Events in Croatia

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.

Here’s a selection of what we think are the best events in Croatia taking place in 2020. 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 all year long

…in Rijeka…
Rijeka is one of the two European Capital of Cultures in 2020 (along with Galway in Ireland), so there are plenty of special events taking place here as the spotlight is shone on this fine city. Check out the official website for more details: Rijeka 2020.

Events in Croatia in January 2020

…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 31st January 2020, from 6pm to 1am, the “Night of the Museums” takes place at various towns and cities all over Croatia. Each year, over 200 museums, galleries and other similar institutions across the country in 100 cities and towns take part; with around 300,000 people visiting Museum Night, it’s a very popular event. Entry to all these places is free, so you can enjoy their fine exhibits. Many also host additional workshops and other events on the night; in particular, Split Archeological Museum is celebrating 200 years this year whilst the Zagreb Museum of Arts and Crafts celebrates 140 years. You can find some further details at the Croatian Museum Association website.

Events in Croatia in February 2020

…in Dubrovnik…
The Festival of St Blaise (Dubrovnik’s patron saint – Sveti Vlaho in Croatian) takes place each year on 3rd February 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.

…all over Croatia…
February is carnival month in Croatia (and elsewhere in the world!), with many celebrations taking place in various towns and cities. One of the largest events is the Rijeka Carnival; its celebrations officially taking place from mid-January to the end of February, including parades and concerts, exhibitions and balls. The Rijeka Carnival easily attracts over 100,000 spectators, making it one of the larger carnivals in Europe. This year, the main International Carnival Parade in Rijeka takes place on the 23rd February 2020.

…in Zagreb…
Zagreb Dox is an international documentary film festival, held from 15th to 22nd March 2020. Taking place at the MoviePlex cinema in the Kaptol Center, there are several themed programs as well as a competition for the best documentary.

Events in Croatia in March 2020

…all over Croatia…
The 20th Restaurant Week (or Tjedan Restoran in Croatian) actually takes place over a week and a bit in many Croatian towns and cities. A number of restaurants will be taking part, each offering a special Restaurant Week three-course menu (and sometimes with a glass of wine too!) for a special price – 100 Kuna for lunch or 100/125 Kuna for dinner. This year, it will be held from 13th to 22nd March 2020.

…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 famed for their oysters. At the festival you can sample this local delicacy in a multitude of dishes, alongside trying out some local wines. Traditional singing and dancing also takes place.

Events in Croatia in April 2020

…in Istria…
100 Miles of Istria (17th – 19th April 2020) 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 North Dalmatia…br>The Zadar Night Run on 18th April 2020 is a race in the centre of the town (in fact, you can choose a course out of three of differing lengths) that starts at 8.30pm at the Greeting to the Sun light installation by the sea.

…in Dubrovnik…
Dubrovnik Festiwine (24th – 26th April 2020) celebrates wines made in the local county, Dubrovnik-Neretva. Enjoy local wines at a number of restaurants and bars in the city.

Events in Croatia in May 2020

…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.

…in Istria…
The Vinistra exhibition in Porec allows wine-lovers to come and sample local specialties, with olive oils and brandies also featured. Over 100 exhibitors normally show their collections of wines, oils and spirits; this year’s event will be on from 8th to 10th May 2020.

…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.

…in Istria…
Wine Day (“Open Wine Cellars Day”) allows people to tour the wineries of Istria, conducting tastings (and purchasing wine too!). It will be held on 31st May 2020 – check locally for specific details and to see which wineries are taking part.

Events in Croatia in June 2020

…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.

…on the islands – Pag…
Hideout Festival returns this year from 21st to 25th June 2020, held in the open air clubs of Zrce Beach in Novalja on the island of Pag.

…in Zagreb…
Lake Jarun is home to the INmusic Festival, a three day music event in this pretty setting in southwest Zagreb, with a host of top international bands and stars performing. Held 22nd to 24th June this year, read more on our guide to the Festival here. The excellent line-up this year includes headliners The Killers!

Events in Croatia in July 2020

…in Istria…
The Pula Film Festival will be in its 67th year in 2020, 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 on from 18th to 26th July 2020.

…in North Dalmatia…
July and August sees 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 (15 – 21st 2020) and SunceBeat (22nd – 29th July 2020).

…in Split…
Ultra Europe is one of the top EDM events in Croatia, 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 2020.

…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 Istria…
The 31st Croatia Open ATP Tennis tournament will take place from 17th to 21st July 2020 in Umag. A clutch of top men’s players, including some of the top Croatian players, take part in this ATP 250 level event. There’s also a number of other celebrations taking place that accompany the tennis, making it quite a fun tournament to attend!

…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.

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.

…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.

…in Istria…
Another film event in Istria is the well-established Motovun Film Festival (28th July to 1st August 2020). Although held in a small (but very pretty) hilltop town in inland Istria, the event is considered one of the premier film festivals in Croatia. A variety of features from across the world are shown, from documentaries to full-length films.

…in North Dalmatia…
The 14th Millennium Jump will take place in Zadar in late July 2020, with locals and other willing participants gathering on the waterfront and then jumping into the sea at the same time! Around 1,500 people take part each year; here’s a video from In Your Pocket explaining the event in more detail. Fun to join in with if you’re there!

Events in Croatia in August 2020

…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 305th 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 onto 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.

…in North Dalmatia…
Two well-established music festivals, Outlook and Dimensions, are not only moving location – they will now be held at The Garden Tisno – they are also moving month! Outlook has become Outlook Origins and will be on from 30th July to 4th August whilst Dimensions is being held 13th to 18th August 2020.

Events in Croatia in September 2020

…in Split…
The Split Film Festival will take place from 10th to 17th September 2020, showcasing new films from across the world from a variety of categories, themes, genres and styles.

Events in Croatia in October 2020

…all over Croatia…
The CRO Race (formerly Tour of Croatia) is only a few years old, but already popular with spectators and competitors alike. Previously held each year in April, it moved month for 2019 and should again take place in early October in 2020. The Tour has stages throughout Croatia – check the website to see where exactly the cyclists will be competing, and then head out and watch if you happen to be there! There’s also some stunning views of the country if you’re watching on TV (Eurosport have coverage in Europe).

…in Istria…
Starting in September, though 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. 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 liquers, collecting chestnuts…and plenty of games and sports events too! Marunada takes place in various venues this month, mainly near Lovran in Istria.

Events in Croatia in November 2020

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

…all over Croatia…
Mid-November sees Theatre Night 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 2020

…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: