Another very successful year for festivals in Croatia in 2016 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 2017?

We’re in the process of updating this section for festivals in Croatia 2017, so keep coming back to see all the latest Croatian festival news!

Festivals in Croatia 2017

  • INmusic Festival
    Zagreb, 19th – 21st June 2017
    Croatia’s largest open air festival, now in its twelfth year, will see a heap of top names perform – Kings of Leon, Arcade Fire, Kasabian and more.
  • Obonjan
    island of Obonjan, 23rd June – 3rd September 2017
    A full festival season on an eco-friendly island, with music, DJs, wellness, talks, workshops and much more
  • Hideout Festival
    Novalja, island of Pag, 26th – 30th June 2017
    Plenty of names already on the bill for the sixth Hideout
  • Love International
    Tisno, 28th June – 5th July 2017
    Following a very successful first year, Love International is full-on planning their 2017 event!
  • Electric Elephant
    Obonjan, 6th – 9th July 2017
    Electric Elephant heads to a new home – the intimate island of Obonjan – for 2017!
  • Fresh Island Festival
    Novalja, island of Pag, 11th – 13th July 2017
    Hip hop’s finest names head to Zrce Beach for fun in the sun
  • Beats, Beer and Boogaloo
    Tisno, 13th – 17th July 2017
    A heady mix of funked-up soul and craft beer for this brand new festival!
  • Ultra Europe
    Split, 14th – 16th July 2017
    Ultra Europe’s fifth year is sure to be just as magical in Split’s Poljud Stadium, with accompany after-parties on the islands!
  • SuncéBeat
    Tisno, 19th – 26th July 2017
    Another week of revelry from the crew behind Southport Weekender
  • Seasplash Festival
    Pula, 20th – 23rd July 2017
    The fifteenth Seasplash will bring together an eclectic mix of musical styles and genres
  • Love Week Festival
    Novalja, island of Pag, 22nd – 28th July 2017
    7 days of fun in Croatia’s party hotspot
  • Soundwave Croatia
    Tisno, 27th – 31st July 2017
    Soundwave returns to to Tisno for its ninth edition with a wonderful music and art feast
  • Defected Croatia
    Tisno, 10th – 15th August 2017
    Previously Ibiza regulars, Defected return to Croatia for their second event
  • Sonus Festival
    Novalja, island of Pag, 20th – 24th August 2017
    Sonus will be celebrating its fifth birthday in style with plenty of top techno and electro names
  • Dekmantel
    Tisno, 24th – 28th August 2017
    An intimate, late-season event in The Garden Tisno
  • MTV SummerBlast
    Porec, 25th & 26th August 2017
    One of the season-ending festivals in Croatia, this two-day extravaganza features none other than Will Smith!
  • Dimensions
    Pula, 30th August – 4th September 2017
    The little sister of Outlook (below), another top-notch electro festival held in the same stunning venue
  • Outlook Festival
    Pula, 7th – 10th September 2017
    Ever been to a festival in a beautiful old fort? With an opening ceremony in a Roman amphitheatre? No?! Here’s your chance! Better yet, Outlook celebrates ten years this year!

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!