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9 Exciting Things To Do This February In Penang 2020

Hello, Penang Lang! We’re just a few days away from February and it’s time to update your calendar on what to do in this new month. It’s always a struggle to find out what is happening around us and to plan out what to do, be it with your family, friends or significant other. And that’s why we have curated a list of things to do in February, So keep scrolling to find out more!

1. Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

This once-a-year fiesta that is held in Padang Polo is a not to miss event if you’re in or visiting Penang. Starting as early as 7AM, there will be two rounds of ticket selling time (7:15AM and 5:45PM) to ride your favourite hot air balloon! Aside from the hot air balloon highlight, there will also be fun activities too! From bouncy trampolines, challenging bull rides to the craft paint, it’s going to be a fulfilling day!

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Fee: Free Entrance

Date: February 1st – 2nd 2020

Operating Hours: 7AM – 9PM

Location: (Padang Polo) 18, Solok Piggot, Taman Scotland, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang.

2. Chinese New Year Celebration (槟城庙会)

This one-day event that literally translates into ‘Temple Festival’ is a major event that gathers the crowd, be it locals or tourists. Spread across 10 culturally diverse streets in Georgetown, this is a festival that you can learn about the history of clan houses and the Chinese culture in Penang. From exciting lion dances to street performances, it’s going to be a night packed with fun activities!

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Fee: Free Entrance

Date: February 2nd 2020

Time: 4PM – 11PM

Location: Heritage Precinct of George Town

3. Sunway Carnival Disney Valentine Pop Up Store

In conjunction with Valentine’s Day, Mickey and Minnie from Disney is having a pop-up store in Sunway Carnival Mall. Swinging in at the right time, it’s the perfect spot to find limited edition Disney Valentine merchandise for your significant other! Featuring from cute mugs to T-shirts and bags, there’s also a Disney Valentine photo booth for you to take pictures!

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Photo: Sunway Carnival Mall (Facebook)
Photo: Sunway Carnival Mall (Facebook)

Fee: Free Entrance

Date: Until February 16th 2020

Time: 10AM – 10PM

Location: 3068, Jalan Todak, Seberang Jaya, 13700 Perai, Pulau Pinang.

4. Taiwan Formosa Circus Act

Have you seen those movies where people swing from one side to the other at a circus? Well, now it’s coming to live in Penang! This Taiwanese based act is a blend of classic and modern dance, song, theatre and acrobatics with street performances. Established in 2011, they have been traveling across countries to perform from Japan to France. So don’t miss out on this special chance to meet them!

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Fee: By Donation

Date: February 10th 2020

Time: 8PM – 9:45PM

Location: (Dewan Sri Pinang) Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah, Georgetown, 10450 George Town, Penang.

5. Hin Bus Depot Garage Sales

As the saying goes, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. This is one of the few spots in Penang to feature a garage sale. Selling preloved items from books, toys, household decorations to board games, it’s time to dig up some treasure. Situated at Hin Bus Depot, this is a lively art space that is converted from an old bus depot. And most importantly, it’s a beautiful spot that is worth an Instagram post!

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Fee: Free Entrance

Date: February 1st 2020

Time: 12PM – 6PM

Location: (Hin Bus Depot) 31A, Jalan Gurdwara, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang.

6. Emily of Emerald Hill

Written in 1982, this is Singapore’s most famous play. Reenacting the story of a poor girl who marries into a rich Straits Chinese family and how she becomes a powerful society hostess, this is the kind of performance that will leave its audience feeling mesmerised. Performed by Pearlly Chua who has been with Emily of Emerald Hill for 30 years, she will be performing in both Mandarin and English versions! So check out the dates below for the version you want to go to!

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Fee: By Donation (RM80)

Date: February 29th 2020 (Mandarin) | March 1st 2020 (English)

Time: 3PM & 8PM

Location: (Auditorium A, Komtar) Lebuh Tek Soon, George Town, 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang.

7. Chap Goh Meh

Chap Goh Meh or the Fifteenth Day of Chinese New Year, is also Chinese Valentine’s Day. If you were to ask what’s the must-do thing on this day, then it’s got to be the Mandarin Tossing Ceremony. Traditionally, single women will buy mandarin oranges and throw it into the sea in hopes of finding their other half. Nowadays, this ceremony still holds and is held in Esplanade. So if you haven’t tried it out yet, join them on February 8th!

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Fee: Free Entrance

Date: February 8th 2020

Time: 6PM onwards

Location: (Penang Esplanade) Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah and Esplanade Road, George Town, Penang.

8. Circus On Ice

Yes, this month is filled with exciting show isn’t it? Circus On Ice is not your typical circus show. With the entire performance carried out on ice, this is a new type of show presented by the Great British Circus. In this 2 hours performance, be prepared to laugh, amaze and impressed by the acrobatic moves, figure skating and thrilling stunts! Oh and did we mention that Olaf and Elsa will be joining too?

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Fee: RM40-80

Date: Until February 16th 2020

Time: (Fri-Sun) 5:30PM & 8:30PM | (Tues-Thurs) 8:30PM | Closed on Monday

Location: (Auto-City Penang) 1688-F8, Jalan Perusahaan, Highway Auto-city, 13600 Perai, Pulau Pinang.

9. Thaipusam

Celebrated in the full moon of the 10th month in the Hindu calendar, this is a festival that involves physical endurance such as piercings and hooks on the front and back body as a symbolic sacrifice to the god. Bombarded with loud music, you’ll also see the crowd dancing and singing in the streets to support the devotees. It’s definitely an ‘out of this world’ experience to see!

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Fee: Free Entrance

Date: February 7th – 9th 2020

Time: Whole Day

Location: (Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Hilltop Temple) 17, Jalan Kebun Bunga, Pulau Tikus, 10350 George Town, Pulau Pinang.

We hope you’ve enjoyed reading our list of ‘9 Exciting Things To Do This February In Penang 2020’ and hopefully it’s a good guide to plan out your calendar for February. Let us know in the comment box if you’ve got any suggestions and see you in the next post!

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