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Lunar New Year in Fortitude Valley

The Year of the Dragon gets into full swing with firecrackers, traditional music and cultural dances — and plenty of food in the vicinity.
By Sarah Ward
February 05, 2024
By Sarah Ward
February 05, 2024

When Lunar New Year rolls around, there's one obvious place to go in Brisbane: the Chinatown Mall. Lion and dragon dances will saunter through the Fortitude Valley spot, firecrackers will light up the night, Chinese grandmas will bust out comedy routines, markets will tempt your wallet and a clay dragon workshop will teach you a new skill — but it isn't the only place in the vicinity getting into the celebratory mood.

Also joining in to mark the Year of the Dragon is Bakery Lane, which'll be home to roving performances.

Tanya Dedyukhina via Wikimedia Commons

It all happens from 3–9pm on Saturday, February 10, and entry won't cost you a thing. The Chinatown Mall is hosting 2024's BrisAsia ParTEA the same day, too, combining the fun with a tea festival.

And if you're wondering about the tastiest part of Lunar New Year celebrations — the food, obviously — you'll be in the absolute best place thanks to Chinatown's many eateries (and the Valley's in general). We recommend booking in advance, though, as you won't be the only one with that idea.

Top image: J Low via Flickr.

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