EVENTS

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: 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: 11 Jul 2020 - 26 Jul 2020
George Town Festival (GTF) celebrates George Town as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, showcasing the richness and diversity of our arts, culture and heritage. Featuring local and international artists, performers, musicians and the local communities.
Address: George Town
Event Date: 16 Jul 2020 - 19 Jul 2020
It is the time of the year again to celebrate the flourishing nature, history and culture of Penang Hill. With more than 20 exciting events and activities lined up, PHC invites everyone to celebrate this wonderful conglomeration amid a 130-million-year-old tropical rainforest. 
Address: Penang Hill
Event Date: 24 Jul 2020 - 02 Aug 2020
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. This year the fest will be celebrated on a digital platform, through their official website at https://www.minorbasilicastannebm.com/
Address: St. Anne's Church, Bukit Mertajam
Event Date: 25 Jul 2020
This festival is a Japanese Buddhist observance that honours the spirit of ancestors who return once a year to visit their families. The carnival-like atmosphere is made even merrier with food stalls, fireworks display, Japanese souvenirs, lively performances and games.
Event Date: 25 Jul 2020 - 02 Aug 2020
The Penang Orchid Show 2020 is a festival for orchid lovers and enthusiasts. It is a week-long event focusing on competitions and sale of orchids. Orchid judges from all states of Malaysia and Singapore convene at this grand event.
Address: Penang Botanic Gardens
Event Date: 30 Jul 2020 - 02 Aug 2020
To elevate Penang fashion week to a new level, the inaugural Malaysia Fashion Week Penang Chapter will feature the industry's top designers encompassing their impressive collections. It will be a grand event showcasing fashion, art and beauty.
Address: Gurney Paragon Mall
Event Date: 03 Aug 2020 - 05 Aug 2020
Notable speakers and participants from various backgrounds including the government and private sectors as well as secondary and tertiary school students will gather to partake in fruitful discussions on the development of sustainable tourism.
Address: Around Penang
Event Date: 14 Aug 2020 - 16 Aug 2020
The annual Penang International Paddy Festival will take place over three days in Permatang Pauh. There'll be a showcase on past triumphs of the paddy farmers through storytelling, music, traditional rice planting and traditional games. Also, various rice-related products and local arts & crafts will be exhibited.
Address: Kg. Terus, Permatang Pauh
Event Date: 19 Aug 2020 - 16 Sep 2020
It is believed to be when the Gates of Hell are opened for spirits and ghosts to roam freely. Makeshift altars are erected at roadsides where giant joss sticks are lit and food is offered. Staged operas are also conducted for the entertainment of ghosts, spirits and the public on a nightly basis. 
Address: George Town & Around Penang
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