Sea Star Festival - Credit: Sea Star Photo Team

The sixth edition of the Sea Star Festival will take place in Umag in Istria on the 24th and 25th May 2024.

Sea Star Festival

Held in the Stella Maris lagoon in the very pretty Istrian town of Umag – one of the most northern of all the towns on Croatia’s coastline – this is one of the earliest events on the Croatian festival calendar. The festival officially runs over these two days in mid-May; however, there is also a welcome party on the 23rd May and a closing party on the 26th so you can easily party for four days straight if you want to extend the fun.

Credit: Sea Star Photo Team
Credit: Sea Star Photo Team

Sea Star is officially part of the ‘Exit family’ group of festivals – the largest of these is, of course, Exit Festival in Novi Sad, Serbia. There are also other events in neighbouring countries.

There have been some big-name artists on the bill in previous years, much to the delight of the revellers who attended – The Prodigy, Robin Schulz, Fatboy Slim, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Hurts, Paul Van Dyk and Pendulum have all played at Sea Star.

For 2024, acts on the bill include Eurovision 2024 televote winner (and local boy!) Baby Lasagna, Angelina Mango (Italy’s entrant for Eurovision 2024) John Newman (DJ set), Artbat, Deborah de Luca, Hot Since 82, Ian Asher, Iniko and Joker Out. Keep checking back on the Sea Star Festival website regularly to see other acts added to the line-up.

It’s no surprise that Sea Star has been nominated for the Best Medium-Sized Festival category (for festivals of up to 40,000 visitors) at the European Festival Awards multiple times.

Sea Star Festival - Credit: Sea Star Photo Team
Credit: Sea Star Photo Team

Tickets for Sea Star Festival

Tickets are currently priced at €54 (plus booking fee) and can be purchased online on the Sea Star tickets page. It is also possible to book a group package of 5 tickets for the price of 4, meaning that each ticket works out to be €43 (plus b.f.).

VIP tickets cost €150 (plus b.f.) which offers VIP main stage access and a VIP separate entrance.

Sea Star Festival - Credit: Sea Star Photo Team
Credit: Sea Star Photo Team


There’s an onsite campsite – the Sea Star Camp – which is right on the beach and minutes away from the main festival site. The campsite costs €35 per person for 2 nights or €45 for 3 nights – you can book online.

Alternatively, you can book apartments or villas local to the festival site. See the Accommodation page for more details.

Campsite - Credit: Sea Star Photo Team
Credit: Sea Star Photo Team

Otherwise, there is plenty of other accommodation (hotels, hostels, apartments and more) in Umag. Book using the search map/box below, or see our Accommodation in Umag page for details.

Getting to Umag and Sea Star Festival

The nearest Croatian airport to the festival site is Pula Airport, which has many flights arriving from the UK, Ireland and the rest of Europe. Check out our Getting to Istria page for full details of these.

Zagreb Airport may also be a possibility to fly to; from there, transfer to the main bus station in Zagreb and then get a bus over to Umag. Once again, see our Getting to Zagreb page for details of flights.

Perhaps more suitably, for other options, airports in nearby northeastern Italy are also very suitable to fly to – notably, Trieste or one of the Venice airports. From Venice it would be best to first transfer to Trieste; from Trieste, there is a direct bus to Umag. See our Travelling from Trieste and Travelling from Venice pages for more advice.

More info

Full details on the festival can be found on the official website, Facebook or on Twitter.