October 2016 events: Beer festivals, ancient arts, running, and more

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This month will be one of celebrations, specifically celebrating booze and culture. With a couple of beer related events, some cultural exhibitions and festivals, a concert, a race, and some running events, you won’t have time to stop for a break in October – except to watch an outdoor movie on a helipad!

1. The Better Beer Festival

Photo credit: The Better Beer Festival

The fifth edition of the Better Beer Festival will bring lots of craft beer, live music, and beer-inspired food. The two day festival will showcase craft beers from around the world – Australia, Japan, Scotland, Indonesia, Vietnam and more. The food-pairing session, Chowdown, will include beer-infused snacks like The Ice Cream Bar’s beer sorbet, ale fondue by Cantina Moderna, rum and butterscotch popcorn with bacon bits by Bacon It, and so much more. The festival will also showcase a beer appreciation session and a ‘Meet the brewers’ session.

Date: 7th October, 4pm – 8th October, 11.30pm
Venue: White Box and The Square, Publika, Solaris Dutamas
Tickets: RM70 | www.eventbrite.com
Website: www.facebook.com

2. Helipad Cinema

Photo credit: www.helipadcinema.com

The HeliPad Cinema is a unique outdoor experience – watch some classic pop-culture movies atop an infinity grassed helipad. There will be happy hour deals, beers, snacks, and beanbags! It’s a movie experience to remember. Check out the website for a full list and schedule of movies that will be screened.

Date: 4th – 14th October, movie begins at 8pm
Venue: Stratosphere @ The Roof, 1 First Avenue, Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Tickets: RM45 | www.helipadcinema.com/tickets
Website: www.helipadcinema.com

3. Music Run KL

Photo credit: The Music Run

More like a party than a run, The Music Run™ is the ultimate 5km running and music festival. Run through five genre zones to the beats of top songs as voted by you followed by a huge after-run music festival that will include DJs, live bands, dancers, laser lights, LED screens, fireworks, chill out zones, giveaways.  The running course itself will be lined with over 120 speakers to pump out songs across the five interactive and themed music zones – rock, pop, old school, hip hop and dance.

Date: 15th October
Venue: Sepang International Circuit
Tickets: RM60 (standard), RM100 (rockstar) | www.register.themusicrun.com
Website: www.themusicrun.com

4. Bubble Dash KL

Photo credit: www.greateasternbubbledash.com

The Bubble Dash is another fun running event this year, part of Great Eastern’s LIVE GREAT Run 2016. In this dash, you’ll be showered with bubbles and foam as you run through different ‘foam zones’ in the 5km bubble dash category. This is open to all.

Other running events in the LIVE GREAT Run include the 12km and 21km distance – with 8 categories each. Participants will receive a Brooks T-shirt, sunglasses, face mask, number bib, and finisher medal.

Date: 23rd October, 7.30am
Venue: Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur
Tickets: www.signupquick.com
Website: www.greateasternbubbledash.com


5. Malaysia International Gastronomy Festival 2016

Photo credit: www.migf.com

Going into its 16th successive year, the Malaysia International Gastronomy Festival (MIGF) never fails to surprise and excite both local and international foodies. This year’s theme is ‘High Octane Chefs’ – featuring a full month of specially created festival menus available at exclusive festival prices by outstanding chefs at some of the best restaurants in the country.

As a taster, a special preview event called Taste MIGF will be held at Berjaya Times Square Hotel KL on 24th and 25th October, open to the public. You will be able to enjoy tasting portions from Malaysia’s best restaurants. Taste MIGF will feature a number of themed tasting sessions, including a gourmet safari of cuisines from around the world and  a gourmet village showcasing fines wines, cheese, and delicacies. The event will also include cooking classes and lifestyle workshops, as well as a broad luxury showcase, including jewellery, travel packages, silverware home, and art deco.

