Borneo is a unique country with rich diverse, cultures. There is always an exciting year-round calendar of world class local events, ensuring visitors have endless opportunities to enjoy nature-based adventures and enriching cultural experiences. For the latest updates on events and festivals in Borneo, visit the Tourism Malaysia and Wonderful Indonesia websites.
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Culture & Heritage

Gawai Dayak Festival

Throughout Sarawak
Gawai Dayak is a harvest festival celebrated by the state's indigenous people, particularly the Ibans and Bidayuhs, in their traditional costumes. Ceremonial offerings of various local traditional delicacies and 'tuak' (home-made rice wine) are made to the gods of rice and prosperity. This unique festivity is a 'must-see' occasion for local and foreign tourists alike.

01/06/2016 - 02/06/2016

Regatta Lepa

Semporna, Sabah
Regatta Lepa is an astounding festival that pays homage to the lepa, the traditional single-mast sailing boat of the Bajaus of Semporna. Witness the crowning of the most beautiful lepa as well as the Lepa Beauty Pageant, and enjoy the cultural performances and fireworks.

22/04/2016 - 24/04/2016

Sarawak Regatta

Tebingan Kuching, Sarawak
Sarawak Regatta is a popular event in Kuching featuring a race between tradition longboats. These longboats are decorated with colourful designs and are of differing lengths, with some having up to 30 paddlers and others with just a few. The practice dates back to the 1800s and was intended to put as end to the warring of the local tribes.

01/11/2016 - 30/11/2016

Tadau Kaamatan

Throughout Sabah and Labuan
This month-long Harvest Festival celebrates the cultural lifestyle of the Kadazandusun community of Sabah. It is held to welcome the new Harvest Season and to offer gratitude for the good harvest. The grand finale will be held in Hongkod Koisaan, the KDCA Hall in Penampang, with the final round of Unduk Ngadau (Harvest Beauty Pageant). About 5,000 people are expected to attend this event to enjoy folk song, dances and traditional games.

30/05/2016 - 31/05/2016

Events & Festivals

Sunset Music Festival

Tip of Borneo, Tanjung Simpang Mengayau, Kudat, Sabah
Embark on a musical journey at Tanjung Simpang Mengayau (The Tip of Borneo), Kudat and be serenaded by classical favourites and contemporary tunes while watching the sun set across the horizon. Visitors should not miss this enriching experience at one of Sabah’s most breathtaking locations.

05/06/2015 - 06/06/2015

Borneo Jazz Festival

ParkCity Everly Hotel, Miri, Sarawak
Borneo Jazz Festival is now in its 11th Year! With the vision of being the leading music festival in the region while promoting tourism to Miri and Sarawak’s northern regions. Not only would visitors have a fun-filled and entertaining experience, the annual event also showcases Miri as a truly cosmopolitan city with fascinating cultural attractions.

13/05/2016 - 14/05/2016

Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon : Adventure Series

Kundasang, Sabah
The Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon-Adventure Series covers a challenging 23km route, taking participants up the Summit Trail to Laying-Layang (2.072m above sea level), before descending to Mesilou and heading on the finish line at Kundasang Town. The race offers spellbinding vistas of Kinabalu Park’s tropical and sub-tropical mountain forests, summit peaks and river valleys.

15/10/2016 - 16/10/2016

Pesta Air Malaysia Labuan (Malaysia Water Festival Labuan)

Labuan International Sea Sport Complex
This is the biggest annual event in Labuan, entering its 19th year in 2016. Major competitions include the International Deep Sea Fishing Tournament, Cross Channel Swimming Challenge, Round Island Kayak and Kayak Sprint. It is a definite crowd puller for domestic and international water sports enthusiasts.

29/04/2016 - 01/05/2016

Rainforest World Music Festival

Sarawak Cultural Village, Kuching, Sarawak
The Rainforest World Music Festival is a unique event that brings renowned musicians from around the world together with indigenous musicians from the interiors of Borneo. Now in its 17th edition, the event showcases Sarawak’s conservation efforts in preserving its rainforests through world music. It attracts tourists from countries such as Australia, US UK, Singapore, India, Netherlands, Italy, Ireland, Canada, Norway, France and Japan.

05/08/2016 - 08/08/2016

Sabah Dragon Boat Race

Likas Bay, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
This exciting race has attracted many local and international teams as far as Hong Kong, China and Japan. Also, look out for the most popular Dragon Boat delicacy – rice dumplings filled with water chestnuts and minced meat!

21/05/2016 - 22/05/2016

Sabah Fest - A Cultural Extravaganza

Auditorium, Kompleks JKKN Sabah
Be mesmerised by the poetry of music, song and dance at a cultural extravaganza which showcases Sabah at its absolute best. This expression of the local spirit will relay stories about the diversity of a land which is rich in unique traditions and beliefs. Besides engaging in theatre production, visitors can also observe the distinctive are of producing handicrafts such as wooden carvings and hand-woven cloth by some of the most talented local artisans.

29/04/2016 - 01/05/2016

Sabah International Folklore Festival

National Department For Culture and Arts, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Enjoy a bit of culture in Sabah as dance troupes from around the world gather as cultural ambassadors for the annual Sabah International Folklore Festival! The event aims to promote culture tourism and provide a platform for participating countries to share their unique cultures through folk song and dance performances. Watch and be entertained by this east meets west musical extravaganza!

24/07/2016 - 30/07/2016