Mark your calendar… The largest Lunar New Year Celebration in the city is being held on Saturday 9 February at Gold Coast Chinatown in Southport.
This is the fifth annual Gold Coast Lunar New Year Celebration, also commonly referred to as Chinese New Year, and in traditional Chinese astrology, 2019 is Year of the Pig.
Last year’s event saw over 16,000 attendees discover that Gold Coast Chinatown is the ultimate place to celebrate our city’s diversity through culture, design, people and food.
Entertainment that won’t break the piggy bank
Celebrations will kick off at 4pm with free live music and cultural entertainment.
There’ll also be loads of children’s activities including the screening of Babe from 6.45pm.
Then to finish off the evening, there’ll be a spectacular fireworks display at 9pm lighting up Southport.
Food to pig out on
The streets will be lined with market stalls serving up delicious Asian street food from China, Japan, India, Vietnam, Philippines, Korea and more.
Or sample the cuisine at one of the nearby restaurants within Gold Coast Chinatown while enjoying the atmosphere and entertainment of the Lunar New Year festivities.
Then head to the pop up laneway bar and watch the fireworks light up the sky for the big finale.
Squealing for sustainability
To help reduce the amount of waste produced at the event, Bottled water will not be sold.
Instead, free water refills will be available – so don’t forget to bring your own bottle.
Over 1,000 plastic water bottles were diverted from landfill at the 2018 celebrations.
Best ways to move your hooves
The event will be located at Gold Coast Chinatown on Young and Davenport Streets in Southport, and getting there is easy.
You can ride your bike and receive a free bike maintenance check at the event, or catch the G: Link direct to Southport station.
Alternatively, parking is available at:
- Mal Burke car park – corner Hinze and Davenport Streets
- Athol Patterson car park – near Southport Library
- Carey Park car park – Broadwater Parklands
Everyone is invited, so come along with your family and friends to help celebrate the Lunar New Year in style from 4pm to 9pm on Saturday 9 February.
For more information see cityofgoldcoast.com.au/chinatown