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.

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Event Date: 11 Jan 2020 - 09 Feb 2020
Penang’s maiden seafront retail marina Straits Quay is inviting shoppers and visitors to embark on “A Journey of Opulence” this Chinese New Year, as it gears up to welcome the Year of the Rat. Decked in lavish, oriental décor fitting to the theme, Straits Quay will bring patrons through a picturesque voyage of beautiful festive settings starting from its entrance at the Straits Court.
Address: Straits Quay
Event Date: 19 Jan 2020
Join a 5-km fun run within the beautiful sights and sounds of George Town's heritage enclave while immersing into the spirit and joy of CNY at OBS CNY Run 2020. There will be lion dance performances on high stilts, war drum performance and all forms of mesmerising acts! 
Address: Occupy Beach Street
Event Date: 19 Jan 2020 - 21 Feb 2020
The Kek Lok Si temple is a crowd puller and famous tourist attraction, especially during Chinese New Year. Devotees from far and near flock to this 129-year-old temple for its annual lighting display which showcases more than 10,000 lights.
Address: Air Itam
Event Date: 25 Jan 2020 - 26 Jan 2020
Chinese New Year is celebrated on the first day of the Lunar Calendar with each year ushering in a zodiac animal ruling sign. 2020 is the year of the Rat. Celebrations start on the eve of Chinese New Year where family members gather for a Reunion Dinner.
Event Date: 26 Jan 2020
People from all cultures and backgrounds, be it local or foreign are welcome to attend the Chinese New Year Open House hosted by Penang Chief Minister, YAB Tuan Chow Kon Yeow. Guests will be treated to a sumptuous feast plus experience the overwhelming festive cheer and harmony on display at Setia SPICE Arena.
Address: Setia SPICE Arena
Event Date: 29 Jan 2020
This is the annual Flame Watching Ceremony Festival held in conjunction with the birthday of Patron Saint "Chor Soo Kong" of Snake Temple. The festival will showcase an exhibition from individual "Chor Soo Kong" temples in Penang, snake performances and handicrafts.
Address: Snake Temple
Event Date: 01 Feb 2020 - 02 Feb 2020
Offering a one-of-a-kind experience, it's the only hot air balloon festival on an island in Malaysia. The Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta will see 15 hot air balloons by international and local balloonists over the 2-day festival, together with family-friendly activities, creative workshops and more! 
Address: Padang Polo
Event Date: 01 Feb 2020
The 9th day of Chinese New Year, which is also the Jade Emperor's Birthday, is a largely significant ritual event for the Chinese community in Penang.
Address: Surrounding area of Chew Jetty
Event Date: 02 Feb 2020
Penang Chinese New Year Celebration is held along 10 diverse major and minor streets in the heritage precinct of George Town every year with numerous cultural booths, exhibitions and interactive workshops for all visitors. 
Address: Heritage Precinct of George Town
Event Date: 07 Feb 2020 - 09 Feb 2020
Thaipusam is a religious festival held for the purpose pf penance, prayers and fulfilling vows. During this celebration, devotees take part in a procession - bearing milk pots on their heads or kavadis, all the way up to the hilltop temple. 
Address: Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Hilltop Temple
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