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Event Listing Year 2016

1Malaysia Year End Sale 2015

& 2016

 

14 November 2015 - 03 January 2016

Venue :  Throughout Malaysia

Phone :  1 300 88 5050

 

From trendy malls to open-air markets, the atmosphere is vibrant with the mood for the best shopping and leisure experiences ever, as only year-end sales can offer. Yes, the fabulous 1Malaysia Year-End Sale is back – bigger and better, events and happenings in hundreds of shopping outlets all over the country for nearly two months. Put your best foot forward and step into the New Year in style and glamour.

Ponggal

 

15 January 2016

Venue :  Arulmigu Mahamariamman Temple, Lebuh Queen, Penang

Phone :  +604-650 2515

www.visitpenang.gov.my/portal3/

 

Ponggal is a Hindu thanksgiving festival, celebrated after the harvesting season.The boiling of the rice and milk in a clay pot is one of the main highlights.

 

 

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Royal Langkawi International Regatta

 

11 - 16 January 2016

Venue :  Langkawi, Kedah

Phone :  +604-966 4078

www.langkawiregatta.com

 

A significant international-level sailing competition featuring 50 sailing boats from around the world and top teams from the Asia Pacific.

 

Thaipusam

 

24 January 2016

Venue: Batu Caves, Selangor

Phone: +603 6189 6284

 

An important Hindu festival featuring kavadis or ornate frames carried by devotees. The festival attracts over one million people at Batu Caves, a worldrenowned Hindu cave temple.

 

 

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Tioman International Classic Surfing

 

29  - 31 January 2016

Phone :  +6013 717 6677

Venue : Kg Juara, Pulau Tioman, Pahang

http://www.tiomancabana.com/

 

Enjoy the sand and sea while you surf against the beautiful emerald green waters of Tioman Island.

Tropfest South East Asia

 

01 February 2016

Venue :  The Esplanade, Penang

Phone :  +604 261 3061

www.tropfest.com/sea/

 

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.

 

Festival Layang-layang Sedunia (World Kite Festival)

 

24 February 2016 - 28 February 2016

Venue :  Bukit Layang-Layang,

              Taman Bandar Pasir     Gudang,

              Johor

Phone :  +607-251 3720/ 21/ 22

www.kitefestpasirgudang.com

 

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.

 

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Chinese New Year

 

8 February 2016 - 9 February 2016

Venue :  Nationwide

 

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!

 

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Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

 

09 February 2016 - 10 February 2016

Venue :   Padang Polo, Penang

Phone :   +604-264 3456

http://redtix.airasia.com/events/Anirudh_Ravichander/

 

Watch balloons in various colours floating against the picturesque backdrop of George Town World Heritage Site

 

Malaysian Chinese New Year Open House Celebration

 

20 February 2016

Venue :  Ipoh, Perak

Phone :  +603-8000 8000

http://www.motac.gov.my

 

Experience the Chinese New Year festivities in an open house celebration, a programme that brings people together to celebrate the country's various festivals.

Le Tour de Langkawi

 

24 February 2016 - 2 March 2016

Venue :  Peninsular Malaysia

Phone :  +603-8996 4598

http://www.ltdl.com.my

 

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.

Perfect 2016 World Team Table Tennis Championship

 

28 February 2016 - 6 March 2016

Venue :  Stadium Malawati, Shah Alam

http://www.perfectwttc2016.com.my

 

The World Table Tennis Championships have been held since 1926, biennially since 1957. Five individual events, which include men's singles, women's singles, men's doubles, women's double and mixed doubles, are currently held in odd numbered years.

Raptor Watch Week 2016

 

12 March 2016

Venue :  Tanjung Tuan, Malacca

Phone :  +603-2287 9422

https://mnsraptorwatch.wordpress.com

 

Birdwatchers converge in Port Dickson to watch the annual migration of these birds of prey, on their journey back to the northern hemisphere.

 

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Powerman Asian Championship Malaysia

 

6 March 2015

Venue :  Putrajaya

http://www.powermanmalaysia.com

 

POWERMAN is a global duathlon race series consisting of two disciplines specializes in long-distance duathlon events of running, followed by cycling and then another running in a format bearing some resemblance to triathlons.  It features a 10K run, 150K bike and 30K run and has been held annually since 1989.

BMW Malaysia Open (Women Tennis Association) 2016

 

01 March 2016 - 31 March 2016

Venue :  Royal Selangor Golf Club, Selangor

http://www.bmwmalaysianopen.com/

 

This international women’s tennis tournament has been a big success and is now a much anticipated event in Malaysian event calendar.

Regatta Lepa

 

22 April 2016 - 24 April 2016

Venue :  Semporna, Sabah

Phone :  +6089-781 518/663

www.sabahtourism.com

 

A colourful festival that pays homepage to the lepa, a traditional single-mast sailing boat of the Bajaus of Semporna. Witness the crowning of the most beautiful lepa, the Lepa Beauty Pageant, cultural performances, fireworks displays and much more.

