If you’re visiting Bali during the “windy season” (June to August), you’re in for a treat. The locals call this Kite Season, and the skies are filled with colourful and inventive kites for most of the season. Kiting is a very popular pastime among people of all ages in Bali, but it’s not just a fun hobby that offers a chance to compete at various festivals. Flying kites is also a meditative and spiritual activity. Many believe that flying a kite is a way to send up prayers to the gods for a successful harvest.
The kite festivals take place throughout the windy season. There are competitions for who can fly their kite the longest, and the non-traditional category of kite designs includes some incredible and unique kites. Each village brings their own kite and a team to fly it, since the kites can be not so much kites as elaborate flying machines. There are a number of kite competitions and festivals that are coming up in the second half of the year, culminating in the International Kite Festival in October.
- Penatih Kite Competition: 4-6 September, Penatih, Denpasar
- Ungasan Kite Competition: 11-13 September, Ungasan, Bukit Peninsula
- Tabanan Kite Competition: 18-20 September, Tabanan
- Belega Kite Competition: 18-20 September, Belega, Gianyar
- Bekul Kite Competition: 2-4 October, Padanggalak Beach, Sanur
- Kukuh Kite Competition: 16-18 October, Marga, Tabanan
- International Bali Kite Festival: 23-25 October, Padanggalak Beach, Sanur