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 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: 09 Nov 2019 - 09 Feb 2020
An exhibition about Hokkien, and the factors that are driving it into endangerment. You will see old scripts written in southern Chinese languages for the first time in Malaysia.
Address: Cheah Kongsi
Event Date: 16 Nov 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 Festival of Lights - Deepavali.
Address: Butterworth Art Walk, Lorong Bagan Luar 2
Event Date: 21 Nov 2019 - 24 Nov 2019
The George Town Literary Festival is the largest international literary festival in Malaysia. GTLF focuses on world literature and believes in the power of free speech and expression and is committed to being one of the most urgent, vital and provocative literary festivals in the region.
Address: Around George Town
Event Date: 23 Nov 2019 - 24 Nov 2019
PSFF aims to bring the community together through the celebration of food, and to showcase Penang’s multi-ethnic food scene and unique culinary heritage.
Address: Lebuh Pantai
Event Date: 24 Nov 2019
An international running event catered to all from young to old and leisure to serious runners.
Address: Penang Bridge, Penang
Event Date: 29 Nov 2019 - 30 Nov 2019
The 26th Penang International Ballroom Dancing Championship will bring in 200 best Standard and Latin competitors from 21 countries. The event's 2nd day, 30th November, will be the WDC Professional Ballroom World Championship held at Setia SPICE Convention & Exhibition Centre.
Address: Bayview Beach Resort Penang and Setia SPICE Convention & Exhibition Centre
Event Date: 07 Dec 2019 - 08 Dec 2019
The event is held in conjunction with Pesta Pulau Pinang and is a tradition to honour the "spirit of the dragon" and the spirit of unity as the participants work together as a team for one common purpose.
Address: Teluk Bahang Dam, Teluk Bahang, 11050 Penang
Event Date: 07 Dec 2019 - 08 Dec 2019
The Butterworth Fringe Festival is a platform in making Butterworth a cultural, creative and innovative hub, as well as promoting local culture by bringing in varieties of programs to present the international culture of street art festival.
Address: Jalan Jeti Lama, Butterworth
Event Date: 15 Dec 2019
An annual parade, the Chingay and Lion Dance troupes take to the streets of Penang.
Address: Starting Point: Jalan Dato Keramat
Event Date: 22 Dec 2019
A cultural and colourful parade, following the Pesta Chingay Parade on the island, which consists of a mix of Chingay groups, Lion and Dragon Dance teams, Lion Dance on stilts, colourful floats, traditional drums, martial arts team and school marching bands.
Address: Starting Point: MPSP Field on Jalan Bagan Luar
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