Events in Croatia

Here’s a selection of what we think are the best events in Croatia taking place in 2015. We add to this list all the time (as new events or additional details are announced), so do check back regularly! If there’s anything you think we’ve missed, then do please email us.

Events in Croatia in January 2015

…in Zagreb…
The FIS Ski World Cup Snow Queen Trophy returns to Zagreb this year! As one of the best attended races on the ski calendar, it has an amazing atmosphere (and there’s lots of side events taking place too) and is a good deal of fun to attend if you’re in Zagreb in early January. The women’s race takes place on 4th January, with the men’s race on the 6th.

…all over Croatia…
On Friday 30th January 2015, from 6pm to 1am, the “Night of the Museums” takes place at various towns and cities all over Croatia. Each year, over 200 museums, galleries and other similar institutions across the country in 100 cities and towns take part; with around 300,000 people visiting Museum Night, it’s a very popular event. Entry to all these places is free, so you can enjoy their fine exhibits; many also host additional workshops and other events on the night. 2015 sees the tenth edition of the event, so expect some extra special celebrations! You can find some further details at the Croatian Museum Association website.

Events in Croatia in February 2015

…in Zagreb…
The Zagreb Indoors tennis tournament is an ATP Tour event which usually attracts a decent bunch of well-known players, as well as (understandably) a reasonably large contingent of the top Croatian players. The event will take place in its usual home, the Dom Sportova, in west Zagreb from 31st January to 8th February. 2014 saw local favourite Marin Cilic win the trophy…and later on in 2014, he won the US Open! Let’s hope he competes in Zagreb again this year, as he’s sure to be a big draw.

…in Dubrovnik…
The Festival of St Blaise (Dubrovnik’s patron saint – Sveti Vlaho in Croatian) 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 same day is also considered a “City of Dubrovnik Day”, with certain events also being held to celebrate this.

…all over Croatia…
February is carnival month in Croatia (and elsewhere in the world!), with many celebrations taking place in various towns and cities. One of the largest events is the Rijeka Carnival (with its celebrations officially taking place from mid-January to early February, with parades and concerts, exhibitions and balls) that easily attracts over 100,000 spectators, making it one of the larger carnivals in Europe. This year, the International Carnival Parade in Rijeka takes place on the 15th February 2015.

…in Zagreb…
Zagreb Dox is an international documentary film festival, held from 22nd February to 1st March 2015. Taking place at the MoviePlex cinema in the Kaptol Center, there are several themed programs as well as a competition for the best documentary.

Events in Croatia in March 2015

…in Zagreb…
Restaurant Week (or Tjedan Restoran in Croatian) actually takes place over a week and a bit in Croatia’s capital city in March each year (with another ‘week’ in October too) – this time round, it will be on from 6th to 15th March 2015. A number of restaurants take part, each offering a special Restaurant Week menu for a special price. More details of participating venues and what they be offer is on the website.

…in Istria…
Istrian Spring is an international bike race taking place in Istria from 12th to 15th March 2015.

Events in Croatia in April 2015

…in Istria…
100 Miles of Istria (17th – 19th April 2015) is an endurance event that actually contains several races over the weekend – a tough, 100 mile trail; the ‘easier’ 110km one; and a more ‘manageable’ 65km trail. Anyone can enter any of the races – if you’re brave enough!

…in the Markarska Riviera…
The 6th Omis Guitar Fest will be taking place from 23rd to 25th April 2015, with both guitar professionals from the local region and abroad taking part. The festival features masterclasses, workshops and concerts, and there is also a competition with various categories.

…in Split…
The fifth International Festival of Wind Music is being held in Split from 23rd to 26th April 2015.

Events in Croatia in May 2015

…in Split…
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 to a particular theme. A gorgeous visual event, be sure to check it out if you’re in the city this month!

…in Split…
Split’s patron saint, Saint Domnius (Sveti Duje in Croatian) is celebrated with a feast day held each year on 7th May.

…in Istria…
The Vinistra exhibition in Porec allows wine-lovers to come and sample local specialties, with olive oils and brandies also featured. Over 100 exhibitors normally show their collections of wines, oils and spirits; this year’s event will be on from 8th to 10th May 2015.

…on the islands…
Events on Korcula include a celebration of the times of Marco Polo (who was – supposedly – born on Korcula) at the end of May, when the streets of Korcula Town are decorated to look like a 13th century town.

…in Istria…
Wine Day (“Open Wine Cellars Day”) allows people to tour the wineries of Istria, conducting tastings (and purchasing wine too!). It is normally held on the last Sunday in May – check locally for details and to see which wineries are taking part.

Events in Croatia in June 2015

…in Zagreb…
Lake Jarun is home to the INmusic Festival, a three day music event in this pretty setting in southwest Zagreb, with a host of international bands and stars performing. Held 22nd to 24th June this year, read more on our guide to the Festival here. 2015 is the tenth edition of the festival, so expect some spectacular surprises!

…in Istria…
“Porec Summer” will take place starting from mid-June (normally to September) with a wide variety of events including music, dance and more. Check locally for up-to-date listings.

…on the islands…
Hideout Festival returns this year from 28th June to 2nd July 2015, held in the open air clubs of Zrce Beach in Novalja on the island of Pag. Check Hideout‘s website for latest line-up news – and see our guide to the event here.

Events in Croatia in July 2015

…in Istria…
The Pula Film Festival will be in its 62nd year in 2015, making it the oldest festival of its kind in Croatia. Both Croatian and international films are shown at various locations in Pula, including in the stunning amphitheatre (the Arena) in the town.

