EVENTS

Whether you are drawn to the drama of a street parade, the spirituality of a prayer ritual or the beauty of an avant-garde theatre performance, there is bound to be an event around the corner waiting to be experienced.

Penang’s vibrant festivals are a colourful reflection of the state’s multiculturalism. Traditional festivals such as Thaipusam, Hungry Ghost Festival, Nine Emperor Gods Festival, Ramadan, Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Chingay Parade and Chinese New Year have retained an authenticity that is unmatched in Asia. Home-grown arts festivals are increasingly popular with global travellers such as the highly-anticipated George Town Festival and the international award-winning George Town Literary Festival.

Also, watch out for the Last Friday, Saturday and Sunday (LFSS) programme that happens each month-end in George Town, where cultural shows, musical performances and interesting walkabout tours happen. Other annual events such as the Catholic St Anne’s Feast Day, Penang International Food Festival, Penang Anime Matsuri, Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, Japanese Bon Odori Festival, George Town Heritage Celebration, Penang International Bridge Marathon and Dragon Boat Festival are not to be missed in Penang.

Weekend markets abound in Penang. Vendors are an assorted mix of small business owners to passionate hobbyists presenting their wares and services to a curious crowd. Markets like Occupy Beach Street, Artisan Market at The Star Pitt Street and Sunday Pop-Up Market at Hin Bus Depot are great places to buy local, handmade products and meet the individuals producing them face-to-face. There are usually street performances, workshops or activities during these markets that provide opportunities for participants to interact, learn something or simply have fun.

To view Penang Tourism Calendar of Events 2019, click here.


Event Date: 09 Nov 2019 - 09 Feb 2020
A cultural exhibition on Hokkien dialect, The Death and Life of Hokkien highlights the history of this dialect, and the factors that are driving it into endangerment. Here, you will see rare scripts written in Hokkien and other non-Mandarin Chinese languages on display for the first time in Malaysia.
Address: Cheah Kongsi
Event Date: 15 Dec 2019
An annual parade, the Chingay and Lion Dance troupes take to the streets of Penang.
Address: Starting Point: Jalan Dato Keramat
Event Date: 22 Dec 2019
A cultural and colourful parade, following the Pesta Chingay Parade on the island, which consists of a mix of Chingay groups, Lion and Dragon Dance teams, Lion Dance on stilts, colourful floats, traditional drums, martial arts team and school marching bands.
Address: Starting Point: MPSP Field on Jalan Bagan Luar
Event Date: 28 Dec 2019
Bagan Festival @ Butterworth Art Walk is inspired through Car Free evening aimed at reducing the use of cars on roads. To bring the community closer to local arts and culture, Bagan Festival invites you to a New Year's party and a unique countdown at the Butterworth Art Walk.
Address: Butterworth Art Walk, Lorong Bagan Luar 2
Event Date: 31 Dec 2019
The much-anticipated party of the year complete with dazzling fireworks lighting up the skyline of Queensbay Mall's seafront when the clock strikes midnight.
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The much-anticipated party of the year complete with dazzling fireworks lighting up the skyline of Queensbay Mall's seafront when the clock strikes midnight.