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Calendar of Event 2009 at George Town.Penang

January 2009

31 Jan Chinese New Year Open House Celebrating the arrival of the Chinese Lunar New Year in Penang's Famous landmarks.

  • Venue: Armenian Street, Cannon Street, Chulia Street, Soo Hong Lan, Ah Quay Street, Kampong Kolam
  • Organiser: Penang Youth Clan Council
  • Tel: +6016-489 8868
  • Email: [email protected]
February 2009

8 Feb Chap Goh Meh Celebration 2009 Also know as Chinese Valentine's Day, the 15th night of the Lunar New Year is celebrated with much joy and excitement, to mark the end of the festivities,

  • Vanue: Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling
  • Organiser: Penang Chinese Town Hall
  • Tel: +604-261 7194

2 Feb Thaipusam A fascinating Hindu festival that includes a parade of purification and cheansing rituals.

  • Venue: Chariot proccession will be from Penang Street though the streets of George Town proceeding to the waterfall Murugan Temple on 1st Feb 2009 and return on 3rd Feb 200
  • Organiser: Penang Hindo Endowments Board
  • Tel: +604-650 5215
March 2009

6-8 Mar F1 Road Show 2009 In conjuction with the Petronas Grand Prix 2009 at Sepang a showcase of racing cars will be featured- a golden opportunity for enthusiats uo North to share intnesity of the exciting racing affair.

  • Venue: Auto-City Juru
  • Organiser: Auto City
  • Tel:+604-501 1222
April 2009

25 Apr Vasakhi Open 2009 Gain an insight into the beliefs, customs and practices of the Sikh. Traditional Punjabi food is also served.

  • Venue: Esplanade,Penang
  • Organiser: Malaysian Sikh Youth Organisation Penang and SIKH Naujawan Sabha Malaysia(Penang)
  • Tel:+6017-584 0821

1-3 May Penang World Music Festival Music lovers get to revel in a potpourri of well-known international and local musicians amid the resounding rhythms of nature.

  • Venue: Quarry Garden
  • Organiser: Penang Tourism Action Council
  • Tel:+604-262 0202
  • Fax:+604-263 1020

9 May Wesak Day Devotees throng the temples and a grand parade is staged to celebrate the birthday of Buddha.

  • Venue: Malaysia Buddisht Association, Burma Road
  • Organiser: Malaysia Buddhist Association
  • Tel:+604-261 6548

10-12 May Grandeur of Beuty Northern Region's Largest International Beuty Exhibition.Grandeur of Beauty will be focus of the Beauty industry for the northen region with more than 200 international and local brands at this inaugural event. Apart from exhibition, there will also be a host of competitions and seminars on the beuty industry.

  • Venue: PISA
  • Organiser: Intrenasionale
  • Tel:+604-646 7866 /+012-483 2426

21 May Cendana Hikathon A thrilling and exciting hiking adventure to test the agility of hikers. This event has attracted adventurous hikers from local and international. Hikers will admire the untouched natural trails around the Municipal Park and Penang Hill.

  • Venue: Trail around The Municipal Park
  • Organiser: Penang Adventurers Club & Municipal Council of Penang Island
  • Tel:+604-226 2959

25-31 May Penang Floral Festival 2009 Workshops, contests, exhibitions and classes on related topics are held.

  • Venue: Penang Botanic Gardens
  • Organiser: Penang Botanic Gardens Department
  • Tel:+604-227 0428 /+604-227 1354

29 May P.Ramlee Festival A showcase of movies and songs will be featured during this festival in memory of our famous Malay entertainment legend. Acting and singing competition based on the work of this Malay film actor, director, singer, and songwriter will also take place during this festival.

  • Venue: Dewan Sri Pinang
  • Organiser: Penang State Government
  • Tel:+604-650 5136

30 May Bukit Jambul Hiking Competition This event will attract 1000 hikers from within and foreign countries. Participants will enjoy the natural and beautiful scenery around the hilly terrain.

  • Venue: Bukit Jambul
  • Organiser: Hiking Association Bukit Jambul & Municipal Council of Penang Island
  • Tel:+604-226 2959
Jun 2009

4-7 Jun Penang Turf Club Equestrian Centre Horse Show It is am equestrian event with competitions in dressage, show jumping and carriage riding. Apart from these competitions, there will be pony rides and carriage rides for the public. A carnival air will prevail with clowns, stage shows for children, food and games stalls. THere will also be an exhibition of various types of horses and ponies to educate the public on the equine industry.

5-6 Jun Penang X'Games This event comprising of Skate Boarding, BMX and Inline Skating. The competition to be held at the Penang Skate Park(International Standard) will attract participants from local and aboard.

  • Venue: Penang Skate Park Municipal Park
  • Organiser: Penang Extreme Sports Club & Municipal Council of Penang Island
  • Tel: +604-226 2959

6-7 Jun 29th Penang International Dragon Boat Festival Rowers from all over the world including Canada, Russia, Germany and Australia come together to compete in his championship.

  • Organiser: Penang International Dragon Boat Festival
  • Tel: +6019-445 5166

19-21 Jun ICT Penang Open 2009 This annual event attracts international players like those from the USA. United Kingdom, Australia, New zealand, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Pakistan and Nigeria.

  • Venue: City Bayview George Town
  • Organiser: Penang scrabble Club
  • Website: www.penster.com
Julai 2009

3-5 Jul Matta Fair Penang Fabulous discounts, value added tour packages and other great travel incentives are offered in this eagerly anticipated tourism fair.

1-31 Jul Visit Penang Heritage Celebration To commemorate George Town's listing as World Cultural Heritage City. A month long celebration filled with Cultural performances, tranditional crafts demonstration and exhibitions awaits you.

  • Vanue: George Town(within the herritage enclave) including American Street, Cannon Street etc.
  • Organiser: Penang State Government
  • Tel: +604-650 5136

11 Jul Penang 3rd International Skimboarding Competition 2009 An annual international competition that is participated by the best skimboarders throughout Asia and Australia. Be prepared to be dazzled by the skills, aerial maneuvers and abilities, and wave riding techniques from the contestants.

  • Vanue: Batu Ferringgi Beach(Bayu Senja Complex)
  • Organiser: Penang Skimboarding Association
  • Mobile: +6012-403 5097
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: www.pooskimboards.com

18 Jul Penang Bon Odori Festival 2009 A traditional Japanese festival with dance and lively drum performances held to welcome the homecoming of ancestral spirits.

  • Vanue: Esplanade
  • Organiser: The Consulate-General of Japan
  • Tel: +604-226 3030

24 Jul - 2 Aug St.Anne's Feast A 9-day prayer ritual that draws a congregation of its followers. In conjuction with the annual St.Anne's feast which the Night of Candle Light Procession usually follows at the Church grounds.

26 Jul Penang Biathlon Participants will be tested physically and metally through two disciplines comprising of mountain biking and running through tough trails of Penang Hill.

  • Vanue: Municipal Park
  • Organiser: Penang Adventurers Club, Knights of the Round Table Club, Municipal Council of Penang Island
  • Tel: +604-226 2959
August 2009

1-9 Aug Wau Competition "Wau", a traditional Malay kite, and kites of other countries of all shapes and sizes will compete in this competition.

  • Vanue: Esplanade
  • Organiser: Penang State Government
  • Tel: +604-650 5136

29 Aug to 19 Sep Pasar and Bazaar Ramadhan 2009 An excellent chance to pick from a full selection of Ramadhan goods food and clothing.

  • Vanue:KOMTAR, Pedestrian walk
  • Organiser: Penang Malay Chamber of Commerce
  • Tel: +604-261 3016
  • Fax: +604-262 9903
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: www.dewan.com.my

30 Aug Auto-City Merdeka Countdown 2009 Automobile enthusiasts will enjoy a feast of modified cars and auto saloon show besides great stage performance by invited artistes to grace the live concert.

