Croatia’s islands host many events and festivals all year round, ranging from classical music events, traditional folk performances, art exhibitions, sports, pop concerts, educational workshops and events promoting the natural beauty of these islands. There’s bound to be something amongst the events on the Croatian islands that you will enjoy during your stay!
Some of these events can be quite small and locally organised, so it’s usually best to check with the tourist office in town or resort you’re staying in for a full list. Below are details of some of the best events taking place as well.
Events on the Brijuni islands
Co-founded by famous Croatian actor Rade Serbedzija, Kazaliste Ulysses (Ulysses Theatre) on Veliki Brijuni island runs each summer with some wonderful plays – past seasons have seen Hamlet and King Lear. The Theatre opens and holds performances from mid-July to mid-August each year.
Events on Cres
The Osor Musical Evenings in Osor on Cres in July are a series of classical concerts performed by Croatian and international artists, and are held in the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary.
Cres is also home to the Crescendo Musical Festival (end of August), which will now be in its eleventh year for 2017.
Events on Losinj
Events on Losinj will include the Losinj Cuisine Festival in April, and the Day of Dolphins cultural festival on the 1st August. For the more active amongst you, there’s also the Downhill Losinj moutainbiking race in late April.
Mali Losinj also hosts the Losinj Jazz Festival – in its 13th year – at the end of July. There will be performances from both Croatian and foreign jazz artists in some great open air locations.
Events on Krk
On the island of Krk, events include numerous culinary celebrations such as the Eco, ethno winefest in May; the Baska Guitar Fest in August; and the popular carnival that takes place every January & February, culminating in a large parade in the middle of the second month of the year. Crna Ovca (“black sheep”) in Baska is a three-day sport (sailing) and entertainment festival in May that also celebrates Baska lamb. The medieval-themed Krk Fair (first held in 1524!) takes place over three days at the beginning of August; it includes music and other fun and games. The Baska Outdoor Festival in mid-October offers the opportunity for a few of energetic fun – hiking, cycling or running on over 90km of routes.
Events on Rab
For something a little more clubbier, the Santos Beach Club in Rab Town will feature a full listing of summer performances, including appearances from some top name DJs.
Events on Pag
Pag‘s events include the International Festival of Lace (an item for which the island is very well known) in June, and the Pag Art Festival in August.
However, Pag is known as being something of a party island! Party central is the town of Novalja; its Zrce Beach features Club Papaya and Club Aquarius, which host top DJ names (names that have appeared in the past include Fatboy Slim, Sven Vath, Benny Benassi), mini dance festivals and – now in its seventh year – the incredibly popular Hideout Festival (26th – 30th June 2017). The same location will also play host to hip hop extravaganza Fresh Island (11th – 13th July 2017), Loveweek Festival (22nd – 28th July 2017) and Sonus Festival (20th – 24th August 2017), some of the many Festivals in Croatia.
Events on Murter
Murter‘s list of events includes a selection of concerts and parties!
Events on Hvar
Hvar will undoubtedly have a wonderful line-up for 2017, including the Otillo Swimrun Weekend in early April; Hvar Theatre Days in May; the Festival of St Prosper (its patron saint) in Hvar Town on 10th May, which will see a number of events including a gastronomic feast; the Hvar Summer Festival from June to October; the ninth Lavender Festival on 30th June/1st July 2017; Fisherman’s Night in Milna in August; and the FARO(pi)S international literary festival in the middle of August.
Carpe Diem on Hvar will also host a number of lively club nights and international DJs this summer.
Events on Brac
The island of Brac will see the Bol Beats (May); the second WTA Tour Bol Open (June); Bol Summer Festival (June to October); the visually stunning street art/grafitti event Graffiti na Gradele (August); the Brac Film Festival (August) and the International Summer Carnival (September, in various locations).
Events on Vis
Vis‘s events include the Vis Summer Festival, held each July and August, with numerous traditional and more modern dance and music events.
Fort George, just above Vis Town, also hosts an exciting line-up of events each summer.
Events on Korcula
Korcula‘s events include a celebration of the times of Marco Polo (who was born on Korcula) at the end of May, when the streets of Korcula Town are decorated to look like a 13th century town, and the Korkya Baroque Festival in September.
Events on Mljet
Mljet holds a klapa concert during May, with various klapa groups from around Dalmatia performing (Klapa is a traditional Dalmatian form of group acapella singing). The Mljet Summer Festival is held each August.