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BALI EVENTS

Bali Events

Latest Bali Events

15 Jan 18
Siwa Ratri
Siwa Ratri, also known as the Night of Siwa, is a key part of Bali’s event calendar. The popular event is dedicated to the god known as Siwa. Siwa is known to devout Balinese as the destroyer. According to religious...

20 Jan 2018
Tumpek Kandang
Tumpek Kandang is a special Balinese day that’s dedicated to animals, livestock and pets. Offerings are made for successful farming and animal welfare. They're also aimed at the harmony of the environment and which contribute to human sustenance and happiness. The day is part of a series of other Tumpek days aimed at the blessings of different subjects. Tumpek Uduh is for plants. Tumpek Landep is for metal objects and tools. Tumpek Kuningan for ancestral spirits. Tumpek Wayang is for wayang shadow puppets and art performances. Tumpek Krulut is for traditional gamelan music instruments. Like Balinese temple anniversaries, Tumpek days occur in a 210-day cycle on the Pawukon calendar.
Read more at: www.bali-indonesia.com/events-calendar.htm?cid=ch:OTH:001

14 Feb 2018
Valentine Day
The day of romance we call Valentine’s Day is named for a Christian martyr and dates back to the 5th century, but has origins in the Roman holiday Lupercalia.

20 Feb 2018
Tumpek Wayang
Tumpek Wayang is a special day dedicated towards traditional performing arts in Bali. Emphasis is particularly put on traditional Balinese shadow puppetry, known as wayang.

 

1 Mar 2018
Bali Spirit Festival
  The Bali Spirit Festival is fun festival that brings together yoga, music and dance into one fun event. Held in Ubud each year, this event has grown over the years, so much so that it attracts thousands of visitors from...

14 Mar 2018
Melasti Pilgrimages
  The Melasti processions take place around three days prior to the Saka New Year, when pilgrims take heirlooms in long walks from temples towards the coastlines where purification rites take place. Parades along the horizon are stunning to witness while you're in Bali.

16 Mar 2018
Pengrupukan, New Year's Eve of the Saka Calendar
  The eve of the Saka New Year is loud and festive, before the day of silence. All the celebrative commotion takes place in the afternoon, and grotesque ogoh-ogoh papier-mâché effigies are paraded throughout the streets. The evening features fire torches and firecrackers, meant to rid the land of malevolent forces

17 Mar 2018
Nyepi Day
  Nyepi is an important Hindu holiday in Bali one that is usually referred to as the ‘Day of Silence’. It is held at the start of the Balinese year, usually around March or April. Nyepi is a public holiday in Indonesia...

17 Mar 2018
Saraswati Day
  Saraswati Day is held in honour of Saraswati who is the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, arts, wisdom and learning is is held every 210 days. Saraswati is said to help the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva to...

18 Mar 2018
Banyu Pinaruh
  Banyu Pinaruh is one of the key events held during Saraswati celebrations in Bali. The event is celebrated every 210 days in accordance with the Balinese Calendar. At the core of this event is the celebration of the...

18 Mar 2018
Ngembak Geni
  Ngembak Geni is a day of self introspection where locals take time to contemplate on their values about tolerance love, patience and kindness. Most of the shops will be closed on this day, however many restaurants will...

18 Mar 2018
Omed-Omedan, 'festival of splashes and smooches'
Omed-Omedan is a traditional festivity restricted to the village of Sesetan. It is held on the day after Nyepi (see above), when the youth and whole sub-village of Banjar Kaja Sesetan take to the street where water is splashed and sprayed, and the highlight being two sides of the crowd in a tug-o-war-like scene with a pair in the middle ‘forced’ to smooch at each interval.

19 Mar 2018
Soma Ribek
Soma Ribek is a key festival in Bali commonly referred to as Soma Pon Wuku Sprott. The festival is all about appreciating food and occurs every 210 days. It is an obvious fact that food is an integral part of daily life...

21 Mar 2018
Pagerwesi
Pagerwesi is a Balinese ceremony celebrated every 210 days according to the traditional Balinese calendar, just three days after the Saraswati festivities. The name of this ceremony is obtained from two local words:...

22 Mar 2018
Sabuh Mas
Sabuh Mas is a Balinese holiday set aside for the worship of Mahadeva where they ask for blessings of various precious metals, jewellery and for wealth and occurs every 210 days. It is interesting to note the derivation...

