Entering its sixth year, the Traditional Herbal & Culinary Festival is held in Central Java, exhibiting the best of Central Java’s traditional herbal medicines and delicious cuisines. As the center of traditional herbal drinks of Indonesia, Central Java and its determined community aims to provide awareness towards the benefits, positive
health, and wisdoms as a way of life through this festival.
With more than 65 local herbal medicine stands and plenty of culinary delights, this festival also presents talk show, herbal medicines demonstration, cultural performances, as well as a trip to traditional markets and villages.
Central Java Culture & Tourism Office
Jl. Pemuda No. 136, Semarang,
+62243 546 001
Well-known for its unmerciful rolling barrel waves, Nias is a natural habitat for avid surfers. This September, the people of Nias have joined hands to present their guests with Ya’ahowu Open Surfing Championship. The event has been one sensational stage for professional surfers from all corners of the world.
A cultural carnival called Ya’ahowu, and other uniquely colorful traditional ceremonies of Nias will also be celebrated, accompanying this exciting surfing championship for your pleasure. Ya’ahowu Open Surfing Championship
North Sumatra Culture & Tourism Office
Jl. Diponegoro No. 30, Medan,
+62614 535 508
Seren Taun Ritual is a yearly ritual practiced by the people of Cisungsang to pay their gratuity during harvesting season. This ritual starts with a parade of farmers carrying harvested rice, while a group of musicians play Indonesian traditional instruments, kacapi and tabuhan lesung, in the background. The rice will be carried into a granary in front of a traditional house named “Imah Gede.”
Seren Taun will also have a lot of entertainments and attractions as well as art performances, and the visitors are welcome without having to spend a penny. Join the Seren Taun celebration and get in Sundanese tradition of gratefulness.
Sandeq is a traditional boat from the Mandar people, one of the oldest ethnic groups throughout Austronesia. As proud icon of West Sulawesi and regarded as the world’s fastest boat with no machine, sandeq can sail for 20 to 30 knots (50 km/hour). It is originally used for trading and exploring the archipelago.
Sandeq Race Festival celebrates this prideful notion; it is a tribute to the high spirits of Mandar people’s ancestors. The race is truly unique, as you will witness barefoot fishermen on bamboo outrigger canoes, without any technology, engine, or navigation radar, try to outrun each other. Prepare to be blown away by the craziest regatta
West Sulawesi Sports, Youth, Culture &
Jl. Abdul Malik Pattana Endeng, Mamuju,
+62426 232 1817
Reog Ponorogo is a kind of dance that requires physical strength and is often associated with supernatural powers. Reog Ponorogo is performed with an intricate lion-like mask derived from a magical creature called Singa Barong combined with an elaborate costume, unexpectedly carried only by teeth. The mask and costume are both
notoriously heavy, totaling of 30-40 kilograms.
The Reog Dance tells a story about the exertion of a prince who is about to propose to a beautiful princess. The climax of the story is a mythical battle between the King of Ponorogo and Singa Barong . Reog National Festival is bathed in mythical wonders; you are guaranteed to be astounded by this performance.
On September 15th , 1944, the Allied Forces led by General
Douglas MacArthur arrived in Morotai Island, North Maluku. The Morotai Island was in the hands of the Japanese troops, but that didn’t stop MacArthur from taking the land and winning the Allied Forces’ strategic position in Southeast Asia. This historical invasion still left its mark on Morotai Island; Morotai Traces of World War II
Festival is initiated to honor this remembrance.
Gaze upon the very evidence of the war right before your eyes in the 1,800-kilometer wide island: bullets, bottles, to tanks, planes, cannons, mortars, and sunken ships. Morotai Traces of World War II Festival will give you a memorable experience, as you reflect deep into the history of World War II.
North Maluku Culture & Tourism Office
Jl. Kamboja No. 14A, Ternate,
+62921 327 396
This September, people will turn their spotlight to Palu, the capital city of Central Sulawesi. Initially called the Palu Bay Festival, the Palu Nomoni Festival is illustrating the magnificence of Palu through festivities and vibrant attractions, including a marathon with a tracking of magnificent spots in Palu.
The three-day festival features diverse creative arts and cultural attractions, including a colossal music performance of more than 500 Lalove , a traditional flute, and more than 1,000 Gimba , a traditional percussion, set on a spectacular stage made of bamboos and enhanced by lights of Sulo , a traditional torch.
Palu Mayor Office
Jl. Balaikota No. 1, Palu,
+62811 848 289
Where can you get eight artfully amazing things in one place? Think of fashion, film, food, flora, folk, fine arts, fusion jazz, and fiction writers. Makassar International Eight Festival, known as the Makassar F8, is a renowned festival that showcases the creative aspects of Makassar.
Blending the arts and crafts of Sulawesi’s treasured resources in one colossal event, Makassar F8 exposes these talents and shares it with the whole wide world. With workshops, film screenings, traditional games, talk shows, and a fashion show, Makassar International Eight Festival is surely an all-in-one event you won’t want to miss.
Makassar Creative Economy &
Jl. Urip Sumohardjo, Makassar,
+62411 449 718
Created over the course of centuries by a massive volcano blast, Lake Toba is known as the largest volcanic lake on earth and one of natural wonders in the world with a size of 1,145 square kilometers and 450 meters in depth. The lake constructs a captivating hole right around the middle of North Sumatra.
Lake Toba Festival is the biggest festival in North Sumatra. Previously called The Lake Toba Party, this one-day celebration has attracted interests of both local and international tourists since it was first held in the 1980s. With some of the fascinating cultures of Batak Native and entertainments such as Tortor Dance, ulos weaving, and traditional sports competitions, you will be exposed to authentic cultures of Batak.
Samosir Art, Culture & Tourism Office
Jl. Sisingamangaraja (Open Stage),
Pangururan, North Sumatra
+62626 206 8
For adventurous individuals who are intrigued by explorations of the untouched Indonesia, Indonesia Adventure Festival is here for you. Immerse in a series of daring adventures such as trekking, diving, cycling, and horse riding. This fourth annual festival will be kicking in
with more action and wonderful natural landscape.
Starting from eastern island of Sumba, you will then be ignited with the beauty of Puru Kambera Beach and a picturesque sunset ending at Walakiri Beach. There will be various other activities that you can enjoy such as photo hunting, filmmaking, culinary, and cultural events. Indonesia Adventure Festival is an event that nature travelers would not want to miss.
East Nusa Tenggara Creative Economy &
Jalan Frans Seda No. 72, Kupang,
East Nusa Tenggara
+62380 826 384