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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.

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.


Event Date: 25 Sep 2020 - 27 Sep 2020
MATTA Fair is the biggest travel fair featuring licensed travel agencies and all other travel related companies in Malaysia. It provides visitors with a host of exciting and value for money travel options, with excellent business and travel opportunities as well.
Address: Setia SPICE Arena
Event Date: 26 Sep 2020
Unleash your creativity and join in the fun to design your very own lantern and parade it around the mall!
Address: Queensbay Mall
Event Date: 26 Sep 2020
A Mid-Autumn Festival celebration at Penang's Bukit Mertajam, where traditional Chinese lanterns of all shapes are beautifully lit and paraded by young children. There will also be competitions and street performances.
Address: Insa Dunia, Kampung Baru, Bukit Mertajam
Event Date: 26 Sep 2020 - 27 Sep 2020
An action packed and exhilarating competition with teams from all over Malaysia, Vietnam, China and more battle it out for the championship title with their most creative and original lion dance performances. 
Event Date: 26 Sep 2020
Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival at Straits Quay Retail Marina, join the Mid-Autumn Lantern Walk on 26 September 2020 at Straits Court!
Address: Jalan Seri Tanjung Pinang, 10470 Tanjong Tokong, Penang Malaysia
Event Date: 27 Sep 2020
TFH2020 is a plogging event that aims to help protect and preserve Penang Hill, and to increase public awareness towards the importance of not littering and keeping Penang Hill clean from rubbish.
Address: Penang Hill
Event Date: 03 Oct 2020
Join in the fun with your family and friends in celebrating the mid-autumn festival in Batu Uban. Free lanterns are given away too.
Event Date: 16 Oct 2020 - 25 Oct 2020
The Nine Emperor Gods Festival is celebrated on the 1st till the 9th day of the ninth month in the lunar calendar. Throughout this festival, rituals such as skewering and fire walking ceremonies are carried out. On the last day, the Gods are sent off through a procession leading to the sea accompanied by many other colourful floats.
Event Date: 17 Oct 2020 - 26 Oct 2020
The Navratri Festival is a Hindu religious festival. For 9 days, devotees pray to Goddess Durga, Goddess Lakshimi and Goddess Saraswathy in hopes of being bestowed with power, wealth and education.
Address: Main Hindu Temples
Event Date: 18 Oct 2020
With the tagline "New Vision, New Life!" LASIK Carnival is held to engage people from all walks of life towards freedom in vision through LASIK.
Address: Optimax Eye Specialist Hospital (Penang)
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