Why You Should Visit Bali in April

Special event, Lunch with the Queen of Indonesian Cuisine will take place at The View Restaurant, Plataran Ubud Hotel & Spa, during the Bali Ubud Food Festival. Photo Credit: Anggara Mahendra.




Breaking news! the sixth annual Ubud Food Festival has been rescheduled for June!

Bali Spirit Festival – 4 to 10 April 2022


Deleted: The Bali Spirit Festival is a celebration of yoga, music, and dance. And it is held in Ubud, which is the cultural heart of the Island of the Gods.

Deleted: Now in its 12th year, the festival will offer an amazing schedule of activities. First, there will be holistic healing and yoga. Next, there will be concerts and DJ nights.

Deleted: Finally, there will be than 300 workshops and classes. For example, topics will include …

      • Acro Yoga
      • Ashtanga
      • Biodynamic Yoga
      • Breathwork
      • Bodywork
      • Flow
      • Hatha
      • Jivamukti
      • Kundalini
      • Laughter Yoga
      • Shamanic Yoga Flow
      • Vinyasa
Festival Essentials

Deleted: One, three, and seven day passes are available. And they are valid for all activities.

Deleted: If you’re not into yoga or meditation, you can also purchase passes for music events only.

Deleted: The festival will be held at the Purnati Center for the Arts (Yayasan Bali Purnati). Rice paddies and tropical rain forests surround the venue.

Regarding the location, the drive to Ubud takes aboutr 15 minutes. And the drive to Ngurah Rai International Airport takes about 45 minutes.

      • Yayasan Bali Purnati – Jalan Gunung Abang, Br. Penataran, Batuan, Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia

Bali Arts Festival – 5 April to 10 April 2022


The Bali Arts Festival brings the island’s cultural scene to life for a whole month of daily exhibitions, performances and an array of art-related activities.

The festival is held to celebrate arts in Bali, as well as bring together art lovers from across the country and beyond.

The month-long festival will have you enjoying different performances all day long, with an array of exhibitions by different artists as well as classic dance performances and music.

The festival usually starts on the second Saturday of June and finishes in July. During this time, visitors to Bali can get a look at some of the best artwork at the Taman Werdhi Budaya Arts Centre in Denpasar.

Many towns will be decorated with traditional bamboo and coconut decorations to celebrate this festival and many outdoor stages and pavilions are erected so that the vast array of talent can be viewed all over Bali island. On these stages, you will be treated to dances, puppetry and musical performances.

Taman Werdhi Budaya Arts Centre, Jl. Nusa Indah No.1 Panjer, Denpasar, Bali.

Lovina Beach Festival – 5 to 10 April 2022


The Lovina Beach Festival is held in September each year along Kalibukbuk Beach on the northern part of the island near Lovina.

One of the reasons why this festival attracts many tourists is that it remains true to the rich cultural heritage with a number of traditional shows and arts and crafts exhibitions.

One of the main reasons for this beach festival is that it draws thousands of people to a less-visited part of the island, Lovina. As Lovina is located on the northern coast of Bali, not many people make the effort to travel up there during their stay in Bali. However, the people in the Buleleng Regency want as many visitors as possible to travel up here to see the natural beauty of this part of the island.

Other highlights of the festival are the handicraft exhibitions, photography contests, flower offerings, bull race, puppet performances and plenty of live music. You will find plenty of food and drink stalls serving local Balinese cuisine and some traditional favourites.

The closing event includes a traditional Northern Balinese dance performance including the Ki Barak Panji Sakti and Gong Kebyar. Locals and foreigners are welcome to attend all events, as it is promoted as an inclusive event.

The Lovina Beach Festival is about a 3 hours drive from Kuta beach. So why not come and stay for a night or two and explore this beautiful part of Bali.

The Lovina Beach Festival is a 3-day festival that highlights the traditions and cultural practices of the Balinese people. An opening ceremony opens the event with a parade which features music and dance.

Singaraja, Kaliasem

Galungan (and Kuningan) – 14 April  2022

Making offerings at a temple in Bali during the Galungan Festival. Photo Credit: Sweart1.

Galungan celebrates the creation of the universe. In addition, it commemorates the victory of good over evil.

In addition, Galungan marks the beginning of the new year according to the Pawukon calendar.

