Brisbane's Lunar New Year Guide 2019

Top 10 Must Do's for the Year of the Pig

Brisbane's Lunar New Year Guide 2019

The only thing better than one New Year’s Party is a second New Year’s party a month later. The year of the pig is just around the corner, and with it comes the perfect opportunity to eat, drink and be merry. We can barely contain our excitement for all the Lunar New Year celebrations popping up around Brisbane, so we’ve narrowed down the seven best places for your perfect New Year do-over!

Chinese New Year at Donna Chang

Join the team at Donna Chang to celebrate their very first Chinese New Year and welcome the year of the pig. Cheers to the year ahead of good fortune and revel in nothing less than great food, drinks and company. Bookings will be limited and are filling fast, to secure your seat contact their reservations team.

5th of February till the 10th of February

Donna Change, Fortitude Valley

Tickets $128.00

A Banquet to Share at Fat Noodle

Celebrate Lunar New Year with a sumptuous banquet made to share at Fat Noodle. Enjoy a sumptuous banquet for two that includes caramelised pork belly with egg, chicken salad, sticky rice, pickled vegetables, steamed rice, bitter melon with pork stuffed soup and two sesame balls with red bean paste. And as if that isn't enough, receive a FREE Lunar New Year Plush Pig with the purchase of a Lunar New Year Banquet.

28th of January till the 28th of February

Fat Noodle, Treasury Brisbane

Tickets $65.00

Year of the Pig Night Markets

Hosted under a sea of glowing red lanterns in the open-air Treasury Hotel courtyard, the event will feature a live cooking demonstration and meet and greet with celebrity chef Luke Nguyen of Red Lantern and Fat Noodle fame. Guests will enjoy a special edition Red Lotus cocktail on arrival and there will be an abundant hawker street food style menu including fragrant mini beef pho, fresh Vietnamese chicken salad, spicy steamed bao, delicious dumplings and sweet pandan brulee. There will be excitement around every corner with lion-dances, live entertainment, themed pop-up bars and more.

1st of February

The Treasury Hotel Courtyard, Treasury Casino

Tickets $75.00

Sunnybank Food Discovery Tours

Experienced chef Tony Ching will show you the best places to eat and shop for authentic Asian food, coupled with some great cultural stories and insights. Each tour concludes with a meal plus take home a goodie bag valued more than $25.

6th of February till the 24th of February

Sunnybank Plaza

Tickets $68.00

Luna New Year at Chinatown Mall

Come and celebrate Lunar New Year in Fortitude Valley’s Chinatown Mall. Get involved in the festivities with lion and dragon dancers, fire shows, traditional music, cultural performances, interactive workshops and roving street performers to welcome the Year of the Pig.

9th & 10th of February

Chinatown Mall, Fortitude Valley


Dumpling Day

Dumpling Day is about sharing in the wealth of culture and traditions that surround the humble dumpling. Experience dumplings from along the silk road, exploring how food and culture were transformed by trade and experience how ancient food cultures adapted with local ingredients. Book into the workshops and learn how to print and fold your own furushiki, how to make soup dumplings (Xiao long bao) or how to make your lunch boxes adorable with kawaii bento onigiri.

10th of February

631 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills


Crazy Funny Asians

Feel like a night of laughs, food and beers? BrisAsia Festival and Focus Trivia and Comedy presents Crazy Funny Asians. The featured comics, will share their slightly twisted take on what it means to be BrisAsian in a post-truth, globalised world.

15th of February till the 22nd of February

All Inn Brewing Co., Banyo


Lunar New Year Raceday

Join in on the fun at the Lunar New Year Raceday at Doomben Racecourse to celebrate the New Year in the Chinese calendar. With live racing on the track all day and a range of traditional festivities and entertainment to enjoy, this is one not to miss! There will be exciting traditional entertainment including Dancing Lions, Beijing opera and Mongolian dancers from the Australian Centre of Chinese Culture & Arts (ACCCA), as well as pop-up Asian Food Markets.

16th of February

Doomben Racecourse

Tickets from $10.00

Lunar New Year Rooftop Party

Sunnybank’s New Year celebrations will once again finish with a bang, with a rooftop party and fireworks spectacular. Immerse yourself in all the colour and culture, with traditional lion dance, lantern making, live music, K-pop dancers, tea ceremonies, family games and calligraphy workshops.

16th of February

Sunnybank Plaza Rooftop Car Park


BrisAsia Festival Markets

Experience the revitalised Seven Hills Hub as it is transformed into an exotic bazaar. With Asian craft stalls, mouth-watering fresh food and stage performance during the afternoon. Wander through the food stalls and find some handmade treasures.

23rd of February

Seven Hills Hub, Seven Hills


About the Author

Ashleigh Stenton

Ashleigh Stenton

Ashleigh is fun, flirty and on her way to thirty. You can win her over with booze, food & good vibes. When she’s not out and about, you can almost always find her curled up on the couch, with Maltesers and popcorn in hand, re-watching friends for the 99th time. How you doin’?