The Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta will see numerous hot air balloons by international and local balloonists over two days, with family friendly activities, creative workshops and more!


This Thaipusam, join the pilgrimage procession to bring the statue of Lord Murugan from Little India to the Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple on Jalan Kebun Bunga. The tradition of breaking coconuts is carried out the day before to “clean” the roads for this divine journey. The devotees then physically endure being skewered and pierced on the backs and fronts of their bodies as an act of penance. Expect thunderous music, singing, dancing and the beating of drums to devotional songs during this festival.

  • Date: January 20-22
  • Venue: Lebuh Penang and Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple, Jalan Kebun Bunga
  • Contact: +604 650 5215
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Get to know the legal limitations and violations of intellectual property (IP) in the Intellectual Property Tips for Startups workshop, organised by @CAT Penang. Learn about your business’s IP rights and what to do in the event of disputes or litigation. Discover how to protect yourself from any infringements and what you should do if you have inadvertently infringed upon others.


Join Monkeybar as the band creates live electronic music with off-kilter drumming, synth lines and deep bass. Musician Steinar Nickelsen was honoured Young Jazz Musician of the Year in his native Norway, while Erik Nylander, originally from Sweden, is one of Norway’s most active drummers, frequently touring and playing in multiple bands and recording sessions.

  • Date: January 18
  • Time: 9pm
  • Venue: Little Art House Studios,29 Lebuh Melayu
  • Fee: By donation
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The 6km BM Tokun Hill Challenge trail will take you through the beautiful green forests of Cerok Tokun. The programme is also a fundraiser where participants can choose to donate vital funds to support charitable bodies in Bukit Mertajam. Expect a goodie bag, finisher’s medal, certificate and a chance to win the lucky draw! Registration closes on January 31.

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