We may be halfway through the month, but there are still heaps of interesting, cool events left to check out in Bali.
The next fortnight is so chock full of beachside parties, shows, and other fun stuff that it was no easy task to keep this list trim, but we only wanted to include the best.
Without further ado, here are the events on the island for the remainder of July that we’re most excited about.
Bali’s biggest cultural festival extravaganza is still going on until July 21. Experience some of Bail’s most dynamic and spectacular performing and visual arts. If you haven’t been, go.
Get to Bali’s biggest lantern festival before it ends with its last day on Sunday, July 15. The quiet hood of Nusa Dua has come alive with extensive light installations that will light up your feed (see what we did there?). But seriously, it is so ’gram worthy.
Best known for its wonderful underwater panorama, Tulamben up in East Bali is a must for divers, especially with its USS Liberty wreck. The village will hold a festival from July 27 to 29 with two main competitions: a jukung (traditional fishing boat) race and fishing tournament. There will also be art exhibits, and food and craft stalls, along with a parade.
Bali’s hippest boutique music festival, Sunny Side Up, is doing things a little differently this year. Instead of packing a brilliant lineup into a weekend, they’re still keeping their acts impressive (especially for Bali), but splitting events up between two dates. The first is this month on Sunday, July 21, featuring Nick Murphy, Moon Boots, Basenji, and more. As always, at Potato Head.
Australian electronic duo the Presets are playing in the Bukit party spot Ulu Cliffhouse. Expect a high energy performance with a jaw-dropping background.
We’re intrigued by Gypsy Lands, two-day music and arts festival on July 21-22 with international and local acts that is self-described as “akin to the Australian bush door scene”. Think contemporary electronic music, glitter, butterflies, and an overarching mysterious twist—like the location, though it’s tagged on Double Six Beach.
Celebrating its third anniversary on July 14, bohemian playground La Laguna is having an Avatar-themed beach party complete with fireworks, aerial dancers, laser shows, and “illumination.” Dress up to try and get some prizes and really get lost in a whole other world.
If you haven’t been able to make it to the desert to have the experience that is Burning Man, at least Bali’s got a beach version at Karma in Bukit. Grab the leather, fur (fake, please) and feathers for a party featuring light installations, fire dance performances, huge burning statues, and food. Matt Caseli (Pacha Ibiza Tour in Asia), Adrian Giordano, and Wayne Wonder on deck.
An annual splash of an event, W Bali’s big summer party at their dazzling beachside Woobar with Derrick Carter and Tensnake spinning.
Finns Beach Club is celebrating is second year and you can bet it’s going to be a ranger. Australian LDRU headlining the night.
Wet season is over (kind of?) and with the coming of the dry season, Saturday night beach parties at Padang Padang have made a grand return. Live music and beach bar serving cold drinks, right in one of Bali’s best beaches.
When Ku De Ta throws down, they commit. Their party Sunday, July 14 is a collab with two of Asia’s top-regarded restaurants, Ends SG and Locavore. Beats from New Zealand’s Sola Rosa Sound System and DJ Ray Mang.
Padang Padang Rip Curl Cup
If the Padang Padang Rip Curl Cup is on this year, it will be on in July, with the waiting period running til the end of the month. Catch some of the world’s best tube-riders in action if and when the swell hits and we get our legendary barrels.
Golf lovers, the island’s A-list golf event is back with their tourney and it’s nice and boozy with free flow beer, cider, and wine, all day long. $50k in prizes.
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