  • Vanue: Auto-City, Juru
  • Organiser: Auto City
  • Tel: +604-501 1222

30 Aug Merdeka Eve Celebration Malaysia 52nd year of independence will literally start with a bang as a grand, rainbow-coloured fireworks display is launched at midnight to mark the occasion.

  • Vanue: Esplanade
  • Organiser: State Legislative Assembly & Protocol Unit, Penang State Secretariat
  • Tel: +604-650 5141 /+604-650 5287

31 Aug Merdeka Parade Celebration A Parade and a host of performances are staged to commemorate our country's 52nd National day.

  • Venue: Butterworth
  • Organiser: State Legislative Assembly & Protocol Unit Penang State Secretariat
  • Tel: +604-650 5141/ +604-650 5287
October 2009

3 Oct Mid-Autumn Festival A family oriented celebration, entertainment, cultural & musical shows, children activities as well as a lantern making contest is held in conjuction with this traditional Chinese Festival.

  • Vanue: Auto-City,Juru
  • Organiser: Auto-City
  • Tel:+604-501 1222
  • Vanue: Penang Chinese Town Hall Auditorium
  • Organiser: Penang Chinese Town Hall
  • Tel: +604-261 7194

5 Oct Hari Raya Open House Muslims celebrate the start of the month of Syawal. Traditional Malay cuisine and a splendid selection of local fare will be served to guests.

  • Vanue: Komtar
  • Organiser: State Legislative Assembly & Protocol Unit.Penang State Secretariat.
  • Tel:+604-650 5141 /+604-650 5287

11 Oct Kamtar Base Jump This extreme tower jumping event was first organized in Penang back in 2006. With an overwhelming response, it will be back agaion in 2009! Come and withness this hair-raising event.

24 & 25 Oct Mean Machines The 300,000sq meter Mean Machines is the largest monitoring event in the Northern Region. Apart from showcasing the latest offerings from various car brands and accessories, there will be various competitions on car modification and sound;superbikes,American muscle cars and antique cars as well as a drift demonstration. It will also host the largest gathering of car-clubs in the region with more than 20 car clubs expected to converge in Auto-City.

  • Vanue: Auto-City
  • Organiser: Intrenasionale
  • Tel:+604-646 7866/ +6012-483 2426

26 Oct Deepavali Open House Come join the colourful celebration known as the Festival of Lights with cultural performances and activities and delicious Indian cuisine.

  • Vanue: Little India
  • Organiser: Malaysian Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Penang
  • Tel:+604-262 0960

26 Oct Nine Emperor Gods Festival One of the important festivals celebrated in Penang. The Nine Emperor Gods Festival(Kew Ong Yeah) is celebrated on 1st till 9th day of the Ninth month in the Lunar calendar. Many devotees go on vegetarian diet during these 9 days.

  • Vanue: Around Penang
  • Organiser: Penang Government
  • Tel:+604-650 5136

26 Oct Navarthiri Festival A Hindu religious festival similar to the famous Chinese Nine Emperor Gods Festival, for 9days, devotees pray to the Goddess Saraswathy in hopes of power, wealth and education. A chariot procession will also take place on the final day of the festival.

  • Venue: Throughout George Town
  • Organiser:Malaysian Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Penang.
  • Tel:+604-262 0960
November 2009

14&15 Nov Penang ECO Challenge Participants from local and abroad will compete in this tough event located in Balik Pulau,Penang. Participants are required to complete running, mountain biking, rafting and abseilling.

  • Vanue: Balik Pulau, Penang
  • Organiser: Knights of the Round Table Club & Municipal Council of Penang Island
  • Tel:+604-226 2959

15 Nov International Meatless Day Charity Carnival The staging of the carnoval aims to rpomote Penang's cultural diversity and ethnicity through our multifarious vegetarian foods for locals as well as visitors and tourists, including those from Europe, USA, India, China & Taiwan. We intent to show and show and promote Penang as a place where meatless cuisine is rich, plentiful and accessible. THis carnival will have several food stalls selling vegetarian food cooked by participants and chefs from restaurants, hotels, hawkers and also from non-governmental organisations. The carnival will also be used to raised money for charity.

