Chinese New Year at The Pier Cairns - 6-26 February

The Pier Cairns is proud to partner CADCAI in bringing the 2021 Chinese New Year Festival to  the community.  Throughout the festival from 6 – 26 February, you can visit the Chinese pergola display in centre court, take a selfie at the pergola or place a blessing or message of hope on the wall.  CADCAI’s Chinese New Year store at the Pier will also be open for visitors to learn about the traditions and customs of Chinese New Year Festial. We will showcase the history and contribution made by the early Chinese in Cairns and region plus have New Year merchansie for sale. 

With a Lion Dance performances, and special offers running throughout the festival period, The Pier Cairns  is the place to come to bring in the Year of the Ox!

The CNY Store will be on open from 10am to 2pm daily. 6-26 February 2021

New Year's Day Firework - Cairns Lagoon Eastern lawn (near Helipad) Cairns Lagoon Friday 12 February

                 It’s time to celebrate !  Join CADCAI as it welcomes the new year with traditional lion and dragon  performances and noisy fire crackers to keep the evil spirits away.

Feed the lions with hongbao (lucky red packets) and be blessed with good fortune, happiness and prosperity for the coming year.

Cultural entertainment provided by Deyi Xiao Taichi, Mugendai Drummers, and CADCAI’s Lion and Dragon teams.

The spectacular Fireworks Display from the Lagoon statrs at 7.30

When: 12 Feb 2021

Time:  5.30 -7.30pm

Fireworks: 7.30pm


Chinese New Year Market Day at Pier Cairns - 13 February

Saturday 13 February 2021

9.30 am to 2pm

Celebrate Chinese New Year of the Ox festivities at The Pier Cairns  CADCAI will support The Pier Cairns ‘s market day by  providing Cultural entertainment throughout the day. This will include live performances  from CADCAI  lions,  dragon and  Molihua Dancers;  traditional music;  guzheng, Taichi and calligraphy demonstrations as well as on-line performances  from Cairns’ Sister city Zhanjiang and other places.

Feeling hungry?  Support CADCAI by buying yummy authentic Chinese street food from our pop-up cafe.   

Live-stream can be viewed at cadcai.org,au or CADCAI Facebook

CNY at Pier Market Day Program 

Museum Exhibition: Lions and Dragons - the Sights and Sounds of Chinese New Year 6 Feb-17 April

Cairns Museum and CADCAI

 proudly present:

Lions and dragons- the Sights and Sounds of Chinese New Year

This exhibition provides insights into Chinese and Australian culture in Cairns through the  exhibtion of costumes,  musical instruments and practices associated with the performance of the Lion and Dragon dance during Chinese New Year.

The objects exhibited will be mix of historical and contemporary items from CADCAI’s collections.

When : Saturday 6 Feb  to Saturday 17 April  2021

Where: Cairns Museum,  cnr Lake and Shields Streets

Opening  Hours:  10 .00 – 400pm  Monday to Saturday

Museum entry fee: $15 per person   Concession Rate:$12


Chinese New Year Pergola Photo Competition. 5-26 February

Come to The Pier Cairns to take part in our Chinese New Year festivities. Take a photo of yourself at the Pergola for a chance to win a prize. The Pier Cairns is the place to come to bring in the Year of the Ox!

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The CNY Pergola will be on open daily. 6-26 February 2021


Lantern Decorating Workshops 14 & 21 February

The Lantern Festival, also known as the Yuan Xiao marks the end of Chinese New Year festivities. Traditionally Chinese families light bright lanterns decorated  with blessing or riddles.

 14th and 21st February 2021

Where: Smithfield Shopping Centre

Time: 11am and 12pm

2021 Year of the Ox Gala Dinner - Saturday 20 February

Every year CADCAI members celebrate the New Year with a traditional Chinese buffet. The menu includes mouth watering dishes such as steamed Barramundi, crispy beef fillet, braised tong poh pork belly.

The CNY Gala Dinner celebrates the reunion of family and friends with a Chinese style buffet. The evening is an opportunity to network and catch up with friends. Entertainment is provided by the CADCAI lion, Molihua dancers and Chinese music.

Click HERE for Menu and booking details

Where: Trinity Room, Shangri-la,  Cairns

Time: 6.30pm


Lantern Festival - Friday 26 February

The Lantern Festival, also known as the Yuan Xiao marks the end of Chinese New Year festivities. Traditionally Chinese families make sweet glutinous rice balls called “tang yuan” which symbolise reunion and light bright lanterns decorated  with blessings or riddles.

This years Lantern Festival will be held at the Esplanade Lagoon near the Western Events Lawn. Purchase a floating lantern and decorate it with blessings, your new year wishes, hopes and dreams. The lanterns will be released on the western edge of the lagoon to create a sea of lights for an unforgettable spectacle. Enjoy the CADCAI dragon and lion dancers as they make make their final festival appearances.  Lanterns, can be purchased on the night from the CADCAI merchandise stall.

 When: Friday 26 February 2021

Where: Esplanade Lagoon -Western Events Lawn

Time: 5.30-7.30pm 

Year of the Ox Yum Cha - Saturday 27 February

Experience an authentic Chinese yum cha and enjoy a variety of delightful Cantonese dim sims in the company of family and friends.

When: Saturday 27 February 2020

Where: Golden Boat Restaurant,  Lake St

11.30 am – 1.00pm

Menu and booking details

2021 Chinese New Year Festival Media Launch - 5 February

This event kicks off the 2021  Chinese New Year Festival.  Local media, festival partners and sponsors are invited to join CADCAI in welcoming the Year of the Metal Ox at the Pier Pergola followed by drinks at the Backyard. Get a sneak preview of what activities are in store over the festival period. Meet and greet CADCAI’s auspicious performing lions. Attendance by invitation only        

When: Friday 5 February 2021

Where : The Pier Cairns

Time: 5pm                                 




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