Malaysia Events Calendar 2018
Major Events & Festivals

There's always something going on Malaysia whatever the month. With this Malaysia Events Calendar 2018 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 2018 as announced by the Ministry of Education:

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS CALENDAR FOR 2018

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

Term Holidays

  • Term 1 Holidays: Sat 17 Mar  - Sun 25 Mar 18
  • Mid-year Holidays: Sat  9 Jun - Sun 24 Jun 18
  • Term 2 Holidays: Sat 18 Aug  - Sun 26 Aug 18
  • End-year Holidays: Sat 24 Nov - Mon 31 Dec 18 

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

Other School Holidays

  • Chinese New Year: Thu 15 Feb - Mon 19 Feb 18
  • Harvest Festival Holidays (Sabah and Labuan only): Mon 28 May - Fri 1 Jun 18
  • Gawai Holidays (Sarawak only): Wed 30 May - Fri 1 Jun 18
  • Deepavali Holidays (Johor, Kedah, Kelanatan, Terengganu only):  Sun 4 Nov - Tue 6 Nov 18
  • Deepavali Holidays (all other states except Sabah, Sarawak & Labuan): Mon 5 Nov - Wed 7 Nov 18

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 2018 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 2018 in Malaysia

january

SCORE Warzone is a series of military-themed obstacle courses that will take place in different warzones every quarter. The first event, Urban Assault, is happening in Cyberjaya on 20 January 2018. 

The Kuching Heritage Race lets teams race through Kuching while solving clues and learning about the city’s heritage along the way. 27 Jan 2018 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 18 Jan - 4 Apr 2018.

Ponggal is a four-day Hindu thanksgiving event with festivities climaxing on 17 Jan 2018 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 25 - 27 Jan 2018 taking advantage of the rough monsoon seas which impact the idyllic island at this time of year.

Also on the water is the 16th Royal Langkawi International Regatta 2018 held on the island from 8 - 13 Jan 2018.  

If you don't mind huge crowds you could witness Thaipusam Festival 2018 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 31 Jan 2018. Festivities will take place elsewhere in Malaysia including Little India in Penang.


Exciting Festivals in Malaysia in February 2018

february

Chinese New Year falls on 16 February this year although celebrations start as early as 10 Feb 2018 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 11 Feb - 15 Mar 2018) 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 14 February - 4 March 2018.

Miri Country Music Festival will bring out all the Wild East cowboys and girls at the Parkcity Everly Hotel in Miri on 23-26 Feb 2018. Gates open at Noon.

The Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is scheduled to take place at George Town's Padang Polo on 24 and 25 Feb 2018.

A gruelling 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 4 Feb 2018. 

A more sedate sporting event is the Maybank Championship 2018 which take place at Saujana Golf and Country Club from 1-4 Feb 2018.

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


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March 2018

march

If you are looking to buy some fabulous Malaysian-made furniture products then the  Malaysian International Furniture Fair 2018 (MIFF) is the place to be. It will take place at MITEC & PWTC in KL from 8 - 11 March 2018. This event will also include the MIFF Timber Mart. It is aimed more at trade visitors but the general public can attend on the last day, 11 March.

The 23rd edition of the prestigious 1200 km cycle race, Le Tour De Langkawi 2018, gets underway on 3 Mar and ends on 10 Mar 2018. This year the race does not actually go to Langkawi.

If you think you are fit enough, the Borneo Ultra-Trail Marathon takes place again this year on 10-11 Mar 2018 in the spectacular scenery of the Kiulu Valley north of Kota Kinabalu.

The Miri Marathon is back with full and half marathon events, and a 10km speed run all taking place on 18 March 2018 at the Stadium in Miri. 

There's more running at the annual Dragon's Back Run which happens on 4 March 2018 at Urban Park Setia Alam.

MyBalloon Fiesta usually takes place in March but it is taking a break this year. Hopefully it will return in 2019.

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 10 - 11 March 2018 at Tanjung Tuan Wildlife Reserve (Cape Rachado).

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

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 a break this year. Will be back in 2019.


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What's on in Malaysia in April 2018?

april

ANZAC Day, 25 Apr 2018, 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 Sabah International Fishing Tournament is scheduled to be held at the fishing grounds at Layang-Layang Reef from 17 - 22 Apr 2018.

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 13-15 Apr 2018.

One of the more popular trade fairs in the calendar is the Malaysia International Shoe Festival 2018, now in its 8th year. This year's MISF event will be held at Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur on 1 Apr 2018.

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 is scheduled for 24-26 Apr 2018.

Regatta Lepa is usually held in Semporna, Sabah in April each year (2018 dates to be confirmed. 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 2018 event are to be announced.


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Things to do in Malaysia in May 2018

may

The spotlight is on Miri in Sarawak this month where the Borneo Jazz Festival, now in its 13th year, is to be staged at the Pullman Miri Waterfront Hotel (11-12 May 2018).

Sabah Fest is a cultural event showcasing the Murut people and their unique heritage. This three day extravaganza will be held from 4 - 6 May 2018 in Kota Kinabalu.

Also on 6 May 2018 in Kota Kinabalu, if you are up for it, is the Borneo International Marathon 2018.