31 Mar 2018
Tumpek Landep
Tumpek Landep is a day in Bali dedicated to the blessings of metal items. It's meant towards their better use in daily life. These could range from heirloom kris daggers to various other metal objects such as modern machinery, automobiles and such

31 Mar 2018
Purnama Kedasa - Betara Turun Kabeh at Besakih Temple
Known as 'Purnama Kedasa' in the local tongue, the day coincides with many major temples celebrating in festive rituals, attended by thousands of devotees. The famous mother temple, Besakih, holds a special ceremony known as 'Betara Turun Kabeh' on this special day, inviting the gods and deified ancestors for their blessings

2 Apr 2018
Bali Spirit Festival : Yoga Dance Music
The BaliSpirit Festival embodies the core mantra of Balinese Hinduism - Tri Hita Karana - to live in harmony with our spiritual, social, and natural environments.
Through the traditions of yoga, dance, healing and world music, the BaliSpirit Festival attracts over 7000 people from all over the world every year. The 5-day, 7-night Festival offers you a wide range of events to choose from between 8am – 11pm each day over 1 week, from April 2 - 8, 2018.
On offer are: interactive workshops & seminars, a lively community market & healing center, a children’s activity zone, yoga classes and vibrant night time programs of live Bhakti music concerts, ecstatic dance and DJs, set among the picturesque rice-fields of Ubud, Bali.
Click on the buttons below to explore our 2018 line-up - please note that everything is subject to change and we are still adding more presenters so check back regularly for updates.

13 Apr 2018
Ubud Food Festival
The Ubud Food Festival is a three-day event that will tantalise your taste buds with a huge variety of Balinese and international cuisines. Ubud is regarded as the cultural heartbeat of the Bali and is a prime...

21 Apr 2018
Kartini Day
Kartini Day is an Indonesian holiday celebrated in memory of Ajeng Kartini’s birth, a national heroine honoured for her efforts in fighting for women’s rights. Raden Ajeng Kartini was born on the 21st of April...

5 May 2018
Tumpek Uduh
Tumpek Uduh is a day dedicated to the blessing of plants in Bali. It's especially for those that produce fruits and flowers. On this day, households bless their gardens, farms and plantations.

29 May 2018
Waisak Day
Waisak Day, also referred to as Vesak Day, is a national holiday observed by locals in both Bali and Indonesia as a way to honour and celebrate Buddha. As one of the common religions on mainland Indonesia, the...

29 May 2018
Penampahan Galungan
The day before Galungan is called Penampahan – a Balinese word which means slaughter. Some people usually slaughter pigs and chickens as a symbol of laziness and other bad habits and use the meats for offerings given to the evil entities so that they won’t annoy the harmony of the universe. The killing of animals in this respect is symbolic for killing ‘the animal inside yourself’ – the victory of the higher self over the ego in their struggle for control of the inner power of the individual; implicitly this symbolizes the victory of dharma (good) over adharma (bad).

30 May 2018
Galungan
The Balinese celebrate the day of Galungan, which commemorates the triumph of Dharma over Adharma, or good against evil. Second in significance after the Nyepi or Saka New Year, this observance comes twice a Gregorian year, as the Balinese use a 210-day calendar system known as the Pawukon that is the basis for their daily rituals, temple anniversaries and holidays.

31 May 2018
Umanin Galungan
Umanis Galungan (Wrespati Umanis Galungan) (1 day after Galungan), on this day, Balinese Hindu communities usually visit their relatives, friends and neighbors. They forgive each other and remain together. It is also a day to relax and visit places of interest, after the long days of preparations for the celebration

8 Jun 2018
Perang Pandan Or Mekare - Kare
Te age-old traditions of the Tenganan Dauh Tukad village in Karangasem include a ritual blood sport. It's called perang pandan which roughly translates to 'thorny pandan-leaf battles'. It is also a coming-of-age rite among village youths coinciding with the village's annual Ngusaba Desa ceremonies.

9 Jun 2018
Kuningan
Kuningan Day is another biggest holiday for Balinese Hindu which is usually commemorated every 6 months after Galungan Day. Kuningan Day is commemorate every Saturday, Wuku Kuningan and Balinese Hindu does the ceremony in their own family temple and other temples around the village.

9 Jun 2018
Mekotekan Rituals
This age-old tradition coincides with the day of Kuningan and features the whole male villagers of Munggu joining in brandishing long stiff bamboo poles onto the streets. Over a thousand jovial participants and curious onlookers flock to the village streets, reenacting the triumphant battles of the Blambangan war. Each of the pole ends are combined in mid-air forming a dynamic pyramid where to friendly opponents climb up this mountain and face-off at the peak.

13 Jun 2018
Idul Fitri Festival
Idul Fitri Festival (also known as Lebaran) is a popular religious holiday in Bali. It is a unique holiday because its annual dates are determined by the Islamic Calendar. Iduk Fitri marks the end of fasting in the holy...

