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2009 Penang Calendar of Events
Penang is a state of endless colorful celebrations. In the 2009 Penang Calendar of Events, we see the program as lined up for 2009, to help you plan your visit to Penang.

January 2009

Chinese New Year Open House
Organised by the Penang Youth Clan Council, the Chinese New Year Open House is a time when the various clan houses of George Town open their doors to visitors.
  • Date: 31 January 2009
  • Place: Streets such as Armenian Street, Cannon Street, Ah Quee Street, and parts of Chulia Street become pedestrian malls.
  • Organised By: Penang Youth Clan Council
  • Contact No: +6016 489 8868

February 2009

Hindu festival of purification, Thaipusam includes chariot procession through the streets of George Town in honor of Hindu deity Murugan.
  • Date: 2 February
  • Organised By: Penang Hindu Endowment Board
  • Contact No: +604 650 5215

Chap Goh Meh
Chinese Valentine's Day. It is celebrated on the 15th night of the Lunar New Year. Celebrations this year is planned at the Penang Chinese Town Hall at Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling.
  • Date: 8 February
  • Place: Penang Chinese Town Hall
  • Organised By: Penang Chinese Town Hall
  • Tel: +604 261 7194

March 2009

The largest consumer food exhibition in Malaysia, happening at PISA.
  • Date: 13-15 March
  • Place: Penang International Sport Arena (PISA)
  • Organised By: Intrenasionale
  • Tel: +6012 483 2426

Penang International Food Festival
Indulge in the best of Penang local cuisine, happening at PISA, Batu Ferringhi and Esplanade.
  • Date: 13-21 March
  • Place: PISA, Batu Ferringhi and Esplanade
  • Organised By: Penang Tourism Action Council
  • Tel: +604 262 0202

April 2009

Vasakhi Open House
Catch a glimpse of the Sikh celebration and enjoy traditional Punjabi food.
  • Date: 25 April
  • Place: Esplanade
  • Organised By: Malaysian Sikh Youth Organisation Penang
  • Tel: +6017 584 0821

May 2009

Penang World Music Festival
A place where music lovers can get to enjoy the music from different parts of the world.
  • Date: 1-3 May
  • Place: Quarry Garden of the Penang Botanic Garden
  • Organised By: Penang Tourism Action Council
  • Tel: +604 262 0202

Wesak Day Celebrations
Witness the grand parade staged to celebrate the birthday of Buddha
  • Date: 9 May
  • Organised By: Malaysia Buddhist Associatio
  • Tel: +604 261 6548

Penang International Dragon Boat Festival 2009
Dragon boat racing is one of our Penang State Signature Event. It is among the fastest growing water sports in this region. Dragon Boat Racing has become a very popular corporate and charitable sport, during which friendship, strength and endurance are developed among the participants.

Come join us for our live entertainment, arts and crafts, children drawing contest, photography competition and many more. Shop at some of our stalls and taste our Penang's finest delicacies. Admission and parking is FREE.
  • Date: 22nd May
  • Place: Tanjung Bungah Beach Hotel
  • Organised By: Penang State Government

Penang Floral Festival
Admire beautiful flowering plants, buy some to take home.
  • Date: 25-31 May
  • Place: Penang Botanic Gardens
  • Organised By: Penang Botanic Gardens Department
  • Tel: +604 227 0428

P. Ramlee Festival
Showcasing the movies and songs of the beloved late entertainer, P. Ramlee, this festival will include acting and singing competitions.
  • Date: 29 May
  • Place: Dewan Sri Pinang
  • Organised By: Penang State Government
  • Tel: +604 650 5136

Bukit Jambul Hiking Competition
An event attracting local and foreign hikers, with the reward of panoramic scenery at the peak.
  • Date: 30 May
  • Place: Bukit Jambul
  • Organised By: Hiking Association Bukit Jambul & MPPP
  • Tel: +604 226 2959

June 2009

Penang Turf Club Equestrian Centre Horse Show
An opportunity to view dressage, show jumping and carriage riding. There will also be an exhibition of the various types of horses and ponies.
  • Date: 4-7 June
  • Organised By: Penang Turf Club
  • Tel: +604 229 3233

