Things To Do Around KK In May

Is it us, or did April go by super fast? Hmm..

Anyway, it’s time to say hello to the exciting and festive month of May, a month popular here in Sabah for celebrating the Harvest Festival/Kaamatan. There’s definitely loads of things happening in May for you to check out, so get ready! We’re talking about cultural events, fashion shows, district harvest festival events and lots of merriment.

Here’s a line-up of events and activities in May:




Wheelchair Charity Run
1 May 2017 @ Majlis Daerah Penampang 

A charity event that brings people together in creating awareness and to educate the public about those with special needs especially people in our society who depend on wheelchairs. The fund raised from the event will go to a special needs program to provide those with walking disabilities with wheelchairs.

There are 3 categories for this event:

  • Wheelchair (OKU) – 3km
  • Non Wheelchair (OKU) – 3km
  • Open – 6km

How To Sign Up:
1. Manual registration: Please Contact Ms Eliza (0178990797) or Ms Letty (0183639888) to obtain the form. Fill in your particulars and return the form with registration fee
2. Online registration can be done on our FB page. Fill in your particulars and whatsapp and bank in details to the above person in charge
3. WhatsApp registration is available at +60183639888. Take a photo of your filled form and send it to us, together with your payment slip.
4. Bank Account : Penampang Junior Chamber – CIMB 8007598413

You can also register at UPKO Bahagian office from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm located Kampung Hungab.


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Sabah Fest 2017
5 – 7 May 2017 @ Kompleks JKKN Sabah, Kota Kinabalu

To kick-start the Harvest Festival in Sabah, the Sabah Fest 2017 is bringing you an array of cultural happenings and entertainment with dance, fashion, music, food and so much more. Check out the Jesselton Philharmonic Orchestra and the Supirak musical theatre happening at JKKN Sabah! There will also be pocket shows, a traditional food fair and handicraft showcase too!




Borneo International Marathon (BIM)
7 May 2017 @ Stadium, Likas Sports Complex

In partnership with Unicef, this year’s BIM theme is #thisability, which brings together those with and without disabilities. It is also to raise awareness about the need of supporting and accepting children who are differently-abled. It’s time to focus on #thisability and not disability!



Pitas Bengkoka Festival & Harvest Festival 2017
10 – 14 May 2017 @ Bengkoka Square, Pitas

A colourful event held in conjunction with the Harvest Festival to showcase Pitas and its attractions. Enjoy traditional performances, witness various sea sports, the Tagunggu competition, a decorative boat competition, an agriculture and commercial expo, the Sugandoi singing competition and the crowning of the Unduk Ngadau (Harvest Festival Queen). Also on display are traditional houses of the six ethnic groups found exclusively in Pitas.


Mother’s Day Walk Abreast 2017
13 May 2017

The annual Mother’s Day Walk Abreast is held to create breast cancer awareness in Sabah, encouraging younger Malaysian and residents in Sabah to support and celebrate cancer patients, survivors and their families.




4th Sabah FCAS International Dragon Boat Race
13 – 14 May 2017 @ Likas Bay, Kota Kinabalu

Organised in conjuction with the Duan Wu Festival, this is Chinese tradition has evolved throughout the years into one of the main sporting events in Sabah. Watch in excitement as local and international teams beat their drums and synchronize their paddling, while racing for the finish line.


Borneo Indigenous Fashion Week 2017 ( BIF Week)
13 – 14 May 2017 @ Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa

To promote Sabah Indigenous culture to the world by creating a platform for Sabah’s fashion designers and artist to showcase their beautiful and creative designs.



Harvest Festival, Kota Belud
14 May 2017 @ Kota Belud

The district of Kota Belud celebrates the Harvest Festival with their own line-up of exciting events and the crowning of the Unduk Ngadau (Harvest Festival Queen).



Harvest Festival, Kota Marudu
15 May 2017 @ Kota Marudu Community Hall / Dataran Kota Marudu

The Harvest Festival celebration begins in the district of Kota Marudu with a myriad of activities and cultural performances.


International Museum Day
15 – 18 May 2017 @ Sabah Museum

May 18th of each year has been designated as World Museum Day by the International Council of Museums (ICOM). Entry to the premises of the Sabah Museum is free and the public are given the privilege to view special collections on display. In conjunction with the event, the Sabah Museum also welcomes the public to spend a night at the museum (fees apply).




Penampang 4×4 Kaamatan Challenge (5th Edition)
20 – 21 May 2017 @ Kg. Duvanson, Penampang

This two-day Kaamatan Challenge is an annual event for 4X4 off road enthusiasts in the novice and amateur categories held in conjunction with Harvest Festival in May.




Harvest Festival Open Regatta
27 – 28 May 2017 @ Kinabalu Yacth

Let’s celebrate Ka’amatan together! The Kinabalu Yacht Club will be organising this annual event in conjunction with the festive season. See sailing enthusiasts set their sails at Tanjung Aru this Ka’amatan.


International Conference on Spirituality, Culture and Sustainable Tourism 2017
28 May – 2 Jun 2017 @ Kota Kinabalu

The Kadazandusun Cultural Association, Sabah (KDCA) and its partners, the Faculty of Hotel & Tourism Management, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Sabah and Secretariat of Local Knowledge, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Penang will be hosting the 1st International Conference on Spirituality, Culture and Sustainable Tourism (SCST) on 28 May – 2 June 2017 in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia-Borneo.

The conference is held in conjunction with the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017, and is a platform for various tourism industry players, researchers, academicians and stakeholders in the tourism and hospitality industries to present and discuss their knowledge and findings relevant to the conference theme, “Spirituality, Culture and Sustainable Tourism”.



Tadau Ka’amatan – Harvest Festival – Finale
30 – 31 May 2017 @ Kadazan Dusun Cultural Association (KDCA)

The month-long Harvest Festival celebration will culminate at Hongkod Koisaan (the Kadazan Dusun Cultural Association Centre in Penampang). This annual celebration attracts some 5,000 visitors each year. Join the merriment as local folks sing, dance, eat and play traditional games. 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.


Note: This blog post will be updated from time to time with events/activities in the month of May.

For more info on events and activities, checkout Sabah Tourism’s website! 

Photo credits to Sabah Tourism.

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