IMPORTANT NOTICE: In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, kindly check the status of the listed events closer to date as it will be updated from time to time.

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: 30 May 2020 - 14 Jun 2020
Known as an arts hub and a city with bustling art affairs, Penang is beyond graffiti and street art. Arts Penang especially brings together a showcase of works by undiscovered artists.
Event Date: 01 Jun 2020 - 31 Jul 2020
Durian is one of the most popular fruits in Penang and it is a must try for all visitors. During this fruit season, there will be ample of local fruits displayed to satisfy your appetite.
Address: Jalan Burma, Jalan Macalister, Jalan Anson, Anjung Indah Balik Pulau, Bao Sheng Durian Farm
Event Date: 06 Jun 2020 - 07 Jun 2020
Malaysia International Miniature Hobby Show is the 5th annual South East Asia Hobby Show. It is a trade show featuring renowned international Hobby Manufacturers from over 15 countries. 
Address: The Wembley Hotel Penang
Event Date: 06 Jun 2020 - 07 Jun 2020
Dive into the anime world at Penang Anime Matsuri. The 2-day event features fascinating anime characters, anisong artistes, cosplayers, guests, stage activities and collectible items.
Address: Setia SPICE Arena
Event Date: 13 Jun 2020 - 14 Jun 2020
Enjoy a weekend of pulsating thrills and spills to the tune of vigorous beating of drums, strong thrust of oars and various stage performances as the dragon boat teams battle it out to become champions of the Penang Dragon Boat Regatta.
Address: Teluk Bahang Dam
Event Date: 15 Jun 2020 - 19 Jun 2020
The Penang State Museum has been chosen to host the 24th International Museum Day 2020. Over five days of celebration, various local and international museum institutions will participate in the exhibition themed, Museums for Equality : Diversity And Inclusion
Address: Penang Esplanade
Event Date: 03 Jul 2020 - 07 Jul 2020
George Town Heritage Celebrations is an annual event that celebrates the living heritage of George Town. The array of programmes include exhibitions, cultural performances and a highly anticipated street festival that features interactive and educational workshops. The Celebrations also raises awareness on the importance of safeguarding our shared cultural heritage.
Address: George Town UNESCO World Heritage Site
Event Date: 03 Jul 2020 - 05 Jul 2020
Balik Pulau Festival is one of the tourism and cultural programs aimed at promoting local arts in Balik Pulau area and it encompasses a variety of arts and cultural activities including traditional foods, martial arts, stage performances, handicrafts and painting.
Address: Balik Pulau
Event Date: 04 Jul 2020
More than 400 old Scooter bikes from all over Malaysia, and the neighbouring countries like Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia will convene to compete.
Address: Kompleks Bukit Jambul
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