Must See Festivals And Celebrations In Bali In 2018

Celebrations In Bali

Bali is an extremely energetic, vibrant place with a strange mixture of western and south east Asian cultures. Unfortunately, if you stay in Bali villas, you might not experience this culture very much. You will need to actively go out of your way to find cultural events and festivals.

In Bali, festivals and celebrations are held for all sorts of reasons. Some are across the island and last for a number of days, while others are more localised and only last for a few hours to a couple of days. If you really want to experience a bit of Balinese culture when you are on holidays, check out some of the following festivals and celebrations in 2018:

Nusa Dua Fiesta:

The Nusa Dua Fiesta is a relatively new festival that has been held every October or November since 1996. It is held in Nusa Dua every year, and is a celebration of art, culture, and sporting events. It is a wonderful place to visit, and you will be able to explore street markets, watch local performances, and even experience some live music. Since the Nusa Dua resort is usually not accessible to the public, this even is something that you definitely won’t want to miss, as it will give you an insight into the luxury peninsular.

The Bali Spirit Festival:

Held in Ubud in March every year, the Bali Spirit Festival focuses on spiritual, mental, and physical healing using a range of eastern techniques. This festival is a must see if you are into yoga and spiritual healing, as you will meet a whole lot of like minded people.

At the festival you will be able to participate in a number of yoga workshops in venues throughout Ubud. Live music and entertainment will be available to keep things lively throughout the day, and street stalls selling healthy and organic food will keep you from going hungry.

Lively Legian Beach Festival:

Held for four days in August every year, the Lively Legian Beach Festival is aimed at giving tourists a taste of Balinese culture. Festivities are spread throughout the 700 meters of beachfront in the town, with food, shopping, and exhibitions everywhere. Take part in one of the festival’s free games or activities, take surfing lessons at a severely reduced price, or spend your time experiencing the range of traditional cuisine on offer. If you want to take part in a cultural event on one of Bali’s best beaches, then don’t miss this annual event!

Nyepi Eve:

Nyepi, or the “day of silence and seclusion”, is an extremely quiet day in Bali. People stay home, travel is forbidden, and most shops will be closed. However, the day before, Nyepi Eve, presents some unique opportunities for tourists. Head out in the streets in one of the islands main cities, and you will be able to experience the parade of the giants, which symbolises bad spirits being chased out of villages. While Nyepi will probably be a boring day, Nyepi Eve is not to be missed!


Bali offers plenty of different festivals and celebrations. If you are planning on visiting the island, then make sure that you do some research beforehand to see what is going to be happening when you are there.