 

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Sabah Fest - A Cultural Extravaganza

 

29 April 2016 – 1 May 2016

Venue :  Auditorium, Kompleks JKKN Sabah

Phone : 6088-212121

www.sabahfest.com

 

Be mesmerised by the poetry of music, song and dance at a cultural extravaganza which showcases Sabah at its absolute best. This expression of the local spirit will relay stories about the diversity of a land which is rich in unique traditions and beliefs.

Pesta Air Labuan

 

29 April 2016 - 01 May 2016

Venue :  Labuan International Sea Sport Complex, Labuan

Phone :  +603 8000 8000

Labuan International Sea Sport Complex, Labuan

 

This is the biggest annual event in Labuan. Major competitions include the Labuan International Deep Sea Fishing Tournament, Cross Channel Swimming Challenge and Round Island Kayak Challenge.

 

Ironman 70.3 Putrajaya

 

1 - 30 April 2016

Venue :  Putrajaya

Phone :  +603-7968 8844

http://ap.ironman.com

 

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.

 

 

XTERRA World Tour Championship Race Malaysia

 

7-8 May 2016

Venue :  Langkawi

Phone :  +603-7968 8844

http://www.xterramy.com

 

XTERRA- Off road version of the triathlon (swim, mountain bike & trail run) has hundreds of events in 14 countries and is still growing.

Wesak Day

 

21 May 2016

Venue :  Throughout Malaysia

 

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.

 

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Borneo Jazz Festival

 

13 - 14 May 2016

Venue :  ParkCity Everly Hotel, Miri,

              Sarawak

www.jazzborneo.com

 

The inaugural Borneo Jazz Festival was held in 2006, with the vision of being the leading music festival in the region while promoting tourism to Miri and Sarawak’s northern regions. Not only would visitors have a fun-filled and entertaining experience, the annual event also showcases Miri as a truly cosmopolitan city with fascinating cultural attractions.

 

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Pesta Wau Antarabangsa Kelantan

 

30 May 2016 – 4 Jun 2016

Venue :  Geting Beach, Tumpat,  Kelantan

 

The sky’s the limit at the annual 5-day Kelantan International Wau Festival. Colourful ‘Wau’ (giant kites) of various shapes and sizes will paint the sky while fabulous food will whet your appetite. There will be an assortment of crafts for souvenir hunters. Visitors can also enjoy cultural shows and ‘dikir barat’ competitions that spice up the festival.

 

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Tadau Kaamatan

 

30 May 2016 - 31 May 2016

Venue :  Throughout Sabah and Labuan

 

This month-long Harvest Festival celebrates the cultural lifestyle of the Kadazandusun community of Sabah. It is held to welcome the new Harvest Season and to offer gratitude for the good harvest. The grand finale will be held in Hongkod Koisaan, the KDCA Hall in Penampang, with the final round of Unduk Ngadau (Harvest Beauty Pageant). About 5,000 people are expected to attend this event to enjoy folk song, dances and traditional games.

 

Gawai Dayak Festival

 

01 June - 02 June 2016

Venue :  Throughout Sarawak

Phone :  +6082 423 600

www.sarawaktourism.com

 

Gawai Dayak is a harvest festival celebrated by the state’s indigenous people, particularly the Ibans and Bidayuhs, in their traditional costumes. Ceremonial offerings of various local traditional delicacies and ‘tuak’ (home-made rice wine) are made to the gods of rice and prosperity. This unique festivity is a ‘must-see’ occasion for local and foreign tourists alike.

Sunset Music Festival

 

3 - 4 June 2016

Venue :  Tip of Borneo, Tanjung

              Simpang Mengayau, Kudat, Sabah

Phone :  +6088 232 121

www.sunsetmusicfest.my

 

Embark on a musical journey at Tanjung Simpang Mengayau (The Tip of Borneo), Kudat and be serenaded by classical favourites and contemporary tunes while watching the sun set across the horizon. Visitors should not miss this enriching experience at one of Sabah’s most breathtaking locations.

 

Tadau Kaamatan Open House Celebration

 

30 - 31 May 2016

Venue :  Penampang, Sabah

 

Come celebrate the Tadau Kaamatan in Sabah! An occasion that brings people together from all walks of life to celebrate the various festivals in fostering unity and harmony of the 1Malaysia spirit. Guests will be enthralled by cultural performances and traditional delicacies.

KK Jazz Festival

 

22-23 July 2016

Venue :  Sutera Harbour Marina,

              Golf and Country Club’s

              Tennis Arena, Sabah

kkjazzfest.com

 

The jazz musical extravaganza in Kota Kinabalu is back with a line-up of local and international artists! The Kota Kinabalu Jazz Festival is now a signature event of Sabah which represents many different facets of jazz music.

