恭喜发财! Welcome in the Year Of The Water Rabbit (or Year Of The Water Cat, if you celebrate Tết Nguyên Đá!) with one of these festivities around Perth.
Perth Chinese New Year Fair
Organised by the historic Chung Wah Association, the annual Chinese New Year Fair can’t be missed. The huge event will take place on January 29, with stalls, entertainment and activities along James Street, Lake Street, Northbridge Piazza and Yagan Square. You’ll be able to feast on plenty of special Lunar New Year treats, plus there’ll be spectacular lion and dragon dances.
Crown will be pulling out all the stops, with festivities taking place on January 23, 22 and 28, and February 4 and 5. Head to the Metropol Lobby to catch the impressive, athletic lion dances on each of the select nights, as well as guzheng and dancing performances. Throughout the festival, there’ll be roving entertainment and prosperity mascots – or you can enjoy some specially curated Lunar New Year dining at Silks, Epicurean, Atrium or the Lobby Lounge. Check out the full schedule of events on the Crown Perth website.
Lunar Lane @ Brookfield Place
Brookfield Place’s Lower Lane will transform into Lunar Lane this Lunar New Year, adorned with traditional Chinese lanterns and filled with the sounds of drummers, roving performers and of course, incredible lion dancing. The lower laneway will also come alive with limited-edition Lunar New Year flavours, with specials from W Churchill, Bar Lafayette and Grill’d on offer! Check out the full offerings on the Brookfield Place website.
Little China Girl
Perched at the entrance to Northbridge’s Chinatown, Little China Girl is perfectly positioned to welcome in the new year! Make sure to stop in on January 22, 27 and 28 for lion dancing and delicious yum cha!
Karrinyup Shopping Centre
This Lunar New Year, Karrinyup will be home to WA’s only high poles performance on Sunday January 22. Two lions will leap along teeteringly high poles in the Centre Court, accompanied by a dance troupe and drummers. On Thursday February 2, following a performance in the West Deck, the lions will journey through the centre blessing each shop and spreading good luck and prosperity!
Asian Street Food Festival
Eat your way through your favourite Lunar New Year dishes at the Asian Street Food Festival! Balcatta’s Rickman Delawney Reserve will be chockas with Perth’s best Asian food trucks, including Baolicious, Master Panda, Lalicious Pantry and heaps more. Plus, there’ll of course be some amazing lion dancing performances. Check out the Facebook event here to see the full lineup of eating and entertainment!
One of our favourite eateries at any time of year, West Perth brunch spot Forklore will be dishing up a particularly delicious CNY special! The fabled White Rabbit croissant will return: a house made butter croissant, filled with a creamy White Rabbit custard, milk panna cotta, raspberry milk crumb and milky mascarpone.
Canning Vale Sunday Market
Market City is a behemoth destination of all things delicious, with a huge Sunday Market every week. This weekend, the market will be celebrating the new year with lion dancers, free moon cakes, Chinese dancers and calligraphy plus free crafts for the kids! You’ll also be able to feast on delicious street food from all over the globe. Located at 280 Bannister Road, Canning Vale, the celebrations will run between 7AM and 1PM on Sunday January 22.
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