Here’s a listing of events in North Dalmatia this year!
Events in February 2017
The Tuna, Sushi and Wine Festival will be held in Zadar from 1st to 5th February 2017, with exhibitions, workshops, lectures, a main square gastro event and special tuna options at participating restaurants in the town.
Events in April 2017
The Zadar Night Run on 22nd April 2017 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.
The Zadar Outdoor Festival (27th – 30th April 2017) 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.
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 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 15th Velebit Ultra Trail takes place on 24th June 2017 in Paklenica National Park; there are five categories (50 Miles, Marathon, Challenger, Active and Light) to compete in. Sign up on the website.
The International Children’s Festival in Sibenik will be on from 17th June to 1st July 2017; 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 56th year.
The Off Festival, a jazz and blues event, is held in Sibenik in mid-July; 2017 will be the 11th event.
Animation festival SUPERTOON will be held in Sibenik 16th to 21st July 2017, showcasing short animated films, as well as films for children and other animated features.
SunceBeat will be held at The Garden Tisno, 19th – 26th July 2017.
The 10th Millennium Jump takes place in Zadar at the end of July 2017. 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!
Soundwave will be on at The Garden Tisno 27th – 31st July 2017.
Events in August 2017
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.
Events in September 2017
The 11th 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 2017
Biograd Boat Show will take place 19th – 22nd October 2017.
Events in December 2017
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.