Brisbane’s Chinese New Year celebrations kick off with Nest’s Chinese Gourmet Festival, and continue across the first weeks of February. Brisbanites will be treated to exciting traditional experiences, including everything from lion dances and firecrackers to martial arts and ‘eat street’ style Asian cuisine. Here are the best places and events to ring in the Year of the Monkey.

Chinese Gourmet Festival

For the second year, Nest will provide a gateway for sharing and experiencing Chinese culture with three internationally renowned chefs from China to host an authentic banquet and cooking class on 27 January. Nest will also celebrate the Chinese New Year with a luncheon on 29 January, featuring guest speakers’ insights on Chinese culture, and will round up the celebrations with a Mah Jong championship on 31 January.

Where: Nest Restaurant, Level 2, 159 Roma Street.
When: 26-31 January.
For more information click here.

Moreton Bay Lunar New Year

The Moreton Bay Lunar New Year event will be hosted on the 6th of February and will be a celebration packed with free entertainment, traditional music and dance, Asian-infused cultural experiences and delicious traditional Asian food and fireworks.

Where: Caboolture Town Square, 60-78 King St, Caboolture.
When: 6 February.
For more information click here.

Inala Chinese New Year

Don’t want to head into the city for Chinese New Year? Check out the Inala Chinese New Year Festival to experience the celebration with local businesses and community members.

Where: Corner Wirraway Parade and Corsair Ave, Inala.
When: 5-6 February.
For more information click here.

BrisAsia Festival

Check out Brisbane City Council’s BrisAsia Festival schedule to try your hand at Chinese drumming, experience a traditional lion dance or go on an Asian street food tour!

Where: A range of activities are available across Brisbane.
When: 7-28 February.
For more information click here.

Valley Chinese New Year

In 2016, Brisbane will once again play host The Valley Chinese New Year Festival. The festival will offer visitors breathtaking sights and experiences including Chinese lion dances, firecrackers, traditional folk music, martial artists and much more.

Where: Chinatown, 33 Duncan St, Fortitude Valley.
When: 12-14 February.
For more information click here.

Where will you be celebrating Chinese New Year? Let us know in the comments below!