Festivals in Croatia

Another very successful year for festivals in Croatia in 2016 saw many old favourites return and many new names appear on the calendar. The number of top quality – not to mention FUN – events means that Croatia is proving to be the festival destination in mainland Europe. There’s also something for everyone, whether you want a pop & rock event; a huge stadium festival with big name DJs; EDM; a boutique and laid-back festival by the sea; partying day and night in some of the best clubs in Europe…the list goes on!

Festivals in Croatia get many repeat visitors year after year – but if you’ve never been to an event, why not give it a go in 2017?

We’re in the process of updating this section for festivals in Croatia 2017, so keep coming back to see all the latest Croatian festival news!

Festivals in Croatia 2017

  • Hideout Festival
    Novalja, island of Pag, 26th – 30th June 2017
    Plenty of names already on the bill for the sixth Hideout
  • Love International
    Tisno, 28th June – 5th July 2017
    Following a very successful first year, Love International is full-on planning their 2017 event!
  • Ultra Europe
    Split, 14th – 16th July 2017
    Ultra Europe’s fifth year is sure to be just as magical in Split’s Poljud Stadium, with accompany after-parties on the islands!

Festivals in Croatia 2016

  • Electro Dance Madness
    Novalja, island of Pag, 16th – 19th June 2016
    Part of Spring Break Croatia, the second edition of this festival will see revellers partying it up on a platform over the sea!
  • INmusic Festival
    Zagreb, 20th – 22nd June 2016
    Croatia’s largest open air festival is now in its eleventh year – Florence + The Machine will be performing at this year’s event
  • Electric Elephant
    Tisno, 7th – 11th July 2016
    Electric Elephant returns to Tisno with a cracking line-up
  • Fresh Island Festival
    Novalja, island of Pag, 12th – 14th July 2016
    Hip hop’s finest names head to Zrce Beach for fun in the sun
  • SuncéBeat
    Tisno, 20th – 27th July 2016
    Another week of revelry from the crew behind Southport Weekender
  • Seasplash Festival
    Pula, 21st – 25th July 2016
    The fourteenth Seasplash will bring together an eclectic mix of musical styles and genres
  • Love Week Festival
    Novalja, island of Pag, 23rd – 30th July 2016
    7 days of fun in Croatia’s party hotspot
  • Obonjan
    island of Obonjan, 28th July – 6th September
    New for 2016 – a full festival season on an eco-friendly island, with music, DJs, wellness, talks, workshops and much more.
  • Soundwave Croatia
    Tisno, 4th – 8th August 2016
    Soundwave returns to its new early August slot for its eighth edition
  • Stereo Forest
    Novalja, island of Pag, 8th – 10th August 2016
    EDM at Kalypso – one of Zrce Beach’s best clubs and the oldest beach club in southeastern Europe!
  • Defected Croatia
    Tisno, 11th – 15th August 2016
    Another brand new event at The Garden Tisno from Ibiza regulars
  • Membrain Festival
    Sibenik, 18th – 21st August 2016
    New for this year, the best of underground bass culture at an abandoned ex-military base
  • Sonus Festival
    Novalja, island of Pag, 21st – 25th August 2016
    Another top dance festival in Croatia’s prime party spot!
  • Dimensions
    Pula, 25th – 28th August 2016
    The little sister of Outlook (below), another top-notch electro festival held in the same stunning venue
  • Outlook Festival
    Pula, 1st – 4th September 2016
    Ever been to a festival in a beautiful old fort? With an opening ceremony in a Roman amphitheatre? No?! Here’s your chance!
  • Dekmantel
    Tisno, 1st – 5th September 2016
    The revelry in Tisno continues into September this year!

Barrakud Festival

Reviews of Festivals in Croatia

Unsurprisingly, almost all of the festivals that are held in Croatia are very highly regarded and well reviewed by the music press. Here’s some reviews of festivals held in previous years:

Other Festivals

The very well-known Exit Festival is held in the neighbouring country of Serbia and is an amazingly fun event to attend – and perfect for combining with a holiday in Croatia.

Started in 2000 as a protest against the political system at the time (and initially a dance music event), Exit has now grown considerably to become one of Europe’s top festivals. A whole host of big names appear each year – 2016’s line-up included David Guetta, Ellie Goulding, Bastille, The Prodigy, The Vaccines, Hurts and George Clinton amongst many, many others.

Held in the impressive Petrovaradin Fortress at night-time (festival hours are 9pm to 6am each day), many head to Exit as a chance to experience an incredibly fun – not to mention eclectic – foreign festival in a cheaper setting.

