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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: 15 Aug 2022 - 31 May 2023
The "Dari Gabenor ke TYT" exhibition will take place in five districts of Penang beginning on August 15, 2022, and running until May 2023. This exhibition will feature antiquities from the Penang State Museum, as well as artifacts from the families of the previous and current governors!
Address: 5 districts of Penang (Dewan Sri Pinang and 4 Public Libraries around Penang)
Event Date: 11 Dec 2022
The Penang Bridge International Marathon or Penang Bridge Marathon is an annual marathon event held at Penang Bridge in Penang, Malaysia, since 1984. It is organised by the Penang State Tourism Development office and fully supported by the Penang State Government. It is known as the biggest run in the country.
Address: Penang Bridge (First Bridge)
Event Date: 11 Dec 2022
During the season of Christmas, the sound of carols fills the air to bring the cheer of Christmas to the people. Carol singing dates back to the Victorian Era when the first carol service was held at the Truro Cathedral, England on 24th December 1880. Since then, the tradition has travelled across the UK, and the Festival of 9 Lessons and Carols was first held in 1918 at the King's College. St George's Church, Penang continues with this proud tradition to bring its own version of the Festival.
Address: St. George's Church Penang , 1, Lebuh Farquhar, 10200 George Town.
Event Date: 01 Jan 2023
The Chingay and Lion Dance troupe members will display their skills in balancing stilt poles during this annual street parade. There will be giant colourful flags and floats, lion and also dragon dance performances.
Address: Starting Point: Padang Brown, Jalan Dato Keramat to Esplanade