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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.

Other annual events such as the Catholic St Anne’s Feast Day, Penang International Food Festival, Penang Anime Matsuri, 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 Sunday Pop-Up Market at Hin Bus Depot is a great place 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 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021
Penang International Container Art Festival (PICAF) is an international street / urban art festival, featuring the urban art on container installations towards celebrating the vibrant street art scene in Penang. PICAF is also aiming to continue breaking through the limits in art and creativity towards making Penang a hub or destination for street artists and street art enthusiasts from cities around the world.
Event Date: 01 Jun 2021 - 31 Jul 2021
Durian is one of the most popular fruits in Penang, and it is a must-try for all visitors. There are many award-winning durians in Penang such as Ang Hae, D16, Ang Bak, Ang Jin, D700, and plenty more.
Address: Jalan Burma, Jalan Macalister, Jalan Anson, Anjung Indah Balik Pulau, Bao Sheng Durian Farm
Event Date: 07 Jul 2021
George Town Heritage Celebrations is an annual event that will be held online this year. Festival enthusiasts can expect interactive and educational programmes that aim to celebrate the living heritage of George Town and to raise awareness about the importance of safeguarding our shared cultural heritage.
Address: George Town UNESCO World Heritage Site
Event Date: 07 Jul 2021
Meng Eng Soo Open Day was inaugurated in 2009 at the George Town Heritage Site and has been ongoing since then, with its 13th iteration well on its way. This event has also been awarded the Cultural Heritage Events and Activities Award in the George Town World Heritage Incorporated Heritage Recognition and Awards 2020.
Event Date: 10 Jul 2021 - 18 Jul 2021
The George Town Festival (GTF) is an annual festival held in Penang, in honour of the city’s designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008. The Festival is committed to promoting the beauty of arts, culture and heritage to all. This Festival will be reimagined and curated as a hybrid festival in 2021, integrating traditional forms of on-site entertainment with modern virtual elements.
Address: George Town
Event Date: 23 Jul 2021 - 01 Aug 2021
A 10-day religious occasion to observe St. Anne's feast day.
Address: Minor Basilica of St. Anne's
Event Date: 08 Aug 2021 - 06 Sep 2021
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 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: 10 Aug 2021
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: 14 Aug 2021 - 29 Aug 2021
The Penang International Food Festival (PIFF) is an annual event that will take place for 16 days, offering visitors an exciting experience to indulge in Penang's famed food. Presenting endless delectable choices, PIFF is the place for food, stories, experience, culture and traditions.
Address: Around Penang
Event Date: 31 Aug 2021
To commemorate Malaysia’s Independence Day, an annual Merdeka Parade will be organised by the Penang State Government where contingents representing various government agencies will be taking part in the occasion.
Address: Penang Esplanade
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