Scream “Merdeka” & check out these events happening in KL in August 2023

It’s time to check up on your Leo friends and this month is going to be all about them (*writer self-pats). August is an iconic month for Malaysians considering how we’re all our most patriotic selves. On top of the amazing discounts and promotions about to drown us, there are also a bunch of exciting events happening this month.

So, let’s have a look at some events you MUST GO to, happening across the Klang Valley!

1. Spend all your meow-ments at Ekspo Kucing 2023

If you’re obsessed with kitties, check out Ekspo Kuching 2023, Malaysia’s largest cat expo returning for its 6th anniversary!


This expo promises an array of fantastic deals and enormous discounts on top-notch cat foods and products. On top of premium cat food vendors,  there is also an international cat competition featuring over 200 magnificent felines. 

Mark your calendars to Shop, Adopt, and Be Entertained at Ekspo Kucing 2023, where incredible savings of up to 80% await you.

Dates: 4 – 6 August 2023
Time: 10am – 9pm
Venue: MATRADE Exhibition & Convention Centre Kuala Lumpur

2. Tokyo Sepang Drift at the M4NTAP FESTIVAL

Auto-heads, rejoice as the highly anticipated M4NTAP Festival where the exhilarating M4NTAP Trackday Series makes its grand return! Prepare for an adrenaline-fuelled 6-hour track day, featuring the opportunity to break not just 1, but 6 Malaysian Book of Records.


This music and racetrack festival is open to both race car enthusiasts and spectators wanting to experience the adrenaline rush. So, if you’re looking to feature your chariot of pride, hurry up and register as slots are limited: 40 for BMW M, 15 for BMW Non-M, and 10 for International BMW Participants

On Day 2, they are welcoming all car makers to join the excitement. Plus, for the first time ever, there will be an AUTOSHOW right in the heart of the North Paddock Pits! 

Dates: 5 & 6 August 2023
Time: 7pm – 1am
Ticket Pricing: RM150 – RM394
Venue: Sepang International Circuit
Book your tickets here.

3. Pinkfish Live Featuring Tyga

After being shunned by multiple international artists, Tyga will be gracing our country this August 2023. This will be the “Rise of the Last King” rapper’s first performance in Malaysia. After Pinkfish made its announcement, Phase 1 and VVIP tickets were sold out within minutes.

Tyga Live - Pinkfish
Tyga Live - Pinkfish

Worry not, as the Premium Upper Deck and Rockzone Phase 2 tickets are still very much available. Be reminded that you can purchase up to 10 tickets per transaction as long as you’re 18 years or older.

Dates: 9 August 2023
Time: 8.30pm
Ticket Pricing: RM300 – RM530
Venue: Zepp Kuala Lumpur
Book your tickets here.

4. Shutterbugs, get ready for the 2023 Kuala Lumpur Photography Festival

As the only festival of its kind, The Kuala Lumpur Photography Festival (KLPF) is Malaysia’s premier event for the photography industry. It serves as a platform for photographers and industry players to exchange art and technology. 

KL Photography Festival
KL Photography Festival

This event caters to the entire imaging industry, from individual photographers to equipment manufacturers, services, awards organisations, and art collectors. This exhibition is open to all interested photographers (in Malaysia and around the world). While the final submission date for photographs was on 30 June 2023, you can still check out the event to get inspired for your work. Admission is free! 

Explore the Exciting Features:

  • Enchanting Exhibitions

  • Interactive Photography Seminars & Discussions

  • Informative Workshops

  • Travel Slide Shows

Dates: 18 – 20 August 2023
Venue: KL Gateway Mall

5. “Lose yourself” at this Tribute to Radiohead Event

Tribute to Radiohead - YSDAF
Tribute to Radiohead - YSDAF

After a 21-year wait, Radiohead’s “True Love Waits” was showcased as part of YSDAF 2023’s pre-festival highlight. This tribute honours the band’s extraordinary legacy, featuring songs spanning 3 decades, led by talented directors, musicians, and choreographers, offering a unique and immersive multi-sensory experience. 

This captivating production is led by directors and music directors, Ian Chow (recipient of the Best Musical Direction at the BOH Cameronian Arts Awards) and Mak Chi Hoe, alongside co-director and choreographer, Kenny Shim. The performance features the mesmerising vocals of The Young KL Singers, a 30-strong ensemble known for its award-winning group performances. 

The Kenny Shim Dance Collective’s expressive movements, along with the musical talents of cellist Eugene Chong, electric guitarist Daniel Lee, and loop programmer Ian Francis Khoo, promise a multi-sensorial feast for the audience.

Dates: 10 – 13 August 2023
Time: 8.30pm (Thu to Sat), 3pm (Sun)
Ticket Pricing: RM30 – RM100
Venue: Pentas 2, KLPAC
Book your tickets here.

6. Nerd up at the Star Education Fair 2023

Being Malaysia’s leading and pioneering education exhibition, the Star Education Fair has proudly welcomed more than 12,000 local and international education institutions. It serves as the perfect platform for students and parents to interact with these institutions and explore the best educational opportunities available.

STAR Education Fair 2023
STAR Education Fair 2023

Backed by a comprehensive integrated media platform, encompassing print, digital, and online solutions, they have successfully hosted over 20,000 booths and attracted 1.8 million visitors over the past 35 years. 

The primary aim of this admissions-free event is to provide a holistic platform that offers valuable education information and expert advice to students and parents alike.

Dates: 26 & 27 August 2023
Time: 11am – 7pm
Venue: Pavilion Bukit Jalil Exhibition Centre Kuala Lumpur

7. Get your yelling voices ready for the Merdeka Day Countdown at KLCC

Well, if there’s any day to be patriotic, it’s on 30 August as you join the Merdeka Day countdown at KLCC. During your visit, you’ll have the opportunity to witness a vibrant showcase of the musical fountain and enjoy performances by various artists

Additionally, the beautifully-illuminated Petronas Twin Towers will serve as a stunning backdrop to enhance your experience.

KLCC Merdeka Countdown
Credit – BERNAMA

While we’re still waiting for the artist lineup for performances at this magnificent event, one thing’s for sure. The fireworks display that starts around 11.58 pm is definitely not to be missed.

Date: 30 August 2023
Time: 8.30pm -12.10am (Tentative)
Venue: Suria KLCC

8. Witness Malaysia coming together for the Merdeka Day parade

If you don’t think you’ve hit your patriotism quota enough, check out the iconic Merdeka Day parade on 31 August. The parade typically begins with the raising of the Malaysian flag, known as the Jalur Gemilang, followed by the singing of the national anthem, “Negaraku.”

Merdeka Day Parade
Merdeka Day Parade

The parade features a colourful display of cultural performances, including traditional dances, music, and various art forms that represent the country’s rich cultural diversity. Participants from different states and regions of Malaysia come together to showcase their unique heritage and traditions. 

If the drive to Dataran Merdeka is too far for you, fret not, as the Merdeka Day parade is held in almost every state in Malaysia!

Date: 31 August 2023
Time: 8.30am – 12 pm (Tentative)
Venue: Dataran Merdeka

9. Witness “The Most Beautiful Thing” with Bruno Major

As part of his upcoming tour, the “Easily” singer will be stopping by Malaysia this August. Fans have described Bruno Major’s concerts as extraordinary, showcasing remarkable talent that even surpassed his studio recordings. Throughout the show, he would skilfully engage the audience, sharing personal anecdotes between songs. 

Bruno Major Live in KL
Bruno Major Live in KL

Tickets for his concert are still very much available and considering it will be held at Zepp, there’s a chance you could get up close to the singer. During the time of writing, tickets for the Platinum Section, Standing Section and VIP Box are still up for grabs.

Date: 20 August 2023
Time: 8.30pm
Ticket Pricing: RM868 – RM2,055
Venue: Zepp Kuala Lumpur
Book your tickets here.

10. Celebrate Malibu KL Nights with Lany

Ah, Lany loves Malaysia and we love Lany! After their concert in November 2022, the pop-rock band will be returning to Malaysia in August. While their concert last year was held in Axiata Arena, Bukit Jalil, this year, they’re opting for a more intimate location at Zepp.

LANY Live in KL
LANY Live in KL

If you missed the concert the last time, you might still make it for this year’s prime August event. While general on-sale tickets were sold out quickly, their VIP experience tickets are still available. Experience the ultimate fan privilege with an exclusive Meet & Greet session featuring LANY, complete with a group photo opportunity captured by a professional photographer. 

This unique opportunity also includes a private stripped-down performance by the band, followed by a Q&A session for intimate and personalised interaction. Additionally, enjoy the perk of early entry to the venue, ensuring you get the best spot to witness LANY’s magic unfold.

Date: 24 August 2023
Time: Doors open at 7pm
Ticket Pricing: RM788 – RM2,530
Venue: Zepp Kuala Lumpur
Book your tickets here.

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