Malaysia Events Calendar 2013
Major Events & Festivals

There's always something going on Malaysia whatever the month. With this Malaysia Events Calendar 2013 you can see month by month all the major festivals and activities planned for this year.

Of course Malaysia, with its year-round tropical climate, does not have the seasonal variations that many countries experience. Most of the top attractions appearing on this website are available all year round such as climbing Mt. Kinabalu, exploring the national parks and caves, or just relaxing on the beach.

Some of the East Coast beaches and islands have a low season when the northeast monsoon makes the seas too choppy (November to February) but beaches elsewhere in the country are enjoyable throughout the year.

If you are planning a trip to Malaysia it is always sensible to check what events are scheduled for your proposed dates. Even if you don't want to participate in the events yourself they might affect hotel room and air ticket availability and prices.

Malaysia Events Calendar 2013 Month by Month


Things to Do In Malaysia

in January 2013

Malaysians like to see in the New Year with enthusiastic celebrations and plenty of cheer. Lavish firework displays are held in major towns all over the country.

Surfing enthusiasts should get along to see the thrills and spills at the Monsoon Mayhem International Surf Challenge held at Desaru Beach, Johor between 3rd - 6th January.

Also on the water is the Royal Langkawi International Regatta 2013 held on the island from 7th - 12th January.

If you don't mind huge crowds you could witness Thaipusam Festival 2013 which includes a 15km chariot procession from Kuala Lumpur up to the amazing Batu Caves. This event will be attended by over a million people on 27th January 2013.


Exciting Festivals in Malaysia

in February 2013

Thean Hou Temple

Chinese New Year falls in February this year (10th - 11th Feb 2013). You can see how Malaysians welcome in the Year of the Snake with joyful celebrations, lion dances, fireworks and lots of food. Some of the main temples have splendid light and lantern displays at this time of year, including Kek Lok Si Temple in Penang and Thean Hou Temple in KL. In Jenjarom, Selangor, the FGS Dong Zen Temple is holding its annual Chinese New Year Lantern & Flora Festival from 8th - 24th February 2013.

In Johor, the Pasir Gudang International Kite Festival is scheduled for 20th - 24th February.

Le Tour De Langkawi 2013, a gruelling 1469km cycling race through 7 Malaysian states, gets underway in Kangar on 21st February and ends in Kuala Terengganu on 2nd March 2013.

Lovers of women's golf can enjoy the BMW Malaysia Open at the Royal Selangor Golf Club, Kuala Lumpur from 25 February - 3rd March 2013.

The Malaysian Handicraft Complex in Jalan Conlay, KL is always a nice place for tourists to visit all year round but especially from 27th February - 11th March when the National Craft Day 2013 will be held with plenty of new batik products and other art and craft items on display.


Activities in Malaysia

in March 2013

Tanjung Tuan

Bird-watchers will love Raptor Watch, Malaysia's biggest and best eco-tourism event. It is organized by the Malaysian Nature Society and this year it will be held on March 9th and 10th, 2013 at Tanjung Tuan (Cape Rachado).

One of the main sporting events of the year is the Petronas Malaysian F1 Grand Prix which will be held at Sepang International Circuit from 22nd - 24th March 2013.

If you are looking to buy a private jet, a helicopter or an aircraft carrier then LIMA 2013 is the exhibition for you. LIMA (Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition) is scheduled to take place from 26th - 30th March 2013 in Langkawi.

Paragliding aficionados from around the world will descend on Sabah for the Paragliding Accuracy World Cup Sabah which is to take place between 27th - 30th March 2013 at Lohan Hill, Ranau. 

One of the more popular trade fairs in the calendar is the Malaysia International Shoe Festival 2013, now in its 4th year. This year's event will be held at Putra world Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur from 28th - 31st March 2013.

During the same dates is the 5th annual Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2013 which is scheduled for 28th - 31st March 2013 in Putrajaya.

Global music fans can look forward to the Penang World Music Festival 2013 which will be staged at Penang Botanic Gardens' Quarry Park on 30th - 31st March 2013.


What's on in Malaysia

in April 2013?

Water Festivals, which involve a lot of splashing and getting splashed, are set to be held in Langkawi, Port Dickson and Labuan this April. 

Regatta Lepa 2013 will be held in Semporna, Sabah from 19th - 21st April 2013. The lepa is the traditional sailing boat of the Bajau people and a number of cultural events are held at this time.

Sticking with the water theme, the Balleh-Kapit Raft Safari River Expedition has become one of Sarawak's top tourism events. It is a two-day rafting competition from 5th - 7th April 2013 on the Balleh River where participants experience the rich Iban culture.

ANZAC Day, 25th April 2013, is remembered in Sandakan Memorial Park, the starting point of the infamous Death Marches.


Malaysia Events Calendar 2013

May 2013

Maha Vihara

Sabah Fest 2013 is a cultural event showcasing the Murut people and their unique heritage. This two day extravaganza will be held on 4th - 5th May 2013 in Kota Kinabalu.

Also on the 5th May 2013 in Kota Kinabalu, if you are up for it, is the Borneo International Marathon 2013.

If white water rafting is your thing, the International Pahang River Rafting Expedition is planned for 12th – 18th May 2013 in Kuala Lipis.

On 18th May 2013 the Colours of 1Malaysia event will be held at Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur. This event consists of traditional performances and cultural displays.

