Top 13 Things to do in Sydney this February: Ultimate Sydney Guide

Pink Piggy lanterns (Source: City of Sydney)

It’s all happening this February, so here’s a guide to top 13 things to do in Sydney:

Just when you thought the festive celebrations were winding down, February is shaping up to be a big month of exciting events and activities for Sydney and surrounds. That’s right, February will see the start of Chinese New Year while everyone knows February is also the most romantic month of the year (we’re talking about Valentine’s Day 2019 in case you need a reminder!) So, whether you’re up for celebrating a new lunar year in style, or looking for some trendy date ideas, here’s a guide to some of the best activities near you this February.

Lion dances for Lunar New Year (Source: City of Sydney)

Lunar New Year
Chinatown Celebrations
Where: Dixon Street, Haymarket, Sydney
When: Daily, Friday 1 February to Sunday 10 February
Experience Sydney’s Chinatown in all its glory this February as this busy street hosts some of the best Lunar New Year entertainment around. Spectacular red, gold and pink Chinese lanterns will illuminate Dixon street while lion dances and various international performances will be held throughout the duration of the celebrations.

Dragon Boat Races
Where: Cockle Bay Wharf, Darling Park, Sydney
When: Saturday 9 February and Sunday 10 February
Darling Harbour hosts the biggest dragon boat races in the southern hemisphere as thousands of spectators gather on the foreshore to watch more than 3,000 paddlers battle it out. Don’t miss out on the lion dances either which will take place before and after the races.

Lunar Spectacular Show
Where: First Fleet Park, The Rocks, Sydney
When: Friday 1 February to Sunday 3 February and Saturday 9 February
Traditional and contemporary performances from a range of community groups will take to an outdoor stage to share their culture through music and dance. 46 Different community groups will take to the stage representing Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Taiwanese and Indonesian communities.

Sydney Chinese New Year Lunar feasts
Where: Various locations across Sydney
When: Friday 1 February to Sunday 25 February
Communities from China, Vietnam, Korea and many more will come together for one of the biggest multicultural Lunar New Year celebrations involving a whole lot of incredible Asian cuisine.

Lunar New Year Festival
Where: Auburn Central Forecourt, Auburn
When: Saturday 16 February
This free family-friendly festival promises a great line up of traditional dance, music, street food, crafts and, of course, lion performances to celebrate Lunar New Year 2019. Activities include Chinese vegetable carving, food trucks, appearances from KPOP superstars and so much more.

Chinese Lantern Festival 2019
Where: Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour, Sydney
When: Thursday 14 February to Sunday 17 February
The biggest Lantern Festival yet, this year, festival goers will be spoiled with four performance stages, a beer garden, Chinese food stalls and a stunning lantern display.
2019 Lunar New Year Celebrations – Kingsford
Where: Dacey Gardens, Kingsford, Sydney
When: Saturday 9 February
 Celebrating the Year of the Pig, this free family-friendly community event has plenty to offer including food stalls, lion dancing, music, dance and a host of other activities.

Chinese Calligraphy for Lunar New Year

Traditional Chinese Calligraphy workshop
Where: Rockdale Library, 444-446 Princes Highway, Rockdale
When: Friday 15 February
This unique workshop is on offer for one day only, so why not try your hand at learning how to write your favourite wishes on couplets of red and gold paper using nothing but the stroke of a brush.

The Year of the Pig Crochet
Where: Rockdale Library, 444-446 Princes Highway, Rockdale
When: Monday 11 February
Join this one-off workshop at Rockdale Library for an unusual lesson in croquet. Here, you’ll knit your very own pink piggy in true Lunar New Year style.

Mandarin Conversation Classes
Where: Eastgardens Library, 152 Bunnerong Road, Eastgardens
When: Friday 22 February
Whether you already have a grasp of the basics or you’re a fresh beginner, this is a great opportunity to build on your Mandarin skills or learn a few essential words and phrases. These informal conversion classes offer lessons in listening, speaking, reading and writing in simplified Chinese.

Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day Dining

Valentine’s Day Dining
Where: La Boca Bar and Grill, O’Riordan St & Robey St, Mascot
When: Thursday 14 February
Looking for something extra tasty this Valentine’s Day? Why not take your special someone to La Boca Bar and Grill for a romantic and specially designed Argentinian feast.

Valentine’s Day Creative Ideas
Where: Various locations around Sydney
When: Thursday 14 February
If you’re looking for something a little different this Valentine’s Day, be inspired by the wide selection of unique activities on offer all around Sydney. Whether it’s the St George open-air cinema, buffet dining at Sydney Tower, a romantic harbour cruise, or a helicopter flight over Sydney Harbour, there’s something going on to suit every taste and budget.

Valentine’s Day Eating and Drinking
Where: Various locations around Sydney
When: Thursday 14 February
Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be so special without some fine food and a delicious drink to finish off the day. This year, Sydney’s food scene is pulling out all the stops to impress your loved one with a selection of special Valentine’s Day menus on offer all over the city. From a spicy banquet at Chin Chin to grazing on Turkish dishes at Anason, you won’t have to look far to find something for every palette.

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