The non-profit, student-run festival was established back in 1990. It was initially a small gathering of food stalls at the University of New South Wales, and now over 38,000 people attend the event each year at its new location.
Malaysia Festival Sydney 2021 Dates, Events, Schedule & Times, NSW
There are performances for kids and adults alike to enjoy. The kids, in particular, will enjoy Cultural Village, which will have several attractions for children that highlight the culture of Malaysia. It’s a great opportunity for the young ones to learn about the Malay, Indians, and Chinese; which make up the main ethnic groups of Malaysia.
The festival also features displays of jewellery, instruments, and pottery. Try your hand at the many traditional games including batu Seremban and the congkak. Take photos while wearing traditional local costumes or even get a henna tattoo.
Come hungry, because the festival is also known for serving up authentic Malay dishes, as well as a mixture of other cuisines found at the different stalls. Exotic and delicious specialties will be available; such as durian products, Char Kuey Teow, grilled skewers, Nasi Goreng, Chinese sausages, savoury pancakes, and much more. Tourism Malaysia will also be present, ready to answer any questions you may have about visiting the country.
Attendees are encouraged to join the contests at the Malaysia Festival. Lots of great prizes will be up for grabs. The festivities start at 11am and end at 5pm, with an opening cultural performance that takes place on the first day.
Tumbalong Park is located in Darling Harbour, with the 5-hectare park having play areas for kids, water jets for cooling down, a playground, and several gardens. Tumbalong Park is equipped with cafes, restaurants, and public toilets for your convenience.
The nearest train station is located at Town Hall, and several buses service routes that take you to the park. Alternatively, you can take a ferry to Darling Harbour from King Street Wharf or the Pyrmont Bay Wharf. Car parking stations are found nearby.