Below is a listing of the main events in Dubrovnik that take place each year. Of course, there’s many more events that take place throughout the year in this gem of a town – see the very useful listing at the Dubrovnik Tourist Board Events page.
Events in January 2016
As with many other towns and cities in Croatia, Dubrovnik will also be taking part in the Night of the Museum on 29th January 2016, which sees museums, galleries and other similar institutions open their doors to the public – for free – from 6pm to 1am.
Events in February 2016
The Festival of St Blaise, who is Dubrovnik’s patron saint, takes place each year on 3rd February, and includes a number of ceremonies (which normally start the day before) in which the people of Dubrovnik pay their respect to the saint. The day is also considered a “City of Dubrovnik Day”, and events are also held to celebrate this. 2016 has actually been proclaimed the ‘Year of St Blaise’ with a number of other events taking to commemorate 1700 years since his martyrdom.
Events in March 2016
The Mediterranean Fair of Healthy Food, Medicinal Herbs and Green Entrepreneurship is to be held in Dubrovnik from 17th to 20th March 2016.
Events in April 2016
Easter will be marked in Dubrovnik – as in the whole of Croatia – with a number of events. Check out information locally to see what’s on.
The Aklapela Festival will take place from 8th to 10th April 2016 at several locations in the Old Town. The festival celebrates the traditional type of klapa (a capella) singing. Concerts are free.
The second Dubrovnik Festiwine (25th April – 1st May 2016) celebrates wines made in Dubrovnik-Neretva county – come and try (and enjoy!) some local tipples!
Events in May 2016
The folklore ensemble Lindjo perform in Dubrovnik from May throughout the summer until October (with special performances during the Summer Festival – see below.) A tradition of the city, the dance ensemble celebrated 50 years of performing in 2015.
Events in June 2016
Ana in The City is a yearly festival involving famous Croatian cellist Ana Rucner, who you may have seen in the official Croatian tourism adverts. The festival always takes place around Midsummer’s Day, with a very early morning concert given on Mount Srd, above Dubrovnik, to welcome summer on that very day.
Events in July 2016
One of Croatia’s most famous events, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, will take place from 10th July to 25th August 2016. Each year, the Festival includes theatre, opera, music and dance events at various open-air venues around the city. This year is the 67th edition of the Festival.
Events in August 2016
The Maraton Ladja is an annual race that takes place on a 22.5km long portion of the Neretva River from Metkovic to Ploce (both north of Dubrovnik). A ladja is a traditional type of boat that has been used for centuries on the narrow Neretva River; many of the boats used in the race are old boats that have been refurbished. Crews usually come from local towns and villages and can number up to 18 people in total, including a cox and a drummer.
Events in September 2016
Dubrovnik in Late Summer is a classical musical festival that eases the town into September; this year it will be held from 26th August to 22nd September.
Events in October 2016
The rather sweet sounding (in more ways than one!) International Festival of Jams & Marmalades takes place over the first weekend of October, with a variety of jam products from Croatian and neighbouring countries exhibiting. A competition to pick the best jam also takes place.
The Dubrovnik Film Festival – a festival for the children and youth of Mediterranean countries – should be held in Dubrovnik in mid-October.
The annual Dubrovnik Gastro Table event takes place on a Saturday in late October, with a number of hotels, restaurants and other local businesses taking part. Held on Stradun, visitors can sample a wide variety of treats, dishes and Croatian tipples for only a few Kunas apiece.
Events in November 2016
The 13th Veteran Car Rally takes place at the end of November, with a collection of classic tours touring the local area, and being presented on Stradun.
Events in December 2016
Dubrovnik hosts plenty of Christmas celebrations each year, including Christmas Fairs – with traditional Christmas sweet treats and drinks, plus little trinkets on sale – carols and music; gastro events (watch out forbakalar – cod – being offered; it’s a traditional Dalmatian Christmas item); kids’ events and events involving Santa!
There’s also always New Year’s Eve celebrations on the main thoroughfare in Dubrovnik, Stradun, which always involves a free live concert to see in the New Year, as well as fireworks.