SABAH CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Chinese New Year Assembly of Dragons, Unicorns and Lions

11 Jan 2020

Dragons, unicorns, and lions come alive during this annual Chinese New Year Celebration, held at the Multi-Purpose Hall at Likas Sports Complex, Kota Kinabalu. More than 60 dance troupes will put on a dazzling display of agility, grace, and choreograph

ORGANIZER: The United Sabah Chinese Communities Association of Kota Kinabalu

VENUE: Likas Sport Complex, Kota Kinabalu



Chinese New Year Carnival

12 Jan 2020 - 15 Jan 2020

Chinese New Year jovial celebration is going to be held at both Lintasan Deasoka and Gaya Street, which is just walking distance between one another. Come and experience the local Chinese ethics’ cultural performance and enjoy the local delicacie

ORGANIZER: The Federation of Chinese Associations Sabah (FCAS)

VENUE: Lintasan Deasoka, Gaya Street



'Fallen Heroes' of Petagas

12 Jan 2020

A memorial service is held annually to commemorate those who fought and fell during World War II. This memorial park was erected in memory of those who died while defending Sabah against the Japanese during World War II.


ORGANIZER: Kota Kinabalu City Hall

VENUE: Petagas Memorial Monument



20th City Day Celebration

2 Feb 2020

Gather at the historical Merdeka Field to join the city folks as they celebrated the 18th Aniversary of Kota Kinabalu as a City. A variety of activities lined up throughout the month!


ORGANIZER: Kota Kinabalu City Hall

VENUE: Padang Merdeka, Kota Kinabalu



Ruhiang-Kiulu Adventure Challenge 2020

9 Feb 2020

The Ruhiang-Kiulu Adventure Challenge is an annual sporting event since 2011. This yearly event is promote "Sport Tourism Attractions" in Tamparuli and Kiulu district. Extreme sports lovers of Malaysia will be joining categories of beginners

ORGANIZER: Tamparuli Sub-District Office & Casero Event

VENUE: Tamparuli Tamu Ground,Tamparuli Town



35th Sabah Annual Art 2020

20 Feb 2020 - 31 Jul 2020

A statewide art selection program to increase the collections of the Sabah Art Gallery, but to discover and encourage creative individuals to follow their passion in art. Entry forms are available at the Sabah Art Gallery and all submission centers aro

ORGANIZER: Sabah Art Gallery

VENUE: Convention Centre, Sabah Art Gallery



Borneo Half Marathon

23 Feb 2020

The Borneo Half Marathon run through the heart of Kota Kinabalu city and its fringers with picturesque views of the city’s landscape and surrounding greenery.


ORGANIZER: Borneo Marathon

VENUE: Padang Merdeka, Kota Kinabalu



21st City Day Open Regatta

23 Feb 2020 - 24 Feb 2020

The above regatta, held annually at KYC, is to promote sports tourism in Sabah. Apart from this, sailing is a sport that builds up self – discipline and a sense of challenge in the field of sports.


ORGANIZER: Kinabalu Yacht Club

VENUE: Kinabalu Yacht Club, Tanjung Aru Kota Kinabalu



35th Sabah Annual Art 2020

20 Feb 2020 - 31 Jul 2020

A statewide art selection program to increase the collections of the Sabah Art Gallery, but to discover and encourage creative individuals to follow their passion in art. Entry forms are available at the Sabah Art Gallery and all submission centers aro

ORGANIZER: Sabah Art Gallery

VENUE: Convention Centre, Sabah Art Gallery



Lampoopalooza

20 Mar 2020

There will be celebrated again with music, food and a street party at the historical Gaya Street, Kota Kinabalu with this new show and installation of coloured lights around the 102 year-old Sabah Tourism Board.


ORGANIZER: Sabah Tourism Board

VENUE: Sabah Tourism Board, 51 Gaya Street



Pesta Kalimaran

30 Mar 2020 - 31 Mar 2020

Pesta Kalimaran is an annual cultural celebration of the Murut community. This festival celebrates the unique arts and culture of the Murut, the third largest indigenous group in Sabah.


