Events in Croatia

Here’s a selection of what we think are the best events in Croatia taking place in 2023. We add to this list all the time (as new events or additional details are announced), so do check back regularly! If there’s anything you think we’ve missed, then do please email us.

Events in Croatia

Events in Croatia in January 2023

…all over Croatia…
Most Christmas and Advert Fairs in Croatia do still run until early January – so if you’re in Croatia this month, check locally to see what’s on!

…all over Croatia…
On Friday 27th January 2023, the annual “Night of the Museums” will be taking place in locations all over the country. Usually, over 200 museums, galleries and other similar institutions in 100 cities and towns take part; around 300,000 people visit Night of the Museums so you can see that it’s a very popular event. You can also find some further details of this year’s event at the Croatian Museum Association website.

Events in Croatia in February 2023

…in Dubrovnik…
The Festival of St Blaise (Dubrovnik’s patron saint – Sveti Vlaho in Croatian) takes place each year around 3rd February (St Blaise Day) and includes a number of ceremonies in which the people of Dubrovnik pay their respect to the saint. There are also a number of linked events taking place in the preceding days and weeks. The same day is also considered a “City of Dubrovnik Day”, with certain events also being held to celebrate this.

…in the Kvarner Riviera…
February is carnival month all over the world and the best-celebrated such event in Croatia is the Rijeka Carnival, which can attract over 100,000 Croatian and foreign spectators. Rijeka Carnival’s main event – the international parade – will take to the streets of the city on 19th February 2023.

…in Split…
The Split Half Marathon will be held 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. 

Events in Croatia in March 2023

…in South Dalmatia…
The Festival of Oysters takes place on St Joseph’s Day (19th March) and the days after in Ston and Mali Ston, towns on the Peljesac Peninsula that are famed for their oysters. You can sample this local delicacy in a multitude of dishes at the festival, alongside trying out some local wines. Traditional singing and dancing also take place.

…in Zagreb…
The Festival of Lights will take place from 15th to 19th March 2023; the city will see a number of stunning visual light displays at several prominent locations.

Events in Croatia in April 2023

…in Istria…
100 Miles of Istria (13th – 16th April 2023) is an endurance event that actually contains several races over the weekend – a tough, 100 mile trail; the ‘easier’ 110km one; and a more ‘manageable’ 65km trail. Anyone can enter any of the races – if you’re brave enough!

…in Split…
Gast Fair is the largest gastro event in Croatia. It is on from 8th – 11th April 2023.

…in/near Zagreb…
Rally Croatia, part of the FIA World Rally calendar, will be held on a 300km course in and around Croatia’s capital from 20th to 23rd April 2023. Only the third year this rally has been held, it is a very popular event and attracts a considerable amount of interest.

Events in Croatia in May 2023

…all over Croatia…
Night of the Fortresses is an event that takes place at highly impressive heritage monuments in Croatia, Bosnia & Hercegovina and Montenegro on 5th May 2023. Locations in Croatia include Senj, Korcula, Slavonski Brod and Pazin. Come to explore the wonderful fortresses.

…in Split…
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 to a particular theme. A gorgeous visual event, be sure to check it out if you’re in the city this month.

…in Split…
Split’s patron saint, Saint Domnius (Sveti Duje in Croatian) is celebrated with a feast day held each year on 7th May.

…on the islands – Korcula…
Events on Korcula include a celebration of the times of Marco Polo (who was – supposedly – born on Korcula) at the end of May, when the streets of Korcula Town are decorated to look like a 13th century town.

…all over Croatia…
The Nikola Tesla EV Rally will take place from 19th to 28th May 2023, considerably expanded from last year’s event in its dates and route. This year, the rally will be run through Istria and down the coast as far as Split and beyond to the Peljesac Peninsula, then back up to Zagreb and ending in Zadar. You can register to take part on the website.

Events in Croatia in June 2023

…in Istria…
“Porec Summer” will take place starting from mid-June (normally to September) with a wide variety of events including music, dance and more. Check locally for up-to-date listings.

