Calling all visitors and locals around in Bali this October 2023! We’ve rounded up the top events happening all over Bali in October to keep you entertained on the Island. Our lineup includes cultural, educational, festival, literary, and music events, plus Oktoberfest and Halloween events! Bali’s event calendar is always hip and happening with huge annual festivals, vibrant cultural events, lively music performances, and soulful retreats. Now that you know in advance what to expect this October, it’s time to reserve your table, buy those tickets, and block out your calendar! Because you have plans!
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What: Catch the exciting coastal fest, “Festival Bahari”, happening over 4 full days at the halfway Kuta Beach Skate Park Area in Kuta. This Festival is proudly brought to you by the Badung Regency Tourism Office with the aim of drawing tourism to the region and to support the local community. This spectacular Festival will feature various events such as cultural performances, culinary journeys, markets, expos, dragon boat racing, body painting, fashion shows, music performances, skateboarding, surfing, and more! The Festival commences in the morning on Sunday, October 1st with free entry to this event on all festival days. Support local and have a whale of a time!
When: October 1 - October 4, 2023
Where: Kuta Beach Skate Park Area, Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali
What: By now you should be familiar with the world-famous Oktoberfest. It’s all about authentic Bavarian tradition, great beer, and totally festive vibes all-round! In an exciting twist, catch this year’s Oktoberfest on 5 October at The Best Brew at Four Points by Sheraton Bali in Kuta, featuring a collaboration with renowned and talented local Balinese chef, Chef Ronald N Tokilov. Enjoy divine seafood cuisine paired with special craft beers from Bali Hai, Bintang, Breman, Canard, and Kura Kura breweries. Enjoy the full-on Oktoberfest theme at this open-air, urban beer garden, with entertainment like live music and a cabaret show. This event starts at 7:00pm until 11:00pm. Make your reservations here (IDR 350K/person includes free flow food and 1 beer). For IDR 500K, enjoy a buffet and free flow local craft beer. Prost!
When: October 5, 2023
Where: The Best Brew, Four Points by Sheraton Bali - Kuta, Jl. Benesari, Kecamatan Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali
What: After a 3-year hiatus, the fabulous Nusa Penida Festival returns to Bali’s shores. This 3-day festival takes place on Nusa Penida Island in Klungkung Regency, just a short distance from the shores of mainland Bali. It’s Bali’s largest tourism promotion event and will feature incredible cultural performances with over 500 dancers. There’s something to be enjoyed for the whole family at this Festival. Festival goers can also look forward to a massive “kecak” performance by some of the province’s finest cultural artists. Catch an authentic ceremonial “pakelem” ritual at Batununggal Beach as the Festival kicks off. Other events include turtle release activities, musical performances, and traditional boat races. Entry to the Festival is free.
When: October 5 - October 7, 2023
Where: Sampalan Public Square, Sampalan Beach, Sampalan, Nusa Penida Island, Klungkung Regency, Bali
What: Head to club Ritual Bali for an unforgettable night of music and good vibes brought to you by global sensation - 3030. This Brazilian rap trio and band will electrify Bali with their “3030 World Tour” on 7 October. You don’t want to miss this one as this event marks the first-ever performance by a Brazilian artist in Bali. It’ll truly be an experience like no other! This event starts at 5:00pm and ends at 11:00pm. Get your event tickets here (starting at IDR 300K/person). It’s time to move to the beat!
When: October 7, 2023
Where: Ritual Bali, Jl. Pantai Suluban, Uluwatu, Pecatu, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali
What: Ladies, looking to escape the busy grind of everyday life? It’s time to embark on an adventure that will transform the way you look at yourself. Be sure to enroll for Let Go! Bali Retreat. This is the Retreat for women needing to recharge their energy with a bit of self-care and to create balance in their life. Set in a relaxing and rejuvenating venue at The Mahata Legian, the Retreat Package includes bed, breakfast, workshops, and spa treatments. Join this Retreat from 4:00pm on Thursday 12th until 10:00am on Monday 16th. Get your tickets here (AU$1,350/person with a deposit of AU$500 required).
When: October 12 - October 16, 2023
Where: The Mahata Legian, No.121 Jl. Lebak Bene, Legian, Kecamatan Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali
What: There’s nothing quite like a night full of belly-aching laughter! Catch Bali’s hottest comedy experience happening at a secret location in Seminyak. This hilarious curated stand-up live comedy show features top comedians from Comedy Central, Kompas TV, Netflix, and Showtime. The location is kept secret due to previous sold-out shows with many having to be turned away at the door. Doors open at 7:00pm and the show kicks off at 8:00pm. This show has limited spots and tickets are selling out fast! Purchase your tickets online only here (IDR 175K/person). Keep an eye out for additional dates and areas (Batu Bolong, Berewa, Seminyak, and Umalas) to catch this Secret Comedy Night event. Get ready to roll with laughter!
