There aren’t too many major events in the Makarska Riviera that occur during the year, as you will see below. However, there are still plenty of small, local ones such as concerts, or food and wine events! To find out about these, the best idea would be to look up the Events sections on websites such as those of the Brela Tourist Board, the Baska Voda Tourist Board, or the Makarska Tourist Board or, alternatively, check locally when visiting the area.
For more events in this part of Croatia, check out Events in Split.
Events in June
The WTA Makarska Open (5th to 11th June 2023) is a replacement for the ladies’ tennis tournament that used to take place in Bol on the island of Brac. A 125-level event, players in the top 200 in the rankings usually take part.
Makarska Summer (Makarsko ljeto) takes place each year, running from mid-June to early September. It includes a number of great events – music and theatre performances (traditional and modern), exhibitions and many more. Keep an eye out locally for news for upcoming events!
Events in July
The Baska Voda Summer encompasses a range of cultural events from early July through to September. These include assorted concerts, small theatre events, and other open-air activities – once again, check locally for full details.
The Festival of Dalmatian Klapa takes place every July in Omis, with numerous concerts celebrating this traditional type of Dalmatian singing.
Events in August
On the 18th August each year, a pirate battle (well, a re-enactment of a 13th-century one!) takes place off the coast of Omis. Thousands of people are drawn to Omis to witness this special event.
Toochepin is a two-day rock festival that takes in August each year in Tucepi. Check their website for concert details.
The Makarska Jazz Festival is a multi-day event in late August attracting Croatian and international jazz artists.
Events in September
A half marathon starting and ending in Omis and heading out through part of the Cetina River canyon takes place each year at the end of September.
Blitvijada is a festival in Podgora celebrating the popular leafy green vegetable blitva (swiss chard). Taking place at the end of September (this year on 29th September 2023) there is of course tasting of dishes containing blitva (even ice cream!), live music and fun for kids too. Dress up in green to join in the fun. (Not compulsory, however!)