Wesak Day marks the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha. This year, Wesak Day falls on 24th May 2013 and activities will be held in Buddhist temples all over the country such as at Maha Vihara Buddhist Temple in Brickfields.


Malaysia Events Calendar 2013

June 2013

Floria 2013

Gawai Dayak, 1st - 2nd Jun 2013, is a harvest festival celebrated all over Sarawak by the state's indigenous people in traditional costumes. 

The 5th Borneo Bird Festival 2013 is planned for 7th - 9th June 2013 at Kinabalu Park, Sabah.

Also in Sabah, the Jazz Festival is lined up for 14th - 15th June 2013 in Kota Kinabalu.

The 28th Sabah Dragon Boat Race takes place from 15th - 16th June at Likas Bay, Kota Kinabalu.

Another dragon boat race, the Penang International Dragon Boat Festival, is planned for the same month, from 8th - 9th June 2013.

Floria 2013, Putrajaya's highly popular annual flower and garden festival with the Night Floral Parade, is scheduled for 22nd -30th June 2013 and should not be missed by garden lovers.

The 8th Sabah International Folklore Festival 2013 is scheduled for 23rd June - 2nd July 2013 in Kota Kinabalu. World culture enthusiasts should not miss this folklore event.

The Rainforest World Music Festival, one of the largest musical events in Malaysia, will be held in Kuching, Sarawak from 28th – 30th Jun 2013.

Fraser's Hill International Bird Race is another bird watching highlight of the Malaysia Events Calendar 2013. It is to take place at Fraser's Hill, Pahang from 29th – 30th June 2013.


Malaysia Events Calendar 2013

July 2013

Exciting activities are planned in Melaka and George Town, Penang for 7th July 2013 as both cities commemorate the 5th anniversary with their 5th UNESCO World Heritage City Celebration 2013.

The Japanese Bon Odori Festival attracts more and more visitors every year. This year's event will take place in Shah Alam on 20th July 2013.

The fasting month of Ramadan is one of the highlights of the annual calendar and special food stalls and bazaars spring up all over Malaysia during this time. Ramadan this year will last approximately from 9th July - 8th August 2013.

St. Anne's Church in Bukit Mertajam, Penang is the focal point for the annual 10-day St Anne's Novena and Feast Day celebrations which take place at the end of July.

Fans of athletics will enjoy the Port Dickson International Triathlon (swimming, cycling and running) which will happen on 19th – 21st July 2013 at Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan.


Malaysia Events Calendar 2013

August 2013?

The Royal Pahang Billfish International Challenge 2013 will be staged from 23rd – 25th August 2013 at Rompin, Pahang. This popular annual angling event attracts competitors from around the world.

Hari Raya Aidilfitri is a nationwide celebration marking the end of the fasting month. This year it falls around 8th – 9th August 2013.

National Day, or Hari Merdeka, is on 31st August 2013 and as usual, parades and other activities will be held to celebrate the day on which the country achieved its independence from Britain.


Malaysia Events Calendar 2013

September 2013

The Borneo International Orchid Show will be held in Kota Kinabalu from 26th - 29th September 2013 to showcase the passion and skills of Sabah's orchid cultivators.

Vinayagar Chaturthi is when thousands of Hindu worshippers gather at temples such as Kortumalai Pillayar Temple in Jalan Pudu Lama to make offerings to the deity Lord Ganesh. This festival will fall on 9th September 2013.


Malaysia Events Calendar 2013

October 2013

Fabulous Food 1Malaysia is a 3-month long event. In October it is the Malaysia International Gourmet Festival which will be held for the whole month of October 2013. Top chefs in the fine dining category at participating restaurants around the country will be preparing special dishes and menus to tempt the taste buds. 

Extreme fitness fanatics can try the Mt Kinabalu International Climbathon, a challenging 23km run on Malaysia's highest mountain. This year's race will be held on 20th October 2013.

The Tamu Besar traditional open-air market will be held in Kota Belud, Sabah from 26th - 27th October 2013. Highlights include Bajau Horsemen (known as Cowboys of the East), a beauty pageant and water buffalo race.


Malaysia Events Calendar 2013

November 2013

Deepavali (Diwali) or the 'Festival of Lights' falls on 2nd November this year. Open houses are held where family and friends visit each other and enjoy delicious traditional food. 

The Fabulous Food 1Malaysia event continues in November but the focus switches to food from ASEAN countries.

Malaysia's main shopping festival, 'Malaysia Year-End Sale' begins on 10th November 2013 and continues until 1st January Jan 2014.

The Langkawi International Fishing Tournament is a popular fishing event with cash prizes. Due to be held in early November 2013.

The Penang Bridge International Marathon is scheduled for 17th November 2013.


Malaysia Events Calendar 2013

December 2013?


On 7th December 2013 in Ranau, Sabah, the Sunduan De' Nunuk Ragang event tells a story from Dusun Folklore.

The Penang Chingay Parade is a multi-cultural street parade with Chinese Lion Dances that will be held on Penang Esplanade before Christmas.

Talking of Christmas, i-City in Shah Alam, with its forest of digital lights and Snowalk attractions, is especially popular at this time of year. Elsewhere, some of the best Xmas decoration displays can be found in KL's top shopping malls such as Pavilion Kuala Lumpur.

That's it! I'll add more items to this Malaysia Events Calendar 2013 as the year progresses.

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