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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.

Other annual events such as the Catholic St Anne’s Feast Day, Penang International Food Festival, Penang Anime Matsuri, 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 Sunday Pop-Up Market at Hin Bus Depot is a great place 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: 15 Aug 2022 - 31 May 2023
The "Dari Gabenor ke TYT" exhibition will take place in five districts of Penang beginning on August 15, 2022, and running until May 2023. This exhibition will feature antiquities from the Penang State Museum, as well as artifacts from the families of the previous and current governors!
Address: 5 districts of Penang (Dewan Sri Pinang and 4 Public Libraries around Penang)
Event Date: 01 Jan 2023 - 31 Dec 2023
Penang Hill Corporation is hosting a series of events in the run-up to the 100th anniversary of the Penang Hill Railway on 21 October 2023. The railway was informally opened on 21 October 1923 before it was officially opened on 1 January 1924. The year-long centenary celebration will bring renewed interest in the history of Penang Hill’s funicular and the nostalgic journey of its transformation.
Address: Penang Hill
Event Date: 23 Mar 2023 - 21 Apr 2023
With over 150 stalls which is packed with many mouth-watering dishes, the Bazaar Ramadan sells everything from traditional kuih-muih, malay and international cuisine, to trendy instaworthy „Raya‟ fashion and accessories, house decorations and anything you need to make your “Hari Raya” festive a memorable one.
Address: Market Place, Kompleks Bukit Jambul
Event Date: 08 Apr 2023
On the 17th day of the holy Ramadan month, a national-level celebration called 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 of Malaysia. 
Event Date: 13 Apr 2023
Songkran or Water Festival is a traditional festival celebrated by Thai and Burmese devotees to mark the beginning of a New Year. It is celebrated by liberally splashing water on each other.
Address: Wat Chayamangkalaram Thai Buddhist Temple & Dharmikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple
Event Date: 14 Apr 2023
Vaisakhi marks the harvest festival and the start of the Punjabi New Year. The occasion is observed by the Sikh community with prayers in Sikh temples.
Address: Wadda Gurdwara Penang
Event Date: 22 Apr 2023 - 23 Apr 2023
In Malaysia, the Muslims celebrate the start of the month of Syawal with their families and friends. It marks the end of a month-long fasting during Ramadan.
Event Date: 04 May 2023
Wesak Day is observed by devotees to celebrate Buddha's birthday, enlightenment and achievement of Nirvana. The occasion is observed by devotees with prayers in temples.
Event Date: 18 Jun 2023
Rock to Rock Run 2023 - Running in the name of rock! on 18th June 2023.
Address: Hard Rock Hotel Penang
Event Date: 07 Jul 2023
George Town Heritage Celebrations is an annual community-powered event that commemorates the inscription of George Town as a UNESCO World Heritage Site on 7 July 2008. It celebrates the living heritage of George Town – its multicultural practices, food, arts, and crafts, as well as cultural festivities that highlight the history and local cultural pride.
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