10 Things to do in Bali: July 2019

If you love the surf

#1 Rip Curl Padang Padang Cup

Photo by Anton Repponen on Unsplash

When: July 1 – July 31

Where: Padang Padang Beach

What: Back for its 16th year, the Rip Curl Cup Invitational is all about the barrels. Featuring eight local surfers and eight of the world’s best barrel riders, this is the ultimate surf show.

P.S. – check out the official after party at Ulu Cliffhouse on July 26.

For those nights (and days) out

#2 Finns 3rd Birthday Party

Image from Finns Beach Club

When: July 6 from 9:00 AM to 11:30 PM

Where: Finns Beach Club, Canggu

What: Finns Beach Club is celebrating its third birthday! DJs A-Trak, Golden Features and MK will be playing as partygoers enjoy the beach club’s nine bars, four pools and 170 metres of beachfront property.

Read also: How to get the most out of Bali’s best beach clubs

#3 The Dead Rabbit at The Pontiac Stardust

When: July 11, 9:00 PM-midnight

Where: The Pontiac Stardust, Seminyak

What: 2015 and 2016’s World’s Best Bar, New York bar The Dead Rabbit is sending its senior bartender and director of education to The Pontiac Stardust for one night only. The two will be serving up some of the best concoctions from their award-winning cocktail menu. Sip on the Psycho Killer, the Cut & Dry, and more.

#4 Gypsy Land Music & Arts Festival

Image from Gypsy Land

When: July 13 from 3:00 PM to July 14 at 3:00 AM

Where: Seminyak

What: A two-day techno festival held on a three-hectare plot in Seminyak, Gypsy Land would like to be Bali’s Burning Man. This dress up party is heavily focused on set design, costumes and non-musical entertainment. The festival has two realms to explore – the Badlands and Wonderland a la Mad Max and Alice in Wonderland.

#5 This is Life Festival

When: July 20 from 4:00 PM – July 21 at 4:00 PM

Where: Lucky’s Bar, Gili Air

What: Mixing island spirit with the Aussie doof scene (outdoor dance party), the festival is all about coming together as a ‘family’ on the beach while enjoying techno, house, and trance sounds.

Plus, This Is Life Festival is supporting Horses of Gili – a non-profit focused on improving the welfare of the working horses on the Gili islands.

#6 Reggae soul group, The Black Seeds at The Lawn

When: July 28 from 4:00 PM-late

Where: The Lawn, Canggu

What: Kiwi reggae-soul group, The Black Seeds will be showcasing their music for a sunset show at The Lawn. One of the best live reggae acts around; this is one to jam on to.

Just for Kids

#7 Circus Summer Holiday Camp

Image from Bali Circus Camp

When: Five-day programs, beginning each Monday in July

Where: ProEducation School, North Kuta

What: Circus school for the kids! Working with children from 5 to 14 years in age, this camp teaches kids various circus skills like juggling, plate spinning, acrobalance, gymnastics, dance and drama.

Read also: Best Bali Surf Spots for Beginners

For the yoga and wellness-oriented

#8 Yoga Therapy

Yoga Therapy Facebook

When: July 6 – 7 from 9:30 AM

Where: Desa Seni, Canggu

What: Really into your yoga practice and wondering how it can help others? In this event, yogis explore different types of yoga and discover how its methods and practices can provide relief for common ailments.

More “traditional” festivals

#9 Bali Arts Festival 2019

When: June 16 – July 14

Where: Taman Werdhi Budaya Art Centre, Denpasar

What: Created as a way to preserve Bali’s traditional arts, the Bali Arts Festival is the cultural event of the year. The monthlong festival showcases hundreds of performers from around the island. Performances include classical palace dances, near-forgotten village dances, food contests, handicraft exhibitions, theatrical performances, and tons of music.

#10 2019 Bali Blues Festival 

From Bali Blues Festival 2018

When: July 13 – 14

Where: Peninsula Island, Nusa Dua

What: If the smooth sounds of the Blues excites you then this is where you need to be. Back for its fifth year, the festival will feature musicians from Bali and around the world.

Read also: The seven types of Bali tourists and how to dress like them

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Elisabeth Forsman

Our predictably unpredictable adventure nomad, Elisabeth is the yogi who wants it fast, the ultra-runner who prefers taking a hike, and the swimmer with a fear of lap pools. A consummate lover of all things outdoors, she’s on a perpetual quest to get those around her outside and moving.

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