The best festivals in Bali can add a lot of color to your visit, whether you are looking for unique moments to be captured or in-depth meetings with people who have similar tendencies. This annual event ranges from arts and cultural events to beach parties at one of the world’s top electronic music festivals. Indulge your eyes on various sides of rich Balinese arts and culture through a month-long festival in the provincial capital of Bali, Denpasar, or go to Sanur in August where all coastal villages live with exhibitions and fun and games on the sand that can also be You follow. For something truly unique, watch and take part in the boisterous celebrations and fiery papier-mâché fire parade before Bali’s ‘day of silence’. See the full list of our Bali events here. Dates can vary every year, so check back often!
1 Bali Arts Festival Denpasar (June-July)
Heading to the provincial capital of Bali between June and July for the Bali Arts Festival which has been going on for a long time on the island. The opening parade is one that must be seen, traditionally held at Puputan Renon Square in Denpasar (in front of the Bajra Sandhi Museum), where a wealth of traditional dances and dramas throughout the islands from 8 districts are on display. There were also delegates from other islands in Indonesia who came to participate. Throughout the month, you can enjoy a variety of live exhibitions and shows scheduled at the Taman Werdhi Budaya Arts Center in Denpasar.
2 Bali Kite Festival Sanur (June-August)
The Balinese are very well known for their kites, and the best time to watch the sky is covered with flying giants is during the windy season, between July and August. That’s when the Bali Kite Festival takes place, with a focused party on the east coast of Padanggalak, just north of Sanur. The main preliminary event is usually held towards the end of June and confirmed after good weather, so deciding to watch the event is usually a last minute deal. Hundreds of competing kite groups gather from all over the island to fly their traditional kites, with wings ranging up to 11 meters and tail lengths of up to 240 meters or even more!
3 Nyepi Eve Island (around March)
Nyepi, otherwise known as ‘the day of silence and seclusion’, does not have many things to offer visitors because everyone lives in their hotel house or yard, and travel is basically prohibited. But the night before you will be able to watch a giant parade (papier-mâché ogres which symbolizes ‘bhutakala’ or negative power), which is unlike anywhere else on the planet. Every Balinese household starts the night with blessings at the family temple and continues with a ritual called ‘pengrupukan’, where each member participates in ‘chasing evil forces from their place, usually with fiery bamboo torches. ‘Spirit’ is then manifested as a figure of ‘ogoh-ogoh’, to be paraded on the streets.
4 Galungan and Kuningan Island (varied, following the local calendar)
During Galungan, visitors will witness some of the best street views in Bali: seemingly endless rows of bamboo poles. Commemorating ‘dharma’ victory or good against ‘adharma’ or evil, this obedience is carried out twice a year, because Balinese use a 210 day calendar system known as Pawukon. Galungan’s crossing, or Galungan Eve, is when bamboo poles decorated with young coconut leaves fill the streets of the entire island. This uniquely welcoming landscape lasts until Kuningan, another related obedience that comes 10 days after Galungan.
5 Nusa Dua Fiesta Nusa Dua (October or November)
The Nusa Dua Fiesta is a weekend of art exhibitions, cultural performances and sporting events held in the luxury beach resort area on the southeast coast of Bali. Held annually since 1996, the festival welcomes the general public in this exclusive tourism enclave, with various side shows and events held in various places throughout the region, but with an opening and closing ceremony in the famous Nusa Dua peninsula. Various exhibitions ranging from art and crafts exhibitions, antique car fairs, live music performances, and food stalls that showcase the best of among five star resorts in Nusa Dua.
6 Sanur Village Festival Sanur (August)
The quiet village of Sanur on the beach starts life in August with a week-long celebration. The main celebrations are mostly focused around the Maisonette area at Inna Grand Bali Beach Hotel, but new activities are added every year around various other places in Sanur. The festival highlights food bazaars and festivals, fashion shows, exhibitions, tours, culinary challenges, Yoga, sports activities and environmental care programs, and will also highlight international kite festivals, exotic ‘jukung’ or traditional wooden outrigger festivals, and run fun 5K.
7 Bali Ubud Spirit Festival (March)
To gather with similar yoga instructors and practitioners from all levels from Bali and around the world, this annual Bali festival is for you. You can enjoy a variety of health and welfare workshops held in various yoga centers throughout Ubud and around Bali through the various festival packages available. In addition to complete workshops, see the Dharma Fair, a fascinating sight filled with health product markets with local organic food stalls, children’s zones where small children can play and do fun yoga, and a stage featuring various world music bands and soloists. help keep the vibrations throughout the afternoon meeting today
8 Pandan War East Bali (June-July, following the local calendar)
Pandan War is one of the highlights of the village of Tenganan Pegringsingan, which is also famous for its inheritance of ‘double woven weaving textiles’. The ritual of the arrival of this age is held in honor of the Hindu sky god, Indra, who witnessed a friendly duel between all male villagers, who fought each other armed with small rattan shields in one hand and spiked packages tied. ‘pandan’ leaves the others. There will be blood, but interestingly, all the fighters cheered and smiled without revenge against the others! Village girls, wearing complete formal attire, as well as villages that are well laid out themselves, are a sight worth seeing during your visit here
9 Lively Legian Beach Festival Legian (August)
If you choose to stay in Legian around August, be prepared for some celebrations along the Legian beach for 700m. Organized by the Legian village community and with support from the Indonesian Tourism Agency, the festival features a variety of games, competitions, exhibitions and bazaars for four days. Traditional dance on the sand, free surfing lessons or discounted prices, art installations, bartending flair, food trucks and fashion shows, is one of the highlights of this event. The row of stands on the beach showcased many surfing outlets and fashions and restaurants in Legian with attractive discounts for available products.
10 Ultra Beach Bali Seminyak (September)
Since its debut in 2015, Ultra Beach Bali has made a home at Potato Head Beach Club in Seminyak, as the foot of Bali from the worldwide Ultra Music Festival and World Tour of Resistance. The festival brings together electronic digital music fans and party goers with live performances featuring a row of DJ DJ-big names EDM, with previous players including Alesso, Skrillex, Afrojack, Deadmau5 and Martin Garrix. The main place of Seminyak beach in Potato Head is usually prepared with the latest stage production, combined with stunning laser and visual effects and a quality sound system to pump out tracks from world-famous heavyweight players.