Date: MIGF will be held over the entire October month | Taste MIGF will be on 24th to 25th October
Venue: MIGF menus will be at various restaurants | Taste MIGF will be held at Berjaya Times Square Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
Website: www.migf.com | www.tastemigf.com

6. Ancient shadows: World Shadow Puppet Exhibition


This special exhibition is a showcase of the art of shadow puppetry from across the world, including Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, China, Taiwan, Turkey, France and Australia. Shadow puppetry is an ancient form of entertainment and storytelling via the expert manipulation of shadows cast on a screen by 2-dimensional, handmade puppets. An experienced puppeteer can tell a story using a number of figures – with stories usually being written and directed by the puppet master as well.

Date: 25th – 30th October
Venue: National Museum, Kuala Lumpur
Website: www.malaysia.travel/world-shadow-puppet-exhibition

7. Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix 2016


The Shell Malaysia Moto comes just 4 weeks after the Malaysia F1 Grand Prix. This is the biggest two-wheeled motorsport event in the world, showcasing passionate rivalry on the track and a mega carnival for spectators to enjoy – with more than 80 booths. You can enjoy a number of races including the MotoGP, Moto2, Moto3 and various support races.

Date: 28th – 30th October
Venue: Sepang International Circuit
Tickets: www.sepangcircuit.com/ticketing
Website: www.sepangcircuit.com/motogp

8. International Aborigines Arts Festival

Photo credit: www.gayatravel.com.my

This festival highlights the unique art of Aboriginal and Indigenous people from within and outside Malaysia through various stage performances, exhibitions, demonstrations, contests, and interactive games. The festival will feature aboriginal and indigenous cultures from various countries, including New Zealand, Indonesia, Ghana, Thailand, China, and Malaysia. Visitors will also be able to view and purchase unique traditional crafts and arts at the festival.


Date: 28th – 30th October
Venue: Stadium Titiwangsa, Taman Tasik Titiwangsa, Kuala Lumpur
Website: www.jkkn.gov.my

9. Rockaway Weekender

Photo credit: Rockaway Festival, Facebook

Rockaway Festival is the biggest rock festival and the first of its kind in Malaysia. This year, there will be two shows, the Rockaway Weekender happening this month and the Rockaway Final Show in November. The Rockaway Weekender will be held over two days at the same time as the Shell Malaysia MotoGP at the Sepang International Circuit. Day 1 will feature legendary rockers, Scorpions, as well as local legends, Muzza’s Mayhem and Wings. Day 2 will feature Wolfmother, and regional acts such as Daarchlea, WTNSS, and ARTEFACTS.

Date: 29th – 30th October
Venue: Hill Stand B, Sepang International Circuit
Tickets: Day 1 – RM98 (general), RM178 (rockpit), RM278 (headbangers); Day 2 – RM98 (general), RM138 (rockpit) *these are early bird prices which are still on sale | www.galactix.asia/rockawayfest
Website: rockawayfest.com

10. Oktoberfest Penang 2016

Photo credit: Malaysian German Society

The Malaysian-German Society (MGS) will celebrate Oktoberfest with a bang this year in Penang. There will be performances by a new Bavarian band flown in from Germany, as well as authentic German food and beer.

You can expect to sip on original German Oktoberfest draught beers, such as Löwenbräu and Erdinger, and bottled beers, like Franziskaner, Erdinger and König Ludwig. Also, sink your teeth into German delicacies like sausages, Sauerkraut, pretzels, and more. There will also be non-alcoholic drinks as well as traditional games and entertainment for all ages.

Get your tickets at the MGS Office from Monday to Friday, 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 7pm or reserve a ticket by emailing [email protected].

Date: 21st and 22nd October, 7pm
Venue: 250 Jalan Air Itam, Penang, next to Suffolk House
Tickets: Pre sale – RM10 (MGS members), RM20 (non-members) | At the door – RM35 | Free admission for children up to 16 years
Website: mgs.org.my/oktoberfest-penang-2016

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