The Year of the Rooster is here, and here’s a list of places and ways to welcome it in style.

Chinatown Mall

Obviously, Brisbane’s biggest Chinese New Year celebrations will be held in the Mall in Fortitude Valley’s Chinatown.

On Saturday 28 January it all kicks off with a huge schedule of events.

There will be dancing lions on trestles, LED dragons, princesses roving on stilts, ribbon dancers, fire cracker shows, kung fu demonstrations, fire shows, daily arts and crafts for the kids… and these are just a few of the things lined up for this incredible festival.

Head over to the website for the full list of activities and times.

Make sure you visit the POD in the mall between 11am and 5pm from Friday 27 January to write down your wish and add it to the Lunar Wish installation!

Sunnybank Plaza

Sunnybank explodes come Chinese New Year with a whole host of activities, including workshops, noodle making, dragon dancing, silk embroidery, all of which are visible in a great timetable put together by Sunnybank Plaza. See it here.

For the foodies, Sunnybank is also putting on a Chinese New Year Food Discovery Tour. A special price of $50 will see you on a special tour led by chef Tony Ching, showing the best places to eat and shop. Dates range from Wednesday 25 January to Sunday 5 February. More information here.

Peng You 

You ring in New Year’s Eve with a cocktail, so it makes sense to do the same with Chinese New Year!

On Wednesday 25 January you can head to Peng You (76 Skyring Terrace, Newstead) and receive a glass of bubbly on arrival. Delicious canapes will be floating around the entire night as you watch the lion dancers welcome in the New Year.

There will be a photo booth so you can have lasting memories of the night. Click here to reserve your ticket

Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s Year of the Rooster

Queensland Symphony Orchestra will continue its tradition of celebrating the Chinese New Year with its special Year of the Rooster performance.

This magnificent program will feature a blend of Chinese music and western masterworks.

The concert will be held at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre on Thursday 9 February from 7:30pm; click here for more details.

Technicolour Chinese New Year Night Market

The Multicultural Centre (23 Foster Street, Newmarket) is going all out to celebrate the final day of the New Year celebrations.

Head over to the DiverCiti Centre on Saturday 11 February to enjoy some delicious Asian cuisine, crafts, lion dancing, traditional Chinse musical performances, cooking and martial arts demonstrations, and calligraphy.

Kids can enjoy face painting, games, and photos booths!

Indooroopilly Shopping Centre

Troupes of 20 entertainers will perform extravagant Dragon and Lion dances daily at Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, accompanied by live Chinese music to give shoppers a proper sensory spectacle. The live music is used to chase away ghosts and bad spirits, and bring good luck to all those who are watching. 

Two hostesses dressed in traditional Chinese garb will roam the Centre between 11am and 2pm each day to wish customers Gong Xi Fa Cai (happiness and prosperity), and hand out fortune cookies to shoppers with messages containing traditional Chinese blessings.

The centre’s Chinese New Year festivities will run from 10am to 3:30pm, across Level 1 in Gourmet Fresh, Level 3 near the food court, and throughout the centre, from Friday 27 January to Sunday 29 January. For more info, click here.

Jindalee DFO

The Year of the Rooster at Jindalee DFO (16 Amazons Place, Jindalee) means entertainment for the kids, too.

Parents can enjoy the Dragon dancing starting at 1:30pm, while the kids can get crafting as they make paper lanterns between 10am and 2pm on Saturday 28 January and Sunday 29 January.

Morteon Bay Region Lunar New Year festival

Caboolture Town Square (King Street, Caboolture) will transform into a world of Asian delights from 4pm to 8pm on Saturday 4 February to welcome in the Year of the Rooster.

The free festival will feature traditional music and dance, mouth-watering food, Dragons, activities, workshops, Chinese Orchestra performances and even a magic show, before culminating in a brilliant fireworks finale!

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