ORGANIZER: Sabah Cultural Board

VENUE: Tenom



35th Sabah Annual Art 2020

20 Feb 2020 - 31 Jul 2020

A statewide art selection program to increase the collections of the Sabah Art Gallery, but to discover and encourage creative individuals to follow their passion in art. Entry forms are available at the Sabah Art Gallery and all submission centers aro

ORGANIZER: Sabah Art Gallery

VENUE: Convention Centre, Sabah Art Gallery



Regatta Lepa Semporna

17 Apr 2020 - 18 Apr 2020

Lepa is a traditional single-masted sailing boat of the Bajau of Semporna. Various cultural performances such as the Lepa Beauty Pageant, traditional and contemporary sports and games.


ORGANIZER: Semporna District Office

VENUE: Regatta Lepa Square, Semporna



'Lest We Forget' Run

24 Apr 2020

Join a two-kilometer symbolic run around KK City that ends at Jalan Tugu, in front of Kota Kinabalu City Hall. This will be followed by a wreath-laying ceremony held to commemorate fallen heroes during World War II.


ORGANIZER: Kota Kinabalu City Hall

VENUE: Kota Kinabalu City Hall



Sabah Jazz 2020

30 Apr 2020 - 1 May 2020

Sabah Jazz event line-up of talented Jazz bands from all around Malaysia and coincides with UNESCO's International Jazz Day.


ORGANIZER: Sabah Jazz Community & Mega Boogie

VENUE: Outdoor Basketball Court, Likas Sports Complex, Kota Kinabalu.



35th Sabah Annual Art 2020

20 Feb 2020 - 31 Jul 2020

A statewide art selection program to increase the collections of the Sabah Art Gallery, but to discover and encourage creative individuals to follow their passion in art. Entry forms are available at the Sabah Art Gallery and all submission centers aro

ORGANIZER: Sabah Art Gallery

VENUE: Convention Centre, Sabah Art Gallery



Sabah Jazz 2020

30 Apr 2020 - 1 May 2020

Sabah Jazz event line-up of talented Jazz bands from all around Malaysia and coincides with UNESCO's International Jazz Day.


ORGANIZER: Sabah Jazz Community & Mega Boogie

VENUE: Outdoor Basketball Court, Likas Sports Complex, Kota Kinabalu.



Tadau Ka’amatan - Harvest Festival, KDCA

30 May 2020 - 31 May 2020

Harvest Festival celebration will culminate at Hongkod Koisaan, Penampang. The highlight is none other than the final round of the highly anticipated Harvest Beauty Queen pageant – the crowning of this year’s Unduk Ngadau.


ORGANIZER: Kadazan Dusun Cultural Association (KDCA)

VENUE: Kadazan Dusun Cultural Association (KDCA)



35th Sabah Annual Art 2020

20 Feb 2020 - 31 Jul 2020

A statewide art selection program to increase the collections of the Sabah Art Gallery, but to discover and encourage creative individuals to follow their passion in art. Entry forms are available at the Sabah Art Gallery and all submission centers aro

ORGANIZER: Sabah Art Gallery

VENUE: Convention Centre, Sabah Art Gallery



Borneo Marathon

1 Jun 2020

Runner’s World Magazine listed Borneo Marathon as one of the 50 best running races in the World in 2018. It is a destination race in Borneo known for its wilderness and exotic culture.


ORGANIZER: Borneo Marathon

VENUE: Likas Sports Complex, Kota Kinabalu



Remembering Double Six

6 Jun 2020

“Remembering Double Six” is an event to commemorate the ‘Double Six’ tragedy in which some of the State’s top leaders on board the GAF Nomad aircraft were killed in a plane crash on the 6th June 1976. The event takes place

ORGANIZER: Kota Kinabalu City Hall

VENUE: Double Six Monument, Sembulan, Kota Kinabalu



Sabah FCAS International Dragon Boat Race

6 Jun 2020 - 7 Jun 2020

Join us in the annual Sabah International Dragon Boat Race as we honour one of the most import- ant festival in the Chinese Cultural Calendar, the Dumpling Festival. Witness the energy and sportsmanship among the rowers!


ORGANIZER: The Federation of Chinese Associations Sabah (FCAS)

VENUE: Likas Bay, Kota Kinabalu



Sabah Fest 2020

6 Jun 2020 - 7 Jun 2020

Sabah Fest presents a wonderful blend of cultural and natural heritage that is richly embedded in folklore and is one of Sabah’s premiere events. This prelude to the statewide Harvest Festival celebration is a superbly entertaining cultural<

ORGANIZER: Sabah Tourism Board/ Sri Pelancongan Sabah



35th Sabah Annual Art 2020

20 Feb 2020 - 31 Jul 2020

A statewide art selection program to increase the collections of the Sabah Art Gallery, but to discover and encourage creative individuals to follow their passion in art. Entry forms are available at the Sabah Art Gallery and all submission centers aro

ORGANIZER: Sabah Art Gallery

VENUE: Convention Centre, Sabah Art Gallery



Pesta Magahau

1 Jul 2020

An annual event of the Rungus tribe to promote their culture and ethnicity internationally. 


