By Vanishaa Vasudhevan

Every Enchanting Event for This May That You Should Know About

 All things seem possible in May. 
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We’ve made it to May—that beautiful bridge between the inter-monsoonal period and the southwest monsoon. Now if only we could get some seasonal weather in Malaysia; because these chilly mornings are starting to wear thin and deep down everyone is craving the blossoms and sunshine of spring. Especially when a bunch of event line-ups are clocking in to rock your fifth month of the year, from the rhythmic beats of musical events to the tantalising aromas wafting from exclusive dining collabs, there are plenty of things to do in May. 

Amidst this lively backdrop, the upcoming celebration of Mother’s Day adds an extra layer of warmth and reverence as families prepare to honour the guiding lights of their lives. So, keep scrolling to uncover the perfect event we’ve curated that you should keep an eye out for during long weekends.

11 Exquisite Events You Can’t Afford to Miss in May 2024 

Grand Hyatt Presenting #DinewithChef

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Bringing together cuisines from around the world, the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur launches the second edition of #DinewithChef. Once again, we are spotlighting local and international cuisines crafted by a collaboration of head chefs from the big three: the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, the Park Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, and the Hyatt Centric City Centre Kuala Lumpur, alongside culinary talents from Indonesia, Poland, Japan, and Malaysia. Throughout the month, guests can indulge in a series of gastronomic experiences spanning the hotel’s renowned dining spaces like Thirty8 and JPteres, Poolhouse, as well as the newly opened event area for Omakase dinner in Level 5. 

Date: 9 May to 30 May 2024

Address: Grand Hyatt, 12, Jalan Pinang, Kuala Lumpur, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Price: RM128 to RM4,800

Penfolds Venture Beyond Pop-Up at The Starhill

Wine enthusiasts of the new world variety should not miss out on the Penfolds “Venture Beyond” pop-up happening at the Ground Atrium of The Starhill. This year’s theme centres around the deep-sea world, with digital artist Mikaela Stafford bringing the underwater world to life. At the pop-up, you’ll be able to experience Penfolds’ most known wines including the Penfolds Max, Penfolds Bin 28, and Penfolds Bin 389 in various activities.

Entrance is free but registration is required.

Date: 3 May to 12 May 2024

Address: Ground Floor Atrium, The Starhill 181, Jln Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.

Sunny Side Up Market Mother’s Day Edition 

Is there a close friend or relative you haven’t seen in a while? It’s time to use Mother’s Day as an excuse to arrange a meetup because Sunny Side Up Market is throwing their Mother’s Day edition bash with some of the coolest local artisans, crafters, and vendors. You name it, they’ve got it: delicious food, trendy fashion, stylish accessories, luxurious beauty products, refreshing wellness items, chic home decor, cute souvenirs, and more—all ready to make mom feel extra loved. There’s more. They’re hosting a pressed flower candle workshop by Candle Pit Stop (one of the best local candle brands) on 4 May and a handcrafted soap and bath bomb-making workshop by Soapology by Quackamole on 5 May. 

Entrance is free. 

Date: 4 May to 5 May 2024

Address: Slate at The Row, 44, Jalan Doraisamy, Chow Kit, 50300 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Sunset by NEON

Step into the enchanting world of Sunset by NEON, where the breathtaking beauty of nature converges harmoniously with the pulsating rhythms of electronic music under the golden hues of the setting sun. Launched just over a year ago in the pristine paradise of Uluwatu, Bali, Sunset has garnered acclaim for its extraordinary performances featuring techno titans like Artbat at the renowned Savaya Bali, extending its magic to the heights of Genting Highlands. Join them in the celebration of art, music, and love while witnessing the techno virtuosos Boris Brejcha, Argy, and Amberbroos, promising an experience that captivates the soul with the vibrant energy of techno beats.

