Bali Weekend Warrior: 5 cool things to do on the island this weekend (June 29-July 1)

Photo: Nusa Dua Light Festival

DENPASAR: Celebrate Balinese culture at the art festival

Bali Art Festival

Appreciate Balinese culture and head to Denpasar for the 40th annual Bali Art Festival which will be full of performances, exhibitions, and more. If you can’t catch it this weekend, don’t worry it’s a full month-long festival!

When: June 23 to July 21 
Where: Taman Werdhi Budaya Arts Center

SEMINYAK: Lap up inventive, locally inspired cocktails

Bikini Bar Takeover with Imammudin Azzai

Cocktail lovers, go for a tipple at Bikini where special guest and award-winning mixologist Imammudin Azzai will be taking over and stirring up drinks using local ingredients influenced by the ancient local drinking culture, along with resident mixologist Arey Baker.

When: Saturday, June 30, 7pm-10pm
Where: Bikini Restaurant, Jl. Kayu Cendana no. 6

NUSA DUA: Experience Bali’s city of lights

Nusa Dua Light Festival

Catch Bali’s biggest lantern festival before it ends. The quiet area of Nusa Dua has come alive with all of the lights for the festival. We’re talking strings, upon strings. If anything, you gotta visit for the ’gram.

When: June 1-July 15
Where: Peninsula Island, Nusa Dua

UBUD: Get in touch with Balinese village life

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Melali ke Desa

For its second anniversary, Desa Visesa is going all out with Melali ke Desa, or Walk in the Village, a one-day festival with an eco-green fun walk and market, complete with games and performances. You can also experience daily village life activities like plowing, animal feeding, work on an organic plantation, handicraft making, Balinese dance, and gamelan. Certainly an event fit for the family. Tickets needed for the walk.

When: Sunday, July 1, 5:30am-7pm (walk starts at 5:30am; festival opens at 9am)
Where: Desa Visesa Ubud

BUKIT: Open up the Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang

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Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang Opening Ceremony

Get ready to open up the Rip Curl Cup contest period this weekend. While the surf is only on when it’s on, the opening ceremony will be Sunday, where you can meet the surfers and check outa traditional Balinese kecak dance.

When: Sunday, July 1, 3pm
Where: Padang Padang Beach

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