Celebrate the year of the Rooster at the best family events during The Dublin Chinese New Year Festival taking place from January 28th – February 12th.
We have handpicked the top 5 family events not to miss at the festival. Discover the playful side of Dublin with kids.
The Opening Ceremony
Fri Jan 27th @ Meeting House Square 7 – 7.30pm
Free Family Event
Join in to celebrate the beginning of this year’s Dublin Chinese New Year Festival, on the eve of Chinese New Year. This family-friendly event will see dragons, drummers and daring circus performers take over Meeting House Square for a spectacular celebration, as excitement builds for the Year of the Rooster and will kick off a fortnight of festivities! Find Out More
The Spring Festival Fair
Sunday Feb 5th @ CHQ 12 – 5pm
Free Family Event
Rooster-themed entertainment, activities, arts and crafts, suitable for people of all ages. Come try your hand at Chinese chess and calligraphy, marvel at martial arts displays and musical performances, or sample the delicious Chinese food and drink on offer at our Spring Festival stalls. You’ll also be able to enjoy special short-film screenings, glamorous fashion shows and a spectacular shadow puppetry performance. Adding to the carnival atmosphere will be colourful dragon and lion dancers, helping to capture the vibrant mood of Spring. FIND OUT MORE
Lantern Making For Families
Sat Feb 11th @ Hugh Lane Gallery 2-3pm
Free No Booking Required
Take part in a lantern-making workshop to celebrate this special Year of the Fire Rooster. This workshop is suitable for all ages. FIND OUT MORE
Fun with Roosters Craft Workshop
Sat Feb 4th @ Chester Beatty Library 12.15 – 1pm
Free. First come, first served.
Join in at Chester Beatty Library to decorate your very own Rooster. Why not adorn it with tissue paper, feathers, foam shapes and felt? This activity is appropriate for pre-school children and their parents or guardians. FIND OUT MORE
Spot the Deer Bike Tour
Sat Feb 4th @ Phoenix Park 10am – 1pm
Free with own bike OR €15 for bike rental
A special cycling tour of one of Europe’s largest walled city parks, the Phoenix Park. Organised by Chinese Circle App and Rachel Sunshine Internation this tour, given in both Mandarin and English, will guide you around all of the parks attractions, including Dublin Zoo, The President’s House and Farmleigh House. Plus, you’ll have a chance to see one of the largest herds of urban deer in Europe.
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Spring Festival Gala
Sat Feb 11th @ The Convention Centre 7.30 – 9.30 pm
Tickets €20 adult, €10 child.
The Gala presents the best in Chinese performing arts to the Irish and Chinese public and illuminates cultural diversity. The event has become enormously popular and this year, UCD CII is delighted to announce the special guest appearance of state-level art performing troupe, China Ethnic Song and Dance Ensemble. Join in & celebrate what promises to be the grand finale of Chinese New Year celebrations in Dublin!
Dublin Chinese New Year Festival
January 28th – Feb 12th
Families, Adults, Children