Events in Malaysia for May 2013

Sabah Fest 2013

Events in Malaysia for May 2013 are quite exciting with many of them happening in Malaysia Borneo. Some of Malaysia’s most colourful festivals will be taking place in May this year to welcome local and international tourists to immerse in truly unique and memorable experiences. Here are some of the highlights in May 2013 found around Malaysia:


This is the final stop of Malaysia Water Festival series! The annual water festival in Langkawi has always been one of the most anticipated events.

It will be celebrated along with dance, music and food. More than 30 exciting activities from slippery pole challenge to underwater treasure hunt await visitors!

  • Organiser:       Ministry of Tourism, Malaysia
  • Date:                 3 – 5 May 2013
  • Venue:             Pantai Chenang, Langkawi, Kedah
  • Contact:          +6 03 8891 7000


This annual cultural extravaganza in Sabah is back! Sabah Fest 2013 is a cultural event that presents a wonderful blend of traditions and natural heritage in Sabah through a grand presentation of song, dance, and drama.

Through this event, visitors will get to unravel the history and tales of different ethnics in the mystical land of Borneo. Let’s join the celebration of Sabah’s Natural Charms!

  • Organiser:       Sabah Tourism Board
  • Date:                  3 – 5 May 2013
  • Venue:             Auditorium, Department of Culture and Arts Sabah (JKKNS), Sabah
  • Contact:           +6 088 232 121
  • Website:


In conjunction with the Gawai celebration, the Sarawak World Harvest Festival 2013 is held to commemorate the unique Gawai or Harvest festival. It is an ethnic festival which provides opportunity for others to understand the cultures, traditions and aspirations of the Dayak community.

Highlights of the event include theme play, “Miss World Harvest Festival 2013”, “Ironman WHF 2013” and cultural performances by international troupes. The typical Sarawakian hospitality awaits you!

  • Organiser:       Sarawak Cultural Village
  • Date:                  3 – 5 May 2013
  • Venue:             Sarawak Cultural Village, Sarawak
  • Contact:           +6 082 846 108
  • Website:


Runners, strap on your running shoes! Whether you want to run 10km, 21km or take on marathon (42.5km), do it at the Borneo International Marathon 2013!

As one of Sabah’s flagship sporting events, the Borneo International Marathon 2013 targets to attract about 5,000 runners.  Through the event, the organiser hopes to inspire more Sabahan youths to take up their athletic passion to another level.

  • Organiser:       Kinabalu Running Club (KRC)
  • Date:                  5 May 2013
  • Venue:             Likas Stadium Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
  • Contact:           +6 088 218 833
  • Website:


Previously known as the Miri International Jazz Festival, the Borneo Jazz Festival 2013 is making a return! The jazz extravaganza will be offering a diverse range of jazz styles, as well as other musical genres for the fans.

Highlights of the event include performance of local and international bands, Craft Bazaar, Borneo Jazz Store and Village Mart. The event is targeting to attract at least 9,000 local and foreign festival-goers this year.

  • Organiser:                        Sarawak Tourism Board
  • Date:                                  10 – 11 May 2013
  • Venue:                              Miri’s Parkcity Everly Hotel, Sarawak
  • Contact:                            +6 082 423 600
  • Website:                 


The Colours of 1Malaysia is back! This fascinating annual event gathers all the heritage and cultures from all the states, as well as delicacies of various ethnic groups in Malaysia.

Highlights of the event include traditional performances, colourful parades and exhibitions that showcase the country’s arts and crafts. It is an ideal platform to learn more about Malaysian people and their diverse cultures. Be sure not to miss this exciting event!

  • Organiser:       Ministry of Tourism Malaysia
  • Date:                  25 May 2013
  • Venue:             Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur
  • Contact:           +6 03 8891 75(13) / (24)


One of Malaysia’s largest international beauty trade expos is back to conquer the beauty industry! The International Beauty Expo 2013 provides an extensive platform for local and international exhibitors to showcase their latest products, trends and technologies all under one roof!

Highlights of the event include the Premier B2B Beauty Annual Event, Congregation of International Pavilions, Industry Professional Workshops and Conferences and Gathers of World-Class Competition and Shows. Don’t miss it!

  • Organiser:       Elite Expo Sdn. Bhd.
  • Date:                 18 – 21 May 2013
  • Time:                11am – 7pm
  • Venue:             Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur
  • Contact:           +6 03 5891 1157
  • Website:


In conjunction with the National Volunteer Year, Malaysia’s largest youth gathering is back in Putrajaya! Previously known as the One Million Youth Gathering, Putrajaya Youth Festival 2013 will feature about 500 events to attract visitors!

Highlights of the festival include power boat exhibition, scuba pool diving and big bike show. The event is held with the concept of helping youths to develop their potential, expanding creativity and building up unity among themselves.

  • Organiser:       Ministry of Youth and Sports
  • Date:                  23 – 26 May 2013
  • Venue:             Putrajaya Boulevard, Presint 1-6, 18, and 20, Kuala Lumpur
  • Contact:           +6 03 8871 3632
  • Website:


The annual ‘Tadau’ (festival) ‘Kaamatan’ (after harvest), is one of the most important events in Sabah. It is mostly celebrated by the Kadazan-Dusun community for their bountiful harvest.

Besides traditional dances and musical performances, the main highlights are the crowning of Unduk Ngadau (State Harvest Beauty Queen) and Sungdoi (Kadazan Idol). Do not miss this interesting festival to experience the warm hospitality of Sabahans!

  • Organiser:       Kadazan Dusun Cultural Association
  • Date:                  30 – 31 May 2013
  • Venue:             Throughout Sabah and Labuan
  • Contact:           +6 088 713 696

For tourist or travelers heading here in May, please take note of the travel times from one state to another. Some require flights while others may only take buses or train. You can get more information from MaTic in Kuala Lumpur for Events in Malaysia for May 2013.


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