Malaysia boasts an exciting year-round calendar of world class and unique local events, ensuring visitors have endless opportunities to enjoy nature-based adventures, enriching cultural experiences or fabulous shopping sprees. For the latest updates on events and festivals in Malaysia, visit the Tourism Malaysia website. Listed below are a selection you don't want to miss.

Art & Food Festivals

Visit Malaysia Year 2014 Launch

Visit Malaysia Year 2014 (VMY) is set to be a year filled with exciting activities. Enjoy the fireworks that will set Malaysia's skyline ablaze with colours and the cultural music that will reverberate to mark the commencement of VMY2014! Be amazed by the impressive 3D mapping & multimedia showcase. Light up your night with pyrotechnics effects and indulge in the tantalising 1Fabulous Street Food galore where you will get a taste of delicious Malaysia delicacies. Be entertained by some of the best artistes in the region as the serenade you with their popular hits. Official Launch on 4 January 2014, will be Truly Asia, a truly memorable night!

01/01/2014 - 31/01/2014

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Tropfest South East Asia

Georgetown, Penang
Tropfest is the world’s largest short film festival. It started more than 20 years ago in a small cafe in Sydney, to a very small but passionate audience. The Australian festival today commands a live audience of 150,000 viewers in a single night, and receives an average of 700 entries annually. Internationally, the festival has been supported and judged by distinguished industry professionals like George Miller, Naomi Watts, Elijah Wood, Toni Collette, Salma Hayek, Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman, Baz Luhrmann, Ewan McGregor, Darren Aronofsky, Will Smith, Bryan Singer and many others. The theme for Tropfest SEA 2014 is RICE, and the film has to be of 7 mins including credits and title.

24/01/2014 - 26/01/2014

Selena Gomez Live

Lagoon Surf Beach, Sunway Lagoon
Selena Marie Gomez is a 21- years’ old American actress and recording artist. The series of Wizards of Waverly Place was a critical and commercial success, earning Gomez numerous awards and nominations. Gomez later appeared in numerous Disney Channel films before releasing her first studio album in 2009titled Kiss & Tell. The album was a commercial success, peaking inside the Top 10 of the Billboard 200. Selena Gomez has over 48 million followers in her Facebook and 17 million followers in her Twitter worldwide. In April 2013, the lead single “Come & Get It” was released. It became her first Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The album’s second single; “Slow Down” was released in June. Gomez’s debut album, “Stars Dance”, was released on July 23, 2


Colours of 1Malaysia

Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur
Delight your senses with Malaysia’s diverse cultures and natural attractions through an array of colourful performances. Have fun and be part of the flashmob at main tourist spots and go viral at social network sites. Go jamming with fusion rock and traditional music and enjoy the taste of fabulous food while you shop to your heart’s content.


Melaka River Fiesta

Melaka, 1.5 hours drive from Kuala Lumpur
Inspired by the San Antonio River Festival in USA, Melaka International River Festival 2013 is back for the whole month of June! The festival aims to promote Melaka in general, particularly the Melaka River and monorail that travels from Spice Garden to Dataran Hang Tuah. Among the highlights include water sports fiesta, dragon boat competitions and decorative floats parade. With more than 100 events prepared, this well-known state tourism product is expected to draw not less than 800,000 tourists this year.

24/05/2014 - 23/06/2014

Penang Durian Fair

Penang, 45 mins flight from KL
Durian lovers should not miss the Penang Durian Fair where the King of Fruits is featured as the main item. Savour fresh durians categorised according to grades as well as sumptuous delicacies made from durians. Although it is an acquired taste for the uninitiated, this controversial fruit will win the hearts of those who are brave enough to try!

01/06/2014 - 31/07/2014

Pesta San Pedro

Portuguese Settlement, Ujong Pasir, Melaka
Since the 1930s, Fiesta San Pedro has been celebrated by descendants of Portuguese fisher folk who settled in this country. This fiesta showcase Portuguese music and dances, floats and Portuguese culinary including the Famous Devil's Curry

23/06/2014 - 29/06/2014

Festival Ramadhan

Celebrated in honour of the Muslim fasting month, this festival features a variety of religious programmes such as Terawih Perdana at Dataran Merdeka (Terawih prayers); festive shopping, Tilawah & Khatam Al-Quran (Quran Recital) in Kelantan; Islamic tourism (ITC), bazaar Ramadhan, Forum Perdana Ramadhan, Performance by Embassies, International Imams and many more.

29/06/2014 - 27/07/2014

Fabulous Food 1Malaysia

Savour a diverse range of delicious cuisine! First organised in 2009, this programme showcases the diversity of Malaysia cuisine for a period of three months. It is divided into the following segments: Malaysia International Gourmet Festival, Asian Food Heritage Trail, Street Food Festival and Restaurant Food Festival. Selected hotels will feature specialties, cultural shows and handcrafts from the various states in Malaysia and around the world.

