Festival & Ceremony in Bali

Nusa Dua Light Festival : 8 December 2017 - 14 January 2018. Nusa Dua Peninsula.
The second Nusa Dua Light Festival "The Jungle" lights up the evening scenery of the Peninsula Island in Nusa Dua. The festival runs through 14 January 2018, and will be 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 Jungle" theme features life-size lanterns, ranging from small dinosaurs to a hot-air ballon 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.

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Tumpek Kandang : 20 January & 18 August 2018.
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.

Tumpek Wayang : 24 February & 22 September 2018.
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. Various offerings are made to the range of character puppets involved in this theatrical art. Tumpek Wayang is one part in a series of Tumpek days for blessing different subjects.

Melasti Pilgrimages : 14 March 2018. Coasts of Beach in Bali
Before ‘the silence’, highlight rituals essentially start three days prior to Nyepi, with colourful processions known as the Melasti pilgrimages. Pilgrims from various village temples all over Bali convey heirlooms on long walks towards the coastlines where elaborate purification ceremonies take place. It is one of the best times to capture on camera the iconic Balinese processions in motion, as parasols, banners and small effigies offer a cultural spectacle.

The Melasti processions take place approximately 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. Parasols, banners and small effigies paraded along the horizon make for a stunning and only-in-Bali scene.

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Pengrupukan : 16 March 2018
On Saka New Year’s Eve, it is all blaring noise and merriment. Every Balinese household starts the evening with blessings at the family temple and continues with a ritual called the pengrupukan where each member participates in ‘chasing away’ malevolent forces, known as bhuta kala, from their compounds – hitting pots and pans or any other loud instruments along with a fiery bamboo torch. These ‘spirits’ are later manifested as the ogoh-ogoh to be paraded in the streets. As the street parades ensue, bamboo cannons and occasional firecrackers fill the air with flames and smoke. The Nyepi Eve parade usually starts at around 19:00 local time.

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Nyepi Day : 17 March 2018
Nyepi Day in Bali is a New Year celebration unlike anywhere else on the planet. Bali’s celebrates the Saka New Year as the Bali Day of Silence, an ultimately quietest day of the year, when all of the island's inhabitants abide by a set of local rules, which brings all routine activities to a complete halt. Roads all over Bali are void of any traffic and nobody steps outside of their home premises.

Saraswati : 17 March & 13 October 2018.
Once every 210 days (the Balinese Pawukon Calender), Bali will celebrate Saraswati, or, freely translated, “Knowledge Day”.

Saraswati is the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, arts, wisdom and nature. She is symbolized by an attractive woman with a white swan among water lilies. The swan symbolizes prudence, so that one’s knowledge is able to distinguish between good and evil. The water lilies & lotus flowers are symbols of holiness.

Ngembak Geni, Day after Nyepi : 18 March 2018.
The silence of the Saka New Year celebration ‘breaks’ as the morning does at 06:00 sharp. The day is a local holiday in Bali and families visit each other as it is a time for gatherings and short travels.

Omed-Omedan, 'festival of splashes and smooches : 18 March 2018. Sesetan Area, Denpasar – Bali.
Omed Omedan is one of Bali’s most exciting events where thousands of unmarried youth come together for a mass kissing festival. For about 100 years, unmarried men and women aged between 17 to 30 have participated in this unique tradition which is held is held the day after the spiritual holiday of Nyepi. In addition to the mass kissing, the festivities are accompanied by the pouring of water on the participants as a symbolic act of blessing.

Omed Omedan typically starts by separating the youths into two groups: men and women. The two groups stand opposite each other. When the designated elder marks the start of the festival, the two groups will reach out to embrace and kiss each other. For foreigners, this might seem a little awkward, but the locals will gleefully cheer on the participants whilst pouring water over them.

Visitors are welcome to watch this fun festival, but it is not appropriate that foreigners take part.

Pagerwesi : 21 March & 17 October 2018.
Pagerwesi commemorates the day upon which an ancient battle between good and evil was fought. The word 'Pagerwesi' means 'iron fence', and reflects the purpose of this important event: it is the day to strengthen one's fortifications against evil. The correlation between Pagerwesi and the Saraswati is that knowledge is so powerful that it must be protected from bad influences. Pagerwesi Day reminds people to be wise and more aware of the function and power of knowledge. During Pagerwesi, people make special offerings for the dead who have not yet been cremated. Observances are usually held at every house compound, and at temples.

