5 cool things to do in Bali this weekend (August 11-13): Festivals, food, art & more

Photo: Sunny Side Up Festival

SEMINYAK: Vibe at the Sunny Side Up Festival

It’s going to be two days of partying right off the beach at Potato Head for the Sunny Side Up Festival, from afternoon til late, with a variety of big and up-and-coming live acts and DJs—not to mention access to award-winning (and ofc expensive) cocktails at the venue. Headliners include Big Sean, Phoenix, Autograf, Snakehips, and Charlie XCX. Tickets aren’t cheap, so you gotta commit if you really want to party big here.

When: Friday, August 11 4pm-2am, Saturday, August 12, 4pm-2am
Where: Potato Head Beach Club, Jl. Petitenget

CANGGU: Lend a helping hand to get the community cleaned up

Pitch in and help clean up the street and beach with this small community gathering. They’ll be starting at the beach, working their way up the street from Pantai Berawa to collect waste alongside the road. Rubbish will be separated into organic and non-organic waste.

beach cleanup

When: Friday, August 11, 7am-8:30am
Where: Meeting point on Berawa Beach, in front of Finns Beach Club
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UBUD: Get jazzed in the village

Since its inaugural event in 2013, jazz devotees, creatives, intellectuals, and artists have been coming together to jive for the Ubud Village Jazz Festival. It should come as no surprise that this jazz-only festival is hosted not on the beach, but in the Balinese cultural heart of Ubud. If you’re a lover of jazz or if you simply want to enjoy good community feels in Bali’s soulful jungle town, then this is your weekend event.

When: Friday, August 11 to Saturday, August 12
Where: ARMA Ubud, Jl. Raya Pengosekan

SANUR: Embrace Indonesian culture at this huge festival blowout

The Sanur Village Festival is jam packed with different cultural programming celebrating the rich “diversity” of Indonesia. Events include a beach clean up, musical and dance performances, exhibitions, a food festival within the festival, a golf tournament, a jukung (traditional fishing boat) race, a village cycling tour, and more.

When: Wednesday, August 9 to Sunday, August 13
Where: Maisonnette Area Inna Grand Bali Beach Sanur
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UBUD: Immerse yourself in a captivating photography and illustration exhibition

A month-long exhibition of photography and illustration will be running at Little Talks. Entitled Faces of Bali, the display features photos and illustrations, inspired from the beautiful faces of traditional Balinese dancers, the vibrant colors of the island’s fabrics and dress, and the personality & character of the Balinese.

When: Wednesday, August 9 to Wednesday, August 30
Where: Little Talks, Jl. Raya Campuhan, Sayan
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