerising decor, and the best company to start the Lunar New Year with a bang!

Where: Ancient World, 116A Hindley St, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia
When: 9 February 8pm – late
Price: $10 – $15
Tickets: Click here

2024 Year of the Dragon Lunar New Year at The Vietnam Restaurant | 9 – 11 Feb

The Phan’s & The Vietnam Restaurant Family are putting on massive 2024 Lunar New Year celebrations. They will be having a special lion dance performance on all three nights, as well as serving up an experience with authentic Vietnamese flavours and the Vietnam Restaurant hospitable service.

Where: 73 Addison Road, Pennington
When: 9th, 10th, 11th February
Book: call the restaurant on 8447 3395 or book online

Paint Your Own Rice Bowl for Lunar New Year | 10 Feb

Join Pottering Around Pottery Studio & Cafe for a fun-filled afternoon where you can unleash your creativity and celebrate Lunar New Year in style! Get your hands dirty and personalise your very own rice bowl, perfect for enjoying delicious Lunar New Year meals. Enjoy a sushi aftenoon tea to fuel your creativity, washed down with some Jasmine or green tea.

Where: Pottering Around Pottery Studio & Cafe, 43 First Avenue Semaphore Park, SA 5019
When: Saturday 10th February 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Price: $44pp
Tickets:Click here

Chinese New Year Banquet and Performance 10 – 11 Feb

Check out Citi Zen’s Chinese New Year banquet menus and prosperity potlucks, available from the 7th to the 25th of February. Potluck’s are a way to share with the whole table, allowing you to enjoy and try a variety of dishes, including meals like steamed scallops, live lobster, chicken mushroom and creamy soup and much more. Lion dances and kung fu performances are on the 10th and 11th of February during dinner.

Where: Citi Zen, 401 King William Street, Adelaide
When: Banquet from 7th – 25th Feb, lion dances and kung fu performances 10th and 11th only.
Price: From $78 pp
More info: Click here

Penfolds Magill Estate Lunar New Year Brunch | 11 Feb

Experience a three-course yum cha inspired brunch menu curated by Penfolds Magill Estate Executive Chef Scott Huggins. We look forward to welcoming you and celebrating the arrival of a new year at Penfolds Magill Estate.

Where: Penfolds Magill Estate, 78 Penfold Rd, Magill SA 5072
When: Sunday 11 February, 11am – 2:30pm
Price: $275 Per Person
Tickets: Click here

Vietnamese Lunar New Year at NNQ | 11 Feb

Enjoy an unforgettable Tet banquet aka Vietnamese Lunar New Year celebration at NNQ – Nghi Ngan Quan. It’s an intimate 5 courses Lunar New Year menu that got inspired from their Vietnamese traditional Tet Banquet with a twist of modern touch (Kingfish, Lobster and our secret exotic ingredients).

There will be an amazing Lion Dance and entertainment, with best dress prizes and more surprises on the night.

Where: NNQ, 65 Woodville Rd, Woodville SA 5011
When: 11 February
Price: $99 PP
Tickets: click here

Lunar New Year at Adelaide Arcade | 12 Feb

Adelaide Arcade will be transformed into a magnificent display of Chinese lanterns to symbolise happiness and bring good luck for the new year. Enjoy watching Lion Dancers perform a special Lunar New Year show to celebrate the new year.

They will be handing out traditional lucky red envelopes containing a gold chocolate coin, which is a Lunar New Year traditional gift symbolising the giving of happiness and blessings (some of the red envelopes include an Adelaide Arcade gift voucher).

Where: Adelaide Arcade
When: Monday 12th February at 1pm
More info: Click here

Lunar New Year 2024 at SkyCity | 15 Feb

SkyCity will transform the precinct for Lunar New Year 2024 and celebrate the symbolic ‘Year of the Dragon’! Prepare to be amazed with our NEW promotions, Asian inspired dishes, and LIVE entertainment throughout SkyCity.

Traditional lion dance performances at SkyCity will be on Saturday 10 Feb, Thursday 15, Friday 16, and Saturday 17 on the main casino floor and in VIP gaming rooms.

Where: SkyCity, North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5001
When: From 15th of January
More info: Click here

Rundle Place Lunar New Year Festivities | 16 Feb

Rundle Place is celebrating this Lunar New Year with traditional performances, delicious food, vouchers and a number of surprises. It’s hosting two of Rundle Mall’s six mesmorising traditional lion dances at 3pm, near Lululemon and R.M. Williams, and 4pm, near L’Occitane, on Friday 16 February.

City visitors can watch the spectacular performances outside the centre’s Rundle Mall entry as the lions cause mischief and mayhem in their search for lucky lettuce, and have the chance to snag a coveted red envelope, with 30 vouchers for Rundle Place up for grabs.

L‘Occitane are also offering Rundle Place shoppers nearly 20% off its limited edition Lucky 8 Hand Cream Collection gift box for Lunar New Year – that’s $45 well spent! Plus, there’s an array of amazing Asian food vendors to enjoy in the international food court.

Where: Rundle Place
When: 3pm + 4pm
More info: Click here

Lunar New Year at Stamford Grand Ballroom | 16 Feb

In the grandeur of this year’s Lunar New Year, the Stamford Grand Adelaide has chosen to elevate its celebration by honouring PEOPLE’S DAY (7th Day of Lunar – The Birthday of Humanity). You’ll be able to enjoy a night of exquisite cuisine and 20 dazzling performances. It’s set bring about a spirits of renewal and prosperity as they honour the ancient Chinese tradition of “Renri”, the birthday of humanity.

The event opens at 7pm, starting with a traditional Dragon Ceremonial Dance at 7.30pm, followed by special Traditional Chinese Dances and Lunar New Year live performances throughout the evening.

Where: The Stamford Grand Adelaide, 2 Jetty Rd, Glenelg SA 5045
When: 16th February, 7pm – 10pm
Price: Adult $138*
Child 6-12 $88*
Child 5 and under $38*
Book: Click here

2024 Chinatown Adelaide Lunar New Year Street Party | 17 Feb

Get ready for a vibrant celebration at the Adelaide Chinatown Lunar New Year Street Party on Saturday, February 17th! Experience the rich traditions and festive spirit of the Lunar New Year right in the heart of Adelaide’s Chinatown.

There will be cultural performances, traditional lion dances, mouthwatering street food, and a lively atmosphere that will bring the streets of Adelaide to life!

Where: Adelaide Chinatown
When: 17th February from 2pm
Price: FREE
More info: Click here

Lunar New Year Fun & Games at Burnside Library | 17 Feb

Usher in the Year of the Dragon and discover the traditions of the festival that begins with the new moon.
Enjoy a morning of fun games, face painting, craft activities and food! It’s perfect for children 5 – 12 years of age and a fun way to learn about what Lunar New Year is all about.

Where: Burnside Library, 401 Greenhill Road Tusmore, SA 5065
When: Saturday 17th February
Price: $5
Book: Click here

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