The Idul Fitri, also known as Lebaran, marks the end of the fasting in the holy month of Ramadan. For Muslims around the world it is also the time of the year to trek home to their villages and celebrate with family and friends. It is a very popular holiday in Bali as many Muslims from the other Indonesian islands work and live here, so be prepared for the exodus: increased traffic on the roads and a week-long closure of popular businesses and restaurants and all schools. On the other hand you are able to experience a wonderful celebration with the local Muslim community and their delicious treats. Most families are having an ‘open house’ for all family and friends to come and join with only the best dishes to be served.
When 05.June – 06.June.2019
Where All over Indonesia
Among the festivities is the famous Perang pandan (the so called ‘pandan battle’), a Balinese tradition of ritual combat with clubs made of pandan (Pandanus amaryllifolius). Perang pandan, also known as makare-kare, is practiced by the Bali Aga population of Tenganan village in Karangasem Regency, Indonesia. This annual, age-old tradition is a colossal coming-of-age ritual, dedicated to God Indra, the Hindu god of war and of the sky. The ritual 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. During the Tenganan festival, a special dueling arena is set up, the houses are gracefully decorated, and plenty of food stalls offer delicious specialties from the area.
When 07.June – 08.June. 2019
Where Desa Tenganan, Tenganan, Karangasem Regency, Bali, Indonesia
Bali Arts Festival
Now in its 41st year, the Bali Arts Festival returns from 16th of June until 14th 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. It invites the public to the Taman Werdhi Budaya Arts Centre in Denpasar where most of the daily exhibitions and art performances take place. Throughout the Bali Arts Festival in June and July, the complex becomes alive with colorful traditional bamboo and coconut leaf decorations and banners. Crowds gather in front of open stages, auditoriums and outdoor pavilions. You can witness a variety of traditional and contemporary dances, shadow puppetry, music compositions and youth competitions that fill the festival agenda. Hundreds of artists from Denpasar, Bali’s eight provinces, neighboring islands, and even art troupes from abroad, participate and showcase their talents here. The Bali Arts Festival usually kicks off with an opening parade in front of the Bajra Sandhi monument in Denpasar. On the following days, the various stages and different venues come to life with the wide and colorful variety of performances from different presenters from all over the island and Indonesia. The month-long festival offers you the best showcase of Balinese and Indonesian arts and culture in the entire year!
When 16. June – 14. July 2019
Where Denpasar, Bali
Nusa Dua Light Festival ‘The Mountain View’
The Nusa Dua Light Festival will be held again this year at Peninsula Island, Nusa Dua. The biggest annual Light Festival in Indonesia and recorded as one of the world's best light festival events in Southeast Asia is now entering the 5th year. Collaborating with the Tourism Ministry (Indonesian Tourist Development Corporation ITDC), the BBF 2019 will start on May 30th till 14th of July, presenting breathtaking light decoration from within Indonesia and abroad, creating a fantastic atmosphere. Come and enjoy this moment with your family, friends, and loved ones and exhilarate an exciting culinary variety and breathtaking illuminations.
When 30.May – 14.July.2019
Where Peninsula Island, Nusa Dua, Badung Regency Bali
Bali Blues Festival
Staying even until July? Then save the dates for the famous Bali Blues Festival. It will take place on the Peninsula Island Nusa Dua, Badung Regency, for an outstanding 2 day event on July 13-14, 2019. For the fifth time the festival presents a performance from legendary Indonesian musicians including Gugun Blues Shelter ft. Emmy Tobing, Balawan & Maxell Reunion, Bali Blues Brother ft. Gus Teja, Glambeer, The Bardogs, Crazy Horse, The Ratrocker, Blues Community, and Endah N Rhesa to name a few, as well as major international artists from the Netherlands, USA, Singapore, Brazil, and Australia.
When 13. July - 14. July 2019
Where Peninsula Island, Nusa Dua, Badung Regency, Bali
What weather to expect in Bali in June
June sees the peak midyear season in Bali, and is one of the driest months of the year. It is also one of the coolest months, with average temperature of 26.6 degrees Celsius. It also marks the start of the windy season in Bali so be prepared to spot countless kites flying high in the sky! Although you might still experience short and swift local rains: that shouldn’t affect your travels much – average rainfall is low and often during the night. Most of the time blue skies with sparse clouds will allow you to experience great excursions, outdoor adventures and the perfect set up for your holiday photos