Tumpek Landep : 31 March & 27 October 2018.
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. On this day you're in for an interesting sight in Bali. You'll see cars and motorcycles decorated with intricate stitched-leaf ornaments called sampian roaming the streets in Bali.

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Purnama Kedasa - 10th Full Moon : 31 March 2018, major temples island-wide.
This special full moon is considered highly significant amongst Balinese Hindus. 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. A 'melasti' or purification pilgrimage usually takes place on the preceding Sunday, with processions carrying heirlooms and temple objects to holy water sources.

Bali Spirit Festival : 2-8 April 2018. Bali Spirit, Jl. Hanoman, Ubud.
Bali Spirit Festival 2018 will see its 11th annual running this April 2-8, once again gathering like-minded yoga instructors and practitioners of all different levels from Bali and around the world. The festival is also a celebration of east and west through world arts, dance and music through colourful concerts and performances. A packed agenda features numerous health and wellbeing workshops held in various yoga centres in Ubud and around Bali.

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Ubud Food Festival : 13-15 April 2018.
Ubud Food Festival returns this year on April 13-15, 2018, as a celebration of diverse Indonesian cuisine and local produce, while also serving as a gathering of the island’s most prominent chefs through a variety of presentations, live cooking demonstrations and culinary tours. This year’s festival once again brings together a host of restaurateurs, food producers, professionals and celebrated figures in the Indonesian food and beverage industry.

The annual event is held over the three days, besides offering you the opportunity to discover the wealth and variety of Indonesian cuisine, the Ubud Food Festival also features special events such as organic and culinary markets that allow you to discover and purchase the freshest farm items from the island’s best producers. Side events also include live music concerts highlighting local bands, as well as yoga, film screenings and food photography workshops.

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Tumpek Uduh : 5 May & 1 December 2018.
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. This is meant for successful harvests in lead up to the Galungan celebrations three weeks ahead. Galungan ceremonies largely require the items for various temple offerings.

Ulun Danu Beratan Temple 'Piodalan' Anniversary : 15 May 2018. Beratan lakeside, Candikuning, Bedugul, Tabanan.

Ulun Danu Beratan, literally ‘the source temple of Lake Beratan’, is easily the island’s most iconic sanctuary sharing the scenic qualities with the seaside temples of Uluwatu and Tanah Lot. The smooth reflective surface of the lake surrounding most of the temple’s base creates a unique floating impression, while the mountain range of the Bedugul region encircling the lake provides the temple with a scenic backdrop.

Ulun Danu Beratan Temple is among Bali's most iconic temples. This lakeside temple celebrates a biannual piodalan temple anniversary. The celebration falls every Kliwon Julungwangi Tuesday on the traditional Balinese pawukon calendar. Pilgrims from adjacent villages attend to prayers at the temple.

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Bali Blues Festival : 25-26 May 2018 (tentative). Peninsula Island, Nusa Dua.
The Bali Blues Festival is a standalone part of the annual Nusa Dua Fiesta's agenda. It habitually features great local and national jazz and blues bands. Those who performed in the past include Gugun Blues Shelter (featuring Indonesian Jazz musician Indra Lesmana), The Six Strings, Krakatau Reunion, Balinese band Cazy Horse, Balinese tapping guitarist Wayan Balawan, and Indonesian musician Gilang Ramadhan.

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Vesak, Buddhist Year 2562 : 29 May 2018.
Location(s): Vihara Amurva Bumi Blahbatuh Gianyar, Vihara Dharmayana Kuta, Wihara Buddha Sakyamuni Denpasar, Brahmavihara Arama Singaraja, Wihara Dharmagiri Pupuan – Tabanan, Wihara Buddha Guna Nusa Dua.

Vesak or Waisak is a holiday observed traditionally by Buddhists. It marks the birth of prince Siddharta Gautama. The date varies each year on the Gregorian calendar but usually coincides in April or May and in June on leap years. Unique to Buddhists in Bali is that some rituals share slight resemblance to Balinese Hindu features. You can witness this in the use of temple ornaments.

Galungan Ceremony : 30 May & 26 December 2018.
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.