Check out the Exit Festival website for more details on the event; Visit Croatia attended the 2009 Exit Festival – read up on my experiences, as well as hints and tips that may be useful to you!

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  • For Hvar, check out Carpe Diem, Hula Hula and Pink Champage; in Split you might like Tropic and Vanilla. Check on their websites for ‘events’ to see if there’s big name DJs for when you’re there!

  • Tom

    What clubs would you recommend in Hvar and Split? My group really likes EDM, are there any big DJs coming to the area the first week of August?

  • I’d say you’ve got most places, and that’s quite a selection already! 🙂 Check out clubs’ websites for what DJs are playing/events are happening.

  • Natalia

    Hi, me and my boyfriend are spending holidays in Croatia and we are looking for some cities with clubs that play electronic music like d’n’b, techno etc, and no bigroom house. I know it’s Pula, Novalja, Hvar, Split and Zadar. Do you know something else?

  • Caroline

    Hi, would you recommend Hvar for nightlife? Do you think it will be busy at the end of August even if festivals are on around that time? We are flying into Split. Thanks

    • Sure, it’s probably one of the best places in Croatia for nightlife! I think it might be tailing off a tiny bit at the end of August, but still busy. Do you mean festivals elsewhere in Croatia? I wouldn’t say they have an impact on how busy Hvar nightlife is.

  • debbie

    Hi where do you suggest the best place to holiday in Croatia for nightlife beaches etc.?

    • Zrce Beach/Novalja on the island of Pag tends to be considered as the prime party location in Croatia!

      • debbie

        Would it still be busy with tourists in September?

        • There will still be tourists around but it’ll be quieter as peak season (July/August) is over…and the main thing is that the clubs normally close for the season at the end of August. If clubbing is your main focus, then it might be an idea to stick to somewhere larger on the mainland e.g. Split or Dubrovnik.

  • Louise

    Are there festivals during the second week of september? thank you in advance.

    • Afraid not, no – the last ones of the season are only in early September, as shown above.

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  • doramis

    What about Lost Theory and MoDem? Psytrance is dance music too 😉

    • A little off my radar in terms of music, but I’ll definitely add them in to the above list!

  • silvije

    It is worth mentioning Karlovac Piano Festival (Karlovac, Croatia), held in mid-July. http://www.karlovacpianofestival.com

  • Lp

    So here’s a link for tickets to Soundwave festival https://next.fatsoma.com/events/7aif50mo?r=9f28c6aa-4081-4ac5-b01f-62416bd8f494

  • Sue

    Hi, I’m hoping to have a holiday in hvar in July 2015, do you know of any music festvals then?

    • Did you mean dance music festivals (as listed above) or cultural festivals? If it’s the former, festivals won’t announce their details until some time later this year/early next…but the line-up of events is likely to be the same as this year. There’s nothing in Hvar at that time, although Ultra Europe might host some after-parties in Hvar.

      If you’re aiming for festivals with a more cultural vibe, check out what’s happening in Hvar this month – http://www.tzhvar.hr/en/hvar/events-calendar/?m=7&y=2014 – to get an idea of what will be taking place next year.

  • Jordan

    I have noticed all those listed for 2013 are UK promoters, do you have any information on when UK promoters started hosting their events in Croatia? Was Soundwave the first? The amount since then etc? Random I know – I am researching for my dissertation and would appreciate any information you have. Also thought you might be interested to know about Unknown Festival in Rovinj, Croatia. 10th-14th September 🙂 Thanks.

    • Hi Jordan, thanks for the tip – the page for Unknown Festival is coming soon; there’s almost *too* many festivals in Croatia these days for me to write about them all! 🙂

      As far as I’m aware, it was the Garden Festival that was first UK-promoter organised festival in Croatia, with the first event taking place in 2006. It was held on a site called “The Garden” in Petrcane, north of Zadar, and as the years went on, more festivals also located themselves at this site. (These – including The Garden Festival – have now all moved to site in Tisno, between Zadar and Split.) On some of the individual pages listed above, I do say “now in its fifth year” or “first held 2010” so maybe that will also provide you with some info. Off the top of my head, I can’t really remember any UK-promoter backed festivals that no longer take place…

      Hope this helps a bit, and good luck with your dissertation.

  • Croatia

    and what about 2013 Croatia Festival season? Are there any?

    • Of course, there are many festivals and even some new ones! This section will definitely be updated for the 2013 season!