Fortitude Valley Celebrates the Lunar New Year 2023

The Lunar New Year is just around the corner, and there’s no better place to experience the culture and food than the Valley.  Be sure not to miss this free event happening on the 21st of January 2023.

Get into the festive mood and welcome the Year of the Rabbit as a traditional lion, and dragon dance liven up the Brunswick Street Mall, Chinatown Mall, Bakery Lane, and other venues beginning at 4 pm.

Then roving street performers will keep the crowd entertained with traditional dance, drumming performances, comedy, martial arts and much more.

Fortitude Valley Chinatown | Fortitude Valley Celebrates the Lunar New Year 2023
Fortitude Valley Chinatown | Photo credit: User:Orderinchaos, CC BY-SA 3.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons

Don’t forget to drop by Chinatown Mall and browse through the market stalls and score for yourself some great finds or discover your artistic side through the Vietnamese clay figures workshop.  

And of course, the festivities won’t be complete without you enjoying palate-satisfying eats and the Valley surely has got plenty to offer. So be sure to book a table ASAP!

The complete line-up of activities for the Lunar New Year 2023 is as follows:

Brunswick Street Mall

  • 4 pm – Welcome and opening followed by lion eye dotting ceremony
  • 4.15 pm – Roving lion dance
  • 4.30 pm – Korean traditional dance ‘Pangoot’
  • 5 pm – ‘The story of Nian’ theatrical performance
  • 5.30 pm – Toko Ton Japanese drumming performance
  • 6 pm – Filipino Australian Cultural dance
  • 6.30 pm – Martial arts performance
  • 7 pm – Chinese Grandma Yen comedy performance
  • 7.30 pm – LED lion dance

Bakery Lane

  • 6 pm – Roving ‘Story of Nian’ character performers
  • 6.30 pm – Roving lion
  • 7.30 pm – Roving Chinese Grandma Yen

Chinatown Mall

  • 4-8 pm – Market stalls
  • 4.30 pm – Vietnamese clay figures workshop
  • 4.30 pm – Lion dance on high jong poles
  • 5.30 pm – Firecrackers
  • 6.30 pm – LED Dragon dance
  • 7.30 pm – Lion dance
  • 8 pm – Firecrackers

Roving Lions

  • 5.45 pm – Roving lion dance in Wickham Street commencing at Cathedral Village
  • 8 pm – Roving lion dance in Brunswick Street commencing at Chicken of Rock

Lunar New Year 2023 at Fortitude Valley happens this 21 January 2023 from 4 pm.  Entry to the event is free.

Published 17-January-2023