Penjor lining a road in Bali during Galungan. Photo Credit: Daviddelit.

Because the Balinese traditionally used two calendars, you should not confuse Galungan with Nyepi, a.k.a. Silent Day.

While Galungan marks the beginning of the new year according to the Pawukon calendar, Nyepi marks the beginning of the new year according to the Saka calendar.

The festivities always begin on a Wednesday. And they continue for 10 days. They take place in family compounds. And in Bali, family compounds double as temp[es.

According to tradition, gods come down to earth during this period. In addition, the souls of ancestors pay visits to their families.

If the festivities begin on a Wednesday, the preparations begin two days earlier. On Monday, cakes were prepared. And they will be used as offerings on the following Wednesday.

On Tuesday, the men slaughter pigs to make pork kebabs and blood sausage.

Furthermore, men also make “penjor’. Penjor are beautifully decorated bamboo trunks. They are  mounted on the sides of the roads and in front of houses.

Balinese children watching the Lion Dance during Kuningan. Photo Credit: Spencer Weart.
Balinese women getting ready to leave a temple following Kuningan. Photo Credit: Spencer Weart.

The festivities end 10 days later with Kuningan. This is a celebration of purification.

Traditionally, the Balinese believed that their ancestors’s souls left their family compounds on this day.

Because the Pawukon calendar has only 210 days, Galungan will take place again on 16 September. And Kuningan will follow 10 days later on 26 September

The Ubud Food Festival was originally scheduled for April. Owing to the Wuhan Virus, is is being postponed until June.

Good Friday – 15 April 2022

Good Friday is a public holiday throughout Indonesia, where about 10% of the population is Christian.

Most events are held in churches and private homes as well as at hotels and resorts,

Easter Sunday – 17 April 2022

Easter Sunday will occur on 17 April in 2022.

Tumpek Wayang – 20 April 2022


Tumpek Wayang is a traditional Balinese holiday and sacred festival of Hindus on the island which is celebrated every 6 months.

This festival brings together puppeteers who perform purification rites (ruwatan) to purify their bodies both physically and mentally.

Kartini Day – 21 April 2022

nother reason why Tumpek Wayang is important for the locals is that it represents various transitions on the traditional calendar and is a connection between the following days: Saniscara, Kajeng, Kilown and Wayang. As a transitional point, this holiday plays a sacred role for locals.

Another key aspect of these celebrations that make the day so special is that devout Balinese celebrate the day as one that marks the birth of the Lord Kala. Local mythology hints that the birth of Kala may have been the result of unplanned intercourse between Shiva god and Uma goddess, although it is important to note that there are several variations to this mythology.

These variations, however, all point to the coming together of Shiva and Uma, which is why each celebration involves purification rites followed by the signature puppet show. This show is staged at the different temples, and is titled ‘Sapuh Leger’.

Whenever you are in Bali during Tumpek Wayang, look out for the puppet shows staged at different locations. Interact with the locals to learn a thing or two about their culture.

At temples and villages across Bali.


Ubud Food Festival – To Be Announced


Return of the Jungle Chef, Charles Toto,shows off his culinary skills at a invigorating cooking demonstration at Teatro Kulinar. Photo Credit: Anggara Mahendra and Ubud Food Festival.Originally scheduled for 17 to 19 April, the sixth annual Ubud Food Festival  .has postponed two months because of the Wuhan Virus.

The even will now be held from 26 to 28 June 2020.

More than 100 food industry professionals from across Indonesia and around the world will travel to Bali to take part in the event.

Chefs, restaurateurs, entrepreneurs, farmers, food writers, scientists, and activists will conduct cooking demonstrations and workshops, giving festival goers the chance to perfect their culinary skills.

There will be a variety of special events during the three-day festival.

The programme will include food forums, food tours, coffee workshops, film screenings, cooking demonstrations, food talks, workshops, masterclasses, and live performances.

Free events will include visits to night markets and live music after dark.

Participants will learn that there is far more to Indonesia than rendang, sate, gado gado, and nasi goreng!

This Year’s Theme: Heroes

The sixth annual Ubud Food Festival will celebrate the unsung heroes of Indonesia’s culinary landscape.

That is to say, the mothers, fathers, grandmothers,  and grandfathers that put food on their families’ plates.

Taking place from 17 to 19 April, the festival will explore the role Indonesians play in world gastronomy.

“Since our inaugural event, the Festival has introduced Indonesia’s complex and diverse cuisines to food lovers across the globe,” says UFF Founder and Director Janet DeNeefe.

“For our sixth year, we want to recognize and celebrate the people behind the extraordinary flavours and evolving stories of Indonesia’s culinary landscape.

“With the theme Heroes, we want you to meet the unsung heroes of Indonesian food, the mothers and fath

Some of the culinary events are held at the festival hub at Taman Kuliner. Other events are held at restaurants and cafes across Ubud, which is known as the cultural heart of the Island of the Gods.

It will be interesting to see how many people attend this year. The popular Indonesian  food festival is arguably the most important food festival in Southeast Asia.

Ubud Food Festival Highlights

Photo Credit: Anggara Mahendra and Ubud Food Festival.

The Ubud Food Festivals kicks off with a Gala Opening at Rondji Restaurant.

ubud-food-festival-cooking demonstration
Photo Credit: Vifick Bolang and Ubud Festival.

Dicky Senda, a food activist from West Timor,  demonstrates how to prepare smoked pork mollo style.

Photo Credit: Anggara Mahendra and Bali Food Festival.

A chef at B. Saya Restaurant in Ubud demonstrates how to prepare essential Balinese dishes in a Master Class. The restaurant serves Western, Indonesian, and Balinese dishes.

Photo Credit: Wirasathya Darmaja and Bali Food Festival.

Avid foodie at Bali food festival takes photos of a chef demonstrating how to prepare Balinese food.

Photo Credit: Wirasathya Darmaja and Ubud Food Festival.

Festival attendee takes notes during a demonstration of how to prepare  Indonesian food.

Photo Credit: Wirasathya Darmaja and Ubud Food Festival.

Avid Instagrammers take food shots before diving into a mouthwatering dessert.

Photo Credit: Anggara Mahendra and Ubud Food Festival.

Go Food Zona Kuliner offers a chance to sample food and interact with other foodies at the best food festival in Indonesia.

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Photo Credit: Anggara Mahendra and Ubud Food Festival.

Food stalls in the Go Food Zona Kuliner offer foodies the chance to sample mouthwatering Indonesian cuisine and Balinese cuisine.

Photo Credit: Anggara Mahendra and Ubud Food Festival.

Charging stations are strategically located at the food festival venue, offering festival-goes a convenient way of staying connected.

Photo Credit: Matt Oldfield and Ubud Food Festival..

Live entertainment takes places at venues around Ubud the popular Balinese food festival.

Photo Credit: Anggara Mahendra and Ubud Food Festival.

Food for thought: what’s the point of traveling if you order the same dishes you customarily eat at home?


Taman Kuliner – Jalan Raya Sanggingan No.88, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.

Recommended Hotels in Ubub

There are numerous hotels, resorts, hostels, guest houses, and home stays in Ubud.

If you want to attend the Bali Food Festival, please click HERE for recommended hotels.

Tumpek Krulut – 4 April 2020


Tumpek Krulut, also known as Compassion Day, is an event that is celebrated after every 210 days on the island. The event’s name says it all.

As a day when locals express their gratitude for life and life’s blessings, it is easy to understand why this day is considered to be a very sacred day for the Balinese.

In addition to showing gratitude, locals are also expected to show compassion to one another and, in particular, to be charitable to the less fortunate in society.

For foreigners, this is the perfect platform to get a feel of what Balinese lifestyle is all about as well as the daily activities that the locals are engaged in. In previous years, Tumpek Krulut has brought together tourists, the local community and religious leaders. In doing so, Bali prides itself as being culturally diverse.

Foreigners on the island can be part of these celebrations by stepping out on the scheduled Saturday to uphold the values that Balinese celebrate. Make an offering to someone less fortunate, or donate to a charity. Your contribution will be appreciated.

Purnama Kedasa – 7 April 2020


Purnama Kedasa is a Balinese celebration which is held following the appearance of the full moon. It is an elaborate affair for the locals with thousands coming outside to pay their respects.

The appearance of the full moon marks a special day for various traditional festivities. This is evident with the resplendent ceremonies at the island’s innumerable Hindu Temples. The reason for this is that locals believe this is the day that God comes down on earth in order to bless its inhabitants.

As part of these blessings, god also honours his people by bringing prosperity to the land. In order to honour this day, locals will usually make offerings at the temples as well as at their homes. The offerings consist of fresh foods, fruits and colourful flowers which is a true testament to the traditions that the locals have held on to over the years.Making offerings is often accompanied by the performance of various rituals. This includes bathing in holy waters as an act of cleansing, burning incense in order to chase away evil spirits as well as the use of flower petals and grains of rice.

The occurrence of the full moon happens many times in any given year. For this reason, Purnama Kedasa is celebrated on multiple days every month. Depending on the time of your visit, you may be excited to find out that the full moon celebrations will be held around the time you are in Bali. Do not hesitate to interact with the locals during this period of time. It is probably the best way to learn more about their rich culture.

bud Food Festival is held primarily Taman Kuliner on Jl. Raya Sanggingan. A number of events also take place at venues across other parts of Ubud. Tickets can be bought on the day or online in advance.

World Puppetry  Festival – 13 to 19 April 2020

Held in downtown Gianyar, the Gianyar Art & Cultural Festival showcases the traditional arts of the regency, with an eye to promoting it as a tourist attraction.

Voting Day – 17 April 2020

A national holiday, 17 April gives Indonesians a chance to vote in national elections.

Tumpek Wayang – 20 April 2019

Tumpek Wayang is one of six auspicious days on the Balinese Pawukon cycle, which lasts 210 days. These special days usually fall on a Saturday.

On this day, puppeteers say prayers to their puppets in order to honour the Lord Iswara.

It is considered very unlucky for babies to be born on Tumpek Wayang because it will be prone to illness and injury.

When a baby is born on this day, a special ceremony is performed to purify it and protect it from harm. This ceremony requires the use of a specific set of puppets,

The holiday will occur again on 16 November 2019, 13 June 2020, and 9 January 2021.

Kartini Day – 21 April 2020


Kartini Day is an Indonesian holiday. It commemorates the birth  of Ajeng Kartini,  a national heroine who fought on behalf of women’s rights.

Tulamben Festival – 24 to 26 April 2020


Traditional boat races and fishing competitions are highlights of the Tulamben Festival.

Other festival highlights include exhibitions of Balinese handicrafts and a cultural parade.

The purpose of the festival is to promote tourism and the development of a more creative economy.

In addition to striking scenery and yummy food, the area is famous for the wreckage of of USAT Liberty, a United States Army cargo ship torpedoed by the Japanese in 1942.

The Tulamben Festival takes place on Tulamben Beach in East Bali.

Semarapura Festival Klungkung – 28 April to 2 May 2019

A cultural carnival, Semarapura Festival showcases traditional arts in order to promote tourism in Kabupaten Klungkung. Events include cultural performances, art, culinary competitions, and small business exhibitions.

Weather in Bali in April

April is one of the hottest months of the year in Bali. The average temperature this month is 27° degrees Celsius, or 81 degrees Fahrenheit.

The average low is 22 degrees Celsius or 72 degrees Fahrenheit, and the average high is 32 degrees Celsius, or 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

Regarding rainfall, April is much drier than March. There is only about one-third as much rain in April as March, and sunny days are much more likely.

Keep in mind, however, that rainy days are possible any month of the year in the tropics.

Is April a Good Month to Visit Bali?

Weather is one of the issues to take into consideration when planning a visit to Bali.

However, school holidays is another key consideration because many families plan their vacations around school holidays, which increases demand for hotel rooms during holiday periods.

Australia is one of the key sources of Balinese visitation, and many leisure travelers like to visit Bali during the autumn break, which usually takes place in mid- the late April.

      • Queensland and Victoria will be taking their autumn break from 6 to 22 April.
      • The Northern Territory will be taking the country’s shortest autumn break, from 13 to 22 April.
      • The Australian Capital Territory, South Australia, Tasmania, and Western Australia will be taking their autumn breaks from 13 to 28 April.
      • New South Wales will take a slightly longer break, from 13 to 28 April.

As a result of these school breaks, demand for rooms at hotels and resorts in Bali will be high, and discounts might be harder to come by than usual.

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