  • Vanue: Jalan Padang Kota LamaEsplanade)
  • Time: 10am-3pm
  • Organiser: Malaysian Meatless Day Campaign Committee 2009
  • Tel: +604-261 0126
  • Fax: +6016-452 6132
  • Email: [email protected]/ [email protected]

1 Nov-31 Dec Penang International Lantern Festival Intricately designed lanerns with multiple motifs with light uo this festival season, chanting the audience with their intrinsic beuty along the enchanting full moon.

  • Vanue: Auto-City,Juru
  • Organiser: Penang Tourism Action Council
  • Tel:+604-262 0202
  • Fax:+604-263 1020

20 Nov Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta The Regatta is Malaysia's most challenging sailing event, involving coastal passage races from Port Klang to Pangkor, Pangkor to Penang, and Penang to Langkawi, with day races at Penang and Langkawi. It attracts international boats and is in its 20th consecutive year.

  • Vanue: Tnajung City Marina
  • Organiser: Royal Selangor Yacht Club
  • Tel: +603-3168 6964

29 Nov Penang International Bridge Marathon This annual run over the third longest bridge in the world and along the scenic coastal highway cater to serious runners as well as those who enjoy some fun in the sun.

  • Vanue: Penang Bridge
  • Organiser: Penang State Goverment/LIM
  • Tel:+604-650 5136
December 2009

1-31 Dec Pesta Pulau Pinang 2009 A month-long fun fair with rides, games and a trade exhibition to cater for the whole family.

  • Vanue: Pesta Site, Sungai Nibong
  • Organiser: Penang State Goverment
  • Tel: +604-650 5136

1-6 Dec Penang Rifles International Open Championship Firearm enthusiats from the Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand get together to show their skills in this event.

  • Vanue: Penang Rifles Club(HQ)
  • Organiser: Penang Rifles Club
  • Tel: +04-226 2484/ +6019-446 0880

3-6 Dec The Penang Island Jazz Festival The 6th Annual Penang Island Jazz Festival will feaure local and international artistes on the main state. A number of supporting activities such as workshops, young talent jazz competition, poster, photography, painting and percussion exhibitions, fringe stage performances, community drum circle etc will be held in conjunction with the festival over the four day period.

  • Vanue: THe Bayview Beach Resort,Batu Feringgi
  • Organiser: The Caprocorn Connection
  • Tel: +603-2093 4725
  • Fax: +603-2093 4726

4-6 Dec Penang Open Synchronised Swimming Chanpionship Synchronised swimmers from China, USA Singapore, Indonesia, Macau, Japan, Thailand are expected to participate in this event.

  • Vanue: PISA
  • Organiser: Penang Amateur Swimming Association
  • Tel:+6019-456 2681

13 Dec Penang Starwalk 2009 An annual event by Star Publications(M) Bhd, with the objective to promote a healthy lifestyle.

  • Vanue: PISA
  • Organiser: Star PublicationsM) Bhd
  • Tel: +604-647 3388

20 Dec Chingay Parade An annual parade of giant flags, colourful floats and acrobatic stunts.

  • Vanue: Padang Bron-City Hall
  • Organiser: Penang State Government
  • Tel: +640-650 5136

24-31 Dec Auto-City New Year Countdown Pesta A family-oriented celebration with artistes, entertainment, cultural & musical shows, children activities and more to welcome the coming New Year at Auto-City

  • Vanue: Auto-City juru
  • Organiser: Auto-City
  • Tel: +640-501 1222

2009 Art Exhibitions

Organised by Penang State Musuem Board

Art Exhibitions 2009

01-30 Jan 2009 Exhibition of International Contemporary Ceramic's 2009 by ASEAN artists A vast selection of handcrafted artistic works on ceramics by International artists including Malaysia. Supported by School of Arts,USM , Penang.

