Below is a listing of the main events in Dubrovnik that take place each year. Of course, there’s many more events that take place throughout the year in this gem of a town – see the very useful listing at the Dubrovnik Tourist Board Events page.
Events in January 2018
As with many other towns and cities in Croatia, Dubrovnik will also be taking part in the Night of the Museum on 26th January 2018. Museums, galleries and other similar institutions open their doors to the public – for free – from 6pm to 1am.
Events in February 2018
The Festival of St Blaise, who is Dubrovnik’s patron saint, takes place each year on 3rd February. The festival includes a number of ceremonies in which locals pay their respect to the saint; festivities usually start a week or so before. The 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). Check locally for carnival offerings in Dubrovnik.
Events in March 2018
The 15th Mediterranean Fair of Healthy Food, Medicinal Herbs and Green Entrepreneurship is to be held in Dubrovnik from 22nd to 25th March 2018.
Events in April 2018
Easter will be marked in Dubrovnik – as in the whole of Croatia – with a number of events. Check out information locally to see what’s on.
The Aklapela Festival will take place from 6th to 8th April 2018 at several locations in the Old Town. The festival celebrates the traditional type of klapa (a capella) singing. Concerts are free.
The fifth Dubrovnik Festiwine (16th – 24th April 2018) celebrates wines made in Dubrovnik-Neretva county. Come and try (and enjoy!) some local tipples at a number of restaurants and wine bars in the city.
Events in May 2018
The folklore ensemble Lindjo perform 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 celebrated 50 years of performing in 2015.
Events in June 2018
The New Europe Market is an annual TV industry conference held in Dubrovnik; this year it will be held 11th to 14th June.
Ana in The City is a yearly festival involving famous Croatian cellist Ana Rucner, who you may have seen in the official Croatian tourism adverts. The festival always takes place around Midsummer’s Day, with a very early morning concert given on Mount Srd, above Dubrovnik, to welcome summer on that very day.
Events in July 2018
One of Croatia’s most famous events, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, will take place from 10th July to 25th August 2018. Each year, the Festival includes theatre, opera, music and dance events at various open-air venues around the city. This year is the 69th edition of the Festival.
Events in August 2018
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 2018
Dubrovnik in Late Summer is a classical musical festival that eases the town into September.
Events in October 2018
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.
The Dubrovnik Film Festival – a festival for the children and youth of Mediterranean countries – should be held in Dubrovnik in mid-October.
The Dubrovnik Good Food Festival will take place in mid October. It will include workshops, tastings, special menus at Dubrovnik’s restaurants and more.
The annual Dubrovnik Gastro Table event takes place on a Saturday in late October, with a number of hotels, restaurants and other local businesses taking part. Held on Stradun, visitors can sample a wide variety of treats, dishes and Croatian tipples for only a few Kunas apiece.
Events in November 2018
The 15th Veteran Car Rally takes place at the end of November, with a collection of classic tours touring the local area, and being presented on Stradun.
Events in December 2018
Dubrovnik hosts plenty of Christmas celebrations each year, including Christmas Fairs – with traditional Christmas sweet treats and drinks, plus little trinkets on sale – carols and music; gastro events (watch out for traditional Dalmatian Christmas dish bakalar – cod – being offered); kids’ events and events involving Santa!
There’s also New Year’s Eve celebrations on the main thoroughfare in Dubrovnik, Stradun. Celebtrations include a free live concert to see in the New Year, as well as fireworks.