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 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 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.

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Event Date: 31 Dec 2019 - 30 May 2020
Penang International Container Art Festival (PICAF) 2019/2020 is a festival celebrating the vibrant street art scene in Penang, featuring the pop-up container art installations which are displayed at various locations within Penang.
Address: Around Penang
Event Date: 06 Mar 2020
The annual St.Patrick's Ball celebrates the very best of Irish culture and traditions, together with the Penang community and guests from around Malaysia. Joined by the Irish Ambassador, the St. Patrick's Ball is a sold out event in the grand Ballroom of the Eastern & Oriental hotel. 
Address: Eastern & Oriental Hotel Grand Ballroom
Event Date: 07 Mar 2020
The festival features an exhibition on culture, history and businesses of the Irish community in Penang. There will also be workshops, 5-km fun run, street festival and musical performances. 
Address: Straits Quay
Event Date: 07 Mar 2020
"Yocchore Yo! Yocchore Yo!" with wooden Naruko clappers in hand, the Yosakoi dancers perform their original choreography in the heart of Penang's historical centre. Come join in the Matsuri (Japanese festival) food, fun and games. 
Address: Penang Esplanade
Event Date: 07 Mar 2020
Come join the Inaugural Yosakoi Fun Run to celebrate Tokyo 2020 in a fun way!
Address: Lebuh Light
Event Date: 27 Mar 2020 - 29 Mar 2020
Open Studios Penang is Penang’s biggest annual art event, with 100 artists from Penang, elsewhere in Malaysia and overseas open their studios to the public for visits, art exhibition, running workshops and holding talks in 50 different venues around Penang island. It is a two weekend-long volunteer-led celebration of the visual arts.
Address: All around Penang Island
Event Date: 04 Apr 2020 - 19 Apr 2020
The Penang International Food Festival is an annual 16-day event, offering you an exciting experience to indulge in Penang's famed food. Presenting endless delectable choices, PIFF is the place for food, stories, experience, culture and traditions. 
Address: Around Penang
Event Date: 13 Apr 2020
Songkran or Water Festival is a traditional festival celebrated by Thai and Burmese devotees to wash away bad luck by liberally splashing water on each other 
Address: Wat Chayamankalaram Thai Buddhist Temple & Dharmikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple
Event Date: 17 Apr 2020 - 19 Apr 2020
KBJ Raya Fashion Week will showcase the best and latest Raya clothing designs from Kompleks Bukit Jambul's fashion outlets that also include impressive accessories like bags, shoes and sunglasses for the Raya festive season
Address: Kompleks Bukit Jambul
Event Date: 18 Apr 2020
Manhunt is a male model contest organised, to promote new faces for the male modeling and fashion industry. The men that enter Manhunt are also encouraged to become role models and good corporate citizens for the youth to look up to.
Address: Kompleks Bukit Jambul
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