Kuala Lumpur Events and Festivals

(Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory, Malaysia)

Chinatown photoKuala Lumpur's collection of multicultural residents, including Hindus and Muslims, means that a lot of significant religious festivals and events happen here, with things to do all through the year.

In addition, the Chinese follow the lunar calendar and have their New Year's celebrations and festivals in January and February, while Kuala Lumpur Day goes off on February 1st each year. National Day falls in August and offers an array of events within Kuala Lumpur city centre, being based around the Independence Square.

Kuala Lumpur Calendar of Festivals and Events 2014 / 2015


  • Chinese New Year - January is a great time to be in the vibrant Chinatown district, where a feast of dragon dances, firecrackers, and Chinese eating go off to usher in their new year


  • Kuala Lumpur City Day - taking place on February 1st at Taman Tasik Perdana and Taman Titiwangsa, with lots of festivities and fun for all ages


  • Malaysia Megasale Carnival - the Megasale Carnival runs for a month and is the best time to pick up a bargain. It also takes place again later in the year, in August and December


  • Malaysian F1 Grand Prix - Malaysia's F1 takes place near the start of the F1 calendar at the city's state-of-the-art Sepang track, just outside the capital, not far from the airport


  • Worker's Day - May 1st is a national holiday in Malaysia when many attractions are closed, while people observe the achievement of workers


  • Prophet's Birthday - the Prophet's Birthday falls on June 4th and is an official holiday in Malaysia, when several attractions will be closed


  • Floral Festival - Kuala Lumpur comes alive in a swathe of colour during July's Floral Festival, when hotels, shopping malls, parks and streets get in on the action


  • National Day - a proud day for Malays when Kuala Lumpur heads the event with performances in Independence Square


  • Malaysia Fest - the culture of Malaysia is celebrated in shops and hotels throughout the city during these two weeks of September, with much eating and making of crafts


  • Shopping Carnival - yet another shopping event for Kuala Lumpur, the two-week Shopping Carnival sees loads of participating stores citywide offer great discounts
  • Hari Raya Aidilfitri - this important Muslim festivity takes place after Ramadan each October, and sees lots of well wishing and praying in mosques


  • Deepavali - the city's Hindus celebrate the November 'Festival of Lights' in a show of good over evil. Expect the city to be awash with lights at night-time


  • Christmas Celebrations - throughout December, mass is held in churches all over Kuala Lumpur for the city's Christian residents, while carols can be heard all month-long in shopping malls