  • Venue: Penang State Art Gallery

02-17 Feb 2009 Stretch Your Imagination This exhibition features a selection of 100 art pieces by Malaysia and Singapore. A joint exhibition featuring paintings and art works.

  • Vanue: Penang State Art Gallery

02-31 Mar 2009 Exhibition of "Tabah Dalam Derita" Collaboration by Malaysian & Palestinian artists This project is the result of a remarkable effort by visual artists in expressing the human's right and freedom. It is an international collaboration by Malaysia and Palestinian Artists. Supported by R.A Fine Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur

  • Vanue: Penang Start Art Gallery

01-30 Apr 2009 Penang Stamp Association Exhibition 2nd Exhibition by the Penang Stamp Association. Grab the opportunity to view stamps collection in the Malaysian Postal History.

  • Vanue: Penang State Museum

01-22 May 2009 Lithographs Exhibition by Lee Kian Seng

  • Vanue: Penang State Art Gallery

02-30 Jun 2009 Currency Exhibition by Dr Ibrahim Bin Bakar Collection

  • Vanue: Penang State Museum

03-31 Jul 2009 Fashion Exhibition by UITM lecturers Faculty of Art & Design

  • Vanue: Penang State Art Gallery

04-24 Aug 2009 Solo Exhibition by Tan Peng Hooi

  • Vanue: Penang State Art Gellery

26 Aug - 14 Sep 2009 Exhibition by Penang Oil Painting Society

  • Vanue: Penang State Art Gallery

18 - 31 Sep 2009 Exhibition by Penang Teachers Art Circle

  • Vanue: Penang State Art Gallery

02 - 16 Oct 2009 Exhibition by Penang Art Society

  • Vanue: Penang State Art Gallery

18 -31 Oct 2009 Exhibition by Penang Watercolor Society

  • Vanue: Penang State Art Gallery

02-30 Restropective by Tay Mo-Leong 2009

  • Vanue: Penang State Art Gallery

03 - 31 Dec 2009 Pesta Pulau Pinang 2009

  • Vanue: Penang State Art Gallery

by Penang Art

Heritage centres

The History City of George Town More than two centuries of unique history and heritage makes George Town a worthy recipient as a UNESCO World Cultural Herritage Site on 7th July 2008. From its humble beginning as the first British Straits Settlement in the late 18th century, George Town went through tremendous transformations over the last two centuries, from a swampy frontier, to a bustling traing post, to the present city of living history, filled with nuances in ever corners, worthy to be discovered by intrepid adventurers.

Heritage City
Clock Tower
Clock Tower



Attractive Places

Famous Beach

Famous Beach

Recreation Park

Recreation Park
  • Penang Botanic Gardens - Open daily, 5AM-8PM. Free admission.
  • Bukit Jambul Orchid, Hisbiscus & Reptile Garden - ). This garden is close to Hotel Equatorial and is about 10 minutes from Penang International Airport
  • Penang Butterfly Farm - Open Mon–Fri 9AM-5:30PM, Sat, Sun and public holidays 9AM–6PM
  • Fisheries Department Research Institute Aquarium - Daily 10AM-5PM. Adult RM5, children (7-12 years old) RM2, free admission for children under 7.
  • Tropical Spice Garden
  • Tropical Fruit Farm
  • Penang Bird Park



Food Recommended

Food Recommended
  • Street food - Assam Laksa,fried kuey teow, Cendol, Muar Chee, Ais Kachang, Lor Bak, Chee Chuang Fun, Nasi Kandar, Satay, Hokkien Mee, Loh Mee, Rojak, Lok lok,

Recommended to buy

Recommended to buy



The Island

  • George Town - The capital of Penang. The city was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in July 2008.
  • Batu Ferringhi - Located on the north coast.
  • Bayan Lepas
  • Balik Pulau


  • Butterworth - The mainland gateway to Penang.
  • Bukit Mertajam
  • Bandar Perda
  • Nibong Tebal
  • Simpang Ampat
  • Seberang Jaya
  • Tasek Gelugor