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 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.

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Event Date: 22 Mar 2019 - 27 Apr 2019
STEP is a Theatre Festival which is a part of RINTIS (Research and Innovation Towards Integration and Sustainability) programme in Universiti Sains Malaysia.
Event Date: 23 Mar 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 the heritage of Penang's mainland on this day.
Address: Butterworth Art Walk, Lorong Bagan Luar 2
Event Date: 24 Mar 2019
A delightful evening of music and drama as young talented performers present highlights from some of the most famous musicals.
Address: Auditorium A, komtar level 5, Penang
Event Date: 24 Mar 2019 - 31 Mar 2019
Happening for the very first time, the Penang Arts Week brings together a showcase of works by local and international artists.
Address: Esplanade, penangpac, Gurney Paragon, Gurney Plaza and Queensbay Mall
Event Date: 30 Mar 2019
A "Go Green" event to promote a greener and healthier lifestyle. Have some fun while you do your bit for a good cause.
Address: Queensbay Mall
Event Date: 12 Apr 2019 - 14 Apr 2019
Vaisakhi Celebration marks the harvest festival and the religious Khalsa Janam Divas.
Address: WADDA GURDWARA SAHIB PENANG, 87, Jalan Gurdwara, 10300 Penang
Event Date: 13 Apr 2019 - 28 Apr 2019
A two-week event bringing you an exciting eating experience in Penang.
Event Date: 13 Apr 2019
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 Chayamangkalaran Thai Buddhist Temple & Dharmikara Burmese Buddhist Temple (Lorong Burma, Pulau Tikus)
Event Date: 20 Apr 2019
Q-kids Club event for children to happily hunt the eggs throughout. Bountiful returns awaits.
Address: Queensbay Mall
Event Date: 27 Apr 2019
The month Vesakh marks the celebration of the harvest festival with authentic Punjabi food, dances (the beat of dhols, Gidha, Bhangra singing of folklore songs. connecting communities together through rich culture and heritage
Address: Fort Cornwallis, Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah, 10200 George Town, Penang
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