Events in 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 selection of what we think are the best events in Croatia taking place in 2021. 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 was one of the two European Capital of Cultures in 2020 (along with Galway in Ireland) – a year that was obviously greatly affected by the pandemic, meaning the events and celebrations were muted. Its Capital of Culture status has been extended in 2021, so some additional special events will still be taking place. Check out the official website for more details: Rijeka 2020.

Events in Croatia in January 2021

…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!

…in Dubrovnik…
Dubrovnik Festa is a mini-festival held in the run-up to the Festival of St Blaise (see February below). This year’s festival will be held from 25th January to 2nd February 2021. Events include concerts, theatre performances and food and wine offerings.

…all over Croatia…
On Friday 29th January 2021, the annual “Night of the Museums” will be taking place digitally. In a normal year, over 200 museums, galleries and other similar institutions across the country in 100 cities and towns take part; there are usually around 300,000 people visiting Museum Night so you can see that it’s a very popular event. You can find some further details of this digital event at the Croatian Museum Association website.

Events in Croatia in February 2021

…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. This year’s festival will be held from 2nd to 7th February 2021. 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.

Events in Croatia in March 2021

…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. 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.

Events in Croatia in April 2021

…in Istria…
100 Miles of Istria (8th – 11th April 2021) 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 14th to 17th April 2021.

…in Zagreb…
Rally Croatia, part of the FIA World Rally calendar, will be held on a 300km course in, around and near to Croatia’s capital from 22nd to 25th April 2021.

Events in Croatia in May 2021

…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 Sea Star Festival is on in Umag on 28th-29th May 2021, part of the Exit group of festivals. There’s also addtional days of parting either side of the festival!

…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.

Events in Croatia in June 2021

…on the islands – Dugi Otok…
The Dugi Otok Trail takes place on 5th June 2021.

…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 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 5th to 13th June 2021.

…in Split…
The Mediterranean Film Festival Split will take place from the 17th to 26th June 2021, showcasing films from the region at several venues in Split.

…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 21st to 23rd June 2021, read more on our guide to the Festival here. The excellent line-up this year (held over from 2020) includes headliners The Killers!

…in North Dalmatia…
Sibenik’s International Children’s Festival will be on from 19th June to 3rd July 2021; the first event took place in 1958.

Events in Croatia in July 2021

…in Istria…
The Pula Film Festival will be in its 68th year in 2021, 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.

…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 (14th – 20th July 2021) and SunceBeat (21st – 29th July 2021).

…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 9th to 11th July 2021.

…in Istria…
The 31st Croatia Open ATP Tennis tournament will take place from 16th to 25th July 2021 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 North Dalmatia…
Animation festival SUPERTOON is on in Sibenik from 19th to 23rd July 2021. 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.

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; this year from 10th July to 25th August 2021. 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 North Dalmatia…
Two well-established music festivals, Outlook and Dimensions, are moving location from their previous home near Pula – they will now be held at The Garden Tisno. (A move postponed from 2020!) They are also going to held earlier in the summer! Dimensions is being held 1st to 5th July 2021 whilst Outlook has become Outlook Origins and will be on from 29th July to 2nd August 2021.

Events in Croatia in August 2021

…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 306th 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 inland Croatia…
The Dinaric Rally is an amateur motorbike cross country race set in the Dinaric Alps, around the town of Knin. Extended for this year, it will be held from 17th to 22nd August 2021.

Events in Croatia in September 2021

…on the islands – Pag…
The Hideout Festival returns this year from 5th to 9th September 2021 (a new date), held in the open-air clubs of Zrce Beach in Novalja on the island of Pag.

…in Zagreb…
The 54th International Puppet Festival will take place 17th to 23rd September 2021; both Croatian and international puppetry groups take part.

…in Split…
The 21st Split Half Marathon will be on 26th September 2021 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 October 2021

…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 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 North Dalmatia…
The 23rd Biograd Boat Show will take place from 20th to 24th October 2021.

Events in Croatia in November 2021

…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 2021

…in Zagreb…
One of the most celebrated Christmas fairs in Croatia (if not in Europe!) is the impressive Advent in Zagreb.

…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: