A true melting pot of cultures and traditions, Kuala Lumpur has a large and diverse variety of annual festivals and celebrations. Many of these are specifically organised by the state to showcase the country’s diverse culture and history, while others are simply celebrations and showcases of film, art and music. Either way, these events inevitably offer a wonderful opportunity for expats to learn more about the Malaysian people and way of life.

Below are some of the most popular yearly celebrations and festivals held in Kuala Lumpur.

Annual events in Malaysia

Langkawi International Water Festival (April)

This water-sports event is a great way to spend some time in the sun, with events ranging from sandcastle-building competitions and underwater treasure hunts to kayak races, fishing competitions and beach netball games.

Colours of Malaysia (May)

Known locally as Citrawarna Malaysia, this annual festival is organised by the Malaysian Ministry of Tourism to showcase the country’s culture through traditional song-and-dance performances, dazzling parades, delicious ethnic food and beautifully made handicrafts.

Kuala Lumpur Marathon (June)

Weaving its way through notable city landmarks, the Kuala Lumpur Marathon begins and ends at Dataran Merdeka. This is a great way for outdoorsy expats to get to know the city while enjoying a run with a view. This is also a fantastic spectator event.

Good Vibes Festival (July)

Each year, this beloved music festival brings the best in local and international indie, pop, electronic and hip hop music to the hills of Genting just north of Kuala Lumpur. While the performances are the highlight, attendees should make sure to check out the festival's giant playground, art installations and mouthwatering food stalls.