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QV Melbourne celebrates Lunar New Year

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  • Free Admission


  • Sat 17 Feb 2024, 10:00am–10:00pm
  • Sun 18 Feb 2024, 10:00am–10:00pm
  • Mon 19 Feb 2024, 10:00am–10:00pm
  • Tue 20 Feb 2024, 10:00am–10:00pm
  • Wed 21 Feb 2024, 10:00am–10:00pm

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Celebrate Lunar New Year at QV Melbourne with a towering Year of the Dragon installation in the open-air QV Square, lucky red packets, lion dances and some of the city’s most authentic Asian restaurants

From 8-21 February, QV Melbourne welcomes the Year of the Dragon with a bespoke installation, The Dragon’s Tale. Following last year’s delightful Dancing Bunnies, The Dragon’s Tale is a giant custom-built dragon’s tail that will dance in the wind, reaching over 6 metres tall.

An entirely free experience, The Dragon’s Tale is brightly coloured and lit from within, making for the perfect photo opportunity, day or night. The installation is open 10am-10pm daily for Lunar New Year (LNY) revellers to explore and experience, before or after their dining and entertainment celebrations.

Visitors can also scan a QR code to read the mythical Tale of the Dragon by award-winning storyteller Bon Wai Chou (Mei-Mei, speak more Chinese, SBS On Demand, short story Dying for Yum Cha, short memoir Die Hard, published by Hardie Grant).

Visitors to The Dragon’s Tale at QV Square between 1-4pm daily will have the opportunity to receive a share in over $18,000 worth of lucky red packet giveaways*.

Lion and dragon dances will take over QV Square during the opening weekend, with a lion dance at 5pm on Friday 9 February (LNY Eve), a Chinese dragon and lion dance at 5pm on Saturday 10 February (LNY Day), and another lion dance at 5pm on Sunday 11 February.

Melbourne Chinese dining institution Old Beijing will host a Lunar New Year banquet, featuring traditional LNY dishes such as the rainbow salad Prosperity Yee Sang, tossed at the table by the entire group of diners, chopsticks in hand. Other menu highlights include the very special Braised Supreme Abalone with Boletus Mushroom, the auspicious and lucky Lotus Leaf Rice, Braised Pork Knuckles representing unity and family, lucky King Island Lobster (‘Dragon Prawn’) and more. Old Beijing will also stage lion dances in the evenings of 9, 10 and 16 February.

With Koreans and Taiwanese celebrating Lunar New Year, QV Melbourne is home to vibrant dining options to suit all styles and budgets from the theatrical Sura Korean BBQ to fast and easy options such as Taiwanese dessert bar Meet Fresh. A roaming degustation might be in order? Ending at the newly opened 7 Apples, with a palette cleansing matcha pistachio, sake and lemon or dragonfruit lychee gelato. These special Asian-inspired flavours are exclusive to QV Melbourne.

Booths Karaoke on Lt Lonsdale St provides multilingual karaoke booths at an affordable hourly rate, with over 300,000 songs to choose from in more than six languages. Fully licensed until 1am, it’s the perfect way to continue your Lunar New Year get-together.

Accessible through its network of laneways, QV exemplifies the quintessential Melbourne experience from food to fashion and so much more. Recent openings include iconic American workwear adaptations brand, Carhartt Work In Progress (Jul 23), Los Angeles based fashion brand inspired by Scandinavian simplicity and American energy Anine Bing (Aug 23), a new national flagship store for independent fashion curator Incu (Aug 23), and legendary gelato brand, 7 Apples (Nov 23).

*Visit The Dragon’s Tale in QV Square daily between 1pm – 4pm from 8-21 February, present a receipt of any spend from participating QV Melbourne stores and sign-up to the QV E-List to receive a lucky red packet. Terms and conditions apply, visit for details.

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