With Chinatown at its heart, it’s no surprise that Fortitude Valley is the cultural epicentre of Brisbane.
Saturday will come to life with performances and festivities, including traditional dances, firecracker shows, live music, and stunning cultural displays. You can also take home some traditional fair from markets that span throughout the afternoon and evening!
In a similar fashion, Sunday will continue with markets and performances, but also offer interactive sessions of lucky envelope and blessing card workshops, and origami workshops.
In between dragon dances and interactive activities, you’ll want to experience authentic bites from the loveable locals.
From yum cha to dumplings, the Valley is home to some of the best cuisine Brisbane has to offer, so bring your appetite. After all, it is the Year of the Pig.
Although they might not all focus specifically on Chinese cuisine, you can still fall in love with pan-Asian front row bites at venues that embrace Lunar New Year, including The Palace Lounge, Tatsu Ramen, Umami and Kassalong Thai. Not only will you be sitting pretty with some of the best eats of the night, but you’ll be right among the action with the best view of every eye-catching moment in the mall!
If you’re hungry for more, wander to some other nearby traditional favourites including King of Kings, Golden BBQ, Enjoy Inn, Golden Palace Chinese Restaurant or newer additions Fat Dumpling and Little Valley.
Speaking of Fat Dumpling (a California Lane food baby), The Lanes will also burst to life under the full moon on Saturday 9 February. Cali Lane and Bakery Lane will open their alleys to dragon dancers, with Nom Nom Korean and Nom Nom Sake Bar opening their cabinets to the likes of lychee martinis or tea infused cocktails.
For a drink that's more down to earth, Bakery Lane's Botanical Lab will hold a tea meditation class during the bright of the day and dark of night. And since dessert is best served sassy, Cakes and Shit MisFortune Cookies will be dishing out the good, bad and ugly to come, delivered by giant chocolate dipped Chinese Cookies, covered in sprinkles. When in China!
You’ll be over the moon after attending Lunar New Year in the Valley!