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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: 01 Feb 2022 - 31 Dec 2022
Little Areca Market offers activities such as selling handicrafts, light snacks and potted flowers and plants.
Address: Taman Areca, Lebuh Sungai Pinang 7, Jelutong
Event Date: 29 Jul 2022 - 12 Aug 2022
It is believed to be when the Gates of Hell are opened for spirits and ghosts to roam freely. Makeshift altars are erected at roadsides where giant joss sticks are lit and food offered. Staged operas are also conducted for the entertainment of ghosts, spirits, and the public on a nightly basis.
Address: George Town & Around Penang
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: 20 Aug 2022 - 28 Aug 2022
Penang’s legendary foodscape is making headlines around the world. In 2018, Conde Nast Traveler named Penang as Asia’s Next Great Foodie City. In 2019, CNA Luxury featured Penang’s growing fine dining scene while Mirror Online listed Penang as one of the World’s Top 30 Best Cities for Street Food. We’re all quite proud of our old-timey tastes, international spreads, and modern culinary creations — that’s why we celebrate them with a food festival to satisfy our every sweet and savoury whim! With a culinary focus on the wide-ranging cuisines that make Penang the food paradise of Asia, the Penang International Food Festival (PIFF) invites visitors to savour Penang’s diversity through the state’s best-tasting offerings. Penang’s streetside comfort food, coffee shop staples, gourmet restaurant creations, and sizzling barbecue will be just a few of the options available at the food festival. So, gear up for some serious eats across the island and mainland at the food festival! PIFF is organised by TLM Event, endorsed by the Penang State Government and is fully supported by Penang Global Tourism (PGT).
Address: Penang
Event Date: 20 Aug 2022 - 21 Aug 2022
A Premium Travel Fair Event held yearly for Domestic (within Malaysia), and International destination. Supported by the State Government, Tourism Malaysia and Airlines, Hoteliers, Travel Agents, Local Attraction of Interest etc. Travelers look forward for best travel deal here.
Address: Setia SPICE Arena, Penang
Event Date: 27 Aug 2022
KBJ Ratu Kebaya is a beauty pageant that aims to promote & preserve the art of Nyonya Kebaya culture It creates opportunities for young ladies to represent Malaysia on International platforms such as Miss Face of Beauty International and Miss Super Globe.
Event Date: 31 Aug 2022
To commemorate Malaysia’s Independence Day, an annual Merdeka Parade will be organised by the Penang State Government where contingents representing various government agencies will be taking part in the occasion.
Event Date: 10 Sep 2022
Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated widely in Penang. It is a time when family and friends gather to admire the full moon while savouring Moon Cakes, Chinese tea and parading around with colourful Chinese Lanterns.
Address: Esplanade Pulau Pinang
Event Date: 10 Sep 2022 - 18 Sep 2022
Miss Asia Global is one of the finest beauty pageant from the house of Pegasus, to find the most beautiful and talented women from all over the globe.
Event Date: 13 Sep 2022 - 15 Sep 2022
The 26th edition of World Congress on Information Technology returns with a consumer exhibition of tomorrow with more than 200 international and local speakers and panelists who will present and discuss the latest trends, issues and innovation in technology across various industries. There will also be business networking sessions and Award recognition ceremony for selected global companies by World Information Technology And Services Alliance (WITSA).
Address: Setia SPICE, Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang
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