Events in Dubrovnik

Below is a listing of the main events in Dubrovnik that take place each year. Of course, many more events take place throughout the year in this absolute gem of a town – see the very useful listing on the Dubrovnik Tourist Board website.

Events with confirmed dates are shown in bold. If you have or know of an event in Dubrovnik you’d like to see listed here, contact us!

Event in Dubrovnik

Events in January 2024

The men’s European Waterpolo Championships will be held in Dubrovnik (and Zagreb) from 4th to 16th January 2024.

The 10th Dubrovnik Winter Festival continues its festive celebrations until 6th January 2024.

As with many other towns and cities in Croatia, museums in Dubrovnik will also be taking part in this year’s Night of the Museums at the end of January. Museums, galleries and other similar institutions open their doors to the public – for free – from 6pm to 1am.

Dubrovnik Festa is a series of celebrations held in the run-up to the Festival of St Blaise (see below). It starts on 24th January 2024.

Events in February 2024

The Festival of St Blaise, who is Dubrovnik’s patron saint, takes place each year in early February. The festival includes a number of ceremonies in which locals pay their respect to the saint; the actual saint’s day is on 3rd February. This day is also considered a “City of Dubrovnik Day”, and events are also held to celebrate this.

February is also carnival month (in Croatia, and around the world); here it will be celebrated from 9th to 13th February 2024. Check locally for specific carnival offerings in Dubrovnik.

Events in March 2024

The Mediterranean Fair will take place from the 12th to 16th March 2024, showcasing healthy food, medicinal herbs and green entrepreneurship.

Easter will be marked in Dubrovnik on 31st March 2024 – as in the whole of Croatia – with a number of events. Check information locally to see what’s on.

Events in April 2024

The Run The Wall challenge (literally running on Dubrovnik’s Old Town walls) takes place on 27th April 2024.

The 9th Dubrovnik Half Marathon (and accompanying races) will take place on 28th April 2024.

Dubrovnik Musical Spring is a series of concerts performed by the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra. The festival starts at the end of April and continues through into June.

Events in May 2024

The street food festival Bavarin is held in early May each year. Expect lots of delicious Croatian offerings, as well as food workshops and more.

The folklore ensemble Lindjo performs in Dubrovnik from May throughout the summer until October (with special performances during the Summer Festival – see below.) A tradition of the city, the dance ensemble has been going for over 50 years.

Events in June 2024

The New Europe Market is an annual TV industry conference held in Dubrovnik; this year it will be held 10th to 13th June 2024.

The Midsummer Scene Festival is a theatre event celebrating William Shakespeare’s works. It takes place in late June each year.

Events in July 2024

One of Croatia’s most famous events, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, is certainly one of the top events in Dubrovnik. Each year, the Festival includes theatre, opera, music and dance events at various open-air venues around the city, taking place from mid-July to the end of August. Amazingly, this year is the 75th edition of the Festival; it will be on from 10th July to 25th August 2024.

Events in August 2024

The Maraton Ladja is an annual race that takes place on a 22.5km long portion of the Neretva River from Metkovic to Ploce (both north of Dubrovnik). A ladja is a traditional type of boat that has been used for centuries on the narrow Neretva River; many of the boats used in the race are old boats that have been refurbished. Crews usually come from local towns and villages and can number up to 18 people in total, including a cox and a drummer.

Events in September 2024

Dubrovnik in Late Summer is a classical music festival that eases the town into September (usually starting in late August).

Events in October 2024

The rather sweet sounding (in more ways than one!) International Festival of Jams & Marmalades takes place over the first weekend of October, with a variety of jam products from Croatian and neighbouring countries exhibiting. A competition to pick the best jam also takes place.

Look out for the Dubrovnik Pizza Festival in the former TUP Factory in Gruz in mid-October.

The Earth Sea & Fire Dubrovnik Triathlon will take place on 20th October 2024.

Dubrovnik Film Festival – a festival for the children and youth of Mediterranean countries – will be held in Dubrovnik in mid-October.

The Good Food Festival in October offers food and drink tastings, culinary walks, workshops, kids’ events and more.

Events in November 2024

The Veteran Car Rally takes place at the end of November, with a collection of classic cars touring the local area, before being presented on Stradun.

Events in Dubrovnik - Christmas
Christmas in Dubrovnik

Events in December 2024

The city now hosts a very event-filled Dubrovnik Winter Festival which starts at the beginning of December through into early January. The Festival includes a Christmas Fair – with traditional Christmas sweet treats and drinks, plus little trinkets on sale – carols and other fun concerts; gastro events (watch out for traditional Dalmatian Christmas dish bakalar – cod – being offered); kids’ events and events involving Santa!

As part of the Winter Festival, there are of course also New Year’s Eve celebrations which are centred around the main thoroughfare in Dubrovnik, Stradun. Celebrations include a free live concert to see in the New Year as well as fireworks.