5 Jan 2019
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 tales passed down through the generations, it is believed that on this day that Siwa intervened for the world in order to maintain peace.
5 Jan 2019
The Mekotekan Rituals are part of the traditional Kuningan Festival that is celebrated to battle evil spirits that are said to attack Munggu Village.
6 Mar 2019
Pengerupukan is one of the procession to welcome the Balinese Ney Year which is called by "Nyepi/Silent Day". All over Bali, specially in the village will held ogoh-ogoh parade. Ogoh-ogoh are statues built for the Ngrupuk parade, which takes place on the eve of Nyepi day in Bali, Indonesia. The main purpose of the making of Ogoh-ogoh is the purification of the natural environment of any spiritual pollutants emitted from the activities of living beings (especially humans). Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ogoh-ogoh
7 Mar 2019
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...
8 Mar 2019
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 remain open. Instead, you will find many shopkeepers bring their wares to the beaches around Seminyak and sell their items at small market stalls.
8 Mar 2019
Omed Omedan is one of Bali’s most exciting events where thousands of unmarried youth come together for a mass kissing festival.
Bali Spirit Festival
24 Mar 2019
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 all over the world.
Bali Spirit Festival : Yoga Dance Music
2 Mar 2019
"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."
21 Apr 2019
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 1879, and is one of the country’s most recognisable faces.
Ubud Food Festival
TBA Apr 2019
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 destination for local and foreign tourists. This means that it is the perfect location for this festival as it draws thousands of visitors each year.
11 May 2019
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 create, maintain and regenerate the universe. Thanks is given to her on this holy day.
12 May 2019
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 virtue of knowledge and the role it plays in the present day world.
13 May 2019
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 and the Balinese Hindus seek to show their gratitude for the availability of food on the island.
14 May 2019
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 of the name’s meaning; Sabuh means ‘belt’, while Mas translates to ‘gold’ in the local language. As such, the direct meaning of this holiday is ‘gold belt’.
15 May 2019
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: pager and wesi. Pager is a local word that translates to ‘fence’, while wesi means ‘iron’. The full word’s literal meaning is iron fence and is when the Balinese people strengthen their minds and souls against evil forces.
19 May 2019
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 celebrations attract pilgrims from all over the world as Vesak Day is the holiest day on the Buddhist calendar.
Idul Fitri Festival
04 June 2019 to 10 June 2019
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 month of Ramadan for Muslims across the world. The fasting which spans about 30 days, comes to an end following the sighting of the moon on the island. When the moon is sighted, Muslim religious leaders will make an announcement of the same so that all Muslims on the island break the fast at the same time.
Bali Arts Festival
16 June 2019 to 14 July 2019
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 bring together art lovers from across the country and beyond.
Bali International Choir Festival
23 July 2019 to 27 July 2019
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 build their skills and knowledge in workshops, formal rehearsal spaces and concert settings.
23 Jul 2019
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).
24 Jul 2019
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.
25 Jul 2019
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
Bali Kite Festival
July - August 2019
The Bali Kite Festival is an annual festival held on the island from July to October. The event highlights Bali’s unique culture, drawing thousands of visitors each year. The timing of the kite festival in July and August is key, as this marks the start of the windy season in Bali. In addition to this, both months are peak season for tourists, which means that attendance is full, making it a fun and interactive festival.
Legian Beach Festival
TBA - August 2019
There are so many events held throughout the year in Bali, so make sure to check the calendar to see what is on during your next trip. From cultural and religious festivals, to art exhibitions, sporting competitions and film festivals, Bali has a huge range of events for all to enjoy.
Jazz Market by the Sea
TBA - August 2019
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 8th year in 2018, the Jazz Market by the Sea will once again bring together thousands of locals and visitors into one place where they can sit and relax as they listen to the best jazz, soul, blues and reggae music in Indonesia.
Sanur Village Festival
TBA - August 2019
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 themes each year and draws thousands of international tourists to its shores with its message: “The New Spirit of Heritage”.
Ubud Village Jazz Festiva
TBA - August 2019
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 gathering. The very first event featured 20 performances on three platforms over a period of 2 days, bringing together 100 musicians.
Indonesian Independence Day
17 Aug 2019
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 independence from the Netherlands in 1945, it was not until 2005 that the colonial rulers officially accepted the date. Since then, the country has held celebrations every year as a way to recognise the progress that Indonesia has made over the years.
7-8 September 2019
Soundrenaline 2019 The Spirit of All Time, the biggest music festival with various genres, will be held again at GWK, Bali 7-8 September.
Ujung Water Palace Festival
15 – 17 September 2019
This three-day festival features a cultural parade by the local youth community, art installations around the square Dirah pool, and a Mebat competition. Visitors can experience the spacious park at the water palace and the festivity, relaxing on the grass while enjoying the many performances.
24 – 30 September 2019
Don’t miss the 12th edition of the Bali International Film Festival or Balinale this year with another outstanding lineup of intriguing documentaries, shorts and fiction features representing tens of different countries.
Lovina Beach Festival
25 – 28 September 2019
Held in Kalibukbuk and Kaliasem villages, Lovina Festival reflects the beauty of Lovina Beach with its sparkling black sand and breathtaking sunset. During the festival you can enjoy collaborative music performances, Bungbung traditional dance, puppet shows, cultural parade around the villages in Lovina, and even party at Kaliasem Beach. The festival highlights are the fireworks show and the cultural parade, where the local communities take part. It overall blends the beauty of nature and culture.
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...
Ubud Writers & Readers Festival
Makepung Buffalo Races
mid July - mid November 2019
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.
Mola Mola "Nature"
July - November 2019
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!
Diving "Nature Activity"
May - November 2019
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.
White Water Rafting "Nature Activity"
November 2018 - March 2019
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.
1 Dec 2019
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 2019
Although a predominantly Hindu island, Bali has communities of other religions. During Christmas time, Christian Balinese gather in their masses to unique churches. Such churches blend traditional Balinese architectural elements into their cathedral-like features
New Years Eve & Countdown
31 Dec 2019
New Year's Eve in Bali is dominated by partying scenes at various hotspots across the island. You can expect fireworks in constant launches nearing the countdown to the turn of the year.
Nusa Dua Light Festival
December 2019 - January 2020 (tentative)
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.
Pemuteran Bay Festival
December 2019 (tentative)
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.
Nusa Penida Festival
December 2019 (tentative)
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.