Date: 4 May to 5 May 2024

Address: Genting Highlands Premium Outlets (GHPO), KM13, 69000 Genting Highlands, Pahang

Price: RM248 to RM308

Aina Abdul with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO)

Attention, all fans of Aina Abdul! Steel yourselves for an electrifying spectacle as the much-anticipated concert takes the spotlight at the prestigious Petronas Philharmonic Hall (DFP) this May. Get ready to be spellbound as Aina’s mesmerising vocals fuse seamlessly with the orchestral brilliance of the MPO, led by the maestro Ahmad Muriz Che Rose along with MPO’s special arrangements of her well-loved numbers of hits like Semalam, Sumpah and Terus Hidup. With a repertoire ranging from gentle tunes to powerful anthems, Aina’s vocal mastery promises to make this concert a standout affair for music lovers of all stripes. 

Date: 10 May to 11 May 2024

Address: Dewan Filharmonik, PETRONAS Twin Towers, Level Two, Tower Two, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Price: RM225 to RM650

Star Wars Trivia Night at Triptyk 

It’s time to save the world again by hopping on the intergalactic voyage with Triptyk and diving deep into a galaxy far, far away with an electrifying Star Wars trivia night. Are you prepared to rally your fellow warsies and put your unparalleled knowledge of the force to the test? If so, get ready for an epic cosmic showdown at the Star Wars trivia gathering. Channel your inner Jedi, outsmart your rivals, and claim stellar prizes that will elevate your excitement into hyperdrive. And that’s not all—don’t miss the chance to win a coveted bottle of Vendôme Mademoiselle Sparkling Rosé, the ultimate reward for a triumphant celebration with no regrets. 

Date: 4 May 2024

Address: Triptyk, 88, Jalan Tuba, Kampung Attap, 50460 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Price: RM30

RWD/FWD Concert

This month, director Ian Chow is set to take us on an unforgettable tour through music history with the RWD/FWD concert. This unique experience offers a trip through two distinct eras, reminiscent of flipping between sides of a mixtape. Side A transports you to the 80s with radio hits from icons like Kylie Minogue, Whitney Houston, and Prince, while Side B fast-forwards a decade to rock out to bands like Third Eye Blind and Foo Fighters. Ian Chow’s innovative triangle-shaped stage design enhances the experience, allowing you to customise your concert journey: choose between 80s pop, 90s rock, or both with a bundle pass, select standing or seated zones, and even have a say in the song order revealed during the show. 

Date: 9 May to 12 May 2024

Address: Pentas 2, Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPAC), Jln Sultan Azlan Shah, Sentul, 51100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Price: RM60 to RM200

Øostil with RXP+

Prepare to be swept away on a sonic odyssey as Argentinean DJ and producer Øostil invites you to a passage through a thrilling new reality. With his hypnotic melodic techno and a knack for infusing organic music with minimalist magic, Øostil promises to immerse you in a world brimming with intense emotions and raw energy. But that’s not all—feast your eyes on stunning visuals curated by RXPerience and Vuevossa, elevating the auditory experience to new heights. And it doesn’t stop there; the night is set to pulse with the eclectic beats of DJs Undergroove, Otherkind, and Nazarud, each bringing their own unique tinge to the mix. 

Date: 10 May 2024

Address: REXKL, 80, Jalan Sultan, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Price: RM68 to RM3500   

Swan Lake

Crescendo in collaboration with Shiraz Projects and MyTickets Asia features the iconic ballet masterpiece, Swan Lake, performed in two acts and four scenes by the esteemed St. Petersburg National Ballet Theatre. Set to grace the stage, this cultural extravaganza guarantees a one-of-a-kind experience that distinguishes itself from conventional ballet performances. Four years ago, Malaysia witnessed a ballet of comparable calibre—a complete classical ballet featuring soloists, corps de ballet, intricate stage sets, and exquisite costumes. As for this year, Swan Lake is coming to deviate from historical choreography, paying homage to tradition and showcasing the pinnacle of artistic excellence.