Penang X'Games
Events include Skateboarding, BMX and Inline Skating.
  • Date: 5-6 June
  • Place: Penang Skate Park of the Municipal Park
  • Organised By: Penang Extreme Sports Club and MPPP
  • Tel: +604 226 2959

July 2009

Penang Heritage Celebration
Commemorate the listing of George Town as a Unesco World Heritage Site with cultural performances, traditional crafts, demonstrations and exhibitions.
  • Date: 1-31 July
  • Place: heritage enclave, PISA
  • Organised By: MATTA Penang Chapter
  • Tel: +604 890 0106

Penang 3rd International Skimboarding Competition
Be dazzled by the best skimboarders in Asia and Australia.
  • Date: 11 July
  • Place: Bayu Senja Complex in Batu Ferringhi
  • Organised By: Penang Skimboarding Association
  • Tel: +6012 403 5097

Bon Odori
The Japanese version of the Hungry Ghost Festival, this is a lively dance and drum performance to welcome home ancestral spirits.
  • Date: 18 July
  • Place: Esplanade
  • Organised By: Consulate-General of Japan
  • Tel: +604 226 3030

St Anne's Festival
The biggest Catholic feast celebrated in Malaysia, centred at the St Anne's Church in Bukit Mertajam.
  • Date: 24 July - 2 August
  • Place: centred at the St Anne's Church in Bukit Mertajam
  • Tel: +604 538 6405

August 2009

Wau Competition
Come and witness the Malay wau, and kites from different countries.
  • Date: 1-9 August
  • Place: Esplanade
  • Organised By: Penang State Government
  • Tel: +604 650 5136

Pasar Ramadhan
Enjoy a wide selection of Ramadhan goods and clothing at the Komtar Pedestrian Walk.
  • Date: 20 August - 19 September
  • Organised By: Penang Malay Chamber of Commerce
  • Tel: +604 261 3016

October 2009

Mid Autumn Festival
Lantern making competition, moon cakes, cultural and musicals are part of this festival.
  • Date: 3 October
  • Place: Penang Chinese Town Hall Auditorium
  • Organised By: Penang Chinese Town Hall
  • Tel: +604 261 7194

Komtar Base Jump
Come watch the extreme tower jumping event.
  • Date: 11 October
  • Place: Komtar, Penang.
  • Organised By: Menara Kuala Lumpur
  • Tel: +603 2020 5448

Hari Raya Open House
Enjoy festive fare as we celebrate the start of Shawal in traditional Malay style.
  • Date: 5 October
  • Tel: +604 650 5141

Deepavali Open House
Join in this colourful celebration in George Town's Little India.
  • Date: 26 October
  • Organised By: Malaysian Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Penang
  • Tel: +604 262 0960

Nine Emperor Gods Festival
when devotees go on a vegetarian diet, and vegetarian fare is sold at street side and at temples
  • Date: 26 October
  • Place: Around Penang

Navarathiri Festival
Hindu religious festival when devotees offer prayers to the deities Thurga, Laxmi and Saraswathy to seek power, wealth and education.
  • Date: 26 October
  • Place: Chariot procession throughout George Town
  • Organised By: Malaysian Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Penang
  • Tel: +604 262 0960

November 2009

16th International Dance Competition
Watch a dazzling dance sport event with dancers from around the world.
  • Date: 28 November
  • Place: PISA
  • Organised By: Malaysian Dancers Association
  • Tel: +603 3168 6964

December 2009

Pesta Pulau Pinang
Month-long celebration with fun fair and trade exhibitions held at the Pesta Site, Sungai Nibong.
  • Date: 1-31 December
  • Place: Pesta, Sungai Nibong
  • Organised By: Penang State Government
  • Tel: +604 650 5136

Penang Island Jazz Festival
An event for jazz enthusiasts with workshops, jazz competition, and other activites.
  • Date: 3-6 December
  • Place: Bayview Beach Resort, Batu Ferringhi
  • Organised By: Capricorn Connection
  • Tel: +603 2093 4725

Penang Synchronised Swimming Championship
Enjoy watching synchronised swimming by participants from various countries at PISA.
  • Date: 4-6 December
  • Place: PISA
  • Organised By: Amateur Swimming Association
  • Tel: +6019 456 2681

The biggest walking event in Penang, held to promote healthy lifestyle.
  • Date: 13 December
  • Organised By: Star Publications
  • Tel: +604 647 3388