Mid-Autumn Festival Petaling Street, Bukit Bintang/KLCC and Pavilion, KL (www.motac.gov.my). Look out for the arrival of paper lanterns and boxes of mooncakes in shopping malls: that means it's time for the Mid-Autumn (or Lantern) Festival. The holiday is a fun chance for kids to gather and show off their lanterns.
Malaysia Day Various locations (www.tourism.gov.my). This relatively new holiday celebrates the establishment of the Malaysian federation – made up of Malaya, North Borneo, Sarawak and Singapore – in 1963. Celebrations are tame compared to those of Independence Day.
Pangkor Island Festival Pangkor, Perak (+603 7785 6363/ www.pangkorislandfestival.com). This artsy festival aims to increase tourism on the little island of Pangkor. Activities from previous years have included the likes of photography contests, moonlight feasts, art bazaars, outdoor movie screenings, ukulele workshops and more.
Sarawak Regatta Kuching Waterfront, Sarawak (+608 250 7051/ www.sarawakregatta.com). The highlight of this unique water festival is the competitive dragon boat race. Shop and dine at various food and flea markets located along the waterfront and watch talented buskers performing on the streets.