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More to Bali than Beaches; art, culture, food & more

There is so much more to Bali than glitzy beach clubs, surfing, sun baking and sunset cocktails!

The majority of travellers going to Bali are there for other cultural events.

If you’re planning a trip to Bali, there’s a lot more to consider than just beaches. Bali has a cultural richness that often gets overlooked. There are many amazing festivals, world-famous events and celebrations to consider when planning your holiday. Make sure you time it so it coincides with a few of them below.


If you’re travelling to Bali On this day, you need to know the airport is completely shut, and people are asked to stay inside, ceasing all daily activities. Leading up to Nyepi, the locals create paper effigies marking the beginning of Balinese Saka New Year, and various processions through the streets of Bali take place.

“Bali Villa Escapes Tip: If you are travelling on these dates, be warned that the airport is closed. Also, stock up on your villa supplies ( all food and alcohol ), as you are not allowed to leave the villa, even to make a quick trip to the supermarket. No one is allowed on the roads or to be out in public. There are big fines and issues if you are caught. Take this very seriously!

Also read: Nyepi, Day of Silence in Bali

Bali Spirit Festival

One of the biggest festivals in Bali appeals to many. The Bali Spirit Festival, running next year in 2025 – dates to be advised, in Ubud, attracts people from around the world to celebrate music, health, yoga, and dance. The energy, passion, and excitement are not to be missed, and it’s a chance to be part of something life-changing and inspiring.

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Yoga, dance, meditation at the Yoga Spirit Festival in Ubud. Photo Credit: @ florasimonne – Instagram


Bali Spirit Festival, Ph +62 361 970992

Ubud Food Festival

Held between May 30th 2024, the Ubud Food Festival, in their words, is “cooking up something good”. The festival is a three-day “culinary adventure” for your taste buds, with both local and international chefs creating mouth-watering dishes. Indonesian food is definitely the jewel in the crown of this Festival.

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Taste exotic dishes & meet international chefs at the Ubud Food Festival. Photo Credit: @ ubudfoodfest – Instagram


Ubud Food Festival, Jalan Raya Sanggingan No. 88X Kedewatan Ubud. Ph +62 361 977408

Bali Kite Festival July 2020

The Bali Kites Festival (now in its 40th year) is held in July at the start of the windy season. The Festival takes place just north of Sanur, where kite enthusiasts from around the globe gather to fly specially crafted kites of all sizes, shapes and colours alongside more modern versions. The sky is filled with colour as the kites dance in the wind. Music is played to accompany the kites – some kites are even fitted with sound instruments in the form of vibrating bows, which create a humming sound.  A perfect festival to enjoy with the kids!

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Kites of all descriptions are seem at the Bali Kites Festival. Photo – Instagram

Ubud Village Jazz Festival

Local and global jazz artists will be playing at the Ubud Village Jazz Festival to be held on the 7th and 8th of August. To be held at the Arma Museum – Ubud, some of the artists slated to perform include Koko Harsoe, Balawan & Batuan Ethnic Fusion, Joe Rosenberg and Dwiki Darmawan. Dates: 14-15th August 2020

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Enjoy jazz from various artists at the Ubud Jazz Festival. Photo Credit: Ubud Jazz Festival website


See the new lineup on the Ubud Village Jazz Festival’s website. PT Ubud Vista Jafesindo Jl. Waribang No. 32 Ph +62 361 285 196

Ubud Writers & Readers Festival

Running from the 2nd to the 3rd of August 2024, the Ubud Writers Festival is one of Southeast Asia’s most renowned literary and cultural festivals, bringing together writers, thinkers, artists and performers not just from Indonesia but also all around the globe. It was first conceived of by Janet DeNeefe, co-founder of the Foundation, as a healing project in response to the first Bali bombing. In its 16th year, it is a celebration of knowledge and arts, education, wisdom and science.

The website says: ‘ Bringing together some of the world’s most powerful voices in a melting pot of artists, authors, thinkers and performers, the Festival is a platform for meaningful exchange and cross-cultural dialogue”. It’s definitely worth visiting if you love your reading, conversation and engaging with literary types.

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Enjoy meeting creative, literary minds at the festival. Photo Credit: Ubud Writers & Readers Festival website


Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, Taman Baca Jl. Raya Sanggingan Ubud. Ph +62 361 977 408

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About the author

Steven is a die-hard Bali island addict and committed surfie. When he's not writing or taking videos of the latest restaurants or cool places, he's at Echo Beach surfing or riding his scooter around Seminyak, Berawa or Canggu. Steve is part of the Bali Villa Escapes marketing team and has been living in and out of Bali for the last 15 years.