When: October 13, 2023
Where: Secret Location in Seminyak, Bali. The event address will be sent to you upon your ticket purchase.
What: If literature is your thing, don’t miss the 20th anniversary of the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival starting on 18 October. It’s truly a literary celebration at its best! This fantastic 5-day festival was born out of unity after the Bali bombing in 2002. It has now become an incredible platform for over 150 emerging and world-renowned writers, debaters, poets, artists, scholars, and visionaries to showcase their work. The Festival also aims to honor those who’ve shaped our literary landscape in the past. Exchange books and indulge in a jam-packed schedule of book launches, masterclasses, tours, performances, literary dinners, poetry recitals, and more! Kids are welcome at the Festival, but certain events are restricted to adults only. Check out the Festival schedule and get your Festival Passes here (starting at IDR 500K/person for 1-Day Festival Pass). “Literature allows us to be open, to listen, and to be curious,” - Tracy K. Smith.
When: October 18 - October 22, 2023
Where: The main festival events occur on Jl. Raya Sanggingan, just 5 minutes from the Ubud town center. The program is spread out over several venues, including Indus Restaurant, Neka Museum, and Taman Baca, in and around Ubud.
What: This one’s for all the medical and health professionals around Bali. Brought to you by EMS Conferences Australia, the Emergency Care Conference Bali is set to take place over 5 days at The Trans Luxury Hotel towards the end of October. Attendees can enjoy topics presented on the latest practices in emergency care, being most relevant to those working in pre-hospital and acute care settings. The timetable is set to include morning and evening sessions to provide you with a flexible schedule. Take the opportunity to enroll in various workshops at the Conference, plus join in on interactive sessions. The Conference commences at 6:00pm on Monday evening. Grab your tickets quickly with only a few tickets left! Get your conference tickets here (starting at AU$890/person for general admission).
When: October 23 - October 27, 2023
Where: The Trans Resort Bali, No.30 Jl. Sunset Road, Seminyak, Kerobokan Kelod, Kecamatan Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali
What: If you’re interested in studying, working, or living abroad, then you must join the Education Fair & Immigration Workshop to be held at the Swiss-Belhotel Tuban. Students, parents, and educators - get ready for an immersive in-person experience, packed with educational opportunities. There will be over 20 renowned institutions represented from 8 different countries at the Fair. Expect interactive booths, informative seminars, and engaging workshops, plus a chance to receive scholarships. This informative Education Fair is proudly brought to you by Canada Immigration and Visa. The Fair starts at 3:00pm and runs until 7:30pm. It’s a totally free event and you can get your entry coupons here. Enjoy free Starbucks vouchers for all attendees. It’s time to get informed and inspired!
When: October 25, 2023
Where: Swiss-Belhotel Tuban, Bali, No.31 Jl. Kubu Anyar, Tuban, Kecamatan Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali
What: Amp yourself up for the spookiest weekend in Bali at the Carnival of Lost Dreams - Halloween Weekend. This super weekend event takes place at the stunning Savȃya Beach Club Bali. Dance poolside to hot beats by Da Capo b2b Enoo Napa in their cool DJ set! Don’t forget to prepare your best Halloween costume for this event, to stand a chance to win up to IDR 300 Million in cash and prizes in the costume contests. Capacity for this event is strictly limited to table reservations and ticket holders only, and this event is strictly for over 21’s. Doors open at 1:00pm on Saturday 28th and on Sunday 29th. Get your early bird tickets here (starting at IDR 400K/person). See you poolside for a thrill soon!
When: October 28 - October 29, 2023
Where: Savȃya Bali, Jl. Belimbing Sari, Banjar Tambiyak, Pecatu, Uluwatu, Kabupaten Badung, Bali
What: Looking for an epic Halloween party this October? Make your way to the Mirror Lounge & Club in Seminyak on Halloween eve to embark on a spooky journey through a haunted wonderland. Be enchanted by DJ duo Afro Bros and MC Chaos, flying in exclusively from The Netherlands to Bali. This crazy party is sure to resurrect the dead with cool music! Have fun and dress up for a chance to win cash prizes! The party starts at 10:00pm. Book your VIP table soon and get your early bird event tickets here (starting at IDR 180K/person).
When: October 31, 2023
Where: Mirror Lounge & Club, No.106 Jl. Petitenget, Seminyak, Kerobokan Kelod, Kecamatan Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali
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