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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...

Music in Jakarta

Djakarta Warehouse Project

Running over two days at the Jakarta International Expo Centre, the largest annual festival of electronic dance music in Asia has around 90,000 attendees annually. Previous acts include Roger Sanchez, David...

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...

Cultural in Jakarta

Independence Day

Indonesia’s independence is celebrated; the parades in Jakarta are the biggest in the country.

Religious in Gunung Bromo & Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park


The wrath of Bromo is appeased during the annual Kasada festival, when Tenggerese Hindus come to Bromo to make peace with the mountain, and pray for health and good harvests. During this time, local daredevils...

Parade in Jakarta

Car Free Day

An initiative to reduce pollution in Indonesia's capital and combat fossil fuel emissions has become a real community event. Five kilometres along Jakarta's main thoroughfares are closed to all private vehicles...

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...

Sports in Jakarta

Mandiri Jakarta Marathon

Around 15,000 people from more than 50 countries take to Jakarta's streets every October to run in four main events: the 42km race, the 21km half marathon, plus 10km and 5km runs. The route ticks off all of...

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 on to Borobudur,...

Cultural in Malang

Malang Kembali

Held in late May, Malang Kembali celebrates ludruk, an old-time music-hall tradition that was very popular in Java in the last century. Jl Besar Ijen, home to many wonderful old Dutch villas, is closed to traffic...

Cultural in Banyuwangi

Banyuwangyi Festival

The Banyuwangyi Festival is a two-month series of music, arts, culture and sporting events organised by the stellar tourist office, and is held on weekends in August and September. The Jazz Festival is one such...

Art in Yogyakarta

Art Jog

Sponsored by the Tourist Board, this annual contemporary art festival, held in May, features a wide range of local shows and international exhibitions. Running since 2007, most of the events are held at Jogja...

Fair in Jakarta

Jakarta Fair

Marks the establishment of the city in 1527. As well as being celebrated with fireworks around the city, the Jakarta Fair combines commerce and culture with thousands of exhibitors and hundreds of performances....

Art in Yogyakarta

Jogja Art Weeks

Running over several months, this 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...

Music in Jakarta

Java Jazz Festival

Held at the Jakarta International Expo, Java Jazz is the largest jazz festival in Southeast Asia. It attracts acclaimed international artists, including jazz heavyweights like Ramsey Lewis, Brad Mehldau, Gilles...

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.

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...