Batukaru Temple ‘Piodalan’ Anniversary : 31 May 2018.
Batukaru Temple, referred to by locals as Pura Luhur Batukaru, is one of Bali’s key temples, located at the foot of namesake Mount Batukaru. At an altitude of 2,270m above sea level on the second highest peak in Bali after Mount Agung.

Batukaru Temple celebrates its biannual piodalan temple anniversary, which coincides each Thursday after the Galungan celebrations. Pilgrims from the adjacent villages in Wangaya Gede and all over the island flock to this mountain temple for prayers.

Perang Pandan or 'Mekare-Kare' : 8th and 30 June 2018. Tenganan Pegringsingan, Karangasem, East Bali.
Perang Pandan at Tenganan village, East Bali, is an age-old tradition unique only to this well-preserved old Balinese village in the Karangasem regency. Also referred to locally as mekare-kare and megeret pandan, Perang Pandan is a mass coming-of-age ritual, dedicated to the Hindu god of war and the sky, Indra. It sees friendly duels between all male villagers, who bout each other armed with a small rattan shield in one hand and a tied packet of thorny 'pandan' leaves in the other. The event is held annually, adhering to its own local calendar. This year, Perang Pandan is held on June 8 and June 30 (tentative dates) in the villages of Tenganan Pegringsingan and Tenganan Dauh Tukad, respectively.

Kuningan and Sakenan Temple's Anniversary : 9 June 2018.
Kuningan ceremony is held ten days after the Galungan Festival, signifying the closing of the New Year holiday. On this day special offerings made of yellow rice and special dishes are offered; every family compound and temple looks amazing with ornaments. This is believed to be the ascendance day - when ancestral holy spirits and deities return to heaven.

Also Pujawali or the grand celebrations and the piodalan or temple anniversary of Sakenan Temple falls on every Kliwon Kuningan Saturday, the day of the Kuningan observation in the Balinese 210-day Pawukon calendar and is held over three days with the height of the revelries on the Sunday.

Mekotekan Rituals : 9 June 2018. Munggu Village, Mengwi district, Badung.
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.

Tanah Lot Temple ‘Piodalan’ Anniversary : 13 June 2018.
Tanah Lot Temple is one of Bali’s most important landmarks, famed for its unique offshore setting and sunset backdrops. An ancient Hindu shrine perched on top of an outcrop amidst constantly crashing waves; Tanah Lot Temple is simply among Bali’s not-to-be-missed icons.

Although you cannot enter the temple grounds, the panoramic views and cultural offerings are highlights to enjoy. On the holy day of Kuningan, five days prior to the temple’s anniversary date, the heirloom pilgrimage is one of Bali’s festive parades worth witnessing. Tanah Lot’s piodalan falls on every Wednesday that follows each Kuningan on Bali’s 210-day Pawukon calendar. Dress and act respectfully as on any temple visit in Bali.

Uluwatu Temple 'Piodalan' Anniversary : 19 June 2018.
Every six months according to the Balinese 210-day Pawukon cycle, big temple anniversary celebrations are held at the temple. The temple's keeper, the royal family of Jro Kuta from Denpasar, are patrons for the event.

Visitors must wear a sarong and a sash, as well as appropriate clothes common for temple visits. They can be hired here. The best time to visit is just before sunset. A Kecak dance is performed everyday at the adjacent cliff-top stage at 18:00 to 19:00. What makes it the most favourite venue to watch a Kecak dance is the sunset background of the performance.

The 40th Annual Bali Arts Festival : 23 June – 21 July 2018.
The Bali Arts Festival is locally known as 'Pesta Kesenian Bali’ is a cultural treat for lucky visitors who are in Bali until mid July. The festival traditionally starts on the second Saturday of June and runs through the month of July. It is the perfect moment to witness Bali’s wealth of performing arts. You'll also catch a glimpse of various cultural highlights from other islands in Indonesia. It's one of the main highlights in Bali’s calendar of events. The annual celebration showcases various artworks and cultural achievements.

Hundreds of artists from Denpasar, Bali’s eight provinces, neighbouring islands, and even art troupes from abroad, participate and showcase their talents here. Now in its 40th year, the Bali Arts Festival returns June 9 to July 7.

The 39th Annual Bali Kites Festival(s) : July - October 2018. Padang Galak Beach, Sanur.
The Bali Kites Festival is a kiting event that takes place annually, between July and August (sometimes through October). It kicks off notably at the start of the windy season in Bali. The main festival takes place along the eastern coast of Padang Galak, just north of Sanur. This is usually held near the end of June and confirmed following favourable weather. Hundreds of competing kite troupes gather from all over the island to pilot their traditional kites. Oftentimes, alongside international teams with modern kites in various shapes and sizes.

The kite festival in Bali started off as a seasonal agrarian festival. It was held to thank the heavens for abundant crops and harvests.

Makepung Buffalo Races : July - November 2018 Location: Jembrana, Negara, West Bali.
Makepung is the name of a major grand prix in Jembrana, West Bali, which features racing buffalo races. Hundreds of pairs of buffaloes are teamed up together with their jockeys. They ride the traditional wooden ploughs that are slightly modified for the competition and during the festivities various other art forms of the locality are performed as well, such as bull fashion shows and Jegog bamboo orchestras.

The racer buffaloes, or kerbau pepadu, compete in various open race circuits in assorted heats. These series of competitions are held around the district of Melaya. They lead up to the finals, known as the Jembrana Regent’s Cup and the Governor’s Cup.

The tradition has partly prevented the shift of land for farming use. It has also encouraged the people to improve the quality of animal husbandry, raising winning buffaloes for the yearly events.

7th Bali International Choir Festival 2018 : 24-28 July 2018
The Bandung Choral Society organizes this annual choir symposium and competition event. The next is slated for July this year in Bali. In its previous years, the choir festival featured over a hundred choirs, several conductors, and clinicians in a series of choir symposiums and competitions.

The racer buffaloes, or kerbau pepadu, compete in various open race circuits in assorted heats. These series of competitions are held around the district of Melaya. They lead up to the finals, known as the Jembrana Regent’s Cup and the Governor’s Cup.

The tradition has partly prevented the shift of land for farming use. It has also encouraged the people to improve the quality of animal husbandry, raising winning buffaloes for the yearly events.


Sanur Village Festival : August 2018 (tentative). Sanur Village, Bali
Sanur Village Festival returns in its 13-year celebration this August (tentative). It brings back an anticipated week filled with numerous arts, cultural, food, water sports and environmental-awareness events to the shores of Bali’s otherwise tranquil sunrise coast. With festivities mainly focused in the Maisonette area of the legendary Inna Grand Bali Beach Hotel, the committee of this year’s festival promises to continue on the typical highlights of the previous festivals, with new added activities at various venues around Sanur.

This year’s Sanur Village Festival highlights a bazaar and food festival, fashion shows, expos, tours, culinary challenges, Yoga, sports activities and environmental awareness programs, and it will also highlight an international kite festival, an exotic jukung festival and a Sanur Run.


Ubud Village Jazz Festival 2018 : 10-11 August 2018. ARMA Museum Ubud, Jalan Raya Pengosekan, Ubud
The Ubud Village Jazz Festival returns mid-August this year, once again bringing together a lineup of various Jazz artists from Indonesia and all over the globe. This year's community Jazz concert carries the theme, 'Embracing Uniqueness' and among the notable artists slated to perform this year include the East West European Jazz Ensemble featuring Gregory Gaynair from Germany, Peter Bernstein from USA, Piotr Orzechowski from Poland, Youn Woo Park Trio from South Korea, and a big lineup of Indonesian performers such as The Daunas, Arman & Penina, Bali Gypsy Fire and Mia Samira. The festival will once again take place on an open stage at the ARMA Museum in Ubud.

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Jazz Market by the Sea 2018 : August 2018 (tentative). Taman Bhagawan, Tanjung Benoa
Jazz Market by the Sea is an annual community cultural and musical event, held at the beachfront garden of Taman Bhagawan in Tanjung Benoa. Now in its 6th consecutive year, the festival will feature top Indonesian Jazz artists and performers. Last year's featured Raisa, Tohpati Bertiga, Kunto Aji, Balawan & Maestro, Dialog Dini Hari, Rio Sidik, Jampiro and many others. Head to the venue 14:00-23:00 daily during the three-day event and enjoy side events such as a Culinary Journey celebrating Indonesian cuisine through culinary workshops and traditional cooking presentations. Bring the kids who can enjoy a host of fun activities such as face painting, ocean races, mermaid shows, bouncy castles and more.

