Kickstart a prosperous Lunar New Year at Melbourne's Immigration Museum with a one-day fest to celebrate the Year of the Dog. On Sunday 25 February the museum will open the courtyard* to include your beloved pet dogs and best friends for a day of auspicious traditions, fortune telling, pooch parades, food and drinks for all on two or four legs.
Discover your fortune for the coming year with respected Chinese Astrology Fortune Teller Edgar Lok Tin Yung presenting Year of the Dog predictions for each Chinese Zodiac sign. If you want a more personalised reading, Edgar holds one-on-one readings with a surcharge throughout the day.
Oriental Teahouse will steam up the museum's Atrium with their delicious dim sum, dumplings and Insta-famous raindrop cakes. The bar is to feature craft beer from local brewery Moon Dog and four-legged friends are not forgotten – Canine Wellness Food Kitchen, Australia’s first dedicated food truck for dogs, are onsite to serve healthy gourmet meals, treats, dog beers and broths.
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Bring your pooches and pals to strut and shine at the doggy parades, with prizes awarded for best dressed couple, most fashionable (traditional and modern), and most creative on the dogwalk.
It's vital to register in advance or on arrival but start prepping your moves now. Find out more by visiting the Immigration Museum's website.
Artist and dog lover Pey Chi will also be running a make and take craft activity outdoors in the Tribute Garden so that you and your four legged friends can get creative together.
Explore the Immigration Museum: our exhibitions, including From Robe to Chinese Fortunes, are also open all day – a museum general entry ticket is required.
* Dogs are not permitted to enter the museum (companion dogs permitted). All dogs must be (fashionably) leashed.
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Written by: Jay John