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 2020, click here

 


Event Date: 01 Dec 2019 - 31 Dec 2019
Expect unique rides, various stalls selling local products and concerts by local performers.
Address: Tapak Pesta, Sungai Nibong, Pulau Pinang
Event Date: 22 Dec 2019
A cultural and colourful parade, following the Pesta Chingay Parade on the island, which consists of a mix of Chingay groups, Lion and Dragon Dance teams, Lion Dance on stilts, colourful floats, traditional drums, martial arts team and school marching bands.
Address: Starting Point: MPSP Field on Jalan Bagan Luar
Event Date: 31 Dec 2019
The much-anticipated party of the year complete with dazzling fireworks lighting up the skyline of Queensbay Mall's seafront when the clock strikes midnight.
Address: Queensbay Mall, Persiaran Bayan Indah
Event Date: 31 Dec 2019
As we wrap up year 2019, lets celebrate and toss to our achievement with The Top Penang on 31 December 2019. There'll be exciting shows lined-up and spectacular fireworks display. Book your early bird tickets to Grand Fireworks Countdown Party 2020 from only RM68 per person. Each entry pass comes with a drink.
Address: Level 68, The Top Penang
Event Date: 01 Jan 2020
The Penang City Council together with Penang Adventurers' Club is organising the annual City Walk 2020 in conjunction with Penang's 'City Day'. The walk is open to all members of the public.
Address: Jalan Padang Kota Lama
Event Date: 03 Jan 2020 - 04 Jan 2020
The festival will showcase an exhibitions of the Chinese culture, traditional games, foods, calligraphy performance, dragon dance and many other stage performances.
Address: Tapak Pasar Malam, Taman Nibong Tebal Jaya
Event Date: 15 Jan 2020
Look out for Pongal Celebrations taking place in the early hours of this day at Hindu temples around Penang where you can see rituals being carried out and sweet rice being cooked. 
Event Date: 19 Jan 2020
Join a 5-km fun run within the beautiful sights and sounds of George Town's heritage enclave while immersing into the spirit and joy of CNY at OBS CNY Run 2020. There will be lion dance performances on high stilts, war drum performance and all forms of mesmerising acts! 
Address: Occupy Beach Street
Event Date: 19 Jan 2020 - 08 Feb 2020
The Kek Lok Si temple is a crowd puller and famous tourist attraction, especially during Chinese New Year. Devotees from far and near flock to this 129-year-old temple for its annual lighting display which showcases more than 10,000 lights.
Address: Air Itam
Event Date: 25 Jan 2020 - 26 Jan 2020
Chinese New Year is celebrated on the first day of the Lunar Calendar with each year ushering in a zodiac animal ruling sign. 2020 is the year of the Rat. Celebrations start on the eve of Chinese New Year where family members gather for a Reunion Dinner.
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