Barrakud Festival

Well, 2020 was certainly a bust when it came to festivals and partying…right? Totally understandable, of course, given the severity of the coronavirus pandemic. Almost all of 2020’s festivals in Croatia were cancelled and postponed for a year. However, things are looking up for 2021 which means that…fingers crossed…it will likely be a summer of partying!

Festivals in Croatia 2021

Here are the details of the 2021 festivals taking place:

  • Dimensions
    Tisno, 1st – 5th July 2021
    Like its “big sister” Outlook, Dimensions makes the move to Dalmatia for 2021 in a new early July slot
  • Fresh Island Week
    Zrce Beach, island of Pag, 3rd – 10th July 2021
    Hip hop’s finest names head to Zrce Beach for fun in the sun
  • Hospitality on the Beach
    Tisno, 8th – 12th July 2021
    The third year for drum and bass magic in Tisno
  • Ultra Europe
    Split, 9th – 11th July 2021
    Ultra Europe’s eighth edition will surely feature some BIG names on the bill
  • Love International
    Tisno, 14th – 20th July 2021
    Celebrating its fifth edition, Love International will serve up some amazing back to back sets this year
  • Seasplash Festival
    Sibenik, 15th – 18th July 2021
    The nineteenth Seasplash returns to Sibenik, bringing together an eclectic mix of musical styles and genres
  • SuncéBeat
    Tisno, 21st – 29th July 2021
    Another week of revelry from the crew behind Southport Weekender
  • Outlook Origins
    Tisno, 29th July – 2nd August 2021
    Outlook returns to its Dalmatian origins for its 13th event, and earlier in the year too!
  • Membrain Festival
    Sibenik, 5th – 8th August 2021
    One of the few festivals to go ahead in 2020 (in a smaller guise), they’re ramping things up again for 2021!
  • Defected Croatia
    Tisno, 5th – 10th August 2021
    Previously Ibiza regulars, Defected return to Croatia for their fifth event showcasing the best of house music
  • Barrakud
    Zrce Beach, island of Pag, 8th – 12th August 2021
    The tenth year of techno for Barrakud in the clubs of Zrce Beach
  • Sonus Festival
    Zrce Beach, island of Pag, 15th – 19th August 2021
    Sonus’s eighth year will see plenty of top techno and electro names perform
  • Dekmantel
    Tisno, 26th – 30th August 2021
    An intimate, late-season event in The Garden Tisno
  • Hideout Festival
  • Zrce Beach, island of Pag, 5th – 9th September 2021 (note: new later date!)
  • Celebrating the tenth edition of the festival in 2021

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
  • 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
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!