Penang’s cultural festivals abound from the many traditions residing within its ethnically diverse population. This environment has served as inspiration to the many creative minds that call Penang home, resulting in an equally exciting artistic scene that has given birth to major music, arts and literary festivals that happen annually.

Jazz-lovers should plan their travel itineraries to coincide with the Penang Island Jazz Festival. A critically-acclaimed festival that should not be missed, Penang Island Jazz Festival gathers the coolest cats in jazz from around the world; putting their music against the backdrop of the island’s beauty.

Book-lovers, on the other hand, have the George Town Literary Festival to look out for. With a firm belief in the power of free speech and expression, the festival pulls local and international writers, poets and performers to engage in topics that are vital to the world we live in.

Arguably the most all-encompassing festival in Penang is George Town Festival. Running for a whole month, it celebrates performing arts, visual art, and design with its wide array of programmes from Malaysia and all around the globe.

Event Date: 28 Jan 2017 - 29 Jan 2017
Chinese New Year is celebrated on the first day of the lunar calendar with each year ushering in a zodiac animal ruling sign. 2017 is the year of the Rooster.
Event Date: 27 Jan 2017 - 11 Feb 2017
Catch the annual lighting display at the Kek Lok Si Temple where it showcases more than 10,000 lights and lanterns during Chinese New Year.
Address: Kek Lok Si Temple 1000-L, Tingkat Lembah Ria 1, Ayer Itam, 1500, Penang, MALAYSIA. (5.401245,100.274872)
Event Date: 14 Jan 2017
Witness a Ponggal celebration in Penang.
Address: Penang, MALAYSIA. (5.414712,100.334857)
Event Date: 01 Jan 2017
Be a part of the City Walk 2017!
Address: Lebuh Pantai, George Town, 10300, Penang, MALAYSIA. (5.418929,100.343776)