Barrakud Festival

2021 was a bit of a mixed bag for festivals in Croatia. Unfortunately, quite a few of the big name events were cancelled and postponed until 2022 due to the pandemic (of course!) although some festivals did still take place – receiving thousands of very happy revellers! Hopefully 2022 will offer up a full calendar of fun festival events…looking at the list below, that’s certainly the plan!

Festivals in Croatia 2022

Unfortunately, some festivals due to take place in early summer 2021 have had to be postponed once more. We’re sure they’ll be back with full force in 2022!

  • Sea Star Festival
    Umag, 27th & 28th May 2022
    Part of the ‘Exit family’ of festivals, this event normally kicks of the festival calendar each year
  • Selected Festival
    Zrce Beach, island of Pag, 16th – 18th June 2022
    The first edition of this house music event hits Zrce Beach’s famous clubs
  • INmusic Festival
    Zagreb, 20th – 22nd June 2022
    Croatia’s largest open-air festival, in its 15th edition, is sure to see another excellent line-up next year
  • Fresh Island Festival
    Zrce Beach, island of Pag, 26th – 28th June 2022
    Hip hop’s finest names head to Zrce Beach for fun in the sun
  • Pula Music Week
    Pula, 30th June – 6th July 2022
    A wonderful line-up of live house and techno shows in Pula’s Arena
  • Hideout Festival
    Zrce Beach, island of Pag, 3rd – 7th July 2022
    Celebrating the tenth edition of the festival
  • Ultra Europe
    Split, 8th – 10th July 2022
    Ultra Europe’s eighth edition will surely feature some BIG names on the bill
  • Senses
    Zrce Beach, island of Pag, 11th- 14th July 2022
    Electro music heaven on the island of Pag
  • Love International
    Tisno, 13th – 19th July 2022
    Celebrating its fifth edition, Love International will serve up some amazing back to back sets in 2022
  • Seasplash Festival
    Sibenik, 14th – 17th July 2022
    Seasplash celebrates 20 years in 2022; returning to Sibenik with its eclectic mix of musical styles and genres, it’ll be a special year
  • SuncéBeat
    Tisno, 21st – 28th July 2022
    Another week of revelry from the crew behind Southport Weekender
  • Outlook Origins
    Tisno, 28th July – 2nd August 2022
    Outlook returns to its Dalmatian origins once again
  • Membrain Festival
    Sibenik, 4th – 7th August 2022
    All about bass culture
  • Hard Summer
    Znjan Beach, Split, 6th August
    With headline act Calvin Harris, a party on one of Split’s best beaches
  • Defected Croatia
    Tisno, 5th – 10th August 2021
    Previously Ibiza regulars, Defected return to Croatia to showcase the best of house music
  • Sonus Festival
    Zrce Beach, island of Pag, 21st – 25th August 2022
    Sonus’s eighth year will see plenty of top techno and electro names perform
  • Barrakud
    Zrce Beach, island of Pag, 25th – 29th August 2022
    The tenth year of techno for Barrakud in the clubs of Zrce Beach
  • Dekmantel
    Tisno, 25th – 29th August 2022
    An intimate, late-season event in The Garden Tisno
  • Palm Tree Music Festival
    Zrce Beach, island of Pag, 27th – 1st September 2022
    A new event for 2022 with a headline set by Kygo
  • Dimensions
    Tisno, 1st – 5th September 2022
    Celebrating its 10th edition this year
  • Unruly Culture Splash Weekender
    Zrce Beach, Island of Pag, 1st – 5th September 2022
    Another new event, the best of dancehall comes to Zrce Beach
  • Elrow Island
    Obonjan, 8th – 11th September 2022
    A full island takeover at this super-exclusive event
Barrakud Festival

Reviews of Festivals in Croatia

Unsurprisingly, almost all of the festivals that are held in Croatia are very highly regarded and well reviewed by the music press. Here’s some reviews of festivals held in previous years:

Other Festivals

The very well-known Exit Festival is held in the neighbouring country of Serbia and is an amazingly fun event to attend – and perfect for combining with a holiday in Croatia.

Started in 2000 as a protest against the political system at the time (and initially a dance music event), Exit has now grown considerably to become one of Europe’s top festivals.

Held in the impressive Petrovaradin Fortress at night-time (festival hours are 9pm to 6am each day), many head to Exit as a chance to experience an incredibly fun – not to mention eclectic – foreign festival in a cheaper setting.

Check out the Exit Festival website for more details on the event; Visit Croatia attended the 2009 Exit Festival – read up on my experiences, as well as hints and tips that may be useful to you!