Date: 22 May 2024

Address: Plenary Hall, 21, Jalan Pinang, Kuala Lumpur, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Price: RM288 to RM888

Sakura Festival 

Travelling just to catch a glimpse of Sakura can indeed be quite an adventure. But now, imagine stepping into a realm of cherry blossoms, right here in our bustling city of Kuala Lumpur. It’s not a dream—it’s the first-ever Sakura Festival at LaLaport Bukit Bintang City Centre (BBCC), happening this May. With Japan’s renowned art experiential brand, Naked Inc., making its Malaysian debut, grab your camera to capture the magic as you explore a vibrant celebration of Japanese culture, complete with bustling bazaars, enthralling performances, and fun games. From Yukata try-ons to exhilarating live music sessions with iconic Japanese girl band AKB48, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. 

Entrance is free. 

Date: 20 April to 19 May 2024

Address: Lalaport Bukit Bintang City Centre, 2, Jln Hang Tuah, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Mandarin Oriental Dining With Chef Thomas Fong

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Let’s set the stage for a culinary escapade as Lai Po Heen welcomes the culinary maestro, Chef Thomas Fong from Liang, at Mandarin Oriental, Doha. Imagine the fusion of Qatar and China’s culinary traditions, aglow under the moon’s enchanting light, all orchestrated by Chef Fong, a true virtuoso of Chinese cuisine. Mark your calendars for May to be dazzled by a specially curated À la carte menu featuring irresistible delights such as Crispy Fried Half Duck, Wagyu Puffs, and a symphony of hand-pulled noodles. Don’t let this culinary extravaganza slip away—it’s where tradition intertwines with innovation, promising an explosion of essence in every sublime bite. 

Date: 13 May to 18 May 2024

Address: Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur

Price: RM60 to RM250

Mums Eat Free at InterContinental Kuala Lumpur

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Every dream come true for a foodie mom is here! InterContinental Kuala Lumpur is rolling out the red carpet for Mother’s Day with a week-long feast. Treat your beloved mom to high tea, lavish buffets, or a decadent full-course dinner with complimentary dining and special gifts included. Whether you’re enjoying the tranquil Koi Garden view or indulging in an endless buffet spread, there’s something to delight every palate. For an oriental twist, savour the Yum Cha buffet experience or embark on an excursion through Japanese flavours with a Teppanyaki 5-course dinner, all while moms dine as complimentary dining for mom. With these irresistible dining deals, make this Mother’s Day a memorable occasion filled with love and gastronomic delights at the InterContinental Kuala Lumpur.

Date: 6 May to 12 May 2024

Address: InterContinental, 165, Jln Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Price: RM64 to RM340

TRX Eats

Kick off a whole month of May dedicated to food, drinks, and fun. The newest mall in town, The Exchange TRX, has launched a dining excitement where everyone can get a scoop of the freshest social hotspots like restaurants and cafes, live cooking stations and workshops with multiple varieties of international and local flavours to cater to every taste bud. Whether you hanker for savoury delights, delectable desserts, or exotic specialities—there’s something for everyone. Dive into Malaysian classics at Food Exchange, try out your favourite dining concepts at Concourse Dining, or enjoy a meal surrounded by nature at Park Dining with a view of the city lights. And if you’re up for something extra special, treat yourself to Premium Dining for a truly luxurious culinary experience that engages all senses.

Entrance is free.

Date: 3 May to 26 May 2024

Address: The Exchange TRX, Persiaran TRX, Tun Razak Exchange, 55188 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

The Foundry Workshop, Royal Selangor Visitor Centre

This Mother’s Day, explore your artistic side alongside your mom with a crafting workshop—The Foundry—by the Royal Selangor Visitor Centre. Engage in a session where you’ll discover the art of crafting personalised pewter accessories through both mould-based and freehand techniques. Upon completion, take home three unique wearable pieces and handmade keepsakes like keychains and pendants as mementoes of your visit. To add to the excitement, Royal Selangor has unveiled a new mould at The Foundry in honour of its 20th anniversary. This special mould proudly features the Visitor Centre’s 20th-anniversary logo, offering a one-of-a-kind souvenir commemorating this significant milestone. 

Date: (Visitors may pick their own dates based on the workshop availability) 

Address: Royal Selangor Visitor Centre, 4, Jalan Usahawan 6, Setapak Jaya, 53300 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Price: RM180