Fraser's Hill International Bird Race

 

14 – 15 May 2016

Venue :  Fraser’s Hill, Raub, Pahang

Phone : +609-5171 1623/1624

 

Fraser’s Hill is renowned as a paradise for more than 250 species of birds. The Fraser’s Hill International Bird Race brings birders from the United Kingdom, China, Hong Kong, Australia, South Africa and other countries to Pahang. Enthusiasts can enjoy seminars, workshops and exhibitions on nature, wildlife and photography.

Sabah Dragon Boat Race

 

21-22 May 2016

Venue :  Likas Bay, Kota Kinabalu,    Sabah

www.sabahdragonboat.my

 

Organised in conjunction with the Duan Wu festival. This exciting race has attracted many local and international teams as far as Hong Kong, China and Japan. Also, look out for the most popular Dragon Boat delicacy – rice dumplings filled with water chestnuts and minced meat!

Festival Ramadhan

 

11 June 2016 - 26 June 2016

Venue :  Merdeka Square,

  Kuala Lumpur

Phone :  +603-8891 7521

www.motac.gov.my

 

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.

 

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Hari Gawai Open House Celebration

 

02 June 2016

Venue :  Sibu, Sarawak

 

Experience the Hari Gawai festivities in an open house celebration, a programme that brings people together to celebrate the country's various festivals.

1Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival

 

27 June 2016 – 31 August 2016

Venue :  Throughout Malaysia

Phone :  +6088 232 121

 

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!

Penang Durian Festival

 

1 June 2016 – 31 July 2016

Venue :  Nibong Tebal, Seberang Prai

Phone :  +6011 3602 0202

www.visitpenang.gov.my

 

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!

Hari Raya Aidilfitri

 

6 Jul 2016 – 7 Jul 2016

Venue :  Throughout Malaysia

 

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!

 

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George Town Festival

 

1 August – 31 August 2016

Venue :  Esplanade, Penang

Phone :  +604 650 5136

www.visitpenang.gov.my

 

Journey down Penang’s memory lane and heritage at the TRAIL: George Town World Heritage City Celebration. Named after Britain’s King George III, George Town has a unique living heritage which will be revealed through the array of cultural performances, traditions, arts, dances and delicious food.

 

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Rainforest World Music Festival

 

5 August 2016 - 7 August 2016

Venue :  Sarawak Cultural Village,

              Kuching, Sarawak

Phone :  +6082 846 411/988

www.sabahtourism.com

 

The Rainforest World Music Festival is a unique event that brings renowned musicians from around the world together with indigenous musicians from the interiors of Borneo. Now in its 16th edition, the event showcases Sarawak’s conservation efforts in preserving its rainforests through world music. It attracts tourists from countries such as Australia, US UK, Singapore, India, Netherlands, Italy, Ireland, Canada, Norway, France and Japan.

 

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Independence Day

(Hari Merdeka)

 

31 August 2016

Venue :  Throughout Malaysia

www.tourism.gov.my

 

Hari Merdeka (Independence Day) commemorates the independence of the Federation of Malaya from British colonial rule in 1957. It is celebrated on August 31 each year.

 

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Malaysia Day Celebration

 

16 Sep 2016

Venue :  Nationwide

www.tourism.gov.my

 

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

 

12 September 2016

Venue :  Throughout Malaysia

 

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!

 

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Asia Pacific Ironman Langkawi

 

12 September 2016

Venue :  Langkawi, Kedah

Phone :  1300 835 411

ap.ironman.com

 

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.

Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon - Adventure Series

 

15-16 October 2016

Venue :  Kundasang, Sabah

Phone :  +6088-232 121

www.sabah.tourism.com

 

The Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon-Adventure Series covers a challenging 23km route, taking participants up the Summit Trail to Laying-Layang (2.072m above sea level), before descending to Mesilou and heading on the finish line at Kundasang Town.

Penang Island Jazz Festival

 

01 December 2016 - 03 December 2016

Venue :  Batu Feringhi, Penang

Contact : +6012 - 296 7800

 

Held since 2004, this independent music festival highlights the best of local and international jazz musicians from all over the world.

 

Deepavali Festival of Lights

 

29 October 2016

Venue :  Nationwide

 

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 (except Labuan and Sarawak).

 

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1Malaysia Year-End Sale

 

01 November 2016 - 01 December 2016

Venue :  Nationwide

 

From trendy malls to open-air markets, the atmosphere is vibrant with the mood for the best shopping and leisure experiences ever, as only year-end sales can offer. Yes, the fabulous 1Malaysia Year-End Sale is back – bigger and better, events and happenings in hundreds of shopping outlets all over the country for nearly two months. Put your best foot forward and step into the New Year in style and glamour.

Christmas

 

25 December 2016

Venue :  Throughout Malaysia

 

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!

 

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