Malaysia Events Calendar 2017
Major Events & Festivals

There's always something going on Malaysia whatever the month. With this Malaysia Events Calendar 2017 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.

School holidays also affect hotel prices and availability. These are the school holiday dates for Malaysia in 2017 as announced by the Ministry of Education:

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS CALENDAR FOR 2017

For schools in Perlis, Penang, Perak, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka, Pahang, Sabah, Sarawak, Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya

TERM



1


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2



SCHOOL DAYS & HOLIDAYS

School Days

Mid-Term Break

School Days

Mid-Year Break

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School Days

Mid-Term Break

School Days

Year-End Break

START

03 JAN 17

18 MAR 17

27 MAR 17

27 MAY 17

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12 JUN 17

26 AUG 17

04 SEP 17

25 NOV 17

END

17 MAR 17

26 MAR 17

26 MAY 17

11 JUN 17

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25 AUG 17

03 SEP 17

24 NOV 17

01 JAN 18

DAYS

54

9

45

16

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55

9

50

38

Schools in Johor, Kedah, Kelantan & Terengganu begin a day earlier.

Source: Education Ministry (www.moe.gov.my)



One venue which has different events going on all year is Istana Budaya, Malaysia’s national performing arts theatre, home to cultural events such as classical music concerts, local and international theatre shows, traditional local music, opera, dance performances and so on.


Malaysia Events Calendar 2017 Month by Month

Some of the dates are tentative at this stage. I shall be updating the page throughout the year as and when timings are confirmed.


Things to Do In January 2017 in Malaysia

january

The Kuching Heritage Race lets teams race through Kuching while solving clues and learning about the city’s heritage along the way. 14 Jan 2017 starting at 7am

Meanwhile over in Sabah, art lovers might appreciate the New Talents Exhibition introducing fresh works by newcomers on display at Sabah Art Gallery in Kota Kinabalu from 14 Jan - 7 Apr 2017.

Ponggal is a four-day Hindu thanksgiving event with festivities climaxing on 14 Jan 2017 with a celebratory event at Sri Mahamariamman Temple, Penang and at various locales around the country.

Surfing enthusiasts should get along to see the thrills and spills at the Tioman Surfestival  between 12 - 14 Jan 2017 taking advantage of the rough monsoon seas which impact the idyllic island at this time of year.

Mums and Dads looking for branded baby products at discounted prices should head along to the New Year Baby Warehouse Sale which is happening again on 13-15 January 2017 at One City USJ (Sky Park – Level One) in Subang Jaya.

Also on the water is the 15th Royal Langkawi International Regatta 2017 held on the island from 9 - 14 Jan 2017.  

Melaka hosts the Melaka International Kites Festival on the beach at Dataran 1 Malaysia from 23 - 28 January 2017.

Chinese New Year falls on 28th January this year although celebrations start as early as 20 Jan 2017 such as the Chinese New Year Carnival in Kota Kinabalu’s Gaya Street. You can see how Malaysians welcome in the Year of the Rooster 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 (from 24 Jan - 11 Feb 2017) and Thean Hou Temple in KL. In Jenjarom, Selangor, the FGS Dong Zen Temple is holding its annual Chinese New Year Lantern & Flora Festival during this period.


Exciting Festivals in Malaysia in February 2017

february

If you don't mind huge crowds you could witness Thaipusam Festival 2017 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 9 Feb 2017. Festivities will take place elsewhere in Malaysia including Little India in Penang.

Colour Rush 5.0 is a 5 km fun run to raise funds for children with cancer.  It takes place in Kuching on 18 Feb 2017 and Miri on 19 Feb 2017.

Miri Country Music Festival will bring out all the Wild East cowboys and girls at the Parkcity Everly Hotel in Miri on 25-26 Feb 2017. Gates open at Noon.

The Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is scheduled to take place on 1 Feb 2017.

If you think you are fit enough, the Borneo Ultra-Trail Marathon takes place on 18 Feb 2017 in the spectacular scenery of the Kiulu Valley north of Kota Kinabalu.

Another running challenge is Gunung Nuang Ultra, a 12 hour or 50 km run on the slopes of one of Selangor’s highest peaks. It is scheduled for 26 Feb 2017. 

A more sedate sporting event is the Maybank Championship 2017 which take place at Saujana Golf and Country Club on 9 Feb 2017.

In Johor, the Pasir Gudang International Kite Festival is due to be held for the whole month of February. 

The 22nd edition of the gruelling cycle race, Le Tour De Langkawi 2017, gets underway in Kuala Berang, Terengganu on 22 Feb 2017 and ends in Putrajaya on 1 Mar 2017. This year the race does not actually go to Langkawi.


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March 2017

march

The latest edition of the Beaufort 75 km Ultra Marathon provides a challenge for the toughest of runners over in Beaufort, Sabah on 12 Mar 2017.

