Neon Playground by Chinatown
Melbourne’s Chinatown might be the oldest in Australia, but Sydney’s is the biggest – home to stellar Asian restaurants and street food, one-of-a-kind nightlife, the interactive new Museum of Chinese in Australia, and so much more.
And, for five weeks, you can see it in a whole new light thanks to a new street festival. Neon Playground is taking over Dixon Street, the heart of Chinatown, with a series of new street-art installations by Asian-Australian artists like Chris Yee, Jason Wing, Joy Li and Steffie Yee, transforming the thoroughfare into an outdoor art gallery.
There’s a free block party on Saturday October 15 to kick off the festival, with party talent including DJ Arisse, Nightjarr, Destructive Steps Dance Association and more bringing the beats and vibes.
There’ll also be new experiences and activities in the precinct throughout the five weeks – try different food and drink specials (including a $12 shaved ice dessert from Ho Jiak), take an Asian dessert tour, get UV ink tattoos, visit the Friday night markets, learn the art of calligraphy, make your own paper lanterns, participate in a tea ceremony and more.
Market City is also offering two hours of free parking daily between 11am to 10pm: use the code “neonplayground” when you book your parking spot through Book-a-Bay.