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 Jun 2019 - 31 Jul 2019
The season for one of the most popular fruit in Penang arrives. A must-try for all visitors.
Address: Jalan Burma, Jalan Macalister, Jalan Anson, Anjung Indah Balik Pulau, Bao Sheng Durian Farm
Event Date: 13 Jul 2019 - 28 Jul 2019
Penang's most anticipated cultural festival, George Town Festival celebrates George Town's 2008 inscription as UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as Penang's strong passion for local arts and entertainment.
Event Date: 18 Jul 2019 - 21 Jul 2019
Penang Hill Festival is BACK! Bigger and better than before from amidst a tropical rainforest which dates back more than 130 million years ago.
Address: Penang Hill, Jalan Stesen Bukit Bendera, Air Itam, 11500 Penang
Event Date: 20 Jul 2019
A traditional and merry Japanese festival that is celebrated with dances and lively drum performances to welcome the homecoming of ancestral spirits.
Address: Queensbay Mall Outdoor Car Park, Persiaran Bayan Indah, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang
Event Date: 20 Jul 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 the heritage of Penang's mainland on this day.
Address: Butterworth Art Walk, Lorong Bagan Luar 2
Event Date: 21 Jul 2019 - 30 Jul 2019
A 10-day prayer ritual that draws many believers from all walks of life. In conjunction with the annual St. Anne's Feast, a candlelight procession is usually conducted at the church grounds during the night.
Address: St Anne's Church, Bukit Mertajam
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: 11 Aug 2019 - 18 Aug 2019
The Penang Orchid Show 2019 is a festival for orchid lovers and enthusiasts. It is a week-long event focusing on competitions and sales of orchids. Orchid judges from all states of Malaysia and Singapore converged to this grand event, and the event aims to go international in 2020.
Address: Penang Botanic Gardens
Event Date: 18 Aug 2019
SCI Peace Run sees 400 physically-challenged children and adults from 12 special schools and homes take part in a 1.5km non-competitive walk. There will also be a 7km competitive run for abled runners, or just to be part of the leisure 1.5km Peace Walk.
Address: Penang City Park
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
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