15 Jun 2018
Bali Arts Festival
The Bali Arts Festival brings the island’s cultural scene to life for a whole month of daily exhibitions, performances and an array of art-related activities. The festival is held to celebrate arts in Bali, as well as...

1 Jul 2018
Bali Fashion Week
Bali Fashion Week is an annual event that gathers together both local and international players in the fashion world, effortlessly combining fashion and arts in one huge event. Bali Fashion Week offers a creative...

1 Jul 2018
Bali International Choir Festival
The Bali International Choir Festival brings together the best of choir performances on the island concerts and workshops for choir lovers. The aim of the festival is to allow singers and conductors gain experience, to...

1 Aug 2018
Bali Kite Festival
The Bali Kite Festival is an annual festival held on the island in July and August. The event highlights Bali’s unique culture, drawing thousands of visitors each year. The timing of the kite festival in July and August...

1 Aug 2018
Legian Beach Festival
The Legian Beach Festival is an outdoor festival that runs both day and night along the beautiful Legian beachfront. This annual event promotes tourism in Bali by hosting a huge number of events including live music...

1 Aug 2018
Jazz Market by the Sea
The Jazz Market by the Sea is a yearly event and brings together jazz music and the lively market scene in one central location, South Kuta. Celebrating its 7th year in 2017, the Jazz Market by the Sea will once again...

1 Aug 2018
Sanur Village Festival
The Sanur Village Festival is a yearly event now in its 12th year that is held in the coastal village of Sanur. It is a festival that celebrates arts, great food, culture and the environment. The festival has different...

11 Aug 2018
Ubud Village Jazz Festival
The Ubud Village Jazz Festival is a huge community concert held over two days in Ubud, the cultural capital of Bali. The festival traces its humble beginnings to 2013 following the gathering of artists in an intimate...

17 Aug 2018
Indonesian Independence Day
Indonesian Independence Day is a public holiday in Indonesia which is celebrated on the 17th of August each year and marks Indonesia’s independence from Dutch colonial rule. Interestingly, while the country gained...

1 Sep 2018
Lovina Beach Festival
The Lovina Beach Festival is held in September each year along Kalibukbuk Beach on the northern part of the island near Lovina. One of the reasons why this festival attracts many tourists is that it remains true to the...

1 Sep 2018
Balinale
Balinale is a film festival held in Bali each year and brings together local and international film industry players as well as film lovers everywhere. Balinale offers local filmmakers the chance to showcase their work...

14-16 Sep 2018
Petitenget Arts & Spirit Festival 2018
For the very first time, the spirit of the mythical giant chosen to safeguard Kerobokan Village will be brought to life on a truly epic scale, only from September 14 – 16 at Kerobokan’s Petitenget Beach. Renowned for its transcendent sunsets, the village of Petitenget will become a magical backdrop for this three-day, kaleidoscopic experience. Familiar to locals and visitors alike as the gregarious figure portrayed in the now-iconic statue standing behind Petitenget Temple, Butho Ijo’s exuberant nature will penetrate every aspect of the festival. Events will span the full spectrum of traditional and modern interactive entertainment.

1 Oct 2018
Kuta Karnival
Kuta Karnival is one of Bali’s most vibrant and energetic events. Also known as ‘A Celebration of Life’, the Kuta Karnival was first held in 2003 and has grown every year since. The idea of this event was birthed...

5 Oct 2018
Bali Vegan Festival 2018
This three-day festival will be held at Down to Earth Paradiso and Taksu, welcoming vegans and the vegan-curious. The community-minded festival will celebrate all things cruelty free and aims to unite the community and spread a message of kindness, compassion and love for animals and the earth

24 Oct 2018
Ubud Writers & Readers Festival
The Ubud Writers & Readers Festival once again gathers speakers and writers from all over the world in its 14th year this month, comprising an agenda filled with special events, literary workshops, book launches, youth's programs, and community and arts highlights. Main sessions take place at Indus restaurant and Neka Museum - all located in Sanggingan, Ubud.

mid July - mid November 2018
Makepung Buffalo Races 2018
The tradition of buffalo races is a long one in Jembrana
Makepung Buffalo races is an exclusive tradition thriving in the Jembrana Regency, west of Bali. The name "makepung" stems from the word “kepung” which means "to chase". Pairs of buffaloes with jockeys chase one another in ornated wooden ploughing carts which are partly modified to suit the race. Besides the chase itself, the attendees are welcome to admire a Buffalo Fashion Show extravaganza. It's a unique occasion to see hundreds of buffaloes ornated from horn to hoof. This cultural tradition appears to be beneficial to Balinese in many ways. Firstly, it does draw tourists to the remote area. Secondly, it encourages local farmers to breed healthy buffaloes for the best chances to win. The dates of the races vary every year, but generally, the season runs from mid-July to mid-November.

