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.

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 Occupy Beach Street, Artisan Market on Pitt Street and Sunday Pop Up Market at Hin Bus Depot are great places to buy local, handmade products and meet the 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.

Ever think sports event are for professionals only? The Asia Pacific Masters Games may sound intimidating but is really an event that has a variety of sports for a wide age group. Participants get to choose the nature of the event they get involve in, whether it is competitive, recreational or social. Elsewhere, don’t miss out on Penang’s annual Dragon Boat Festival which is as much a display of physical strength as it is a cultural spectacle.

Penang Institute, the state government’s policy think tank frequently holds forums, panels and the occasional book launch for those that crave intellectual stimulation from discussions that range of inclusive politics to Southeast Asian photography.

To view Penang Tourism Calendar of Events 2019, click here.

Event Date: 12 Feb 2019
The first day of the Hokkien New Year, also known as Ti Kong Seh in Hokkien. This is largely celebrated in Penang with prayers, offerings of food, fruits, sugarcane stalks etc.
Address: Clan Jetties, Penangkalan Weld, 10300 George Town, Penang
Event Date: 09 Feb 2019 - 10 Feb 2019
The only hot air balloon festival on an island in Malaysia, the Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta returns this 24 & 25 February 2018!
Address: Padang Polo, George Town, 10450 Penang
Event Date: 09 Feb 2019
A traditional ceremony to predict the economy outlook of Penang and also to commemorate the birthday of Cheng Chooi Chor Soo Kong Deity of the Snake Temple.
Address: Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, Bayan Lepas Industrial Park, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang
Event Date: 05 Feb 2019 - 06 Feb 2019
Celebrated on the first day of the Lunar Calendar with each year ushering in a zodiac animal ruling sign, Penang celebrates Chinese New Year on a large scale.
Event Date: 04 Feb 2019 - 19 Feb 2019
See Kek Lok Si Temple lit up with over 10,000 lights during Chinese New Year.
Address: Kek Lok Si Temple, 11500, Air Itam Penang
Event Date: 26 Jan 2019
Bagan Festival @ Butterworth Art Walk is inspired through Car Free evening aimed at reducing the use of cars on roads. To bring the community closer to local arts and culture, Bagan Festival celebrates Pongal, a Tamil celebration.
Address: Butterworth Art Walk, Lorong Bagan Luar 2
Event Date: 20 Jan 2019 - 22 Jan 2019
A pilgrimage procession to bring the statue of Lord Muruga, with a silver and a golden chariot led by more than 60 kavadis from Penang's Little India to the Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani hilltop temple.
Address: Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple, 17, Jalan Kebun Bunga, Pulau Tikus, 10350 George Town, Penang
Event Date: 15 Jan 2019
Witness a Pongal celebration in Penang.
Event Date: 05 Jan 2019
Proudly presented by Kompleks Bukit Jambul, spectators can expect a showcase of the most talented and creative lion dance troupes from different states of Malaysia, showcasing amazing feats of agility of the lion dance.
Address: Kompleks Bukit Jambul
Event Date: 01 Jan 2019
An annual walk round George Town to celebrate the new year organised by the Penang City Council.
Address: Lebuh Pantai, 10300 George Town, Penang
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