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 2023
A number of Split’s museums will be taking part in this year’s partly digital ‘Night of the Museums‘ on 27th January 2023. Museums offer free entry from 6pm to 1am, with many venues also hosting special events.
Events in February 2023
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 23rd Split Half Marathon will be on 26th February 2023 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.
Events in March 2023
Gast Fair is the largest gastro event in Croatia. It is on from 8th to 11th March 2023.
Events in April 2023
The Days of Christian Culture is an 11-day event that takes place from early April simultaneously in Split, Sibenik and Dubrovnik.
Events in May 2023
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 2023
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 it’s 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 11th Split Pride will take place in mid-June.
The Mediterranean Film Festival Split takes place from 15th to 24th June 2023, showcasing regional films in several venues in Split.
The Theatre by the Sea opens for the season on 15th June 2023 (until mid-September) with weekly performances of stand-up routines, comedy shows, performances for kids and more.
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 2023
Urban music festival Fibra Festival – featuring Croatia bands and singers – should take place in July.
Ultra Europe is back for 2023, and there’s no doubt another hundred thousand or so people will jet in for this year’s event! It will take place at the Park Mladezi stadium from 7th to 9th July 2023.
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 2023
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 307th 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 – it’s such a 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 September 2023
Vinart Wine Festival arrives in Split for the first time, on from 7th to 24th September 2023. Held in Kolur Zvoncac, you “rent” a wine glass for €5 and can then take advantage of special promotion prices of wines; cocktails and tasty bites are also available. This is a great chance to sample some excellent Croatian wine in a pleasant setting.
The Split at Night Jazz Festival will be held from 10th to 13th September 2023 at the Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments with four special concerts.
Gripe Sports Hall in Split will be the venue for Group D of the Davis Cup, hosting matches between Croatia, the USA, the Netherlands and Finland between 12th to 17th September 2023. Tickets can be bought on Ulaznice.hr.
The 92nd Murdujska Regatta takes place on 30th September 2023 with a start time of 11am. It is the largest sailing regatta in this part of the Adriatic!
Events in October 2023
The Taste the Mediterranean Festival should take place this month, with chef masterclasses, wine tastings and some restaurants offering a three-course Dalmatian speciality menu at a fixed price.
The 27th Split Film Festival runs for ten days (12th to 21st October 2023), showing new films from across the world in a variety of categories, themes, genres and styles.
Events in December 2023
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 are usually also special kids’ events (carols) on certain days (Saturdays and New Year’s Eve) too. There is 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.