…in the Kvarner Riviera…
The sailing regatta Fiumanka – now in its 24th year – will see boats sail from Rijeka to Omisalj and back; there are also plenty more additional accompanying events for participants and spectators besides! It will take place 6th to 11th June 2023.

…in Split…
The Mediterranean Film Festival Split (15th to 24th June 2023) showcases films from the region at several venues in Split.

…in Zagreb…
Lake Jarun is home to the INmusic Festival, a music event in this pretty setting in southwest Zagreb, with a host of top international bands and stars performing. 2023’s dates have yet to be announced, but in the meantime, read more on our guide to the Festival here. Last year’s excellent line-up (held over from 2020 & 2021) included headliners The Killers.

…in North Dalmatia…
Sibenik’s International Children’s Festival will be on from 24th June to 8th July 2023; the first event took place in 1958.

Events in Croatia in July 2023

…in North Dalmatia…
July and August see an absolutely cracking line-up of music festivals take place on this part of the Croatian coast – the way these festivals are lined-up (all in the same location of Tisno), you could get almost a month and a half of solid partying! July’s events include Love International (12th – 18th July 2023), SunceBeat (20th – 27th July 2023) and Outlook Origins (27th July – 1st August 2023).

…in Istria…
The Pula Film Festival will be celebrating its 70th year in 2023, making it the oldest festival of its kind in Croatia. Both Croatian and international films are shown at various locations in Pula, including in the stunning amphitheatre (the Arena) in the town. The festival is normally held in mid-July.

…in Split…
Ultra Europe is one of the top EDM events in Croatia, and there’s no doubt another hundred thousand or so people will jet in for this year’s event! It will take place at Park Mladezi stadium from 7th to 9th July 2023.

…in North Dalmatia…
Animation festival SUPERTOON is on in Sibenik from 24th to 28th July 2023. Short animated films will be shown, as well as films for children and other animated features.

…on the islands – Rab…
Rabska Fjera is a famous medieval-style summer festival on the island or Rab – with plenty of re-enactments and authentic costumes – that takes place every July.

…in Split…
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.

…on the islands – Brijuni islands…
Kazaliste Ulysses (Ulysses Theatre), co-founded by famous Croatian actor Rade Serbedzija, is situated on Veliki Brijun island (of the Brijuni islands) and runs each summer with some wonderful plays – past seasons have seen Hamlet and King Lear. The Theatre is open and holds performances from mid-July to mid-August each year.

Events in Croatia - Dubrovnik Summer Festival
Opening night of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival

…in Dubrovnik…
The famous Dubrovnik Summer Festival starts mid-July and runs until the end of August. Each year, the Festival includes theatre, opera, music and dance events at various open-air venues around the city.

…in Istria…
The 33rd Croatia Open ATP Tennis tournament will take place 21st to 30th July 2023 in Umag. A clutch of top men’s players, including some of the best Croatian players, take part in this ATP 250 level event. Last year, Jannik Sinner defeated Carlos Alcaraz in the final so you can see the quality of players the tournament attracts! There’s also a number of other celebrations taking place that accompany the tennis, making it quite a fun tournament to attend.

Events in Croatia in August 2023

…in northeastern Croatia…
The annual Renaissance Festival in Koprivnica in early August is perhaps one of the biggest events in the town, with all sorts of historical re-enactments stretching out over the four days of the event. Expect to see competing knights; medieval entertainers, sports and music; plenty of food and drink; fun for kids and much, much more – they really go all out!

…in North Dalmatia…
The fun continues in Tisno in August with festivals Defected Croatia (3rd – 8th August 2023) and Dekmantel Selectors (24th – 28th August 2023) taking place. Dimensions (31st August – 4th September 2023).

…near Split…
On the first weekend of August each year, a very famous and historic horseback tournament takes place in the town of Sinj, near Split. Now in its 308th year (that’s not an error!) the Sinjska Alka (or Sinj Alka) sees competitors on horseback armed with lances aiming to hit the inside of a metal ring (the alka) with points awarded according to which part of the ring they hit. The Sinjska Alka was entered into the UNESCO Intangible World Heritage List in 2010 (read more on the UNESCO website), and is well worth attending if you’re in the region in early August.

…in inland Croatia…
The Dinaric Rally is an amateur motorbike cross country race set in the Dinaric Alps, around the town of Knin. It will be held from 20th to 26th August 2023.

…in central Croatia…
Karlovac Beer Days – the largest festival of its kind in Croatia – takes place at the end of August/beginning of September. Join the festival to sample a wide variety of beers from different Croatian breweries. There’s also a rich gastronomic offering, plenty of live music and kids’ events too.

…in northeastern Croatia…
Spancirfest is one of the best-known street festivals in the whole of Croatia. Taking place in Varazdin in late August (18th to 27th August 2023), there’s a rich programme of events – music, workshops, arts and crafts, kids events plus gastro and wine offerings too.

Events in Croatia in September 2023

…in North Dalmatia…
Dimensions (31st August – 4th September 2023) rounds off the festival season in The Garden Tisno.

…in inland Croatia…
The Croatian Walking Festival takes place on several routes in and around Gopsic (close to Nikola Tesla’s birthplace) and Otocac (both are in Lika-Senj county) of around 30km, 20km and 10km in length in early September.

…in Zagreb…
The 56th International Puppet Festival will take place in mid-September; both Croatian and international puppetry groups take part.

…in southern Dalmatia…
The Ston Wall Marathon takes place on 24th September 2023 on Ston’s town walls; it must surely be one of the most unique running races in the world!

…all over Croatia…
The CroRace cycling event will take place from 26th September to 1st October 2023 on a course taking in north Dalmatia, the Kvarner Riviera and Central Croatia, starting in Primosten and finishing in Zagreb as usual. For the first time, some of the course will also be held on the Croatian islands – Pag and Krk.

Events in Croatia in October 2023

…in Istria…
Starting in September, although mainly taking place in October and the beginning of November, the “Day of Truffles” events are actually a succession of truffle-themed days taking place every weekend at various towns in Istria. (Truffles being something Istria is very famous for.) Check locally for planned events, and enjoy tasting various food and dishes flavoured with truffles.

…in Istria…
Marunada is a festival devoted to chestnuts – sampling chestnut delicacies & chestnut liqueurs, collecting chestnuts…and plenty of games and sports events too. Marunada takes place in various venues this month, mainly near Lovran in Istria.

…in Dubrovnik…
The Good Food Festival in mid October offers food and drink tastings, culinary walks, workshops, kids events and more.

…in central Croatia…
Ivanic-Grad, southeast of Zagreb, hosts Bucijada (Pumpkin Day) on the third weekend of October each year. Pumpkins and pumpkin products are celebrated during the event.

…in North Dalmatia…
The 25th Biograd Boat Show will take place from 25th to 29th October 2023.

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

Events in Croatia in November 2023

…all over Croatia…
Martinje (or the Feast of St Martin) is celebrated in many places in Croatia on 11th November. This is the day when thanks are given to St Martin for a good wine harvest, and also the day when wine has matured so it is now suitable for drinking. Check locally to see what celebrations are taking place – as well as celebrating wine, good food will be on offer too.

…all over Croatia…
Mid-November sees Theatre Night take place in Croatia. (Having expanded, it also takes place in several other neighbouring countries). Somewhere along the lines of 80 venues in more than 30 towns and cities in the country participate, welcoming over 40,000 attendees. Theatres will hold free (or cheaper) performances, with additional workshops, tours and similar.

Events in Croatia in December 2023

…in Zagreb…
One of the most celebrated Christmas fairs in Croatia (if not in Europe!) is the impressive Advent in Zagreb which is held from early December through until early January each year. Zagreb is decorated to the max with lots of stunning Christmas decorations, and there’s plenty of fun for all ages to be had. Don’t forget the tasty festive food and drink too!

…all over Croatia…
Almost all towns in Croatia, however small, will have festive decorations put up to celebrate Christmas. Some, especially the larger towns and cities, will have Christmas fairs, ice skating rinks and other events to celebrate the time of year. This is also true for New Year’s Eve – head to the main square of the town/city you’re in, and you can probably enjoy a free evening concert until the early hours, which normally has a pause for fireworks at midnight!

For full listings of events in the various Croatian regions, towns and islands, see: