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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 Feb 2022 - 31 Dec 2022
Little Areca Market offers activities such as selling handicrafts, light snacks and potted flowers and plants.
Address: Taman Areca, Lebuh Sungai Pinang 7, Jelutong
Event Date: 01 Jul 2022 - 31 Dec 2022
" Dari Gabenor ke TYT." is an exhibition showcasing stories of Gabenors of Penang from the past to the recent in July 2022,coinciding with the 73rd Birthday of the Yang Di-Pertua Negeri of Penang (TYT), which will be celebrated in the same month.
Address: Perkarangan Ruang Legar di 5 Daerah di Pulau Pinang
Event Date: 02 Jul 2022 - 03 Jul 2022
After the long lockdown due to the pandemic, MITM Penang travel fair 2022 organized by Malaysian Chinese Tourism Malaysia is back on track again. Having cooped up long at home? It’s time to explore somewhere new, and by the small world that manifests each time we pack our bags and leave our homes. Touted as the largest travel fair in the northern region with over 50 exhibitors offering a host of fabulous travel packages and expected to attract 60,000 visitors who are bound to be spoilt for choice with the seemingly endless holiday destinations at amazing prizes. Be rest assured that you are in the hospitality care of experts who will make all the arrangements such as flights, hotels and ground transportation to any destination in the world. Take note avid travelers! Explore the world while enjoying the best travel deals only at the Penang MITM Travel Fair with free admission.
Address: SPICE (PISA)
Event Date: 07 Jul 2022
George Town Heritage Celebrations is an annual community-powered event that commemorates the inscription of George Town as a UNESCO World Heritage Site on 7 July 2008. It celebrates the living heritage of George Town – its multicultural practices, food, arts, and crafts, as well as cultural festivities that highlight the history and local cultural pride.
Address: George Town UNESCO World Heritage Site
Event Date: 09 Jul 2022 - 24 Jul 2022
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. This year's Festival is reimagined and curated as a hybrid festival, integrating traditional forms of on-site entertainment with modern virtual elements.
Address: George Town, Penang
Event Date: 29 Jul 2022 - 12 Aug 2022
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: 30 Jul 2022
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: 30 Jul 2022
This festival is a Japanese Buddhist observance that honours the spirit of ancestors who return once a year to visit their families. The carnival-like atmosphere is made even merrier with food stalls, fireworks display, Japanese souvenirs, lively performances and games.
Address: Esplanade Pulau Pinang
Event Date: 05 Aug 2022 - 07 Aug 2022
Penang Hill Festival (PHF) is back for its third edition from 5 to 7 August 2022! PHF2022 aims to promote and bring about better awareness of Penang Hill’s nature, history and cultural heritage. What’s more, this is the inaugural year we are celebrating the festival as the Penang Hill Biosphere Reserve under the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Programme. Fun-packed yet educational events await you and your loved ones, ranging from insightful talks and intriguing walks to hands-on workshops and informative exhibitions. Mark your calendars now and come join us to “See the Nature, Feel the History”!
Address: At various locations on Penang Hill
Event Date: 20 Aug 2022 - 28 Aug 2022
Penang’s legendary foodscape is making headlines around the world. In 2018, Conde Nast Traveler named Penang as Asia’s Next Great Foodie City. In 2019, CNA Luxury featured Penang’s growing fine dining scene while Mirror Online listed Penang as one of the World’s Top 30 Best Cities for Street Food. We’re all quite proud of our old-timey tastes, international spreads, and modern culinary creations — that’s why we celebrate them with a food festival to satisfy our every sweet and savoury whim! With a culinary focus on the wide-ranging cuisines that make Penang the food paradise of Asia, the Penang International Food Festival (PIFF) invites visitors to savour Penang’s diversity through the state’s best-tasting offerings. Penang’s streetside comfort food, coffee shop staples, gourmet restaurant creations, and sizzling barbecue will be just a few of the options available at the food festival. So, gear up for some serious eats across the island and mainland at the food festival! PIFF is organised by TLM Event, endorsed by the Penang State Government and is fully supported by Penang Global Tourism (PGT).
Address: Penang
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