Performing Arts in George Town

George Town Festival

Not to be missed, this month-long arts and performance festival brings top international talent to the city and premiers exciting new local works.
Cultural in George Town

Hungry Ghosts Festival

The gates of hell are said to be opened every year on the 15th day of the seventh month of the Chinese lunar calendar. To appease the hungry ghosts, Penangites set out food offerings and endeavour to entertain them …
Religious in Melaka City

Masimugam Festival

A Melakan version of Thaipusam, just as gory but without the crowds, takes place shortly after Chinese New Year. A procession heads from Sri Poyatha Venayagar Moorthi Temple in Chinatown to Kampong Cheng, about 15km…
New Year in George Town

Chinese New Year

Celebrated with particular gusto in George Town. The Khoo Kongsi is done up for the event, and dance troupes and Chinese-opera groups perform all over the city.
Art in Melaka City

Melaka Festival

A new performance, art and film fest that draws artists from around the world livens up Melaka City's historical sites for three days at the end of November.
Air Show in Putrajaya

Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

Hot-air balloons float over Putrajaya Lake in morning and evening sessions at the annual Hot Air Balloon Fiesta. The highlight of the event is night glow, when pilots light up their (grounded) balloons by igniting t…
Performing Arts in George Town

Last Fri, Sat & Sun of the Month

This series of activities and events takes place on the last weekend of each month, revolving around themes of heritage, entertainment, culture and nature. Previous events have included Chinese opera, live classical…
Beer in Bukit Bintang & KLCC

Kuala Lumpur Pub Crawl

KL's only pub crawl starts at 8.45pm every Thursday and Saturday. Includes five drinks and discounts on others. Meet at Nagaba on the corner of Jln Nagasari and Jln Mesui in the Changkat Bukit Bintang area.
Religious in George Town


This masochistic festival is celebrated as fervently as in Singapore and KL, but without quite the same crowds. The Sri Mariamman, Nattukotai Chettiar and Waterfall Hilltop temples are the main centres of activity.
Cultural in Melaka City

Mariamman Festival

Kampung Chetti's Sri Muthu Mariamman Temple is the focal point of this festival. It's a similar festival to Thaipusam in that it can involve devotees piercing and hooking their flesh during the ritual procession.