01/10/2014 - 31/12/2014

Urbanscapes, the City's Creative Arts Festival

MAEPS, Paya Terubong, Selangor
Urbanscapes is the first and only all-day “user-generated” creative arts festival. It aims to bring together communities and participants from the fields of music, arts, lifestyle and film under a single banner to showcase the best of the local scene.

22/11/2014 - 23/11/2014

Culture & Heritage

Menara Kuala Lumpur

Menara Kuala Lumpur has a lot to offer, from breathtaking views to top-class facilities, activities and events.

Exhibition & Parade

1001 Inventions: Temukan tentang Zaman Keemasan dari Peradaban Muslim

1001 INVENTIONS adalah brand warisan budaya dan ilmu pengetahuan terkenal yang telah mencapai lebih dari 60 juta orang di seluruh dunia dan sekarang sedang tur di Malaysia selama 3 tahun, dimulai dari National Science Centre, Kuala Lumpur. Ini merupakan sebuah pameran inspiratif yang menunjukkan kontribusi pria dan wanita yang berbeda agama dan budaya bekerja sama secara harmonis untuk membangun masa depan yang lebih cerah dan lebih baik. Isi pameran dirancang untuk membantu menginspirasi orang-orang muda untuk mengejar karir di bidang sains, kedokteran, teknik dan seni.

30/08/2013 - 30/04/2014

Malaysia International Shoe Festival 2014

Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), 41 Jalan Tun Ismail, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
From glamorous stilettos to stylish sandals, classic pumps and trendy boots, the festival takes visitors on a fascinating journey into the world of designer footwear.

27/03/2014 - 30/03/2014

Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

Monumen Alaf Baru, Precinct 2, Putrajaya

Watch as colourful hot air balloons float the skies of Putrajaya. Themed '1 World, 1 Malaysia, 1 Fiesta' this event features 23 balloonists from Belgium, USA, the Netherlands, France, Switzerland, Malaysia and Japan.

27/03/2014 - 30/03/2014

1Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival

Shopaholic alert! One of the three major shopping seasons in the country is back with mega shopping excitement, dining options, endless entertainment and fun-filled activities! Shop, eat and celebrate!

01/06/2014 - 01/09/2014

1Malaysia International Tourism Night Floral Parade 'Magic of the Night'

Putrajaya Lake, Presint 2, Putrajaya.

Enjoy a dazzling evening with the glittering lights of decorated floats brought in from every state in Malaysia. This event features Malaysia as one of the world’s top tourist destinations. Enjoy a grand showcase of the country’s flora and fauna as well as the attractions found in the different states in Malaysia.

12/06/2014 - 15/06/2014

Kuala Lumpur Festival 2014

Kuala Lumpur
An exciting annual event, the Kuala Lumpur Festival features a colourful line-up of activities and performances. Launched in the year 2006, the event has united Malaysians from all walks of life through the spirit of creativity and solidarity.

01/07/2014 - 31/07/2014

Melaka World Heritage City Celebration by UNESCO

Melaka City, Melaka
Melaka was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage City in July 2008. The anniversary of this historic occasion is celebrated with a host of cultural activities and an array of delectable traditional cuisine that is unique to the state. As the celebration takes place, the well-preserved heritage buildings, cultural enclaves and local attraction spots will be swarming with tourists for all over the world.


Textile Craft Promotion 2014

Kuala Lumpur Craft Complex, Kuala Lumpur
This promotion showcases the beautiful textiles of Malaysia, such as batik and other materials. Browse through the outlets selling a variety of textiles and visit the exhibitions and demonstrations.

27/11/2014 - 07/12/2014

Religion & Cultural Events


Ponggal is regarded as a thanksgiving occasion. A highlight of the festival is the Ponggal cooking ceremony of boiling rice till it overflows, symbolising wealth and harvest. The festival is celebrated over a four-day period. Venue at Sri Mahamariamman Temple, Jalan Tokong, Penang. Celebrated nationwide.

14/01/2014 - 14/01/2014


A truly spectacular event, Thaipusam is an annual Hindu festival where devotees perform various rituals as acts of devotion and penance. The main venue is the world-renowned Batu Caves temple.


Chinese New Year 2014 Celebration

Chinese New Year is a time for celebration and merrymaking. Family reunion feasts and open houses are a common feature and children receive 'ang pows' or little red money packets from the elders. Don't miss the exciting lion and dragon dance performances at shopping malls and homes!

31/01/2014 - 01/02/2014

Chinese New Year Open House

Taiping, Perak
A programme that brings together people from all walks of life to celebrate Chinese New Year and foster unity and harmony of 1Malaysia. The programme includes cultural performances with traditional delicacies served to guests.

08/02/2014 - 08/02/2014

Wesak Day

Wesak Day marks the birth, enlightenment and passing of Gautama Buddha. Buddhists all over the country celebrate this day with religious offerings and rituals which are usually held at Buddhist temples. Be awed by the grand processions that take place at night.


Hari Raya Aidilfitri

After fasting from dawn to dusk for a month, Hari Raya Aidilfitri is a day that signifies victory for Muslims everywhere. On this special day, Muslims attend special morning prayers in mosques and visit the cemeteries of their loved ones. Decked in their traditional finery, friends and family from near and far come together to celebrate this joyous occasion. There will be lots of tasty delicacies to make the celebration memorable!

28/07/2014 - 29/07/2014

Malaysia Day Celebration

Malaysia Day is held on September 16 yearly to commemorate the establishment of the Malaysian federation on the same date in 1963. Celebrations are held at various parts of the country.


Hari Raya Aidiladha

Also known as Hari Raya Haji, this festival marks the culmination of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca which is performed by millions of Muslims annually. It is also known as Hari Raya Qurban. Muslims in the country celebrate the festival with prayers and the sacrifice of cattle of which the meat is donated to the needy.


Deepavali Festival of Lights

Deepavali or the 'Festival of Lights' is celebrated by Hindus with prayers, family gatherings and festivities. Open houses are held where family and friends visit each other and enjoy delicious traditional goodies. Check out the festivites at Little China, Kuala Lumpur.



The Christmas spirit is made merrier with Malaysia's tropical weather and friendly people. Visitors will be spoilt for choice as there are many restaurants, bistros, shopping malls and hotels that offer great promotions planned specially for the occasion. Join in the celebration and have a sunny Christmas in Malaysia!


Sports Events

Le Tour De Langkawi

Starts from Langkawi, Kedah, Perak, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Melaka, Johor, Pahang and ends in Terengganu
Asia's premier cycling event, Le Tour de Langkawi 2013 is back! The race will go through states namely Perlis, Kedah, Perak, Selangor, Pahang, Terengganu and Kelantan.

27/02/2014 - 08/03/2014

1Malaysia GP Sale 2014

Held in conjunction with the annual Formula 1 Grand Prix, the 1Malaysia GP Sale is especially felt in the Klang Valley where shopping malls and departmental stores hold great bargains. Tourist coming to enjoy the F1 race can arrive a little early or stay on after the race for the added shopping treat.

01/03/2014 - 30/04/2014

Port Dickson 4x4 International Sand Challenge

Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan. 1 hour drive from Kuala Lumpur
This is a competition between big and mean machines that was launched under the patronage of Duli Yang Maha Mulia Yang di-Pertuan Besar Negeri Sembilan Darul Khusus. It is the first-of-its-kind in the ASEAN region and has opened its door to participants from Thailand, Myanmar and Singapore. It will be a test of winching, handling, obstacles and may more!

08/03/2014 - 09/03/2014

Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix

Sepang International Circuit, Selangor

Watch adrenaline-pumping action at one of the most awesome tracks in the world. With its extreme hot and wet conditions, Sepang International Circuit is a challenge even for the finest drivers in the world. Don’t miss this Hot! Hot! Hot! Race!

28/03/2014 - 30/03/2014

Ironman 70.3 Putrajaya

Putrajaya Maritim Centre
An Ironman 70.3, also known as a Half Ironman, is one of a series of middle-distance triathlon races organized by the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC).The "70.3" refers to the total distance in miles (113.0 km) covered in the race, consisting of a 1.2-mile (1.9 km) swim, a 56-mile (90 km) bike ride, and a 13.1-mile (21.1 km) run. The Ironman 70.3 series culminates each year with a World Championship competition, of which competitors qualify for during the 70.3 series in the 12 months prior to the championship race. In addition to the World Championship race, Ironman 70.3 championship competitions are also held for the European, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America regions.


Ipoh International Run

Ipoh, Perak
Truly a world-class marathon, the Ipoh International Run has attracted over 17,000 participants from all over the globe including enthusiasts from neighbouring countries such as Thailand, Singapore and the Philippines as well as top names from Kenya. Divided into 12 categories from Junior Men and Women to the Open Category, this event celebrates the spirit of sportsmanship, world peace and friendship.


Asia Pacific Ironman Langkawi

Langkawi, Kedah
Ironman is triathlon’s marquee challenge and the world’s most captivating and testing single day endurance test consisting of a 3.8km swim, a 180km cycle and a 42.2km run. Ironman has been a respected name in triathlon since its inception 31 years ago and is regarded as the pinnacle of the sport.


Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix

Sepang International Circuit, Selangor
This is the premier event of motorcycle racing catch the action of the world’s top racers in this exciting event. Held at one of the most challenging circuits in the world, the race is a must-watch for those who love full throttle action.

05/10/2014 - 11/10/2014

Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2014

Dataran Merdeka,Kuala Lumpur
The Marathon held its inaugural race in 2009 with 13,500 runners (in total) and in 2013, 33,000 runners registered. The marathon starts and finishes at Dataran Merdeka and is flagged off directly beneath the clock tower of the Sultan Abdul Samad building. The marathon route passes several landmarks unique to KL namely, the iconic Twin Towers, the National Monument, the colourful Little India quarter, the majestic National Mosque, the King’s Palace and the Parliament building. The route takes you on a unique journey of new and old.