Every year, thousands of people flock to Pesta Pulau Pinang, drawn there by the bright lights, thrilling shows and good bargains. This year is no exception. Highlights of the month-long Pesta include Muay Thai, an exhibition of antique keris, International Cat Show, various stalls selling local products and the popular Euro Fun Park.

  • Date: November 24-January 1, 2019
  • Time: 6pm-12am
  • Venue: Tapak Pesta Pulau Pinang
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The Malaysian Red Crescent Society of Seberang Perai Tengah will be organising a blood donation drive. Every drop of human blood is a priceless drop of life. Plus it’s a quick, simple way to give back to your community, so save this date to save lives this month!

  • Date: December 16
  • Time: 9am-1pm
  • Venue: Arabica Estate BM City Mall


This December, bring your family to experience the athleticism of chingay at the Penang Pesta Chingay Parade. Chingay and Lion Dance troupe members will display their prowess in balancing stilt poles during this annual street parade.Expect giant colourful flags and heavily adorned floats, lion and dragon dance performances, as well as a procession of decorative trishaws. Admission is free.

  • Date: December 16 and 23
  • Time: 7-11pm
  • Venue: Jalan Gurdwara to City Hall (December 16), Bagan Ajam Market to MPSP Field, Seberang Perai (December 23)
  • Contact: +604 650 5136
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Jazz up the holiday season with Have Yourself A Jazzy Little Christmas by Big Band (BBoP) & Friends! It’s intimate, it’s Christmassy, and it will fill the hall with beautiful jazz music.

  • Date: December 8
  • Time: 8.15pm
  • Venue: Penangpac
  • Tickets: RM43 for adults; RM28 for students, physically challenged & TAS Card Holders
  • Contact: +04 899 1722 / 2722
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The Penang International Dragon Boat Festival is among the fastest growing watersports in the region. The boats, with their dragon heads and tails, signify unity; the dragon is said to be a combination of the animals in the Chinese zodiac. Enjoy a weekend of pulsating thrills and spills to the tune of the vigorous beating of drums, strong thrust of oars and various stage performances as the dragon boat teams battle it out on the water to be the champions.


The Penang Math Platform will be organising Mindfest, a series of mind-stimulating fun-and-games sessions specially crafted to keep school-going children busy during the school holidays! Let loose on a game of chess, solve a Rubik’s cube or discover how traditional games were played back in the day.

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