July - November 2018
Mola Mola "Nature"
An enormous sunfish swimming around—the incredible diving experience
The ocean sunfish, also known as mola mola, is the heaviest bony fish in the world. It can weigh about 1,000 kg. During mid-summer to late autumn, these heavy fellas swim closer to the shore and can be seen around Nusa Lembongan and Penida!

May - November 2018
Diving "Nature Activity"
Go scuba diving in one of the most magnificent places in the world!
See the captivating underwater world of Bali. The diversity of fish and other creatures will keep you astonished for a long time. The waters around Amed, Padang Bay and Pulau Menjangan are best for beginner divers, since the current there is not strong at all. For those more advanced, Nusa Penida, Nusa Lemborgan and Candidasa are more appropriate due to their drift dives.

November 2018 - March 2019
White Water Rafting "Nature Activity"
Generally rivers in Bali are all class II and III, but during the wet season they may rise up to class IV
White water rafting in Bali is definitely a unique experience due to its awesome scenery. For most convenient rafting during the wet season choose Ayung river as it is located in close vicinity to the most tourist centres! However, keep in mind that during the wet season the class of some rivers rises up to IV (e.g. Balian river), and it might be quite dangerous.

December 2018 - January 2019 (tentative)
Nusa Dua Light Festival
The third Nusa Dua Light Festival is slated to light up the evening scenery of the Peninsula Island in Nusa Dua. In the past, the festival ran through January the following year, and open to visitors from 15:00 – 21:00. If you're willing to take your rare and unique selfies or group snapshots with friends againts the various lanterns and displays, be sure to bring a tripod or smartphone with low-light shooting capabilities. The festival features life-size lanterns, ranging from small dinosaurs to a hot-air balloon that you can ride in for an overview of the festival grounds. There are also live bands on stage, as well as food and beverage stands.

December 2018 (tentative)
Pemuteran Bay Festival Location in Nusa Islands, What started out as a festival to promote diving and ecotourism along the tranquil shores of North Bali, the Pemuteran Bay Festival has evolved into a highlighted event in this area. It showcases arts and culture of North Bali, with exotic dances and music, and extensively features the award-winning fishing village's underwater bio-rock reef and conservation efforts.

December 2018 (tentative)
Nusa Penida Festival
Location in Nusa Islands, This festival was initiated in efforts to promote the Nusa Islands (Lembongan, Ceningan and Penida). The festival usually spans 4 days. It features artistic and cultural performances by the local villagers, as well as highlighting the natural and sightseeing attractions available for visitors.

1 Dec 2018
Tumpek Uduh
Tumpek Uduh is a day dedicated to the blessing of plants in Bali. It's especially for those that produce fruits and flowers. On this day, households bless their gardens, farms and plantations.

25 Dec 2018
Christmas
Although a predominantly Hindu island, Bali has communities of other religions. During Christmas time, Christian Balinese gather in their masses to unique churches that blend traditional Balinese architectural features. Among the most notable Balinese Protestant and Catholic communities are located in the villages of Palasari and Blimbingsari in West Bali. There are also other notable churches and cathedrals around the Denpasar area.

25 Dec 2018
Penampahan Galungan
The day before Galungan is called Penampahan – a Balinese word which means slaughter. Some people usually slaughter pigs and chickens as a symbol of laziness and other bad habits and use the meats for offerings given to the evil entities so that they won’t annoy the harmony of the universe. The killing of animals in this respect is symbolic for killing ‘the animal inside yourself’ – the victory of the higher self over the ego in their struggle for control of the inner power of the individual; implicitly this symbolizes the victory of dharma (good) over adharma (bad).

26 Dec 2018
Galungan
The Balinese celebrate the day of Galungan, which commemorates the triumph of Dharma over Adharma, or good against evil. Second in significance after the Nyepi or Saka New Year, this observance comes twice a Gregorian year, as the Balinese use a 210-day calendar system known as the Pawukon that is the basis for their daily rituals, temple anniversaries and holidays.

27 Dec 2018
Umanin Galungan
Umanis Galungan (Wrespati Umanis Galungan) (1 day after Galungan), on this day, Balinese Hindu communities usually visit their relatives, friends and neighbors. They forgive each other

31 Dec 2018
New Years Eve & Countdown
New Year's Eve in Bali is dominated by the partying scenes at various nightspots and public spaces all across the island, with fireworks in constant launches. For a more private and intimate celebration, check out your hotel's or favourite restaurant's New Year's Eve dinner programs