Welcome to the vibrant Cairns Chinese New Year Festival 2024!  Immerse yourself in the joyous ambiance as the city bursts to life with the glow of colourful lanterns, captivating lion and dragon performances, rhythmic drumming,  percussion, music, firecrackers, delectable food, and a spectacular fireworks display.

Organized by the Cairns and District Chinese Association Inc. (CADCAI), this year’s celebration heralds the arrival of the auspicious Year of the Wood Dragon 2024. It also marks the 20th year since the Cairns Chinese New Year Festival began as community celebration in 2004. 

Join us for a 15-day extravaganza featuring a diverse array of public events. The Chinese New Year Festival is a unique occasion for our community to unite and celebrate in the deep-rooted history and culture of the Chinese community in North Queensland, paying homage to the lasting contributions of Chinese migrants and their descendants.

Don’t miss the highlights of the festival, including mesmerising lion and dragon dance performances on New Years Day , a visual arts exhibition with Cairns’ sister city Zhanjiang,  an exquisite Chinese New Year Banquet, a delectable Yum Cha experience, and the grand finale: The Lantern Festival and Fireworks spectacular at the Lagoon plaza on 24 February 2024!

We extend our heartfelt thanks to our supporters, including the Queensland Government through Multicultural Affairs Queensland, Cairns Regional Council,  SBS Media and  the generous support of local Cairns businesses.

For a detailed insight into this year’s events, explore the links below and prepare to embark on a cultural journey like no other!

Photo Credit: Neil Mitchell Brierly 1945, Cairns Victory Parade, Grafton St,  Cairns 

Cairns & District Chinese Association Inc

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