Sometimes referred to as "The Pearl of the Orient", the city of Penang boasts picturesque beaches, a rich cultural history and a wide range of mouth watering cuisine that provides a perfect setting in which to experience this fascinating part of Malaysia. If you want to soak up some local culture then visit one of the many Penang events that take place throughout the year such as the Pesta Pulau Pinang Festival.
Held annually every December, the Pesta Pulau Pinang Festival is a fun filled fair and trade show that provides you with various forms of entertainment that can be enjoyed by the entire family. Put together by the Penang State Government, this vibrant event, which dates back to the 1960′s, is held at the Pesta Site in Sungai Nibong and usually takes place for a whole month before ending in the first week of January.
The festivities begin at about 6:00pm and continue till
late at night and offer you a lively atmosphere in which to enjoy
the many stalls, shows and activities on offer.
Attractions at previous Pesta Pulau Pinang Festivals include outdoor concerts by both local and foreign bands, exhibitions, pet shows, beauty pageants, cultural performances, boxing, craft exhibits and rides and games such as a PlayStation 3 Tournament. Apart from indulging in some shopping, you can also sample a wide choice of cuisines at the numerous food stalls. The festival is also a great place to celebrate the New Year amidst good natured revelry.