According to Chinese myth, the Jade Emperor decided on the order of the zodiac animals based on when they arrived at his party. The pig, legend has it, overslept – bringing him in twelfth (and last). Nowadays, the pig is more than making up for his blunder, giving us plenty of reasons to party this Lunar New Year.
YEAR OF THE PIG NIGHT MARKETS
Friday 1 February // Treasury Casino
Hosted under a sea of glowing red lanterns in the open-air Treasury Hotel courtyard, the event will feature a live cooking demonstration, lion-dances, live entertainment, themed pop-up bars and more!
YEAR OF THE GOLDEN PIG BANQUET
Monday February 4 // King Tea, Paddington
Join in this special, ‘extra piggy’ celebration for Chinese New Year! In addition to a special pork-laden Golden Pig Banquet, you can expect traditional Lion Dancers performing mid-way through the banquet and a glass of sparkling wine, wine or beer on arrival. Book now to ensure you don’t miss out!
CHINESE NEW YEAR DINNER
Monday February 4 thru to Tuesday February 5 // Four Points by Sheraton
Welcome in the Year of the Pig at Four Points by Sheraton Brisbane, over two mouth-watering nights of Chinese food and fun. Satisfy your hunger and indulge in a Chinese buffet including Gyoza, BBQ roast pork, ginger steamed fish, stir fry and many more Chinese inspired delights including an interactive rice paper roll station.
CHINESE NEW YEAR FESTIVAL // YEAR OF THE PIG
Monday February 4 thru to Sunday February 10 // The Glen Hotel, Eight Mile Plains
The Glen Hotel will come alive with Chinese lunar lanterns, fire crackers, lion dancing by the Shaolin Kung Fu Guan, fire crackers and a Year of the Brown Pig Giveaway hotel-wide, where one lucky winner will win a $100 Hotel Gift Voucher. Sink your teeth into this Chinese New Year with delightful and scrumptious Asian specials and enjoy the specially designed menu out on The Deck and Alphonsus for the week of the festival, plus read your “fortune” with one of our fortune cookies! Bookings are highly recommended.
LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS
Saturday February 9 thru to Sunday February 10 // Chinatown Mall, Fortitude Valley
Offering a variety of colourful entertainment for residents and visitors, Fortitude Valley’s Lunar New Year celebrations will take over Chinatown Mall as part of Brisbane City Council’s BrisAsia Festival. A jam-packed program of performances, markets, sizzling street food and firecracker shows ensure that next weekend in Chinatown is not one to miss.
CHINESE NEW YEAR DINNER
Thursday February 14 // Ballroom Le Grand, Sofitel Brisbane
The Australia China Business Council Queensland invites you to celebrate the Year of the Pig in style at the Annual Chinese New Year Dinner, their flagship event of the year and the premier event on the China-Queensland social calendar. This event attracts more than 400+ leading executives involved in Australia China trade and investment, and includes a Chinese banquet, a keynote speaker and entertainment to celebrate the Chinese New Year 2019.
TECHNICOLOUR CHINESE NEW YEAR NIGHT MARKET
Saturday February 16 // DiverCiti Centre, Newmarket
Chinese New Year or “Spring Festival” is the most important celebration in the traditional Chinese calendar, so the Multicultural Community Centre are excited to present the ultimate Chinese New Year event! Welcome in 2019 and wish for a blessed and prosperous coming year with a free entry event full of red and gold. Enjoy a colourful cultural show, delicious Asian cuisine, crafts, lion dance and other spectacular activities.
LUNAR NEW YEAR // SOUTHERN CROSS SOLOISTS
Sunday February 17 // Concert Hall, QPAC
Celebrate the 2019 Lunar New Year with Australia’s leading chamber ensemble, Southern Cross Soloists, and an impressive line-up of guest soloists as they bid adieu (zàijiàn) to the Chinese Year of the Dog and usher in the Year of the Pig – a year which promises to be full of good fortune and luck.
CELEBRATE CHINESE NEW YEAR
Friday February 1 thru to Saturday February 2 // Dragon Cove, Sanctuary Cove
Celebrate the Chinese New Year and welcome in the year of the pig at Sanctuary Cove’s Dragon Cove Chinese Restaurant. Boasting an impressive banquet of mouth-watering Chinese fare, as well as live lion dance performances kicking off from 7pm, this Chinese New Year is not one to miss – book now!
CHINESE NEW YEAR AT SURFERS PARADISE
Sunday February 3 // Cavill Mall, Surfers Paradise
Chinese New Year is the most important event for Chinese families all over the world, and Cavill Mall is celebrating The Year of the Pig with a fun-packed evening of performances and activities. Kids activities include Little Wonderland workshops in Chinese Calligraphy, Lantern Painting and Chinese Paper Cutting, while the whole family will love the Chinese flute, lion dance, string quartet, Daizu dance performances, plus so many more.
CHINESE NEW YEAR BOOZY BRUNCH
Sunday February 3 // Can Tho Kitchen Bar, Runaway Bay
To celebrate Chinese New Year and bring in the Year of the Pig in style, Can Tho Kitchen Bar are throwing a boozy brunch. For $49 per person, the new and improved boozy brunch includes your choice of summertime lychee spritzer and sparkling limoncello cocktail, Asahi, Corona, or Rosé and Sparkling wine with your choice of one main course per person – with options like “sexy squid”, grilled pork vermicelli salad and chicken and cashew, it will be hard to pick – from the selected favourites menu.
LUNAR NEW YEAR AT THE STAR
Monday February 4 thru to Friday February 15 // The Star, Gold Coast
Entertainment abounds at every turn during Lunar New Year at The Star Gold Coast. Sure to ignite plenty of celebration, visitors can expect lion dance performances complete with firecrackers, and stage performances on stilts on various nights from 7.30pm throughout the festivities. Various restaurants at The Star will also offer Chinese fare, including Harvest, Imperial and Mei Wai Dumplings.
CHINESE NEW YEAR // SOUTHPORT SHARKS
Tuesday February 5 thru to Sunday February 10 // Frenzy’s Food Court, Southport Sharks
Enjoy delicious, Chinese-inspired dishes in addition to your usual buffet favourites during Southport Sharks’ Chinese New Year celebrations. In true Chinese tradition, catch a fantastic Lion Dance on Tuesday, 5 February from 7pm. The Lions will be dancing throughout the club, bringing in the New Year with bright colours and exciting music.
SOUNDS IN THE STATION // LUNAR NEW YEAR
Saturday February 9 // CoSpaces, Southport
Grab plenty of delicious Asian street food at the Chinatown street party before heading to the old Ambulance Station for a night of live music! Doors will open at 7pm, with live sets from three of the Gold Coast’s most talented musicians – Kate Derepas, Elliot Hahn and James D’Khan – kicking off from 7.45pm and stopping only for a firework display at 9. Get your tickets now!
CHINESE NEW YEAR RACE DAY
Saturday February 9 // Gold Coast Turf Club, Bundall
Aquis celebrates Chinese New Year Race Day on Saturday February 9 at the Gold Coast Turf Club in Bundall. Gather the family and get ready to experience the Chinese culture throughout the venue with Chinese inspired entertainment, lion dancing, pig racing, oriental food trucks and much more. Best of all, this event is completely free!
2019 LUNAR NEW YEAR
Saturday February 9 // Chinatown Gold Coast, Southport
Bring in the Year of the Pig at Gold Coast Chinatown with delicious Asian street food markets, live music and cultural entertainment, children’s activities, a screening of Babe at 6.45pm, a pop-up laneway bar and, to top it off, a spectacular firework display at 9pm. Did we mention it’s free?