Another very successful year for festivals in Croatia in 2017 saw many old favourites return and many new names appear on the calendar. The number of top quality – not to mention FUN – events means that Croatia is proving to be the festival destination in mainland Europe. There’s also something for everyone, whether you want a pop & rock event; a huge stadium festival with big name DJs; EDM; a boutique and laid-back festival by the sea; partying day and night in some of the best clubs in Europe…the list goes on!

Festivals in Croatia get many repeat visitors year after year – but if you’ve never been to an event, why not give it a go in 2018?

We’re in the process of updating this section for festivals in Croatia 2018, so keep coming back to see all the latest Croatian festival news!

Festivals in Croatia 2018

  • INmusic Festival
    Zagreb, 25th – 27th June 2018
    Croatia’s largest open air festival, now in its thirteenth year, sees another excellent line-up – Queens of the Stone Age, David Byrne, Alice in Chains and more
  • Hideout Festival
    Novalja, island of Pag, 25th – 29th June 2018
    Plenty of top names already on the bill for the eighth Hideout
  • Obonjan
    island of Obonjan (near Sibenik), 25th – 2nd September 2018
    A full festival season on an eco-friendly island, with music, DJs, wellness, talks, workshops and much more
  • Love International
    Tisno, 27th June – 4th July 2018
    Now an established player on the Croatian festival scene, the third Love International will have a brilliant line-up!
  • Fresh Island Festival
    Novalja, island of Pag, 10th – 12th July 2018
    Hip hop’s finest names head to Zrce Beach for fun in the sun
  • Seasplash Festival
    Pula, 19th – 22nd July 2018
    The sixteenth Seasplash will bring together an eclectic mix of musical styles and genres
  • SuncéBeat
    Tisno, 18th – 25th July 2017
    Another week of revelry from the crew behind Southport Weekender
  • Love Week Festival
    Novalja, island of Pag, 21st – 27th July 2018
    7 days of fun in Croatia’s party hotspot
  • Soundwave Croatia
    Tisno, 26th – 30th July 2018
    The tenth edition of Soundwave will also be its last! Make sure you snap up tickets to help see the festival go out with a bang!
  • Ultra Europe
    Split, 6th – 8th July 2018
    Ultra Europe’s sixth year as an amazing line-up with top DJs – including David Guetta, Armin Van Buuren, Afrojack and more!
  • Defected Croatia
    Tisno, 9th – 14th August 2017
    Previously Ibiza regulars, Defected return to Croatia for their third event showcasing the best of house music
  • Sonus Festival
    Novalja, island of Pag, 19th – 23rd August 2018
    Sonus’s sixth year will see plenty of top techno and electro names
  • Dekmantel
    Tisno, 23rd – 27th August 2018
    An intimate, late-season event in The Garden Tisno
  • Dark Circle Fest
    Rijeka, 24th & 25th August 2018
    Held in an abandoned factory, this is the fifth edition of this metal fest
  • Dimensions
    Pula, 29th August – 3rd September 2018
    The little sister of Outlook (below), another top-notch electro festival held in the same stunning venue
  • Outlook Festival
    Pula, 5th – 9th September 2018
    Ever been to a festival in a beautiful old fort? With an opening ceremony in a Roman amphitheatre? No?! Here’s your chance!
  • Goulash Disko
    Komiza, island of Vis, 12th – 16th September 2018
    A wonderful end to the festival season – in a beautiful location! DJs, producers and bands from around the world congregate in Komiza for this entirely crowd-funded festival.

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. A whole host of big names appear each year – 2016’s line-up included David Guetta, Ellie Goulding, Bastille, The Prodigy, The Vaccines, Hurts and George Clinton amongst many, many others.

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!