No matter what time of the year that you will be visiting Maui there is bound to be a celebration of event for you to enjoy. here is a list of the top Maui festivals and events.
In January: On the first full weekend of the month, the Hyundai Tournament of Champions is held at Kapalua’s Plantation Course. The PGA Tournament of Champions is the annual opening event for the PGA.
In February: Enjoy live entertainment, a craft fair and food booths at the Maui Whale Festival, which is a celebration honoring humpback whales. The festival features special events and eco-activities for the entire month of February. Events include The Great Whale Count, sponsored by the Pacific Whale Foundation. The Parade of Whales and Whale Day Celebration are held at Kalama Park in Kihei.
In March: Enjoy lei making demonstrations, a floral design contest, bake sale, arts and crafts show, farmers’ market, historical displays, games and live entertainment at the Haiku Hoolaulea & Flower Festival.
In April: Enjoy hula performances, workshops in Hawaiian cultural topics and crafts at the Annual Celebration of the Arts event pays tribute to the people, arts and traditions of Hawaii, hosted by The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. Features a Hawaiian Luau with traditional foods, music and hula highlight.
In May: The annual Maui Onion Festival at Kaanapali’s Whalers Village pays tribute to the sweet Maui Onion. Featuring a farmers’ market, live music performances, chefs cooking demos, professional recipe competition, lots of food and Maui onion-eating contests. Visit Whalers Village website for more information.
In June: The Maui Film Festival at Wailea is a hot ticket. Film premieres are set-up outdoors at Wailea Golf Club’s driving range and indoors at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului.
In July: The Makawao Rodeo & Paniolo Parade spans the whole Fouth of July weekend. The Paniolo Parade opens the event along Baldwin Avenue in Makawao. and over the Fourth of July weekend, watch competitors ride and rope for top prizes; enjoy country music and dancing.
In September: The Maui County Fair is a Maui favorite. Attendees enjoy carnival games, rides, entertainment, local food, arts and crafts, a parade, exhibits and orchid display.
Also in September, the Maui Marathon & Half Marathon, a race from Kahului to Kaanapali is recognized as one of the 10 most scenic marathons in the USA with over 17 miles of oceanfront running.
In October: Join the festivities at Halloween in Lahaina (also known as the “Mardi Gras of the Pacific”). More than 20,000 costumed visitors attend the festivities each year to participate in the costume parade, contest and fun.
In November: Chaminade University hosts NCAA-sanctioned pre-season tournament with top college teams in the Maui Invitational Basketball Tournament at the Lahaina Civic Center.
In December: Get your picture taken with a Hawaiian snowman, enjoy live entertainment and watch as Lahaina’s Banyan Tree is lit up for the holiday season while choirs sing carols. Enjoy holiday arts and crafts in the park, a real Snow Zone, where you can. This event is normally held on the first weekend in December.
See what else is happening – check out our Calendar of Events.