If your travel plan brings you to Bali this October, no matter if you’re a local, expat or first-timer, you’ll be sure to find something that suits your interest. We’re pleased to share the suggested coming events in Bali for you to experience!
Date: September 30th – October 1st
Location: 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 Read More…
Tirta Empul Temple Piodalan Anniversary
Date: 5 October 2017
Location: 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. The complex, built circa 960 AD, is also a silent witness to the old Balinese kingdom years, particularly at the time of the Warmadewa Dynasty. Another nearby and prominent site on top of a hill is the presidential palace, Istana Tampaksiring, built during the years of the nation’s first president, Soekarno. Tirta Empul, meaning ‘holy water spring’ is actually the name of a water source located within the temple. The spring feeds various purification baths, pools and fish ponds surrounding the outer perimeter, which all flow to the Tukad Pakerisan River. Various sites throughout the region and many other archaeological relics relate to local myths and legends.
Bali Vegan Festival 2017
Date: 6-8 October 2017
Location: 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. Simply come and share your knowledge and appreciation for health-oriented food and lifestyle choices with the rest of the community. Read More here…
Date: 6-8 October 2017
Location: Kuta Beach
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 following the devastating Bali bombing of 2002. The locals were deeply affected by this act of terrorism and afterwards created this event to celebrate and enjoy life.
The Kuta Karnival is a community event that features many activities, all of which showcase Bali’s rich culture. Supported by the Government of Bali, Chamber of Commerce (KADIN) Bali and the Bali Tourism Board (BTB), the Kuta Karnival has been able to grow each year and is now one of the biggest events held in Kuta each year.
Think of it as a mega beach party in Kuta, then add onto that numerous celebratory activities to remind everyone that life is for living well and having fun.
The event started with a large opening ceremony with a parade, music and dance and the festival follows with a kite festival, Balinese arts and crafts, exhibitions, movie screenings, sand sculpture competition as well as the much-loved Bali food festival.
The festival is suitable for visitors of all ages and there is plenty of things for kids to do such as play at the onsite playground and take part in art sessions as well as playing games on the beach. At sunset, watch the Balinese sunset dancing as the sun goes down.
Bali International Triathlon
Date: 15 October 2017
The prestigious triathlon is back in its ninth 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. Read More…
Ubud Writers & Readers Festival
Date: 25-29 October 2017
Location: various venues, Ubud
The Ubud Writers & Readers Festival once again gathers speakers and writers from all over the world in its 13th 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.
Date: 31 October 2017
Location: Various Temples
During the day of Penampahan Galungan animals are sacrificed (in particular pigs and chickens) as special offerings which are meant to get rid of negativity in both the bhuana agung (the environment of the individual human being) and the bhuana alit (the inner world of the individual human being); the meat is afterwards prepared and cooked for traditional Balinese dishes such as lawar, babi guling, and satay. Especially the Balinese children are looking forward to Penampahan Galungan as it is a typical family grateful day with lots of delicious dishes.
Should you interested in joining or seeing one of the event, please contact the the butler for the arrangement. Wishing you a memorable holiday.