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 Bridge International 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.


Event Date: 31 Dec 2019 - 30 May 2020
Penang International Container Art Festival (PICAF) 2019/2020 is a festival celebrating the vibrant street art scene in Penang, featuring the pop-up container art installations which are displayed at various locations within Penang.
Address: Around Penang
Event Date: 04 Apr 2020 - 19 Apr 2020
The Penang International Food Festival is an annual 16-day event, offering you an exciting experience to indulge in Penang's famed food. Presenting endless delectable choices, PIFF is the place for food, stories, experience, culture and traditions. 
Address: Around Penang
Event Date: 13 Apr 2020
Songkran or Water Festival is a traditional festival celebrated by Thai and Burmese devotees to wash away bad luck by liberally splashing water on each other 
Address: Wat Chayamankalaram Thai Buddhist Temple & Dharmikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple
Event Date: 17 Apr 2020 - 19 Apr 2020
KBJ Raya Fashion Week will showcase the best and latest Raya clothing designs from Kompleks Bukit Jambul's fashion outlets that also include impressive accessories like bags, shoes and sunglasses for the Raya festive season
Address: Kompleks Bukit Jambul
Event Date: 18 Apr 2020
Making fashion charitable in conjunction with Fashion Month. Major highlight: Fashion Show with Celebrities.
Address: Queensbay Mall
Event Date: 24 Apr 2020 - 23 May 2020
During the Muslim fasting month, a sumptuous array of food, local delicacies, festive cookies, clothing and religious items will be sold at a month-long evening Ramadan Bazaar.
Address: KOMTAR Pedestrian Walk & along many streets of Penang
Event Date: 24 Apr 2020 - 23 May 2020
In KBJ, Ramadan is greeted with a riot of colourful and tasty food. Set up at the Promenade Area of Kompleks Bukit Jambul, the Ramadan Bazaar will have stalls selling various delicacies and drinks for "buka puasa" (breaking of fast)
Address: Promenade Area, Kompleks Bukit Jambul
Event Date: 02 May 2020
The Sikh feast marks the harvest festival and the religious Khalsa Janam Divas. The open house gives visitors a rare glimpse of insight into the beliefs, customs and practices that are sacredly practiced by the Sikhs to this day.
Address: Fort Cornwallis
Event Date: 07 May 2020
Wesak Day is observed by devotees to celebrate Buddha's birthday, enlightenment and achievement of Nirvana. From very early in the morning, devotees flock to temples to offer prayers as well as participate in candle-lit processions.
Address: Malaysian Buddhist Association
Event Date: 10 May 2020
On the 17th day of the holy Ramadan month, a national-level celebration called Nuzul Al-Quran is held to commemorate the day Prophet Muhammad S.A.W. first received the revelation from heaven
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