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 website.
Events in January 2020
Dubrovnik Festa is a mini-festival held in the run up to the Festival of St Blaise (see below). This year’s will take place from 24th January to 2nd February; events include concerts, theatre performances and food and wine offerings.
As with many other towns and cities in Croatia, Dubrovnik will also be taking part in the Night of the Museum on 31st January 2020. Museums, galleries and other similar institutions open their doors to the public – for free – from 6pm to 1am.
Events in February 2020
The Festival of St Blaise, who is Dubrovnik’s patron saint, takes place each year in early February (this year – 2nd to 9th 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); in Dubrovnik, Carnival will be celebrated from 20th to 25th February. Check locally for carnival offerings in Dubrovnik.
Events in March 2020
The 16th Mediterranean Fair of Healthy Food, Medicinal Herbs and Green Entrepreneurship is to be held in Dubrovnik from 19th to 22nd March 2020.
Events in April 2020
Easter will be marked in Dubrovnik on 12th April 2020 – as in the whole of Croatia – with a number of events. Check out information locally to see what’s on.
Dubrovnik Festiwine (24th – 26th April 2020) 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.
The Aklapela Festival (17th – 19th April 2020) takes place at several locations in the Old Town. The festival celebrates the traditional type of klapa (a capella) singing. Concerts are free.
Events in May 2020
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 have been going for over 50 years.
Events in June 2020
The New Europe Market is an annual TV industry conference held in Dubrovnik; this year it will be held 8th to 11th 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 2020
One of Croatia’s most famous events, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival is certainly one of the top events in Dubrovnik. This year, the festival will take place from 10th July to 25th August 2020. Each year, the Festival includes theatre, opera, music and dance events at various open-air venues around the city. Amazingly, this year is the 71st edition of the Festival.
Events in August 2020
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 2020
Dubrovnik in Late Summer is a classical musical festival that eases the town into September. This year, it will be held from 26th August to 18th September.
Events in October 2020
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.
Dubrovnik Triathlon will take place on 10th October 2020.
The Dubrovnik Film Festival – a festival for the children and youth of Mediterranean countries – should be held in Dubrovnik in mid-October.
The Good Food Festival in October (19th to 25th) offers food and drink tastings, culinary walks, workshops, kids events and more.
Events in November 2020
The 17th 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.
Tisina Molim (Quiet Please) is a film festival which takes place in November.
Events in December 2020
Dubrovnik now hosts a very event-filled Winter Festival which starts at the beginning of December, stretching 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’s of course also New Year’s Eve celebrations, around the main thoroughfare in Dubrovnik, Stradun. Celebrations include a free live concert to see in the New Year, as well as fireworks.