The Miri Marathon is back with full and half marathon events, a 10km speed run and a 5km fun run all taking place on 19 March 2017 at the Stadium in Miri. 

There's more running at the annual Dragon's Back Run which happens on 5th March 2017 at Meru.

Darts enthusiasts can head over to the 12th International Sabah Open Dart Tournament to be staged at Kota Kinabalu Community Hall from 24 - 26 Mar 2017. 

The ever-popular annual Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta has been renamed MyBalloon Fiesta and the venue is shifting to Desa ParkCity in Kuala Lumpur. It will be held from 10 - 12 Mar 2017.

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 is expected to be held from 11 - 17 March 2017 at Tanjung Tuan (Cape Rachado).

If you are looking to buy a private jet, a helicopter or an aircraft carrier then LIMA is the exhibition for you. LIMA (Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition) is a biennial event and takes place from 21 - 25 March 2017.

Bikers will descend on Kuala Terengganu from 27 March - 2 April 2017 for the Terengganu Bike Week.


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What's on in Malaysia in April 2017?

april

ANZAC Day, 25 Apr 2017, is to be marked in a poignant ceremony at Sandakan Memorial Park, the starting point of the infamous Death Marches.

One of Malaysia’a top fishing events, the 24th Sabah International Fishing Tournament is scheduled to be held at the fishing grounds at Layang-Layang Reef from 25 - 30 Apr 2017.

You don’t have to go to Thailand to experience Songkran Water Festival as there will be plenty of water splashed about at Wat Chayamangkalaran Thai Buddhist Temple in Penang on 13 Apr 2017.

At SCORE Run 2017 on 9 April 2017 runners will be able to take part in 6km, 12km or 21km races starting at Berjaya Times Square in the heart of Kuala Lumpur’s golden triangle. With an expected 12,000 runners it is set to be one of the best running events of the year. Register early and get a personalised t-shirt!

One of the more popular trade fairs in the calendar is the Malaysia International Shoe Festival 2017, now in its 8th year. This year's MISF event will probably be held at Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur fin March or April 2017, dates and venue to be confimed.

The Labuan Water Festival is the top event in Labuan's calendar with exciting activities like the Labuan International Deep Sea Fishing Tournament, the Cross Channel Swimming Challenge, the Round Island Kayak, Kayak Sprint and other watersports. It usually takes place in April but the dates for 2017 are to be confirmed.

Regatta Lepa 2017 will be held in Semporna, Sabah from 21 - 23 Apr 2017. 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 on the Balleh River where participants experience the rich Iban culture. Dates of the 2017 event are to be announced.


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Things to do in Malaysia in May 2017

may

The spotlight is on Miri in Sarawak this month where the Borneo Jazz Festival, now in its 12th year, is to be staged (12-13 May 2017).

Sabah Fest is a cultural event showcasing the Murut people and their unique heritage. This three day extravaganza will be held from 5 - 7 May 2017 in Kota Kinabalu.

Also on 7 May 2017 in Kota Kinabalu, if you are up for it, is the Borneo International Marathon 2017.

The Sabah FCAS International Dragon Boat Race takes place from 13 - 14 May 2017 at Likas Bay, Kota Kinabalu.

Those strange people who like running up and down stairwells will be thrilled to know that the KL Tower International Challenge 2017 is set to take place on 14 May 2017 with 2,058 steps to climb.

Wesak Day marks the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha. This year, Wesak Day falls on 10 May 2017 and activities will be held in Buddhist temples all over the country such as at Maha Vihara Buddhist Temple in Brickfields.

Fraser's Hill International Bird Race is another bird watching highlight of the Malaysia Events Calendar. It is to take place at Fraser's Hill, Pahang from 14 - 15 May 2017.

International kiting competitors descend on Kelantan in May for the Kelantan International Kite Fest at Pantai Geting Tumpat.

Royal Floria 2017, Putrajaya's highly popular annual flower and garden festival, normally takes place at this time of year and should not be missed by garden lovers. We are awaiting confirmation of the dates.

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 26 May - 25 June 2017.


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Exciting Festivals in Malaysia in June 2017

june

Durian season means the Penang Durian Festival will be on from 24 Jun - 1 Jul 2017, mainly in Nibong Tebal but also at various markets around Penang.

Gawai Dayak, 1st - 2nd Jun 2017, is a harvest festival celebrated all over Sarawak by the state's indigenous people in traditional costumes. 

Hari Raya Aidilfitri is a nationwide celebration marking the end of the fasting month. This year it falls around 25 - 26 June 2017.


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Activities in Malaysia in July 2017

july

In Sabah, the 10th Kota Kinabalu Jazz Festival is lined up for 21 - 22 Jul 2017 at the Sutera Marina Golf & Country Club.

The Rainforest World Music Festival, one of the largest musical events in Malaysia, will be held in the shadow of legendary Mt. Santubong near Kuching, Sarawak from 14-16 July 2017.

Also in Sarawak, the Borneo Cultural Festival is a week long free event showcasing the food, music and dances of the multicultural communities who are unique to Sarawak. It takes place in Sibu Town Square from 20 - 29 July 2017.

Adventurers looking to explore the rugged Maligan and Kelabit highlands of Borneo can chose from ten trekking or 4WD trails during the Heart of Borneo Highlands Eco Challenge II from 20 - 29 July 2017.

The 12th Sabah International Folklore Festival is skipping 2017 and will take place in July 2018 in Kota Kinabalu. World culture enthusiasts should not miss this folklore event.

July 6th has been declared Agnes Keith Day (her birthday) and visitors are invited to visit the famous author’s former residence in Sandakan which has been turned into a museum.

The dramatic coastline at the Tip of Borneo at Tanjung Simpang Mengayau provides an idyllic backdrop to the Sunset Music Fest scheduled for 8 July 2017.

The Japanese Bon Odori Festival attracts more and more visitors every year. Events will take place in Shah Alam and Penang Esplanade. Dates to be confirmed.

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 from 28 Jul  - 1 Aug 2017.


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What's On in Malaysia in August 2017?

august

In Penang, the George Town Festival (28 Jul - 3 Sep 2017) celebrates George Town's living heritage and features multi-cultural arts and dances, delicious food and traditional activities.

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 25 Aug 2017.

National Day, or Hari Merdeka, is on 31st August 2017 and as usual, parades and other activities will be held to celebrate the day on which the country achieved its independence from Britain.


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Things to do in Malaysia in September 2017

september

One of the main sporting events of the year is the Malaysian Formula 1 Grand Prix which will be held at Sepang International Circuit from 29 Sep - 1 Oct 2017. 

The Royal Pahang Billfish International Challenge usually takes place in September each year at Rompin, Pahang. This popular annual angling event attracts competitors from around the world. Dates for 2017 to be confirmed.

The Borneo International Orchid Show will be held in Kota Kinabalu City Hall from 22 - 24 September 2017 to showcase the passion and skills of Sabah's orchid cultivators.

Fitness fanatics will want to get along to SCORE FitMob Festival 2017 featuring a range of high-energy and fun workout techniques including LesMills Body Combat, Zumba dance party, KpopX fitness and more. To be held on 30 September 2017 at KWC StarXpo Centre, KL.


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Exciting Events in Malaysia in October 2017

october

Extreme fitness fanatics can try the 30th Mt Kinabalu International Climbathon, a challenging 23km run on Malaysia's highest mountain. This year's race will be held from 15th - 16th October 2017.

Deepavali (Diwali) or the 'Festival of Lights' falls on 18 Oct 2017 this year. Open houses are held where family and friends visit each other and enjoy delicious traditional food. 

The Tamu Besar traditional open-air market is usually held in Kota Belud, Sabah in October. Highlights include Bajau Horsemen (known as Cowboys of the East), a beauty pageant and water buffalo race. 2017 dates to be confirmed.


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Activities in Malaysia in November 2017

november

Can you sing, dance, play musical instruments or do other performing arts? If so, get along to the Borneo Talent Awards competition taking place in Sibu Town Square from 24 - 25 November 2017.

Annual Remembrance Day ceremonies will be held at the Labuan Commonwealth War Graves on 12 Nov 2017 to remember those who fell in the defence and liberation of Borneo during WWII.

The Penang Bridge International Marathon is scheduled for 26 Nov 2017.

Malaysia's main shopping festival, 'Malaysia Year-End Sale' is expected to begin around 1 Nov 2017 and continue until the year end.

November is when the Sarawak Regatta is was staged last year. It consists of racing in traditional longboats along Kuching's waterfront. Dates for 2017 to be confirmed.

Malaysia's premier agro fair, MAHA  takes a break this year. The hugely popular event for the whole family as well as trade exhibitors will return in 2018.


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What's on in Malaysia in December 2017?

december

Big Bad Wolf Books is a hugely popular annual book sale event takes place at The Mines in early December. Dates to be confirmed. 

In the run up to Christmas, i-City in Shah Alam, with its forest of digital lights and Snowalk attractions, is especially popular at this time of year. Homeowners in the Portuguese Settlement in Melaka take pride in decorating their houses inside and out at Christmas. Elsewhere, some of the best Xmas decoration displays can be found in KL's top shopping malls such as Pavilion Kuala Lumpur.

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. Light and Motion Putrajaya LAMPU illuminates Putrajaya with a spectacular sound and light display projected on some of the city’s major landmarks and is held from 30 Dec - 1 Jan annually.

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

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