Festivals, Tournaments & Events in Maui
Events for every interest, spread throughout the year.
Aside from the natural beauty of Maui and the ‘aloha’ culture, the island is also host to a series of annual events, festivals, and tournaments that travelers love to enjoy. Here are just some of the most popular annual events on Maui.
Tournament of Champions
Held each year in January in the Maui town of Kapalua, the Tournament of Champions is a decades-old stop on the prestigious PGA golf tour. It features only the best of the best in the world of golf, and takes place on the stunning Plantation Course in Kapalua Resort—regularly rated one of the best and most beautiful golf courses on the planet.
Celebration of the Arts
Around April of each year, the people of Maui celebrate the island’s rich history of artistic creativity and design. This event has been running for over 20 years, and features Hawaiian art, performers, artisans, workshops, films, and delicious food from local chefs. You don’t want to miss this beautiful and enriching event.
East Maui Taro Festival
The taro plant is not only central to Hawaiian life, it also holds a special and sacred place in the ancient culture and history of the islands. This two-day festival is held each April to highlight the taro plant, including demonstrations, delicious dishes, a local farmer’s market, arts and crafts, performances and musicians, and much more.
Maui Onion Festival
Whaler’s Village is famous throughout Hawaii and beyond for its annual crop of sweet, juicy onions. This village has celebrated the Maui Onion Festival for over two decades, and features a range of fun activities—from onion-eating contests to an onsite beer garden and live entertainment. Whether you love onions or just a great festival experience, the Maui Onion Festival is a great event held each May on the island.
Maui Classical Music Festival
You might not associate Hawaii with classical music, but Maui has been celebrating its classical music festival for over 30 years. Recognized across the world as one of the greatest classical music festivals in the world, you’ll have the chance to listen to and meet world-class musicians while they play classics from the titans of classical music amidst the beautiful landscape of Maui. This festival is generally held around May each year.
If you’re going to run 26.2 miles, why not do it in the beauty of Maui? Runners travel from the town of Kahului to Ka’anapali on one of the most beautifully scenic marathon courses in the world. Perhaps that’s the reason this storied race has been in operation for over 45 years.
When a fair has taken place every year for nearly a century, you know it’s worth attending. That’s certainly the case when it comes to the Maui Fair—the biggest annual event on Maui, and featuring just about everything you can imagine—parades, carnival rides, performances, delicious food, and entertainment of all kinds that starts in the day and lasts long into the night. It’s an October party that only the people of Maui could make so magical.