Events in Eastern Croatia

PLEASE NOTE Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, many events have been postponed or delayed. 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 2021, 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 updates. 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.

Here’s a listing of events in eastern Croatia – including in cities such as Osijek and Vukovar and in the region in general – that are taking place this year. Please double check on events’ websites or social media pages for up to date programmes and timings of these events.

Events in Eastern Croatia
Events in Eastern Croatia – a food market in Osijek

Events in January 2021

WineOS is a wine festival will showcase wines from all over Croatia, with attendees also able to sample local culinary delicacies. Postponed for 2021

Events in February 2021

February is carnival month across the globe, and numerous cities in Croatia celebrate too. The Vinkovci Carnival includes processions and children’s events.

Events in April 2021

Easter in Osijek sees large, beautifully painted Easter Eggs on display during Easter week. There is also a kids’ tram that offers rides, plus a procession of Easter bunnies on motorbikes!

Events in May 2021

The Osijek Craft Beer Festival takes place in May at Gajba beerhouse. Sample local craft beers, as well as those from elsewhere in Croatia and international ones too.

Events in June 2021

In fact taking places in June, July and August, the Osijek Summer Nights is a collection of happenings largely centred around live performances plus tasty food and drink! The main square in Osijek will be taken over by a number of small huts selling tasty offerings from Osijek restaurants, and locally produced products from the Baranja and Slavonia regions will also be on sale.

International Danube Day is celebrated on 29th June each year by all countries through which this mighty river flows – which it does in eastern Croatia.

Events in July 2021

It’s not just locations on the coast that enjoy summer festivals! The Osijek Cultural Summer is the largest festival of this type in eastern Croatia and features theatre performances, film screenings, art exhibitions, concerts and more both indoors and outdoors.

The DunavArt Festival is held in Ilok in early July each year.

The Vukovar Film Festival holds screenings of films (often winners of international film festivals), short films and documentaries.

Events in August 2021

Dorf is a music documentary festival that takes place in August; it is in its 15th year in 2020.

VukovArt is a street art festival that will take place in Vukovar in late August/early September.

Events in September 2021

Days of the First Croatian Beer” is a 10-day festival in September that celebrates…well…the first ever Croatian beer – Osjecko! Set in a large marquee by the River Drava in Osijek, the beer, tasty good and live music entertains tens of thousands of revellers each year.

Vinkovci Autumn is one of the largest folklore festivals in Croatia. Come along to this event (in mid September) to experience traditional costumes, dances and music.

Events in October 2021

PaprikaFest in early October in Lug, near Osijek, celebrates the pepper (paprika in Croatian), a traditional vegetable around these parts.

Events in December 2021

As with many other places in Croatia, Osijek and Vukovar have a full programme for their Advent offerings. There will be all sorts of Christmas-y happenings throughout the month of December. Warming food and drink, souvenirs and trinkets to buy, live music, ice skating, Santa for the kids…that kind of thing!

More Events in Croatia

See our page on Events in Croatia for all sorts of happenings – film, culture, art, sport, dance, theatre, music and more – all over the country.