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: 28 Sep 2019 - 07 Oct 2019
Penang celebrates the Nine Emperor Gods Festival with skewering and fire walking rituals and an extensive procession on the last day.
Address: Rumah Berhala Tow Boo Kong, 894 & 896, MK14, Jalan Raja Uda, Butterworth, 12300, Penang
Event Date: 28 Sep 2019 - 29 Sep 2019
The first mini petting zoo in a mall. A great way to spend quality time with your kids, bring your family along to the KBJ Petting Zoo in the Mall where there'll be rabbit, chicks, goats, cats and more. There'll also be kids creative workshops, interactive games and other activities.
Address: Kompleks Bukit Jambul
Event Date: 28 Sep 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 highlight and showcase arts of Butterworth in this Arts Festival.
Address: Butterworth Art Walk, Lorong Bagan Luar 2
Event Date: 29 Sep 2019 - 08 Oct 2019
A Hindu religious festival similar to the famous Chinese Nine Emperor Gods Celebration.
Event Date: 04 Oct 2019 - 06 Oct 2019
The Penang RendezVous offers you a luxury lifestyle experience in a marine environment encompassing cars, art, fashion, entertainment and food with an interactive approach. Visitors can expect one-of-a-kind experiences – from yachts, classic cars and supercars to high-end properties, art, fine wines and gastronomy.
Address: Straits Quay Marina
Event Date: 12 Oct 2019 - 13 Oct 2019
Where coffee lovers meet; where coffee amateurs grow. The Penang Coffee + Art Weekend brings together coffee lovers, and provides a platform for all things coffee. Coffee lovers can enjoy, indulge and experience the different flavours and possibilities of coffee, as well as witness a showcase of coffee art by various renown baristas.
Address: Major Shopping Malls in Penang
Event Date: 19 Oct 2019
Fiesta Pulau Aman will feature a Fishing Contest for both locals and tourists. Other activities include "Boling Kelapa" (Coconut Bowling) and "Lari Dalam Guni" (Gunny Sack Race), exhibitions, community service programs, as well as fire simulation and rescue of drowning victims.
Address: Various locations in Pulau Aman
Event Date: 26 Oct 2019
Dare yourselves to the freakiest Halloween at the tallest building in Penang! The Top Penang celebrates Halloween with decorations, parties, candies, costumes and trick-or-treating. A series of performances and activities will make your Halloween night a memorable one.
Address: The Top @ KOMTAR 1, Jalan Penang, 10000 George Town, Penang.
Event Date: 26 Oct 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 Festival of Lights - Deepavali.
Address: Butterworth Art Walk, Lorong Bagan Luar 2
Event Date: 27 Oct 2019
"The Festival of Lights" celebrated by the Hindus in Penang.
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