Get your groove on at these incredible Indonesian festivals
THIS YEAR, Indonesia is running a jam-packed event and festival schedule full of color, music, food, creation, imagination, sports and once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
The tourism ministry, headed by Arief Yahya, has invested billions of Indonesian rupiah into showcasing the best of Indonesian culture, recreating spectacular traditional shows including dancing, spiritual music, and underwater adventures.
One destination in Indonesia that is hosting its fair share of music, food, and cultural festivals is Bali.
Throughout 2018, travelers will be able to experience the true vibrancy of Indonesia across this paradise region – so much so, you may feel a little spoilt for choice.
We understand the struggle of FOMO (fear of missing out) so we’ve pulled together what we think are the not-to-be-missed events throughout the year in Bali, so you can cancel all your other plans and schedule your trip(s) to Indonesia.
Magnificent Komodo Festival
Happening next, this festival will be ideal for those already in Indonesia or nearby. The festival invites you to explore the fascinating Komodo National Park. One of the only places on earth where the ferocious Komodo Dragon can be found.
Don’t worry though, they won’t be adoring flowers in their hair and partying with you.
The event will be held at the harbor town of Labuan Bajo in West Manggarai Regency, East Nusa Tenggara province.
Spend your time here playing beach volleyball, rowing, admiring the komodo beauty pageants (not real ones), and soaking up the sun and local culture.
East Nusa Tenggara is in the perfect location to head off on a boat and explore the other tiny islands with translucent water inlets and the most stunning marine life.
When: March 5, 2018
Where: Labuan Bajo in West Manggarai Regency, East Nusa Tenggara province
Bali Spirit Festival
If you’re a yoga bunny and love to bend and groove and flex in unusual directions, then this is the perfect event for you.
Held in Ubud, the week-long festival gathers like-minded yoga instructors and practitioners from around the world to come and teach, display and practice yoga. Over the week, arts from the East and West of the nation will also be celebrated, including music performances and dances shows.
When: April 2 to April 8, 2018
Where: Bali Spirit, Jl. Hanoman, Ubud
Ubud Food Festival
Does your heart pound with excitement at the thought of sampling some of Asia’s finest cuisine from Michelin-starred chefs? Ours does, very fast.
At the Ubud Food Festival, foodies can explore a wealth of tantalizing flavors from world-class chefs, learn about Indonesia’s culinary history and heritage, and discover the pioneering technologies of innovative young culinary creatives.
Festival-goers will also get the chance to meet with food photographers and culinary storytellers. Enjoy the live music and early morning yoga sessions on offer too.
When: April 13 to April 15, 2018
Where: Ubud, Bali
Bali Blues Festival
Jazz up your life and get jigging to some funky blues at the Bali Blues festival. Out on the Peninsula Island in Nusa Due, the festival is set to get you dancing anywhere from a slight toe-tap all the way to a hip-shaking bonanza.
The festival will be featuring blues and jazz genres of Indonesian jazz, electric blues, country blues to Asian American jazz, bebop, gypsy jazz, and jazz-funk.
Headliners include The Six Strong, Krakatau Reunion and Balinese band Crazy Horse.
Where: Peninsula Island, Nusa Dua
When: May 25 to May 26, 2018 (tentative)
The 39th Annual Bali Kites Festival(s)
Between July and October every year in Bali, you can look up into the sky and you’re guaranteed to see at least one kite soaring up in the skies with the birds.
July marks the start of the windy season in Indonesia, which is obviously perfect for flying kites. These range from professional troupes of kite flyers who perfectly choreograph their displays, to the kids who love pulling all the strings to see their kite sweep and swoop.
Where: Padanggalak Beach, Sanur
When: July to Oct 2018
All the way from the South of England where this festival is massive, Bestival has grounded its roots in Bali. The boutique festival comes to the cultural park for two days in September.
The line-up isn’t identical to the UK, but there are certainly some fantastic acts, including bands, DJs, drum and bass artists, hip-pop genres, circus acts, and comedy.
This year’s line-up hasn’t been announced yet but we’re sure it’s going to get you grooving all the way from your tiptoes to eyebrows.
Where: Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park, Jimbaran
When: September (tentative)
But don’t limit yourself to just these events and don’t just take our word for it. Go and explore to discover the incredible variety of events, festivals, and celebrations.