Events in North Dalmatia

PLEASE NOTE Due to the global coronavirus outbreak, many of the events listed here may be postponed to later in the year or cancelled for 2020. Please check information on event websites or social media pages for latest updates. We will keep all listings posted on this page in the normal format as we assume the events calendar will return to normal in 2021.

Here’s a listing of events in the North Dalmatia region this year!

Events in North Dalmatia

Events in March 2020

Chef’s Stage is a gastronomy and hospitality congress taking place in Sibenik (16th & 17th March 2020). Panels, workshops, masterclasses and more!

Events in April 2020

The Zadar Wine Festival should be held in early April featuring wine producers from all over Croatia.

The Zadar Night Run on 18th April 2020 is as it sounds – a race in the centre of the town (in fact, you can choose a course out of three of differing lengths) that starts at 8.30pm at the Greeting to the Sun light installation by the sea.

Paklenica National Park holds an International Climbers Meeting in late April each year in which teams of two people compete in a “big wall” speed climbing event in the Velika Paklenica canyon. More details can be found at the Paklenica National Park website.

Events in May 2020

The Zadar Outdoor Festival (8th – 10th May 2019) will combine a number of sports competitions in Zadar and nearby locations – this year, a kayak race, a surfers challenge, a sunset run and an olive trail on the nearby island of Ugljan. But there will also be much more besides, including live music, film screenings, workshops, yoga and food sampling! To participate, sign up on the website. There will be another edition of the Zadar Outdoor Festival in October 2020 as well.

The Zadar Half Triathlon is on 16th May 2020.

Events in June 2020

The Trogir Summer Festival commences in mid June but stretches out over July and August too. A number of traditional and modern concerts are held, together with theatre and dance performances, and exhibitions from both Croatian and international performers at various venues throughout Trogir.

The 18th Velebit Ultra Trail takes place in June in Paklenica National Park. There are five categories (50 Miles, Marathon, Challenger, Active and Light) to compete in. Sign up on the website.

The Zadar Summer Theatre Festival runs from the end of June to the beginning of August each year; a variety of comedy, drama and monologue performances will be on show during this time. Some musical performances are also part of the festival.

The cathedral in Nin – the smallest cathedral in the world – hosts a festival of sun and light on 21st June each year, which is of course the longest day of the year!

The International Children’s Festival in Sibenik will be on from mid to late June; the first event took place in 1958.

Events in July 2020

The Musical Evenings of St Donat, held over the month of July and into August in Zadar, are a series of classical concerts by Croatian and international performers and musicians at St Donatus Church and various other locations in the town. This event is now in its 59th year.

The Off Festival, a jazz and blues event, is held in Sibenik in mid-July; 2020 will be the 14th event.

The 13th Millennium Jump takes place in Zadar on 27th July 2019. Locals (and any other willing participants!) gather on the waterfront to all jump into the sea at the same time. Around 1,500 people take part each year; here’s a video from In Your Pocket explaining a bit more about the event. Fun to join if you’re there!

Animation festival SUPERTOON will be held in Sibenik 27th to 31st July 2020, showcasing short animated films, as well as films for children and other animated features.

Events in August 2019

The wonderful Full Moon Festival takes place on the Riva in Zadar on day in early August each year. Locals turn off their lights and head to the candlelit waterfront to enjoy music and food. A must if you’re in the region at this time of the year.

The 10th Solo Positivo International Music Documentary Film Festival will be held in Sibenik in early August.

The Evenings of Dalmatian Chanson are two days in mid-August in Sibenik. (A chanson is a special type of lyrical song – I had to look that up!) The event showcases typical Dalmatian singing.

Monoplay is a contemporary dance festival held each year in Zadar in mid-August.

Events in September 2020

The 13th Medieval Fair in Sibenik will be held in late September, with music, dancing, “sports” (knights’ battles and crossbowmen), food and stands with items for sale.

Events in October 2020

The 22nd Biograd Boat Show will take place 22nd to 25th October 2020.

The second part of this year’s Zadar Outdoor Festival (see above in May) will be held in October which will include an MTB cross country race and a swimming marathon. 

Events in December 2019

As with many other towns and cities in Croatia, Zadar will be hosting special Christmas and New Year‘s events. Christmas will see special festivities centred around music, food, markets, and exhibitions – whilst New Year’s Eve will see the typical free ‘party’ on the streets in the centre of town, ringing in the New Year with live music. More details can be found on the Zadar Tourist Board website.