Enrich your trip with a taste of one of Bali’s most unusual—and enduring—traditions. From July to November 2017, the Makepung Buffalo Races celebrate the animal that has been indispensable to Bali’s agrarian heritage. Originating centuries ago, the festival has evolved over time and now includes the races as well as whimsical events like the buffalo fashion shows, which is exactly what it sounds like.
Throughout July until October 2017, the Bali Kites Festival paints the Balinese skies with brilliant colour. Kites come in every style, from traditional to modern and simple to over-the-top elaborate. A captivating way to spend a summer afternoon, events occur throughout the month, mostly along the coast of Padanggalak, just north of Sanur.
Those visiting Bali at the end of July may notice that temples feel particularly festive. The holy day of Tumpek Wayang, falling on 29th July, celebrates the tradition of shadow puppetry. Offerings are made to the gods of this art form and shadow puppet shows are performed at temples across the archipelago.