PLEASE NOTE Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, many events have been postponed or delayed. On the page below, we have listed all the events that would be taking place in a normal year. Where we have confirmation of events taking place in 2021, we have listed the dates in bold.
For all events, we would advise that you check information on event websites or social media pages for the latest updates. If there’s anything you think we’ve missed (or if you run an event and would like to see it here), then do please email us.
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 and August 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).
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 mountainbiking race in May.
Mali Losinj also hosts the Losinj Jazz Festival – in its 17th year – at the end of July/beginning of August. 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
Rab‘s calendar of events includes “Rab Musical Evenings” every July, and the famous Rabska Fjera, a medieval-style summer festival that also takes place in July. The town of Lopar on the island – home to a number of sandy beaches – hosts a Festival of Sand Sculptures every June.
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. There’s also the Pag Outdoor Summer Weekend for the active types; this event brings together a number of activities (windsurfing, cycling, kayaking and more) on consecutive weekends over the summer.
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 eighth year – the incredibly popular Hideout Festival (20th – 24th June 2021). The same location will also play host to hip hop extravaganza Fresh Island (3rd – 10th July 2021) and Sonus Festival (15th – 19th August 2021), some of the many Festivals in Croatia.
Events on Dugi Otok
The village of Sali on the island hosts the “Saljske užance” festival on the first weekend of August every year – there’s food and drink, sports competitions, music and even donkey races! There’s also the Dugi Otok Trail on 13th March 2021.
Events on Murter
Events on Hvar
Hvar normally has a wonderful line-up, including the Otillo Swimrun Weekend (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 in late June/early July; Fisherman’s Night in Milna in August; and the dormouse festival – Puhijada – in Stari Grad in August. You can also find more details of events on the island on the Plan Hvar website.
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 WTA Tour Bol Open (June); Bol Summer Festival (June to October); the visually stunning street art/graffiti 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. There’s also the wonderful Goulash Disko festival in Komiza in mid September.
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. Also look out for performances of the Moreska Sword Dance (picture below), which recreates a story of the battle between the Red King and the Black King.
Events on Mljet
Mljet holds an flower fair each Easter in Babino Polje. There is also 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 each August; and the Mljet Half Ironman Triathlon in October.