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 these 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: 26 Oct 2019
Have a mons-terrific Halloween this year by filling up your pumpkin basket with candies in your terrifying monster costumes! First 100 children to complete the trick or treat quest will receive a mystery gift! There will be fun and activities, and top 3 children with the best costume will win prizes as well.
Address: Market Street 2, Straits Quay Retail Marina
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: 27 Oct 2019
"The Festival of Lights" celebrated by the Hindus in Penang.
Event Date: 09 Nov 2019 - 09 Feb 2020
An exhibition about Hokkien, and the factors that are driving it into endangerment. You will see old scripts written in southern Chinese languages for the first time in Malaysia.
Address: Cheah Kongsi
Event Date: 10 Nov 2019
A sports event open to all ages, Seberang Perai Half Marathon is a marathon that has a route that covers both nature and township. The Fun Run in this event is suitable for all ages and families. The marathon route promotes heritage sites and tourism of Bukit Tambun.
Address: Starting point: Pusat Khidmat Adun Bukit Tambun 32, Ground Floor, Jalan Perniagaan Seri Tambun, Pusat Perniagaan Seri Tambun, 14100 Simpang Ampat, S.P.(S). Penang
Event Date: 16 Nov 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: 17 Nov 2019
The Komtar Tower is known as Penang’s tallest skyscraper, offering a stunning view of George Town. The Top Penang Tower Run is held with the objective of fostering a healthy lifestyle regardless of the city’s hectic pace. Participants will be climbing in the most significant building that has a height of 249m from the ground.
Address: The Top @ KOMTAR 1, Jalan Penang, 10000 George Town, Penang
Event Date: 21 Nov 2019 - 24 Nov 2019
The George Town Literary Festival is the largest international literary festival in Malaysia. GTLF focuses on world literature and believes in the power of free speech and expression and is committed to being one of the most urgent, vital and provocative literary festivals in the region.
Address: Around George Town
Event Date: 24 Nov 2019
An international running event catered to all from young to old and leisure to serious runners.
Address: Penang Bridge, Penang
Event Date: 29 Nov 2019 - 30 Nov 2019
The 26th Penang International Ballroom Dancing Championship will bring in 200 best Standard and Latin competitors from 21 countries. The event's 2nd day, 30th November, will be the WDC Professional Ballroom World Championship held at Setia SPICE Convention & Exhibition Centre.
Address: Bayview Beach Resort Penang and Setia SPICE Convention & Exhibition Centre
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