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Indonesian Independence Day : 17 August 2018
This marks Indonesia's 72nd year of independence. The day is celebrated on August 17, when red-and-white flags adorn the street sides and flag raising ceremonies take place at government offices and a major ceremony takes place in Jakarta, attended by the state head and officials. Households and communities throughout the archipelago also post flags and decorations at front of houses. Some communities also hold sack-run races and other revelries in the spirit of nationality.

Legian Beach Festival : August 2018 (tentative). Jalan Pantai Legian, between Jalan Melasti and Jalan Padma.
This year's 'Lively Legian Beach Festival' is held near the end of August, presenting an annual offering of fun activities, day and night. The festival will be set along the 700m long Legian beachfront, starting from the beach in front of The Stones Hotel and all up towards the Padma Resort. This year's event is organized by the Legian village community and is supported by the Indonesian Tourism Board, and will feature various games, competitions, exhibitions and bazaars over the course of four days.

The 7th Maybank Marathon 2018 : August 2018 (tentative). Keramas, Gianyar.
The annual Maybank Marathon returns to the flat road and rolling hill course that traverses several villages within the Gianyar regency in East Bali. Last year's marathon's race day was on Sunday, 27 August, and comprised several categories, namely: a Full Marathon (42.195Km), a half marathon (21.0975Km), a 10K, and a fun sprint category for kids. The course chiefly runs through the main bypass road of Jalan Ida Bagus Mantra, traversing the villages of Saba, Pering, Belega and Bona, then back down via the villages of Keramas and Medahan.

Tirta Empul Temple Piodalan Anniversary : 24 September 2018. Manukaya Village, Tampaksiring, Gianyar.
Tirta Empul is an important temple complex and holy mountain spring, located in the village of Manukaya in central Bali. The site serves as a legendary setting of a traditional tale about good versus evil. It is also a national cultural heritage site.

As with any Bali temple tour or a visit to a holy place, it is always important to dress respectfully. The simple Balinese temple visitor dress code is a traditional ‘kamen’ wrap around the lower body plus a sash around the waist. Women during their periods are prohibited entry to any temple or sacred site, and may enjoy the sights and attractions in the outer perimeters only.

It is tempting to try out the purification bathing ritual yourself; however the formal routine is strictly meant for pilgrims and devotees. You might want to consult your guide who may ask a temple authority for further details.

Lovina Festival 2018 : September 2018 (tentative)
The Lovina Festival takes place around the village of Kalibukbuk Beach in north Bali and is usually held around September or October. The festival highlights include a handicraft exhibition and an afternoon opening ceremony filled with a traditional Balinese marching band called Baleganjur and a towering fruit and flower offering or gebogan parade. Performing arts include the Gong Kebyar and Ki Barak Panji Sakti dance that hails from the North Bali region.

Besakih Temple 'Piodalan' Anniversary : 24 September 2018. Besakih Temple, Karangasem.
Besakih Temple, also considered the 'mother temple' in Bali, celebrates its biannual piodalan temple anniversary, which coincides every Tuesday on a Kliwon Julungwangi cycle on the Balinese 210-day pawukon calendar.

Pura Besakih was nominated as a World Heritage Site in 1995, but as yet remains unvested. There are at least 70 ceremonies or religious celebrations held each year here. During the daytime Besakih becomes a crowded tourist trap, with self-professed ‘temple guards’, touts, hawkers, and more. Bear in mind that you should wear a proper top, a sarong, and a sash.

The 12th Annual Balinale : September 2018 (tentative). Cinemaxx Lippo Mall Bali, Jalan Kartika Plaza, Kuta.
Bali International Film Festival, also known and registered as Balinale, is recognized internationally for the diversity of its programming consisting of Indonesian and international independent and award winning fiction, documentary, feature and short films. Balinale's theme in 2017 was, "connecting communities through the world of film." It's slated to present a program of films that project visions and dreams in a positive way, enabling greater exposure, tolerance and acceptance of countries and cultures. The main screenings of Balinale are at the Cinemaxx movie theatre, at the Lippo Mall Kuta.

Ultra Beach Bali 2018 : September 2018 (tentative). Potato Head Beach Club Bali, Petitenget, Seminyak.
Ultra Beach or the Bali leg of the world-renowned electronic music festival, Ultra Music Festival, is slated to rock the Petitenget beachfront of Potato Head Beach Club Bali again in September.

Ultra Beach Bali returns to the beachside venue of Potato Head Beach Club in Seminyak, and adjoins the Resistance World Tour, right after Singapore and before heading off to the Philippines. The Bali leg of the Ultra Worldwide Asian calendar is set to bring together electronic digital music enthusiasts and partygoers again this September 15-16, with another live show to remember. Its bumper line-up of big-name EDM DJs includes Afrojack and deadmau5.


Bestival Bali : September 2018 (tentative). Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) Cultural Park, Jimbaran.
Bestival Bali, the successful boutique festival that hails from the south of England, hits the island’s Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park for 2 days of great onstage music performances with an international line-up of DJs and bands playing drum & bass, hip hop, funk and all manner of other dancey genres, complemented by food markets and large-scale art installations. The festival is on a mission, ‘to spread peace and love to Asia’, and is held on the weekend of September 30 and October 1.


Soundrenaline 2018 : September 2018 (tentative). Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) Cultural Park, Jimbaran.
Soundrenaline, as one of the biggest annual music festivals in Indonesia will return. This year, the event will be held at GWK, Bali in September 2018. A lot of musicians will be present.


Bali Vegan Festival 2018 : 5 - 7 October 2018. Paradiso Ubud, Jalan Goutama Selatan, Ubud.
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. The festival unites world-class vegan chefs, yoga teachers, healers, musicians, comedians, environmentalists and vegan lifestyle enthusiasts from all walks of life and all across the globe.


Nusa Dua Fiesta : October 2018 (tentative). ITDC complex, Nusa Dua.
The Nusa Dua Fiesta is an annual festival that features a week of arts, culture, sports, music and exhibitions that take place in and around the peninsula in Nusa Dua. This year's Fiesta will mark its 22nd year running.

This year’s Nusa Dua Fiesta kicks off on Wednesday, October 11 with an evening opening ceremony at Nusa Dua’s landmark peninsula area.

Live entertainment is big at Nusa Dua Fiesta 2017. From the first day to the fifth, every evening you can enjoy live bands which includes national headliners, as well as percussionists and local artists performing world music. There are also fashion shows by designer boutiques and tenants from the Bali Collection, the main shopping complex in Nusa Dua. Don’t miss a chance to watch the spectacular Devdan Show at the adjacent Nusa Dua Theatre on the main stage.

Bali International Triathlon : October 2018 (tentative). Sanur area.
The prestigious triathlon is back in its 10th year this year, but will feature a new course, starting and finishing in Sanur. The race is slated to once again feature an Olympic Distance Course with male and female divisions, a Sprint Distance Course and a 5k Fun Run.

Typically, race day for the Bali International Triathlon’s main Olympic Distance course sees participants gearing up well before daybreak, as they gather for the ocean swim. This year, right after sunrise, they’ll sprint into the waters and stroke the calm waves off the coast of Mertasari Beach for the first 1.5km swim. Back at shore, it’s a quick change into cycling helmets and shoes for the 40km bike race along Sanur’s length of the Ngurah Rai Bypass and into the Ida Bagus Mantra highway, before heading back to the beach transition area to change into running shoes for the 10km road race through Sanur’s streets.

Ubud Writers & Readers Festival : 24-28 October 2018. Various venues, Ubud.
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. Various other hotels and venues also serve as hosts, the likes of Four Seasons, Maya Ubud, Casa Luna and Alila Ubud. Other fringe events also usually take place in other places, such as in Denpasar, Seminyak and Jimbaran, and beyond Bali such as Makassar, West Java, Sumatera, Papua and Jakarta.

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Kuta Beach Festival : October 2018 (tentative). Kuta Beach, Bali.
Kuta Beach Festival showcases youth creativity on the beachfront of Kuta. An opening ceremony on the main road of Jalan Pantai Kuta (in front of the Kuta Beachwalk mall) precedes the weekend of exchibitions, bazaars and live music concerts on the sand

Nusa Penida Festival : December 2018 (tentative). 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.

Pemuteran Bay Festival : December 2018 (tentative). 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.


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