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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.

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 Jun 2024 - 18 Aug 2024
For It depends …, Blank Canvas invites you to experience artworks in the gloaming. The exhibition from 1 June -18 August 2024 on Friday, Saturday & Sunday at 12pm -7pm, Blank Canvas.
Address: 2, Argus Lane, 10200, George Town , Penang, Malaysia.
Event Date: 19 Jul 2024 - 21 Jul 2024
Penang Hill Festival (PHF) is back for its fifth edition from 19 – 21 July 2024! PHF2024 aims to bring about greater awareness of Penang Hill’s nature, history and cultural heritage. We promise an array of interesting yet educational programmes ranging from talks and walks to workshops and exhibitions. What’s more, PHF’s signature event, “Music on the Hill – East meets West”, will return on 21 July 2024. Mark your calendars now!
Address: Penang Hill
Event Date: 19 Jul 2024 - 28 Jul 2024
George Town Festival (GTF) returns for its 15th edition from 19–28 July 2024.
Event Date: 21 Jul 2024
Penang Hill Festival’s signature event, “Music on the Hill - East meets West”, is back by popular demand! The exciting evening will feature talented local musicians playing tunes from both the East and the West. We welcome everyone, young and old, to enjoy the music performances complemented by the natural orchestra sung by the “inhabitants” of Penang Hill.
Address: Dataran, Penang Hill
Event Date: 21 Jul 2024
L'Occitane Race for Vision 2024 is set to make its debut in Penang at Queensbay Mall on July 21st. To support eye care initiatives and raise awareness about the importance of blindness prevention, L'OCCITANE targets raising RM80,000 to donate to St. Nicholas' Home Penang, to help individuals who require cataract surgeries.
Address: Queensbay Mall
Event Date: 27 Jul 2024
Penang Bon Odori 2024 on 27 July 2024.
Address: Padang Kota Lama
Event Date: 18 Aug 2024
The Penang Hill Heritage Forest Challenge (PHHFC) is back for the ninth edition. Hikers and runners are urged to mark your calendars for this thrilling event. The route will lead runners through the evergreen trails of the 130-million-year-old rainforest of Penang Hill, starting from the Quarry Recreational Park and ending at the Dataran, Penang Hill Upper Station.
Address: Quarry Recreational Park, Penang Botanic Gardens
Event Date: 31 Aug 2024
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.
Event Date: 14 Sep 2024
Penang Yosakoi on 14 September 2024.
Event Date: 16 Sep 2024
A significant date in the history of Malaysia as it marks the joining together of Malaya, Sabah and Sarawak to form Malaysia in 1963.
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