Events in Southern Dalmatia

PLEASE NOTE There’s obviously been a lot of upheaval in the last couple of years, so 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 2022, 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 news. 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.

A listing of some of the annual events in Southern Dalmatia – check back on this page regularly for updates!

Do also take a look at our Events in Dubrovnik page for happenings in that town.

Events in Southern Dalmatia

Events in March 2022

A region famed for its oysters must have an event dedicated to them – right? Luckily, it does! The Festival of Oysters takes place on St Joseph’s Day (19th March) and the days after in Ston and Mali Ston, when a multitude of oyster dishes can be sampled, along with some local wines. Traditional singing and dancing also takes place.

The Dubrovnik Outdoor Festival normally takes place at the end of March each year. The festival’s aim is to showcase the natural beauty of the southern Dalmatian region to activity holiday visitors. As well as seminars and workshops, there will also be plenty of sports activities on offer including runs and an adventure race combining sea kayaking, running and abseiling.

Events in June 2022

As with many other Croatian coastal towns and cities, Cavtat also has a run of summer events from June to September, featuring concerts, dance performances, street performances and more. All events are free; check locally for full details.

The Festival of Peljesac Flavours takes place from 15th June to 16th July 2022 where guests can sample local wines and oysters at restaurants in a number of restaurants on the Peljesac Peninsula.

Events in July 2022

Zen Opuzen is a street art festival that combines numerous artistic and cultural activities in the town of Opuzen every July. There is usually some stunning sand art displayed (temporarily, of course!) on the banks of the River Neretva.

Cavtat also hosts its Summer Carnival over a weekend in July with plenty of outdoor fun for you to join in!

Events in August 2022

The Salt Festival in Ston takes place at the end of August/early September (salt production being something Ston is famous for). Restaurants in Ston and the surrounding area will offer specially priced menus for the duration of the festival, showcasing their dishes and special wines from the region. There will also be plenty of entertainment (live music) and you can also learn more about the salt harvest!

Events in September 2022

The Ston Wall Marathon (you’ve read that correctly!) takes place mid-September, and must surely be one of the most unique running races in the world!

The Epidaurus Festival is in its 16th year in 2022, taking place in Cavtat in September. The arts festival – named after the old name for Cavtat – largely focuses on music but also includes art, drama, theatre and other cultural events.

Events in October 2022

The Unseen Festival is a film festival held every year in early October in Cavtat. Both Croatian and international films are displayed in public locations, with accompanying workshops also held.

Events in December 2022

Scents of Christmas will be in its 15th year this year. Held the week of Christmas Day (so a few days before and after) in the small towns (Cilipi, Drvenik) of the Konavle region, there are food and wine presentations and tastings, music, markets and more.