Lining up plans in Bali? Whether you're a local, new in town, or just passing through, you'll be sure to find something on Bali Event Calendar 2018 listed below that piques your interest.
BALI EVENTS 2018
Balinese Hindus celebrate Saraswati, a day devoted to the Goddess of Knowledge, Art and Literature - Dewi Saraswati. To mark this tribute, books of knowledge and Sanskrit manuscripts are blessed and special offerings are made together as a form of gratitude for knowledge and wisdom.
Lovebirds look no further. Rediscover the romance in Bali’s picture perfect tropical ambience. Do what your heart desires with your loved one, whether it be to eat, play, LOVE, pamper…or all of the above. Love is in the air and we’ve got you covered with our romance rundown for a very special Valentine’s Day in Bali.
Balinese ‘Nyepi’ Day of Silence
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. During Nyepi Day, complete calm enshrouds the island. Some consider it a time for total relaxation and contemplation, for others, a chance for Mother Nature to ‘reboot’ herself after 364 days of human pestering. No lights are turned on at night – total darkness and seclusion goes along with this new moon island-wide, from 06:00 to 06:00.
Bali Spirit Festival
Bali Spirit Festival gathers 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 colorful concerts and performances. A packed agenda features numerous health and wellbeing workshops held in various yoga centers in Ubud and around Bali.
Uluwatu Temple ‘Piodalan’ Anniversary
Without a doubt, what makes Uluwatu Temple spectacular is its cliff-top setting at the edge of a plateau 250 feet above the waves of the Indian Ocean. 'Ulu' means the ‘top’ or the ‘tip’ and 'watu' means a ‘stone’ or a ‘rock’ in Balinese. A small forest lies at the front and hundreds of monkeys dwell here. They are believed to guard the temple from bad influences. Every six months according to the Balinese 210day 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.
Ubud Food Festival
Ubud Food Festival is 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 takes on a ‘go local’ theme, bringing 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 and 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.
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.
Vesak Day, Buddhist Year
Vesak or Waisak is a holiday observed traditionally by Buddhists, marking 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, such as in the use of temple ornaments
Kuningan Day roughly takes place 10 days after the Galungan celebrations. Offerings and prayers are conducted at temples and shrines before noon. The ceremony surrounding Kuningan refers to special offerings made of yellow turmeric rice. Yellow is also the colour of the god Wisnu, the protector of the Hindu trinity.
Bali Arts Festival
The Bali Arts Festival 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 together with various cultural highlights from other islands in Indonesia. As one of the main highlights in Bali’s calendar of events, the annual celebration features various artworks and cultural achievements, inviting locals and international visitors to the Taman Werdhi Budaya Arts Centre in Denpasar where most of the daily exhibitions and art performances are focused.
Bali Kites Festival
The Bali Kites Festival is a series of kiting events that take place annually between July and August located in Padanggalak Beach, Sanur. Hundreds of competing kite troupes gather from all over the island to pilot their traditional kites, alongside international teams with modern kites in various shapes and sizes.
Ubud Village Jazz Festival 2017
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.
Jazz Market by the Sea 2017
Jazz Market by the Sea is an annual community cultural and musical event, held at the beachfront garden of Taman Bhagawan in Tanjung Benoa.
Indonesian Independence Day
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.
Date : 17 August 2017
Sanur Village Festival
The Sanur Village Festival attracts large numbers of international visitors to this small coastal village east of Denpasar. The organizers put in much communal effort to make the annual event bigger by the year and feature an array of water sports activities in its week-long agenda, celebrating its coastal heritage. This year's festival is slated to feature a SanurRun, a Sanur Creative Expo, Agro tourism Expo, music performances and art, and a highly anticipated cultural street parade.
Legian Beach Festival
'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.
BALINALE – Bali International Film Festival
The Bali International Film Festival – BANLINALE is recognized internationally for the diversity of its programming incorporating Indonesian and international independent and award-winning fiction, documentary, feature and short films. BALINALE also serves as the axis for a number of high-quality associated events where international filmmakers partake in the festival's relaxed and familiar atmosphere to discuss films, filmaking trends, co-production opportunities and the demands of the growing, fast-paced Indonesian film industry.
Bali Readers & Writers Festival in Ubud.
The 14th Ubud Writers and Readers Festival returns to Bali October 25-29, 2017, with a new theme and banner reflecting this year’s festival theme of “Origins” in order to welcome the world’s leading authors, artists, thinkers and performers to the Island.
Bali Vegan Festival
The second annual Bali Vegan Festival will be held in Ubud, featuring a three-day gathering with live bands, yoga workshops, eye-opening lectures, the world's best vegan food and everything vegans and health conscious people love. The festival will be held over two areas - the Paradiso Ubud indoor theater and at an outdoor space in the middle of rice paddies with activities, workshops and live music. Head there for their Friday opening party, welcoming not only vegans, but all who love eating healthy, doing yoga, dancing, and celebrating life.
The second Galungan occurrence this year, the major local holiday is when Balinese Hindus commemorate the legendary battle of good versus evil, or the triumph of the spread of Hinduism in Bali.
Kuningan Day roughly takes place 10 days after the Galungan celebrations. Offerings and prayers are conducted at temples and shrines before noon. One of the island's most notable temples is Sakenan on Serangan Island, which coincidentally celebrates its piodalan temple anniversary around the day of Kuningan with a series of festivities, sacred dances and flows of pilgrims from all over during its three-day celebrations
Nusa Dua Fiesta
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.
Bali Beach Run
The Bali Beach Run returns in December with a new route, and an emphasis on a 'Fun Run' aspect, without the use of timing chips like in its previous years. Runners will leave the starting line at Petitenget Beach at 06:00 sharp, then run southwards along the coast before turning back towards Petitenget, depending on running category. Categories are: 2.5km family run, 5km fun run, and a full 10km run.
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.
New Years 2019 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.