…in North Dalmatia…
July and August sees an absolutely cracking line-up of music festivals take place on the Croatian coast – the way these festivals are lined-up (all in the same location of Tisno), you could get almost a month and a half of solid partying! They are the Garden Festival (1st – 8th July); Electric Elephant (9th – 13th July); SunceBeat (22nd – 29th July); Stop Making Sense (30th July – 2nd August); and Soundwave (6th – 10th August). Special note needs to go to the fact that the Garden Festival (one of the oldest such events in Croatia – it’s in its 10th year) will be held for the very last time in 2015, so if you’ve always wanted to go it’s now or never!

…in Split…
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.

…on the islands…
Rabska Fjera is a famous medieval-style summer festival on the island or Rab – with plenty of re-enactments and authentic costumes – that takes place every July.

…in Istria…
The 25th Croatia Open ATP Tennis tournament will take place from 17th to 26th July 2015 in Umag. A clutch of top men’s players, including some of the top Croatian players, take part. There’s also a number of other events taking place that accompany the event, making it quite a fun tennis tournament to attend!

…on the islands…
A new festival for Croatia for 2015, Croatia Rocks is being brought to the waters of the Adriatic by the people behind Ibiza Rocks. Acts that have already been announced include Clean Bandit, Jungle, Rudimental (DJ set) and Fatboy Slim. Held from 19th to 23rd July 2015 on the party-central location of Zrce Beach on the island of Pag, see our guide to the festival here.

…in Split…
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.

Events in Croatia - Dubrovnik Summer Festival

The opening of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival

…in Dubrovnik…
The famous Dubrovnik Summer Festival starts mid-July and runs until the end of August. Each year, the Festival includes theatre, opera, music and dance events at various open-air venues around the city.

…on the islands…
Kazaliste Ulysses (Ulysses Theatre), co-founded by famous Croatian actor Rade Serbedzija, is situated on Veliki Brijuni island (of the Brijuni islands) and runs each summer with some wonderful plays – past seasons have seen Hamlet and King Lear. The Theatre is open and holds performances from mid-July to mid-August each year.

…in Istria…
Another film event in Istria is the well-established Motovun Film Festival. Although held in a small (but very pretty) hilltop town in inland Istria, the event is considered one of the premier film festivals in Croatia. A variety of features from across the world are shown, from documentaries to full-length films.

…in North Dalmatia…
The 9th Millennium Jump takes place in Zadar at the end of July 2015, with locals and other willing participants gathering on the waterfront and then jumping into the sea at the same time! Around 1,500 people take part each year; here’s a video from In Your Pocket explaining the event in more detail. Fun to join in with if you’re there!

Events in Croatia in August 2015

…near Split…
On the first weekend of August each year, a very famous and historic horseback tournament takes place in the town of Sinj, near Split. Now in its 300th year (that’s not an error!) the Sinjska Alka (or Sinj Alka) sees competitors on horseback armed with lances, aiming to hit the inside of a metal ring (the alka) with points awarded according to which part of the ring they hit. The Sinjska Alka was entered onto 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.

…in North Dalmatia…
The wonderful Full Moon Festival will take place on the Riva in Zadar in mid August. Locals turn off their lights, and head to the candlelit waterfront to enjoy music and food. A must if you’re in the region at this time of the year!

Events in Croatia in September 2015

…in Istria…
Outlook Festival takes place in Punto Christo, Pula from 2nd to 6th September 2015. Labelled as “Europe’s largest bass culture and dubstep festival”, the event is already now in its eighth year; watch out for a spectacular opening concert in Pula’s Arena!

…in Split…
The Split Film Festival will take place from 13th to 20th September 2015, showcasing new films from across the world from a variety of categories, themes, genres and styles.

Events in Croatia in October 2015

…in Zagreb…
The Zagreb International Chamber Music Festival is only a few years old, but already attracts a number of artists. Various classical concerts take place over a week in mid-October.

…all over Croatia…
International Cravat Day is to be celebrated on 18th October 2015, with assorted events in honour of this Croatian invention across the country. See more details on Academia Cravatica‘s site.

…in Istria…
Starting in September, though mainly taking place in October and the beginning of November, the “Day of Truffles” events are actually a succession of truffle-themed days taking place every weekend at various towns in Istria. Check locally for planned events, and enjoy tasting various food and dishes flavoured with truffles.

…in Istria…
In the same region, Marunada is a festival devoted to chestnuts – sampling chestnut delicacies & chestnut liquers, collecting chestnuts…and plenty of games and sports events too! Marunada takes place in various venues this month, mainly near Lovran in Istria.

Events in Croatia in November 2015

…in Dubrovnik…
The annual Dubrovnik Gastro Table event takes place on one Saturday in early November (or sometimes 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 and dishes offered by these establishments.

...all over Croatia…
Mid-November sees Theatre Night in Croatia (having expanded, it also takes place in several other neighbouring countries). Somewhere along the lines of 80 venues in more than 30 towns and cities in the country participate, welcoming over 40,000 attendees. Theatres will hold free (or cheaper) performances, with additional workshops, tours and similar.

Events in Croatia in December 2015

…all over Croatia…
Almost all towns in Croatia, however small, will have festive decorations put up to celebrate Christmas. Some, especially the larger towns and cities, will have Christmas fairs, ice skating rinks and other events to celebrate the time of year. This is also true for New Year’s Eve – head to the main square of the town/city you’re in, and you can probably enjoy a free evening concert until the early hours, which normally has a pause for fireworks at midnight!

For full listings of events in the various Croatian regions, towns and islands, see: