Here’s a listing of events in North Dalmatia this year!
Events in February 2018
The Tuna, Sushi and Wine Festival will be held in Zadar from 2nd to 11th February 2018 (expanded from last year), with exhibitions, workshops, lectures, a main square gastro event and special tuna options at participating restaurants in the town.
Events in April 2018
The Zadar Night Run on 21st April 2018 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 2018
The Zadar Outdoor Festival (11th – 13th May 2018) will combine a number of sports competitions in Zadar and nearby locations – a sailing regatta, swimming marathon and kayak race, plus rafting, running, trekking and cycling. 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.
Events in June 2017
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 16th to the 30th June 2018; the first event took place in 1958.
Events in July 2017
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 57th year.
The Off Festival, a jazz and blues event, is held in Sibenik in mid-July; 2018 will be the 12th event.
Animation festival SUPERTOON will be held in Sibenik 22nd to 27th July 2018, showcasing short animated films, as well as films for children and other animated features.
SunceBeat will be held at The Garden Tisno, 18th – 25th July 2018.
The 12th Millennium Jump takes place in Zadar at the end of July 2018. 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!
The last ever Soundwave Festival – the 10th edition of the event – will be on at The Garden Tisno 26th – 30th July 2018. Snap up your tickets quick to be a part of their last hurrah!
Events in August 2018
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 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.
The 16th Velebit Ultra Trail takes place from 31st August to 2nd September 2018 in Paklenica National Park. There are five categories (50 Miles, Marathon, Challenger, Active and Light) to compete in. Sign up on the website.
Events in September 2018
The 12th 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 2018
Biograd Boat Show will take place in mid October 2018.
Events in December 2018
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.