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Malaysia Local Events

The calendar of events in Malaysia is full to the brim offering travellers a seemingly endless myriad of street parades, cultural festivities, carnivals and celebrations to enjoy. Check out the latest news on upcoming Malaysia events by clicking on the links to our local connections in Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Miri & Mulu and Sandakan to see what's happening locally!

Sabah's Bryde Whale Legacy

Place: Sabah Museum, Kota Kinabalu (01 Jan 2014 - 31 Dec 2014)

Display of the largest Bryde Whale skeletal in Asia which was discovered in Sabah!


Custumes of The Islamic World

Place: Sabah Museum, Kota Kinabalu (13 Mar 2014 - 13 Jul 2014)

Discover the Islamic World through the form of fashion display.


Ba'Kelalan Homestay Culture & Heritage cum Apple Picking

Place: Buduk Nur Ba'Kelalan, Sarawak (06 Apr 2014 - 08 Apr 2014)

Ba'Kelalan, a small quaint village blessed with sub-tropical weather, beautiful flora and fauna, amazing mountains and valleys is home to the only apple orchard in Borneo. For three consecutive days, these friendly villagers will play host to visitors from all around the country in this annual apple harvesting festival. Learn about their unique culture and tradition and experience a range of entertaining homestay activities.


Tidal Bore Carnival

Place: Sri Aman, Sarawak (06 Apr 2014 - 08 Apr 2014)

Locally known as Pesta Benak, this is an annual festival in Sarawak's tourism calendar. The objective of this festival is to promote and introduce the beauty of Sri Aman town to people in Malaysia and its neighbouring countries. It is also aimed at fostering harmony and unity among the local community.


Baleh-Kapit Raft Safari

Place: Kapit, Sarawak (07 Apr 2014 - 08 Apr 2014)

First introduced in 1996, the Baleh-Kapit Raft Safari has gained popularity and boosted the tourism industry in Sarawak. This rafting competition has now became one of the most challenging and exciting sports events in the country. Participants were given the opportunity to manoeuvre the raft once used by the riverine communities. This year a new category, the Paddling Boat will be intoduced with a maximum of 8 paddlers at one time.


Mukah Kaul Festival

Place: Mukah, Sarawak (21 Apr 2014 - 29 Apr 2014)

This traditional festival is celebrated by the Melanau community living along the coast of central Sarawak. Once a ritual of purification and thanksgiving to the spirit of the sea, this annual festival has now become a social and cultural gathering for the local communities.


Kuching Bridge Congress 2012

Place: Sarawak Club, Kuching (28 Apr 2014 - 30 Apr 2014)

This annnual event has been attracting Bridge players from abroad and around the region. During this 3-day event, players are given the chance to display their best skills in the game. It is also a perfect venue for the up-rising players to pit their talent against the best and experienced players in the region.


Sabah Fest 2011 - A Cultural Extravaganza

Place: Sabah (30 Apr 2014 - 01 May 2014)

Sabah Fest 2011 presents magnificent cultural and natural heritage that are richly embedded in folklore.


Harvest Festival, Sandakan

Place: Sandakan (01 May 2014 - 31 May 2014)

Harvest Festival is a celebration of the locals after the paddy harvesting season.


Patterns and Colours of Sabah Exhibition

Place: Sabah Art Gallery, Kota Kinabalu (01 May 2014 - 31 May 2014)

Display of contemporary artworks and traditional handicrafts such as woven mats, baskets, fabrics and beadworks.


Kota Kinabalu City Harvest Festival

Place: Kota Kinabalu (01 May 2014 - 31 May 2014)

The Kadazandusun and Murut communities offer thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest during this significant celebration.


Borneo International Marathon

Place: Kota Kinabalu (01 May 2014)

Once again, runners from all over Malaysia and across the globe will traverse the scenic coastal roads of Kota Kinabalu for a chance to win attractive prizes during this fund-raising events.


Bung Bratak Day

Place: Bau, Sarawak (01 May 2014)

This annual festival is celebrated by the Bidayuh community in the district of Bau. The objective is to preserved their 200 years old heritage and to foster brotherhood among the Bidayuh tribe. The festival starts with a-30 minute climb to the peak of Mount Bratak from their ancestral homes followed by traditional games and dances. Local delicacies will be served to the visitors during this event.


Crafts Exotica

Place: Sabah Museum (02 May 2014 - 27 May 2014)

Crafts Exotica highlights an assortment of traditional craftworks produced by different ethnic groups found in Sabah.


Borneo Jazz Festival

Place: Miri, Sarawak (11 May 2014 - 12 May 2014)

Borneo Jazz Festival is an annual music festival held in the relaxing resort city, Miri. This three days music extravaganza brings together regional and international jazz musician from Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa, North America and many more.


Wesak Day

Place: Sabah, Malaysia (17 May 2014)

Wesak Day marks the birth, death and enlightenment of Buddha - 17th May is a Public Holiday for Sabah.


Gawai Dayak Festival

Place: Throughout Sarawak (01 Jun 2014 - 02 Jun 2014)

Gawai Dayak is a grand festival to mark the end of rice-harvesting season and to usher in another year of bountiful harvest. It was officially celebrated on 1st of June 1965 to symbolized unity, aspiration and hope for the Dayak community. This merry festival is steeped in tradition with the customary observance of rituals which starts on 31st of May, the eve of the festival. A ceremony will be perform to cast away the bad spirits and to thank their God for the good harvesting season.


Gawai Dayak Festival

Place: Throughout Sarawak (01 Jun 2014 - 02 Jun 2014)

Gawai Dayak is a grand festival to mark the end of rice-harvesting season and to usher in another year of bountiful harvest. It was officially celebrated on 1st of June 1965 to symbolized unity, aspiration and hope for the Dayak community. This merry festival is steeped in tradition with the customary observance of rituals which starts on 31st of May, the eve of the festival. A ceremony will be perform to cast away the bad spirits and to thank their God for the good harvesting season. 

 

 


Rainforest World Music Festival

Place: Sarawak Cultural Village, Kuching (13 Jul 2014 - 15 Jul 2014)

Voted as Top 25 International Music Festival, this annual spectacular music event has won various international awards in the past years. For three consecutive days, world renowned musicians and indigenous musicians from interior Borneo will share the stage to showcase their unique talent and performances.Enjoy the sounds of the world ranging from intricate indigenous rhythms to re-mixed pop chart toppers. Don't miss out on this amazing music festival set in the heart of Borneo tropical rainforest!


Bazaar Ramadhan

Place: Throughout Malaysia (20 Jul 2014 - 17 Aug 2014)

In conjunction with the Muslim fasting month, Bazaar Ramadhan is visible in every state of Malaysia and visited by all walks of life and races. This is the time to sample the wide variety of local food and beverages on sale throughout the month.


Bazaar Ramadhan

Place: Throughout Malaysia (20 Jul 2014 - 17 Aug 2014)

In conjunction with the Muslim fasting month, Bazaar Ramadhan is visible in every state of Malaysia and visited by all walks of life and races. This is the time to sample the wide variety of local food and beverages on sale throughout the month.


Kuching Festival 2012

Place: Kuching City, Sarawak (01 Aug 2014 - 30 Aug 2014)

The Kuching Festival is celebrated annually in the month of August as a tribute to Kuching as a City. This grand festival involves participation from the entire city's population. The locals and tourists will be able to experience the art and culture of Sarawak with colourful performances, musical concerts, martial art demostration plus variety of exhibitions. The highlight of this cultural celebration is the Kuching Street Parade featuring Kuching city's mascot, The Cat followed by a spectacular fireworks display.


Sandakan Memorial Day

Place: Sandakan (15 Aug 2014)

Memorial service will be held at the Sandakan Memorial Park which was once the site of the 1945 Prisoners Of War Camp. For more information on accommodation in Sandakan, please click here.


Pesta Bertuntung

Place: Satok, Kuching (16 Aug 2014 - 25 Aug 2014)

This annual lighting fiesta among the Malay villages is organised by Satok Tourism Association as a prelude to Hari Raya Aidilfitri on the 19th of August. The aim of this competition is to preserve and continue the bertuntung tradition that has been around since the colonial era. 


Hari Raya Aidilfitri

Place: Throughout Malaysia (19 Aug 2014 - 21 Aug 2014)

Hari Raya Aidilfitri is celebrated by Muslims all around the world to mark the end of  Ramadhan or the fasting month. All over the country, colourful little lights illuminate the night in every Malay houses and villages as part of preparation to usher in the Syawal.  The highlight of this joyous occassion is the Open House where everyone is invited to a person's home regardless of race and religious background.   


Hari Raya Aidilfitri

Place: Throughout Malaysia (19 Aug 2014 - 21 Aug 2014)

Hari Raya Aidilfitri is celebrated by Muslims all around the world to mark the end of  Ramadhan or the fasting month. All over the country, colourful little lights illuminate the night in every Malay houses and villages as part of preparation to usher in the Syawal. The highlight of this joyous occassion is the Open House where everyone is invited to a person's home regardless of race and religious background.


Malaysia Day & Birthday of Sabah's Head of State Special Exhibition

Place: Sabah Museum, Kota Kinabalu (24 Aug 2014 - 18 Nov 2014)

An exclusive exhibition showcasing the outstanding achievements of Sabah, since its independence 47 years ago.


Merdeka Day

Place: Sabah, Malaysia (31 Aug 2014)

Malaysia celebrates Independence Day on the 31st August, 1957. For information on activities and accomodation in Sandakan, please click here.


Sarawak Regatta

Place: Kuching Waterfront, Sarawak (14 Sep 2014 - 16 Sep 2014)

This longboat competition is held to display the sportsmanship and culture of the people in Sarawak.  It is an annual event stretching across the Sarawak River and celebrated by people from all walks of life and from different parts of the world. Teams from various government agencies, private sectors and neighbouring countries compete against each other to win the coveted trophy and the prestigious title.


Borneo International Kite Festival

Place: Bintulu, Sarawak (26 Sep 2014 - 30 Sep 2014)

During this five-day event, Bintulu skies will be filled with a spectacular display of kites in various forms, colours and shapes. This annual kite festival has attracted participation from international competitors as they compete with the highly skilled local kite flyers to win the title and attractive prizes.


New Talents Exhibition

Place: Sabah Art Gallery, Kota Kinabalu (12 Jan 2015 - 24 Feb 2015)

 

Fresh artworks by newly discovered artists are featured in this annual exhibition aimed at encouraging young talents in the creation and appreciation of visual art in the state.

Fresh artworks by newly discovered artists are featured in this annual exhibition aimed at encouraging young talents in the creation and appreciation of visual art in the state.