As you can see from the below listing of events in Split, the city enjoys a very packed cultural calendar each year!
Events in January 2015
A number of Split’s museums will be taking part in the nation-wide ‘Night of the Museums‘ on 30th January 2015. As well as offering free entry from 6pm to 1am, many venues will also be hosting special events.
Events in February 2015
The two-day Split Carnival in the middle of this month includes various fun activities, the highlight of which is an evening procession with many locals – masks donned – joining in. The main carnival is normally preceded by a children’s carnival a few days before in which the little ones can also put on masks and take part in their own procession.
Events in March 2015
Gast Fair, now in its 20th year, is the largest gastro event in Croatia and will be held in the city from 4th to 8th March 2015.
Events in April 2015
The Days of Christian Culture is an 11-day event that takes place from early April simultaneously in Split, Sibenik and Dubrovnik.
Unsurprisingly, given its location, Split is home to the annual Croatia Boat Show. A very large number of boats and yachts are exhibited by being moored in the city’s harbour and a spectacular parade of boats is held on the final day of the show. This year sees the 17th such event, held from 15th to the 19th April 2015.
The sixth International Festival of Wind Music is being held in Split from 23rd to 26th April 2015.
The 15th Split Half Marathon is to take place on 26th April 2015 on a course that takes in many of the famous sights and areas of Split (stretching across the city for the first time), including the Riva (start/end point), Marjan Park and Poljud stadium. The half-marathon now also counts on famous ‘Splicani’ (people from Split) such as high-jumper Blanka Vlasic and tennis legend Goran Ivanisevic as its official ambassadors. Find out more details about the event on the official website, where you can also find out how to register to take part!
Events in May 2015
The Festival of Flowers is held each year in the cellars of Diocletian’s Palace at the beginning of May, usually with a high number of exhibitors showing displays on a particular theme. A visually stunning event, be sure to check it out if you’re in the city this month.
Split’s patron saint, Saint Domnius (Sveti Duje in Croatian) is celebrated with a feast day held each year on 7th May. There will be a procession, mass, food, music and much more!
Events in June 2015
Picigin, a popular game played on the beaches of Split (read more about it on our People of Split page) has a “world” championship event held each year in early June – and its lots of fun to watch! (It’s not at all a world championship in any traditional sense, but there are some competitors from other Mediterranean countries.)
The Mediterranean Film Festival Split takes place each year in early June, showcasing films from the region in several venues in Split.
Events in July 2015
The Split Summer Festival runs for about a month from mid-July to mid-August. Much like the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, this one features open-air theatre, music and dance performances at various special venues around the city, including in and around Diocletian’s Palace. It’s a must-see if you’re in Split at this time.
Ultra Europe is back for 2015, and there’s no doubt and another hundred thousand or so people will jet in for this year’s event! It will take place at the city’s famed Poljud stadium from 10th to 12 July 2015.
Events in August 2015
On the first weekend of each August, a very famous and historic horseback tournament takes place in the town of Sinj, near Split. Now in its 300th year (not a typo – it really is that old!) the Sinjska Alka (or Sinj Alka) sees competitors on horseback armed with lances, aiming to hit the inside of a metal ring (the alka). Points are awarded according to which part of the ring has been hit. The Sinjska Alka was included on the UNESCO Intangible World Heritage List in 2010 (read more on the UNESCO site), and is well worth attending if you’re in the region in early August as it’s such an unique event.
The “Days of Diocletian” take place each year in mid- to end-August, with the streets surrounding Diocletian’s Palace and by the waterfront turning into something resembling…Roman Emperor Diocletian’s time!
Events in September 2015
The 20th Split Film Festival runs for eight days in mid-September, showing new films from across the world in a variety of categories, themes, genres and styles.
Events in December 2015
The annual ‘Advent in Split‘ sees festive events take place on the Riva and nearby from early December through to early January, involving music and food! There’s usually also special kids’ events (carols) on certain days (Saturdays and New Year’s Eve) too.
Christmas Under the Sea should hopefully be happening in 2015 too – an event organised by PIK Mornar and S.R.D. Lubin in which divers decorate a Christmas tree…under the sea! Check out some photos of 2013’s event here.
New Year’s Eve is also big business in Split…of course! Tens of thousands of people usually pack onto the Riva to listen to live music from well-known Croatian singers, and to watch fireworks. The free party normally continues until the early hours. For more details, please see the Split Tourist Office website.