EVENTS
ALL 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 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: 20 Jan 2019 - 22 Jan 2019
A pilgrimage procession to bring the statue of Lord Muruga, with a silver and a golden chariot led by more than 60 kavadis from Penang's Little India to the Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani hilltop temple.
Address: Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple, 17, Jalan Kebun Bunga, Pulau Tikus, 10350 George Town, Penang
Event Date: 26 Jan 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 Pongal, a Tamil celebration.
Address: Butterworth Art Walk, Lorong Bagan Luar 2
Event Date: 02 Feb 2019
The Penang State level Pongal Celebration brings you a variety of cultural games and entertainment.
Address: 221, Jalan Magazine, George Town, 10300, Penang, MALAYSIA
Event Date: 02 Feb 2019
Bringing everything together in one place, join the Penang Celebrates: Chinese New Year with Kochabi @ Auto-City this 2 February (Saturday) to savour our much-missed Kochabi, while indulging in performances such as 24 Festive Drums, Chinese Folk Rhymes, Teochew Puppet Drama and other multicultural performances.
Address: Auto-City, 1688-F8, Jalan Perusahaan, Highway Auto-city, 13600 Perai, Penang
Event Date: 04 Feb 2019 - 19 Feb 2019
See Kek Lok Si Temple lit up with over 10,000 lights during Chinese New Year.
Address: Kek Lok Si Temple, 11500, Air Itam Penang
Event Date: 05 Feb 2019 - 06 Feb 2019
Celebrated on the first day of the Lunar Calendar with each year ushering in a zodiac animal ruling sign, Penang celebrates Chinese New Year on a large scale.
Event Date: 06 Feb 2019
Join the Penang Chief Minister in celebrating Chinese New Year.
Address: Setia SPICE Arena, 108C Jalan Tun Dr Awang, Sungai Nibong Kecil, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang
Event Date: 09 Feb 2019
The Chinese New Year Celebration will take the form of a street event organised by Penang Chinese Clan Council, coordinated by Penang Cultural Inheritors Society. This festive event will take place at George Town World Heritage site.
Address: George Town UNESCO World Heritage Site
Event Date: 09 Feb 2019 - 10 Feb 2019
The only hot air balloon festival on an island in Malaysia, the Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta returns this 24 & 25 February 2018!
Address: Padang Polo, George Town, 10450 Penang
Event Date: 09 Feb 2019
A traditional ceremony to predict the economy outlook of Penang and also to commemorate the birthday of Cheng Chooi Chor Soo Kong Deity of the Snake Temple.
Address: Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, Bayan Lepas Industrial Park, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang
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