VENUE: Dewan Terbuka Matunggong



11th Tugu Budaya Etnik Sabah

1 Jul 2020

Tugu Budaya Etnik Sabah - International Youth Folk Dance Festival is a venue for the youngsters to showcase their talents and displaying their dazzling folk dance.


ORGANIZER: Lembaga Kebudayaan Negeri Sabah

VENUE: Sabah Cultural Board



Agnes Keith Day

6 Jul 2020 - 7 Jul 2020

Agnes Keith is the renowned American author of ‘Land Below the Wind’, who is also known as one of the ambassadors to the state. During Agnes Keith Day, visitors are invited to visit her former residence in Sandakan; rebuilt and turned into

VENUE: Agnes Keith House, Sandakan



Kudat Festival

24 Jul 2020 - 26 Jul 2020

An annual festival is to be held in Kudat to showcase the unique and amazing tourism products and culture that Kudat has to offer. Performances such as dragon boat race, golden voice competition, cooking competition, and even more awaits you!


ORGANIZER: Pejabat Daerah Kudat

VENUE: Kudat Esplanade Sidek



Warriors' Day

31 Jul 2020

A day commemorates the contribution and sacrifices of our fallen heroes in protecting and defending the sovereignty of our nation. It is a day to remember those who died in battle in Sabah and across the nation.


VENUE: Multipurpose Hall, Likas Sports Complex, Kota Kinabalu



National Day

31 Aug 2020

This day is known as ‘Hari Merdeka’ or Independence Day. At the Sabah state level, a colourful parade will be held in downtown Kota Kinabalu City to celebrate the National Day.


ORGANIZER: Kota Kinabalu City Hall

VENUE: Kota Kinabalu City Hall



North Borneo Traditional Houses

1 Sep 2020 - 31 Dec 2020

This exhibition will display a replica of the traditional houses found in North Borneo. Visitors can see the different structures of the houses.


ORGANIZER: Chanteek Borneo Gallery

VENUE: Chanteek Borneo Indigenous Museum



Malaysia Day

16 Sep 2020

The Federation of Malaysia was formed on this date. It marked the joining of Malaya, North Borneo, and Sarawak to form Malaysia in 1963. This is a national public holiday and a series of activities will be held in conjunction with Malaysia Day.




Installation Art By The Bay @ KK 2020

18 Sep 2020 - 21 Sep 2020

Corporate Groups, NGO’s, community based teams, art clubs, artists and anyone who is passionate about sharing their views on the environment  through their artworks are encouraged to participate.


ORGANIZER: Installation Art by the Bay @ KK

VENUE: Segama Waterfront, Kota Kinabalu



Wild Run Kota Kinabalu

27 Sep 2020

Wild run is a pet-friendly run that started in 2015 with the intent to advocate animal welfare awareness.


ORGANIZER: Valiant Events

VENUE: Likas Sports Complex, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.



Tropical Rainforest Run 2020

28 Sep 2020

‘Tropical Rainforest Run’, is Tawau Hills Park running event, home to the Seraya Siput Kuning (shorea faguetiana), one of the tallest tropical trees in the world.


ORGANIZER: Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn Bhd

VENUE: Tawau Hills Park, Tawau



3rd Sandakan Food and Agriculture Festival

28 Sep 2020 - 30 Sep 2020

Sandakan Town will turn itself into a food galore in the grand Food Festival Village at Bandar Kim Fung, about 10 minutes’ drive from the city centre. Discover more local popular activities such as the Sandakan Grand Chef cooking a

ORGANIZER: Sandakan Tourism Association

VENUE: Sandakan



North Borneo Traditional Houses

1 Sep 2020 - 31 Dec 2020

This exhibition will display a replica of the traditional houses found in North Borneo. Visitors can see the different structures of the houses.


