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Kuala Lumpur Festivals And Events

Festivals and events in Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia’s population practices a variety of religions, with Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and Christianity taking centre stage, and as a result you will find that a lot of Kuala Lumpur festivals and events are based around religious occasions – with many national holidays to celebrate these auspicious occasions. The biggest and grandest festivals in Kuala Lumpur are Ramadan, Chinese New Year, Deepavali and Christmas, with festivities that include friends and family from all races and religions, turning them into colourful, harmonious proceedings. Besides that, there are also ‘mini’ cultural festivals that take place, such as Awal Muharram, Chap Goh Mei, Thaipusam, and Easter.

It is important to note that while most Kuala Lumpur festivals have fixed dates, others are dependent on the lunar calendar, resulting in dates that vary annually. Besides spiritual celebrations, other special events in KL range from kite flying (Pasir Gudang World Kite Festival) and bicycle competitions (Le Tour De Langkawi) to the Malaysian Grand Prix. We recommend that you check the dates of major festivals before your trip as it can get difficult to find a room in KL during that time.

Check out our updated event calendar here!

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January 2017

Chinese New Year

Date: 28th January to 11th February 2017

The Chinese New Year is the most important ethnic festival for the Chinese in Kuala Lumpur, as well as the whole of Malaysia. It celebrates the first day of the lunar calendar, and lasts for 15 days. The prelude to the festival is filled with much fan-fare, shopping and Read More...

February 2017

Thaipusam in Batu Caves

Date: 9th February 2017
Location: Batu Caves

Thaipusam is a colourful annual celebration in honour of the Hindu god Subramanian, with festivities mainly taking place in Batu Caves – a limestone hill with a series of caverns and temples about 13km north of KL. It is a famous festival largely because of the practice of devotees who impale Read More...

  • How to get there: There are bus services that can take you all the way up to Batu Caves during Thaipusam: simply look for the bus with the paper signage stuck to its window that says ‘Batu Caves’ or ‘Thaipusam’. They start out at the stand near the Pasar Seni LRT station (behind Sri MahamariammanTemple) and the tickets cost RM2 per one-way trip.
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Valentine's Day

Date: 14th February 2017

Whether you are hoping to impress on a first date or just celebrate the most romantic night of the year with a long-term loved one, Kuala Lumpur has a wide range of romantic fine-dining restaurants where you can spend a loved-up night in style.

Come February 14, these critically-acclaimed restaurants go all Read More...

March 2017

MyBalloonFiesta 2017

Date: 10th To 12th March, 2017
Location: Desa Park City 

MyBalloonFiesta (formerly Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta) is an annual event in Kuala Lumpur that really makes you sit up and take notice. A great way to snap some great travel photos, it takes place in Desa Parkcity and is reminiscent of New York’s Adirondack Read More...

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Matta Travel Fair in Kuala Lumpur 2017

Date & Time: 17th to 19th March 2017
Location: Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), 41, Jalan Tun Ismail, Kuala Lumpur

Thinking of travelling? You’re in luck, as the MATTA Fair is around the corner again! For the uninitiated, the MATTA Fair is an annual travel fair that is held nationwide to encourage the public to travel more, either

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  • Price Range: Adult RM4; free entrance for children
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April 2017

Urbanscapes Kuala Lumpur 2017

Date: April until May, 2017
Location: Multiple venues

Urbanscapes 2017 is set to rock Malaysia between the months of April and May, welcoming a whole host of globally-renowned headline acts alongside some of the best local talent in the way of live music and performing arts. Spread across three weekends, Urbanscapes 2017 kicks off with a Read More...

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May 2017

KL International Jazz Festival 2017

Date: May 2017
Location: University Malaya, Kuala Lumpur

Music-wise, Kuala Lumpur has been pretty interesting lately. The last few years has seen acts such as Incubus, Linkin Park, Sigur Ros and Jason Mraz passing through, and later this year heavy metal superstars Metallica are scheduled to perform, much to the delight of the country’s hard rock enthusiasts. Read More...

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Ramadan Month (Fasting Month)

Date: Expected from 25th May to 24th June, 2017

Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic Calendar, is regarded as the most sacred month by the Muslims as this is when the holy book al-Quran is believed to have been revealed, and when Muslims practice one of the five pillars of Islam: fasting. From dawn to Read More...

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June 2017

Hari Raya AidilFitri 2017

Date: 25th & 26th June, 2017

Muslims around the world celebrate Hari Raya AidilFitri , which literally translates to 'Celebration Day, after a month of holy fasting, which is referred to as Ramadhan month. During the fasting period, many bazaars which are a form of night market called 'pasar malam' will be held each evening Read More...

July 2017

1Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival

Date: end of July to August 2017
Location: All around Malaysia 

After having been ranked by CNN as world’s fourth-best shopping destination, Kuala Lumpur is finally on the world shopping map, right after big metropolitan cities such as New York, Tokyo and London. Surprising? We think not, and it’s easy to see why, as KL has Read More...

