IMPORTANT Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Sea Star Festival has been cancelled for 2020. The festival has instead confirmed the dates of 28th & 29th May 2021 for its next instalment. They have also announced that next year’s line-up will be the same as the one announced for 2020! Tickets will automatically be valid for next year’s event, although you can also obtain a refund. See Sea Star’s statement on this here.
Sea Star Festival
Taking place in the Stella Maris lagoon in this very pretty Istrian town – 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 late May; however, there is also a welcome party on the 21st and a closing party on the 24th so you can easily party for four days straight!
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, with other events in neighbouring countries. That particular festival is celebrating 20 years in 2020, so Sea Star will likely have a few special surprises as part of the birthday celebrations!
There’s 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.
It’s therefore 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.
For this year there’s a fantastic and eclectic line-up – Amelie Lens, Meduza, Insolate, Bronski, Marcel and more are all on the bill. Further names are also to be announced in due course.
Tickets for Sea Star Festival
Tickets currently cost €44 (plus booking fee) and can be purchased online here. VIP tickets costs €100 (plus b.f.).
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 from €7 per person – you can book online.
Otherwise, there is plenty of other accommodation (hotels, hostels, apartments and more) in Umag. 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 a good number of 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 either Venice airport. 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.