ORGANIZER: Chanteek Borneo Gallery

VENUE: Chanteek Borneo Indigenous Museum



Gong Festival

1 Oct 2020

One of the best times to visit and immerse yourself into the culture of the Rungus community at the Gong Festival in Matunggong .The gong is one of Sabah’s quintessential musical instruments and is produced by craft makers of the Sumangkap Villag

VENUE: Dewan Terbuka Matunggong



Sabah Head Of State Birthday

5 Oct 2020

The official birthday of His Excellency, the Head of State of Sabah is celebrated on the first Saturday of October annually. A series of activities will be held in conjunction with His Excellency’s birthday, also declared a public holiday.


ORGANIZER: Kota Kinabalu City Hall

VENUE: Padang Merdeka, Kota Kinabalu



The 30th Borneo Safari International Off Road Challenge

25 Oct 2020 - 1 Nov 2020

The oldest 4×4 off road competition in Malaysia returns to thrill off-road participants and enthusiasts as they attempt to conquer the harsh terrains of Sabah’s rainforest with modified 4×4 vehicles.


ORGANIZER: Sabah Four Drive Wheel Association (SFWDA)

VENUE: Flag off in front of Sabah Tourism Board



Borneo Bird Festival

26 Oct 2020 - 27 Oct 2020

The Borneo Bird Festival celebrates the feathered beauties of Borneo, creating public awareness in conservation efforts while promoting bird watching and eco-tourism activities. The festival will be held at Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC) in Sandakan

ORGANIZER: Sabah Tourism Board / Sandakan Borneo Bird Club, Sabah

VENUE: Rainforest Discovery Centre, Sepilok



Tamu Besar Kota Belud

26 Oct 2020 - 27 Oct 2020

Visit the grand Tamu Besar held annually at Kota Belud. A vibrant melee of farmers, fisher- men and vendors will convene at the largest open-air market to sell an array of produce and everyday goods. The main highlights include a colourful parade by th

ORGANIZER: Pejabat Daerah Kota Belud

VENUE: Tamu Mingguan, Kota Belud



Tanjung Aru Beach Festival

30 Oct 2020 - 31 Oct 2020

This is the second year for the festival to continue to promote a healthy lifestyle through outdoor sports and activities. Catch live performances by local singers and band, as well as indulge your taste buds at various delicious food trucks!


ORGANIZER: Sabah Tourism Board/ Sri Pelancongan Sabah

VENUE: Tanjung Aru Beach



North Borneo Traditional Houses

1 Sep 2020 - 31 Dec 2020

This exhibition will display a replica of the traditional houses found in North Borneo. Visitors can see the different structures of the houses.


ORGANIZER: Chanteek Borneo Gallery

VENUE: Chanteek Borneo Indigenous Museum



The 30th Borneo Safari International Off Road Challenge

25 Oct 2020 - 1 Nov 2020

The oldest 4×4 off road competition in Malaysia returns to thrill off-road participants and enthusiasts as they attempt to conquer the harsh terrains of Sabah’s rainforest with modified 4×4 vehicles.


ORGANIZER: Sabah Four Drive Wheel Association (SFWDA)

VENUE: Flag off in front of Sabah Tourism Board



Borneo Divers' Celebration of Sea Turtles

9 Nov 2020 - 12 Nov 2020

Join Borneo Divers’ crew to experience the journey of saving these magnificent marine creatures. Fun activities will focus on CARE – Conservation & Awareness, Research & Education (in collaboration with Universiti Malaysia Sabah).

ORGANIZER: Universiti Malaysia Sabah

VENUE: Borneo Divers Mabul Resort, Semporna



North Borneo Traditional Houses

1 Sep 2020 - 31 Dec 2020

This exhibition will display a replica of the traditional houses found in North Borneo. Visitors can see the different structures of the houses.


ORGANIZER: Chanteek Borneo Gallery

VENUE: Chanteek Borneo Indigenous Museum



Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebration

25 Dec 2020

Celebrate the Christmas festivel at Padang Merdeka with fairy lights and christmas trees all set up at the field! This fun-filled event is featuring an evening of Christmas carolling and a variety of stalls to visit. 


ORGANIZER: Kota Kinabalu City Hall

VENUE: Padang Merdeka



Enchanting Christmas

25 Dec 2020

Come witness the official tree-lighting ceremony placed symbolically at the Sabah Tourism Board to start the month Christmas celebration at 51Gaya Street.


ORGANIZER: Sabah Tourism Board/ Sri Pelancongan Sabah

VENUE: Sabah Tourism Board, 51 Gaya Street