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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 Sep 2021 - 02 Jan 2022
You can “travel around the world” without even having to leave Penang! Located in the heart of George Town, at the Penang Esplanade, snap memorable shots with your family and friends against iconic landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty, London Bridge and Eiffel Tower — Penang Brings the World to your Doorstep display of creative sculptures comprises large-scale traditional lanterns in the shape of recognisable landmarks and animals found around the world.
Address: Penang Esplanade, George Town
Event Date: 06 Oct 2021 - 14 Oct 2021
The Nine Emperor Gods Festival is celebrated on the 1st till 9th day of the ninth month in the lunar calendar. Throughout this festival, rituals such as skewering and fire walking ceremonies are carried out. On the last day, the Gods are sent off to the sea accompanied by many other colourful floats.
Address: Tow Boo Kong Temple, 894 & 896, Mk14, Jalan Raja Uda, Butterworth
Event Date: 07 Oct 2021 - 15 Oct 2021
The Navratri Festival is a Hindu religious festival. For 9 days, devotees pray to the Goddess Durga, Goddess Lakshimi and Goddess Saraswathy in hopes of being bestowed with power, wealth, and education.
Address: Main Hindu Temples
Event Date: 04 Nov 2021
This colourful festival is also known as "The Festival of Lights" and is celebrated by Hindus all around the world. Oil lamps are lit and decorated in their homes on Deepavali morning as a way of thanking the Gods for happiness, knowledge, peace, and wealth.
Event Date: 25 Nov 2021 - 28 Nov 2021
Held annually in the World UNESCO Heritage Site of George Town, GTLF is the most prominent literary platform of free speech in Malaysia and has a specific focus on world literature.
Address: George Town
Event Date: 11 Dec 2021 - 19 Dec 2021
The Penang Orchid Show 2021 is a festival for orchid lovers and enthusiasts. It is a week-long event focusing on competitions and sale of orchids.
Address: Penang Botanic Gardens (Opposite Jabatan Botani Penang)