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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: 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
Event Date: 20 Aug 2020
Also known as Maal Hijrah, it marks the first day in the Islamic Calendar [Hijrah Calendar]. It is equivalent to the 1st of January in the Gregorian Calendar. In most states, it is gazetted as a public holiday.
Event Date: 21 Aug 2020 - 23 Aug 2020
PIHEC 2020 will play host to a total of more than 350 booths represented by local and international industry players from Southern Asia, West Asia and Europe creating an opportunity to establish potential businesses with global halal industry players.
Address: SPICE Arena
Event Date: 22 Aug 2020
Manhunt is a male model contest organised, to promote new faces for the male modeling and fashion industry. The men that enter Manhunt are also encouraged to become role models and good corporate citizens for the youth to look up to.
Address: Kompleks Bukit Jambul
Event Date: 22 Aug 2020
'KBJ Ratu Kebaya' is a beauty pageant that aims to promote & preserve the art of Nyonya Kebaya culture. It creates opportunities for young ladies to represent Malaysia on an International platform.
Event Date: 23 Aug 2020
Best known for its 15.5km challenge and picturesque nature view of the rainforest, PHHFC is back for the 7th year. Adventurous seekers and runners are encouraged to join this exhilarating race that aims to raise awareness towards environment conservation and heritage preservation at Penang Hill.
Address: Taman Rekreasi Kuari, Penang Botanic Gardens - Dataran, Penang Hill
Event Date: 31 Aug 2020
To commemorate Malaysia's Independence Day, an annual Merdeka Parade will be organised by the Penang State Government where over a hundred contingents representing various government agencies will be taking part in the parade.
Address: Penang Esplanade
Event Date: 10 Sep 2020 - 12 Sep 2020
Accorded the title as Penang’s “Bleisure” Event – The World Hospitality, Lifestyle and Entertainment Exhibition & Conference (WHOLE 2020), which will be held from 10th to 12th September 2020 at SPICE Arena and Convention Centre in Penang is set to showcase all things related to the Hospitality Industry covering many key pillars.
Address: SPICE Arena & Convention Centre
Event Date: 12 Sep 2020 - 20 Sep 2020
Miss Asia Global is one of the finest beauty pageants from the house of Pegasus in search of the most beautiful and talented women from all over the globe. For the very first time, Penang will host the pageant's World Finale.
Address: SPICE Convention Centre
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