Top Choice Carnival in Karimunjawa Islands

Independence Day Carnival

Every year, costumed islanders from across Palau Karimunjawa congregate in the main town to celebrate Independence Day. Tiny tots dress up in police uniforms, beauty queens grace Ramayana-style chariots and young me…
Cultural in Borobudur

Festival of Borobudur

Around June, the colourful Festival of Borobudur features Ramayana-style dance, folk-dancing competitions and handicraft exhibitions, while offering visitors the opportunity for white-water rafting and other activit…
Cultural in Yogyakarta


There are three Gerebeg festival that occur each year, featuring Java’s most colourful and grand processions. In traditional court dress, palace guards and retainers, not to mention large floats of decorated mountai…
Religious in Borobudur


The Buddha’s birth, his enlightenment and his reaching of nirvana are all celebrated on the full-moon day of Waisak. A great procession of saffron-robed monks travels from Mendut to Pawon and onto Borobudur, where c…
Art in Yogyakarta

Art Jog

Sponsored by the Tourist Board, this annual contemporary art festival, held during the month of May, features a wide range of local shows and international exhibitions. Running since 2007, most of the events are hel…
Art in Yogyakarta

Jogja Art Weeks

This month-long arts festival features hundreds of events hosted in galleries and art spaces around the city. The exhibitions, music performances, poetry recitals and film screenings are advertised around town. Chec…
Cultural in Solo

Kirab Pusaka

Since 1633, colourful processions have been held on the first day of the Javanese month of Suro (between March and May). They start at Mangkunegaran Palace in the early evening and continue late into the night.
Music in Solo

International Gamelan Festival

This one-week festival brings gamelan performers from all over the world (including unlikely Western destinations) to venues around Solo. Schedules are posted on the website and well advertised in town.
Cultural in Solo

Solo Batik Carnival

Annual festival in late June with processions, fashion shows and performances in the stadium.
Religious in Solo


This festival marks the Prophet Muhammad's birthday and is held according to the Javanese calendar. It comprises two ceremonies with a week in between, culminating with a fair on the alun-alun and the sharing of a r…