As you can see from the below listing of events in Split, the city enjoys a very packed cultural calendar each year!
Events in January 2018
A number of Split’s museums will be taking part in the nation-wide ‘Night of the Museums‘ on 26th January 2018. As well as offering free entry from 6pm to 1am, many venues will also be hosting special events.
Events in February 2018
The two-day Split Carnival in the middle of this month includes various fun activities, the highlight of which is an evening procession with many locals – masks donned – joining in. The main carnival is normally preceded by a children’s carnival a few days before in which the little ones can also put on masks and take part in their own procession.
The 18th Split Half Marathon will be on 25th February 2018 on a course that takes in many of the famous sights and areas of Split, including the Riva (start/end point), Marjan Park and Poljud stadium. The half-marathon now also counts on famous ‘Splicani’ (people from Split) such as high-jumper Blanka Vlasic and tennis legend Goran Ivanisevic as its official ambassadors. Find out more details about the event on the official website, where you can also find out how to register to take part!
Events in March 2018
Gast Fair, now in its 23rd year, is the largest gastro event in Croatia. It is on from 28th February to 3rd March 2018.
Events in April 2018
The Days of Christian Culture is an 11-day event that takes place from early April simultaneously in Split, Sibenik and Dubrovnik.
Unsurprisingly, given its location, Split is home to the annual Croatia Boat Show. A very large number of boats and yachts are exhibited by being moored in the city’s harbour and a spectacular parade of boats is held on the final day of the show. This year sees the 20th such event, held from 11th to 15th April.
Events in May 2018
The Festival of Flowers is held each year in the cellars of Diocletian’s Palace at the beginning of May, usually with a high number of exhibitors showing displays on a particular theme. A visually stunning event, be sure to check it out if you’re in the city this month.
Split’s patron saint, Saint Domnius (Sveti Duje in Croatian) is celebrated with a feast day held each year on 7th May. There will be a procession, mass, food, music and much more!
Events in June 2018
Picigin, a popular game played on the beaches of Split (read more about it on our People of Split page) has a “world” championship event held each year in early June – and its lots of fun to watch! (It’s not at all a world championship in any traditional sense, but there are some competitors from other Mediterranean countries.)
The Mediterranean Film Festival Split takes place each year in early June, showcasing films from the region in several venues in Split.
Events in July 2018
Ultra Europe is back for 2018, and there’s no doubt and another hundred thousand or so people will jet in for this year’s event! It will take place at the city’s famed Poljud stadium from 6th to 8th July 2018.
The Split Summer Festival runs for about a month from mid-July to mid-August. Much like the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, this one features open-air theatre, music and dance performances at various special venues around the city, including in and around Diocletian’s Palace. It’s a must-see if you’re in Split at this time.
Events in August 2018
On the first weekend of each August, a very famous and historic horseback tournament takes place in the town of Sinj, near Split. Now in its 303rd year (not a typo – it really is that old!) the Sinjska Alka (or Sinj Alka) sees competitors on horseback armed with lances, aiming to hit the inside of a metal ring (the alka). Points are awarded according to which part of the ring has been hit. The Sinjska Alka was included on the UNESCO Intangible World Heritage List in 2010 (read more on the UNESCO site), and is well worth attending if you’re in the region in early August as it’s such an unique event.
The “Days of Diocletian” take place each year in mid- to end-August, with the streets surrounding Diocletian’s Palace and by the waterfront turning into something resembling…Roman Emperor Diocletian’s time!
Events in October 2018
The 23rd Split Film Festival runs for eight days (4th to 12th September), showing new films from across the world in a variety of categories, themes, genres and styles.
Events in December 2018
The annual ‘Advent in Split‘ sees festive events take place on the Riva and nearby from early December through to early January, involving music and food! There’s usually also special kids’ events (carols) on certain days (Saturdays and New Year’s Eve) too.
New Year’s Eve is also big business in Split…of course! Tens of thousands of people usually pack onto the Riva to listen to live music from well-known Croatian singers, and to watch fireworks. The free party normally continues until the early hours. For more details, please see the Split Tourist Office website.