PLEASE NOTE Due to the global coronavirus outbreak, many of the events listed here may be postponed to later in the year or cancelled for 2020. Please check information on event websites or social media pages for latest updates. We will keep all listings posted on this page in the normal format as we assume the events calendar will return to normal in 2021.
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 2020
JazZima is a series of jazz concerts held over winter (December to March) at the city’s puppet theatre. Performing in January will be Just Split Jazz (17th).
A number of Split’s museums will be taking part in the nation-wide ‘Night of the Museums‘ on 31st January 2020. As well as offering free entry from 6pm to 1am, many venues will also be hosting special events including Split Archeological Museum which celebrates 200 years this year.
Events in February 2020
The two-day Split Carnival (see below) 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 19th Split Half Marathon will be on 23rd February 2020 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. As part of the day, 5K and kids’ races will also take place. Find out more details about the event on the official website, where you can also find out how to register to take part!
Gast Fair, now in its 25th year, is the largest gastro event in Croatia. It is on from 25th to 29th February 2020.
Events in April 2020
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 22nd such event, held from 22nd to 26th April 2020.
Events in May 2020
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 2020
The Mediterranean Film Festival Split will take place from the 4th to 13th June 2020, showcasing films from the region in several venues in Split.
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.)
Split Pride – in its tenth year – will take place in mid June.
The Bacvice Summer Cinema is an open air cinema close to the famous beach that offers a run of new and classic films over a week or so at the end of June/early July.
Events in July 2020
Urban music festival Fibra Festival – featuring Croatia bands and singers – should take place in early July.
Ultra Europe is back for 2020, 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 10th to 12th July.
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 2020
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 305th 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.
“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 2020
The 25th Split Film Festival runs for eight days (10th to 17th September 2020), showing new films from across the world in a variety of categories, themes, genres and styles.
Events in December 2020
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. There’s also an Advert at Pjaca at the nearby People’s Square in the Old Town.
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.