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.

Also, watch out for the Last Friday, Saturday and Sunday (LFSS) programme that happens each month-end in George Town, where cultural shows, musical performances and interesting walkabout tours happen. Other annual events such as the Catholic St Anne’s Feast Day, Penang International Food Festival, Penang Anime Matsuri, Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, Japanese Bon Odori Festival, George Town Heritage Celebration, Penang International Bridge 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 Occupy Beach Street, Artisan Market at The Star Pitt Street and Sunday Pop-Up Market at Hin Bus Depot are great places 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.

 

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


Event Date: 17 Oct 2019
Join in the celebration of Asia-Pacific Urban Forum 7. There will be colourful building mapping, fireworks and a food carnival for all!
Address: Jalan Padang Kota Lama
Event Date: 19 Oct 2019
Harness the visual appeal of colourful grains of rice, and create Kolam masterpieces that embodies the spirit of Deepavali. Total prizes worth RM1250 to be won.
Address: Straits Quay, Jalan Seri Tanjung Pinang 10470 Tanjong Tokong, Penang
Event Date: 19 Oct 2019
Fiesta Pulau Aman will feature a Fishing Contest for both locals and tourists. Other activities include "Boling Kelapa" (Coconut Bowling) and "Lari Dalam Guni" (Gunny Sack Race), exhibitions, community service programs, as well as fire simulation and rescue of drowning victims.
Address: Various locations in Pulau Aman
Event Date: 19 Oct 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 brings you a Youth Festival to encourage youth involvement.
Address: Butterworth Art Walk, Lorong Bagan Luar 2
Event Date: 20 Oct 2019
The first Miss Asia Global Malaysia 2019/20 will be entrusted with the task as a “tourism ambassadress” to promote Penang and Malaysia in the international platform and at the same time become a symbol of goodwill through her participation at Miss Asia Global 2020 World Final at her homeland of Malaysia.
Address: Hotel Equatorial Penang, 1 Jalan Bukit Jambul, Bayan Lepas 11900 Penang, Malaysia
Event Date: 26 Oct 2019
Have a mons-terrific Halloween this year by filling up your pumpkin basket with candies in your terrifying monster costumes! First 100 children to complete the trick or treat quest will receive a mystery gift! There will be fun and activities, and top 3 children with the best costume will win prizes as well.
Address: Market Street 2, Straits Quay Retail Marina
Event Date: 26 Oct 2019
Dare yourselves to the freakiest Halloween at the tallest building in Penang! The Top Penang celebrates Halloween with decorations, parties, candies, costumes and trick-or-treating. A series of performances and activities will make your Halloween night a memorable one.
Address: The Top @ KOMTAR 1, Jalan Penang, 10000 George Town, Penang.
Event Date: 27 Oct 2019
"The Festival of Lights" celebrated by the Hindus in Penang.
Event Date: 09 Nov 2019 - 09 Feb 2020
An exhibition about Hokkien, and the factors that are driving it into endangerment. You will see old scripts written in southern Chinese languages for the first time in Malaysia.
Address: Cheah Kongsi
Event Date: 10 Nov 2019
A sports event open to all ages, Seberang Perai Half Marathon is a marathon that has a route that covers both nature and township. The Fun Run in this event is suitable for all ages and families. The marathon route promotes heritage sites and tourism of Bukit Tambun.
Address: Starting point: Pusat Khidmat Adun Bukit Tambun 32, Ground Floor, Jalan Perniagaan Seri Tambun, Pusat Perniagaan Seri Tambun, 14100 Simpang Ampat, S.P.(S). Penang
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