Wesak Day marks the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha. This year, Wesak Day falls on 29 May 2018 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 usually takes place at Fraser's Hill, Pahang during May. Dates of the 2018 event are to be confirmed.

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

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 15 May - 14 June 2018.

Between The Lines runs from Thursday 31st May through to Sunday 3rd June at The British International School of KL Theatre in Bandar Utama and launches The Poppies Arts Series, an arts festival running throughout 2018 commemorating the centenary of the 1918 Armistice which brought the First World War to an end. Tickets are available through Ticketpro.


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Exciting Festivals in Malaysia in June 2018

june

Gawai Dayak, 1st - 2nd Jun 2018, 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 14 - 16 June 2018.


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Activities in Malaysia in July 2018

july

Fitness fanatics will want to head along to Prima Avenue Mad Tour 2018: REVOLUTIONan obstacle course racing event with an advanced level of difficulty to be held in Cyberjaya on 28 July 2018.

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 13-15 July 2018.

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 19 - 28 July 2018.

The Sabah International Folklore Festival will take place from 23-30 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 Japanese Bon Odori Festival 2018  will probably take place at the Shah Alam Sports Complex around this time of year. This year's dates and venue are 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 takes place at the end of July annually. Dates for 2018 are to be confirmed.

The exciting Japan Expo Malaysia 2018 is happening at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur from 27th - 29th July 2018. Don't miss it!


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What's On in Malaysia in August 2018?

august

Royal Floria 2018, Putrajaya's highly popular annual flower and garden festival, should not be missed by garden lovers. This year's event is scheduled to take place at Anjung Floria, Presint 4 from 25 August to 2 September 2018.

In Penang, the George Town Festival celebrates George Town's living heritage and features multi-cultural arts and dances, delicious food and traditional activities. It is tentatively happening in Aug 2018.

National Day, or Hari Merdeka, is on 31st August 2018 and as usual, parades and other activities will be held to celebrate the day on which the country achieved its independence from Britain.

Kechara Community Organisation is holding Ullambana (Ghost Festival) celebrations at Kechara House in Petaling Jaya on 24 August 2018 and at Kechara Forest Retreat in Bentong, Pahang on 25 August 2018. 


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Things to do in Malaysia in September 2018

september

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 13 Sep 2018.

The Royal Pahang Billfish International Challenge is scheduled for 14-16 Sep 2018 at Lanjut, Kuala Rompin, Pahang. This popular annual angling event attracts competitors from around the world. Dates for 2017 to be confirmed.


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Exciting Events in Malaysia in October 2018

october

Extreme fitness fanatics can try the 30th Mt Kinabalu International Climbathon, a challenging 23km run on Malaysia's highest mountain. Dates for the 2018 event are to be confirmed.

The Tamu Besar traditional open-air market is to be held in Kota Belud, Sabah from 26-28 October 2018. Highlights include Bajau Horsemen (known as Cowboys of the East), a beauty pageant and water buffalo race. 


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Activities in Malaysia in November 2018

november

Deepavali (Diwali) or the 'Festival of Lights' falls on 6 Nov 2018 this year. Open houses are held where family and friends visit each other and enjoy delicious traditional food. 

Annual Remembrance Day ceremonies will be held at the Labuan Commonwealth War Graves on 11 Nov 2018 to remember those who fell in the defence and liberation of Borneo during WWII.

The Penang Bridge International Marathon is scheduled for 25 Nov 2018.

Malaysia's main shopping festival, 'Malaysia Year-End Sale' is expected to begin around 1 Nov 2018 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 2018 to be confirmed.

Malaysia's premier agro fair, MAHA is set to return this year. Dates for this  hugely popular event for the whole family as well as trade exhibitors are to be confirmed.


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What's on in Malaysia in December 2018?

december

Big Bad Wolf Books is a hugely popular annual book sale event and takes place this year at The Mines from 7-17 December 2018. 

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.

Talking of New Year's Eve, the place where you will definitely want to be this year is Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast’s New Year’s Eve Party featuring songstress YUNA , local band Hydra and DJ Chinois. It's happening at Desaru Coast Conference Centre on 31st December 2018 from 7pm onwards.

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

Coming Up In 2019

Things to Do In January 2019 in Malaysia

january

The Sun Life Malaysia Resolution Run takes place on Saturday 12 January 2019 at Perdana Botanical Garden, Kuala Lumpur. Sign up for the 5km or 12km event with medals for all finishers and cash prizes for the top 5 in the 12km category.


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What's on in Malaysia in April 2019?

april

The stakes are raised with SCORE Marathon 2019 - Run The Night. Featuring a debut of a 42km-route, take over the city with 20,000 other runners in the bid to conquer your limits.

Date : 13 April 2019 (Sat)

Venue : Putrajaya, Malaysia

Category : 5KM, 10KM, 21KM, 42KM


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Activities in Malaysia in July 2019

july

SCORE Marathon 2019 Run The Day promises an adrenaline-pumping experience amidst a picturesque blend of modern and historical sceneries, set in Kuala Lumpur.  
Date : 28 July 2019 (Sun) 
Venue : KL Sports City, Bukit Jalil 
Category : 5KM, 10KM, 21KM

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