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

  • INmusic Festival
    Zagreb, 19th – 21st June 2017
    Croatia’s largest open air festival, now in its twelfth year, will see a heap of top names perform – Kings of Leon, Arcade Fire, Kasabian and more.
  • Obonjan
    island of Obonjan, 23rd June – 3rd September 2017
    A full festival season on an eco-friendly island, with music, DJs, wellness, talks, workshops and much more
  • 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!
  • Electric Elephant
    Obonjan, 6th – 9th July 2017
    Electric Elephant heads to a new home – the intimate island of Obonjan – for 2017!
  • Fresh Island Festival
    Novalja, island of Pag, 11th – 13th July 2017
    Hip hop’s finest names head to Zrce Beach for fun in the sun
  • Beats, Beer and Boogaloo
    Tisno, 13th – 17th July 2017
    A heady mix of funked-up soul and craft beer for this brand new festival!
  • 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!
  • SuncéBeat
    Tisno, 19th – 26th July 2017
    Another week of revelry from the crew behind Southport Weekender
  • Seasplash Festival
    Pula, 20th – 23rd July 2017
    The fifteenth Seasplash will bring together an eclectic mix of musical styles and genres
  • Love Week Festival
    Novalja, island of Pag, 22nd – 28th July 2017
    7 days of fun in Croatia’s party hotspot
  • Soundwave Croatia
    Tisno, 27th – 31st July 2017
    Soundwave returns to to Tisno for its ninth edition with a wonderful music and art feast
  • Defected Croatia
    Tisno, 10th – 15th August 2017
    Previously Ibiza regulars, Defected return to Croatia for their second event
  • Sonus Festival
    Novalja, island of Pag, 20th – 24th August 2017
    Sonus will be celebrating its fifth birthday in style with plenty of top techno and electro names
  • Dekmantel
    Tisno, 24th – 28th August 2017
    An intimate, late-season event in The Garden Tisno
  • MTV SummerBlast
    Porec, 25th & 26th August 2017
    One of the season-ending festivals in Croatia, this two-day extravaganza features none other than Will Smith!
  • Dimensions
    Pula, 30th August – 4th September 2017
    The little sister of Outlook (below), another top-notch electro festival held in the same stunning venue
  • Outlook Festival
    Pula, 7th – 10th September 2017
    Ever been to a festival in a beautiful old fort? With an opening ceremony in a Roman amphitheatre? No?! Here’s your chance! Better yet, Outlook celebrates ten years 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!

  • I imagined the original question was regarding *music* festivals that are also suitable for kids e.g. Bestival or Wildnerness (to name just two) in the UK – very much proper ‘music festivals’ in line with what’s featured in this section, but suitable for all ages and even with special areas/stages aimed at kids. So, that’s not really what the International Children’s Festival is, but of course I agree that that event is very family friendly.

  • Alexia

    ah, ok then. The question was – are there any family friendly festivals in Croatia? yes, there are. but then again, I am sure Sam is very familiar with the North Dalmatia page so no worries! 🙂

  • ??? The festivals listed above are all very clearly dance music festivals! It would be very, very weird if I added the International Children’s Festival to this list! That’s included (and has been, for years) on our Events in North Dalmatia page – http://www.visit-croatia.co.uk/index.php/croatia-destinations/north-dalmatia/events-north-dalmatia/.

  • Alexia

    omg, nothing suitable for kids? only the International Children’s Festival. http://mdf-sibenik.com/?lang=en

  • nishal mangrey

    I am thinking about doing a few days in Croatia after my tour ends in Paris on the 24th of July.
    My flight home leaves London on the 27th of July, so I have 3 days to spare.
    Any festivals or clubs or parties you can recommend?
    I want to get accommodation near Split.

  • Unfortunately I wouldn’t say that any of these festivals are particularly suitable for kids and there isn’t really anything in Croatia like some of the ‘family’ festivals that you get in the UK. However, Soundwave do allow kids under 18 if you wanted to ‘brave’ a proper festival!

  • Sam Simpson

    Is there any family friendly festivals in Croatia? For a young family with a 5yo who loves festivals. Thanks

  • Well, there’s plenty of destinations very close by! For something *very* chilled out, you could consider Dugi Otok, although it’s perhaps not the easiest place to get to/get around. You could perhaps stay on Murter island (just by Tisno) and visit the Kornati islands, one of Croatia’s national parks. Krka National Park is also relatively close by (although will be busy at that time of year, so perhaps not so chilled out!). Where are you heading home from – Zadar or Split? Somewhere near one of those places would also work.

  • scott mack

    Where would you recommend heading for a few days to chill out after being at a Festival in Tisno?

  • Lindsey Lister

    Brilliant, thanks for your help.

  • Well, the parties/clubs are in Zrce Beach so that’s the area that you’d base your accommodation search around. I think your search would be limited if you wanted a ‘traditional’ villa – you’d have a lot more choice if you searched for private apartments to rent; you could of course get multiple apartments in the same building, depending on how many of you there are. Booking.com has a pretty decent selection of accommodation, or even try AirBnB. There’s also some options on http://www.novalja-pag.net/en/2/accommodation_near_zrce_beach.html. http://www.croatianvillas.com/ is a good website for villas in Croatia but they don’t have any on Pag.

  • Lindsey Lister

    We’re considering visiting Pag in July. We’d like to hire a villa that isnt too far out, with easy access to the parties and beach etc. Where would be the best area to stay please and can you recommend any villa hire websites please? Thanks!

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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!