PLEASE NOTE Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, many events have been postponed or delayed. On the page below, we have listed all the events that would be taking place in a normal year. Where we have confirmation of events taking place in 2021, we have listed the dates in bold.
For all events, we would advise that you check information on event websites or social media pages for the latest updates. If there’s anything you think we’ve missed (or if you run an event and would like to see it here), then do please email us.
Here’s a listing of events in the North Dalmatia region this year!
Events in March 2021
Chef’s Stage is a gastronomy and hospitality congress that takes place in Sibenik in March. Panels, workshops, masterclasses and more!
The Zadar ATP Challenger tennis event will be taking place on the clay courts in Zadar from 22nd to 28th March 2021.
Events in April 2021
The Zadar Wine Festival should be held in early April featuring wine producers from all over Croatia.
The Zadar Night Run is normally in April and 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 2021
The Zadar Outdoor Festival in May combines a number of sports competitions in Zadar and nearby locations – for example, 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.
The Zadar Half Triathlon is on 15th May 2021.
The International Choir Competition will be held in Zadar from 20th to 23rd May 2021.
Events in June 2021
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 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 19th June to 3rd July 2021; the first event took place in 1958.
Events in July 2021
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.
The Off Festival, a jazz and blues event, is held in Sibenik in mid-July.
The Millennium Jump takes place in Zadar at the end of July each year. 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 19th to 23rd July 2021, showcasing short animated films, as well as films for children and other animated features.
Events in August 2021
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 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 2021
The 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.
Mountaineering group Highlander – who run events all over central and southern Europe and even further beyond – will be hosting their Highlander Velebit adventure from 25th to 30th September 2021.
Events in October 2021
The Zadar Street Food Festival will be held from in late September/early October at Beach Bar Bamboo; a number of local restaurants will be taking part.
The 23rd Biograd Boat Show will take place 20th to 24th October 2021.
Events in December 2021
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.