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, donning masks, joining in. The main carnival is normally
preceeded a few days before by a children's carnival in which the
little ones can also don masks and take part in their own procession.
March Gast Fair is the largest gastro event in Croatia, and will be held in the city from 6th to 10th March 2013.
The Days of Christian Culture is an 11-day event that takes place from 16th March 2013 simultaneously in Split, Sibenik and Dubrovnik.
April Unsurprisingly, given its location, Split is home to the annual Croatia Boat Show.
A large number of boats are exhibited by being moored in the city's
harbour and a spectactular parade of boats is held on the final day of
the show. This year sees the 15th such event, held in mid-April.
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 stunning display, 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.
June Picigin, a popular game played on the beaches of Split (read more about it here) has a "world" championship event held each year in early June - 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!)
July 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.
Mali Split ("Small Split"), a children's and teen's entertainment festival, is held in Split in mid-July.
Ultra Europe is a new festival for Croatia in 2013, joining a very crowded list! It will take place in Split (and Hvar) - at the city's famed Poljud stadium - on the 12th and 13th July 2013.
August 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 297th 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), with points 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.
An annual dance music event taking place right on Split's famous promendade, the Riva, is Discotheque Riva (the clue's in the name!). This year's event will take place on 8th an 9th August, with Fatboy Slim and Underworld the headline acts. Do also check out more details on the event on the official Facebook page.
The "Days of
take place each year in mid- to end-August, with the streets surrounding
Diocletian's Palace and near the waterfront turning into something
resembling...Roman Emperor Diocletian's time!
September The Split Film Festival
runs for eight days from 14th to 21st September 2013, showing new films
from across the world from a variety of categories, themes, genres and