August 2017

Good Vibes Festival Malaysia 2017

Date: Saturday & Sunday, 12th & 13th August, 2017

Good Vibes Festival 2017 brings together a variety of music genres in a single weekend, where you can catch international acts such as Kodaline, Dua Lipa, and The Kooks alongside Malaysia’s most talented artists. From alt-pop, deep tech and trap tunes, to house, electronic, and hip-hop, it’s Read More...

  • Price Range: RM350 – RM400
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SEA Games KL2017

The 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Kuala Lumpur takes place between 19th and 30th August, when you can catch a variety of sporting events in Kuala Lumpur. Locally branded as KL2017, this is the sixth time Malaysia has hosted this biennial event since 2001, which also coincides with the country’s Independence Day (Merdeka) on Read More...

Hari Merdeka (Malaysia's National Day)

Date: 31st August

On August 31, 1957, the Union Jack was lowered and the Malayan flag hoisted up the flagpole at Dataran Merdeka field in Kuala Lumpur, signalling the birth of a new nation. After centuries of internal strife between warring states, Portuguese, Dutch and British colonisation as well as World War II, Malaya, as Malaysia Read More...

September 2017

Mid-Autumn Festival 2017

Date: 4th September, 2017

The Mid-Autumn Festival is also known as the Moon Cake or Lantern Festival, originating from a time of conflict in 14th-Century China. While Chinese in different countries celebrate it with distinct traditions and practices, all agree that the festival commemorates the summer harvest season of their ancestors, and also the fall of Mongolian rulers in China after a successful rebellion.

On the day of the uprising, the rebel leaders delivered thousands of moon cakes to homes scattered around the city, each containing a letter stating the time and date to rise up. On the night of the Moon Festival, the rebellion began and succeeded in driving off the Manchurian oppressors.

In Malaysia, the Chinese celebrate this festival by purchasing and consuming moon cakes with different flavours, including some outrageous ones like durian and coffee! So popular are these moon cakes that many hotels, if not all, stock their own freshly-made pieces for guests to savour. Hotels and resorts around the country take this opportunity to outdo each other with quality moon cakes using creative and innovative flavours and designs.

From the traditional red bean or lotus paste to the innovative ice cream versions, moon cakes are a once-a-year delight. At night on the actual festival, children take to the streets walking around with paper lanterns shaped like animals, vehicles or the traditional Chinese 'Tan Lok' foldable lanterns.

October 2017

Formula 1 Malaysia Grand Prix 2017

Date: 29th September to 1st October, 2017
Location: Sepang International Circuit

Formula 1 Malaysia Grand Prix is the country's biggest racing event attracting thousands of racing enthusiasts from around the world. Informally known as the F1 or GP race by locals, the Malaysian leg of the FIA Formula One World Championship was first included in the 1999 Read More...

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MotoGP Malaysia 2017

Date: 27th to 29th October, 2017
Location: Sepang International Circuit

MotoGP Malaysia 2017 is a highly-anticipated motorcycle racing event in Kuala Lumpur which takes place every year at the Sepang International Circuit. Also known as the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix, the event also hosts 80 bike-themed booths, on and off-track entertainment, top motorcycle manufacturers such as Read More...

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HeliPad Cinema

Date: October (TBA) 2017

HeliPad Cinema is a 10-day outdoor cinematic experience in Kuala Lumpur, showcasing Hollywood films on an infinity-grassed helipad. The first of its kind in the world, the event takes place between October, 2017 at Stratosphere@The Roof, a vibrant rooftop bar in Petaling Jaya. Films such as 10 Things I Hate about You, Space Jam, Mean Girls, Up, Erin Brockovich, Pulp Fiction, The Entrapment, and Fight Club will be screened at HeliPad Cinema. Tickets are priced at RM45 while a wide range of snacks and beverages are available at the bar. Seating is unallocated so make sure to arrive at the venue early to get the best spot during the showcase.

  • Opening Hours: 4th– 14th October 2016 20:00 - Late
  • Location: Stratosphere@The Roof, 1 First Avenue, Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya
  • Tel: +603 8605 3388
  • Price Range: RM45

Deepavali 2017

Date: 18th October, 2017

The Indians in Malaysia, predominantly Hindus, celebrate this festival which is also called 'Diwali' or Festival of Lights. During this day, Hindus offer prayers of thanksgiving and conduct cleansing rituals in temples and household altars. To prepare for the celebration, Hindus conduct a massive spring-cleaning of their homes, adding decorative designs made Read More...

December 2017

Christmas Festival

Date: Throughout December

The Christmas Celebration is not about shopping, snowmen, jingle bells, pine trees, presents and most certainly not Santa Claus. It is actually to remember the birth of Jesus Christ, Saviour of the world as the Bible states. On the eve, Christians around the city and across Malaysia will gather together to have close-knit Read More...

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