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.

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

Event Date: 06 May 2019 - 04 Jun 2019
A sumptuous array of food, local delicacies, festive cookies, clothing and religious items on sale during the Muslim Fasting Month.
Address: Komtar, Pedestrian walk & along many streets of Penang., Penang, MALAYSIA. (5.416710,100.330110)
Event Date: 06 May 2019 - 04 Jun 2019
In KBJ, Ramadan is greeted with a riot of colourful and tasty food. Set up at the Promenade Area of Kompleks Bukit Jambul, the "Ramadan Bazaar" will have stalls selling various delicacies and drinks for"buka puasa".
Address: Kompleks Bukit Jambul
Event Date: 22 May 2019
On the 17th day of the holy Ramadan month, a national-level celebration called the Nuzul Al-Quran is held to commemorate the day Prophet Muhammad S.A.W first received the revelation from Heaven. It is observed as a public holiday in most states in Malaysia.
Event Date: 01 Jun 2019 - 31 Jul 2019
The season for one of the most popular fruit in Penang arrives. A must-try for all visitors.
Address: Jalan Burma, Jalan Macalister, Jalan Anson, Anjung Indah Balik Pulau, Bao Sheng Durian Farm
Event Date: 01 Jun 2019
Returning for the second time in Penang, the 2nd International Kungfu Festival 2019 will gather Senior Masters from Penang and overseas to present performances, life demonstrations, showcase of techniques, style of usage and share the secret of application in Kungfu.
Address: Dewan Sri Pinang
Event Date: 05 Jun 2019 - 06 Jun 2019
In Malaysia, the Muslims celebrate the start of the month of Syawal by having open houses for their families and friends.
Event Date: 14 Jun 2019 - 16 Jun 2019
Open Studios Penang is possibly Penang’s biggest ever art event, More than 80 artists and 30 venues are taking part in this weekend-long celebration of the visual arts.
Address: 30 different art venues in Penang
Event Date: 15 Jun 2019 - 16 Jun 2019
Enjoy a weekend of pulsating thrills and spills to the tune of the vigorous beating of drums, strong thrust of roars and various stage performances as the dragon boat teams battle it out in the water to be the champions.
Address: Teluk Bahang Dam
Event Date: 22 Jun 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 Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
Address: Butterworth Art Walk, Lorong Bagan Luar 2
Event Date: 29 Jun 2019 - 30 Jun 2019
Malaysia Miniature Hobby Show 2019 (MMHS) is the 4th annual South East Asia Hobby Show. It is a trade show featuring renowned international Hobby Manufacturers from over 15 countries.
Address: Cititel Penang
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