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: 01 Aug 2019 - 29 Aug 2019
Penang celebrates the Hungry Ghost Festival with staged opera performances and puppet shows at roadsides.
Event Date: 24 Aug 2019
"KBJ Ratu Kebaya" is a beauty pageant that aims to promote the Baba & Nyonya culture in Penang. The event will also raise funds for selected charity homes in Penang.
Address: Kompleks Bukit Jambul
Event Date: 31 Aug 2019
Awal Muharram marks a very significant event in Islamic hitory Prophet Muhammad's (PBUH) emigration from Mecca to Medina.
Event Date: 31 Aug 2019
An annual event organised by KBJ that showcases the creativity of car modification enthusiasts, as well as car modifiers specialising in audio and visual sensations.
Address: Kompleks Bukit Jambul
Event Date: 31 Aug 2019
To commemorate Malaysia's Independence Day, an annual Merdeka Parade will be organised by the Penang State Government where over a hundred contingents representing various government agencies will be taking part in the parade.
Address: Esplanade
Event Date: 31 Aug 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 celebrates Malaysia's Independence Day - Merdeka.
Address: Butterworth Art Walk, Lorong Bagan Luar 2
Event Date: 07 Sep 2019
Let your creativity take you to the moon and beyond. Parade with pride showcasing your very own creation. The evening is yours!
Address: Queensbay Mall
Event Date: 07 Sep 2019 - 08 Sep 2019
A large scale esports festival organised for the first time in Penang with the mission to establish the state as a gaming and esports hub in Malaysia and beyond. The festival will bring you gaming showcases, top esports championships and many more gaming related activities!
Address: SPICE Arena
Event Date: 08 Sep 2019
A Mid-Autumn Festival celebration at Penang's Bukit Mertajam where traditional Chinese lanterns of all shapes are beautifully lit and paraded by young children. There will also be competitions and street performance.
Event Date: 13 Sep 2019
The Lantern Festival or Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated widely by the Chinese community in Penang and is a time when family and friends gather together to admire the full moon while savouring Moon Cakes, Chinese Tea and parading around with colourful Chinese lanterns.
Address: Padang Kota Lama, Lebuh Light, 10450 George Town, Penang
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