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Kuala Lumpur Events

Thaipusam

The most important Hindu festival in Malaysia, celebrated mainly by Malaysian Hindus with Tamil origins. The celebrations are vividly colourful and marked by acts of self-mortification, with devotees adopting painful body piercings before parading en masse to the Batu caves. More than a million pilgrims gather for the festival every year.

Date: 31 January 2018 - 31 January 2018
Venue: Batu Caves.
Cost:

Most events are free.


Federal Territory Day

Public holiday marking the ceding of Kuala Lumpur to the federal government of Malaysia in 1974 by the surrounding state of Selangor. It's marked by colourful celebrations including fireworks and parades with streamers and balloons.

Date: 01 February 2018 - 01 February 2018
Venue: Throughout the city.
Cost:

Free.


Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year is welcomed by Chinese people everywhere, and KL is no exception. Centred on Chinatown, but celebrated across the city, this animated festival includes dragon dances, vast amounts of fireworks and liberal feasting at Chinese restaurants across the city.

Date: 16 February 2018 - 16 February 2018
Venue: Chinatown.
Cost:

Free.


King's Birthday Celebrations

Malaysians celebrate the birthday of His Majesty the King of Malaysia with a series of extravagant ceremonies in the capital, Kuala Lumpur. Events include a ceremonial Trooping of the Colours symbolising the loyalty of the Malaysian Armed Forces to the monarchy.

Date: 04 June 2018 - 04 June 2018
Venue: Various venues in Kuala Lumpur.
Cost:

Most events are free.


Aidilfitri (Hari Raya Puasa)

Two days of joyful celebration mark the end of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting. Muslims make up the majority of the Malaysian population, and while the celebrations are largely family-oriented, it's quite a special time of year to be in the city.

Date: 15 June 2018 - 16 June 2018
Venue: Throughout the city.
Cost:

Free.


Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival

A shopping bonanza, based on similar events in neighbouring Singapore, the annual Mega Sale from mid-June to August sees prices plummet in stores across the city. This is also the time for Malaysian Fashion Week and the Made in Malaysia exhibition.

Date: 15 June 2018 - 31 August 2018
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Throughout the city.
Cost:

Free.


Merdeka Celebrations

A month-long festival marking Malaysia's independence from Britain, which was finally gained in 1957. Celebrations come to a head on Independence Day, August 31, with a huge parade and the ceremonial raising of the Malaysian flag at Merdeka Square.

Date: 01 August 2018 - 31 August 2018
Venue: Merderka Square and other city venues.
Cost:

Free.


Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix

The annual Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix is one of Kuala Lumpur's best-loved sporting events. Held at the spectacular Sepang International Circuit, this is a highlight of the sporting calendar and huge crowd gather to soak up the noise, excitement and the distinctive smell of super-charged engines.

Date: 04 November 2018 - 04 November 2018
Venue: Sepang International Circuit.
Website: http://www.motogp.com/en
Cost:

Tickets from MYR73.


Deepavali

The famous 'Festival of Lights' is one of the most popular Hindu celebrations, commemorating the triumph of good over evil. As with the Chinese New Year, every community joins in the celebrations, lighting candles, lanterns and fireworks to bring good luck. This is a public holiday in most of the country, including KL.

Date: 06 November 2018 - 06 November 2018
Venue: Throughout the city.

Sepang 12 Hour

The Sepang 12 Hour (MMER) is a 12-hour endurance race for cars between 1600-1900cc. First held in 2000, this has grown to become one of the biggest events of its kind in Malaysia. It's seen as a good training ground for the racing stars of the future.

Date: 01 December 2018 - 31 December 2018
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Sepang International Circuit.
Website: http://www.sepang12hour.com
Cost:

Free.