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 27th May and a closing party on the 30th 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 will be celebrating its 20th edition in 2021, 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 2021 there’s a fantastic and eclectic line-up – Cypress Hill, 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 are currently priced at a special promo level of €44 (plus booking fee) and can be purchased online here. VIP tickets cost €100 (plus b.f.) – also a special promo price.
Tickets that were purchased for 2020’s event are valid for 2021.
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 €30 per person – you can book online.
There’s also a special ticket + accommodation + transfer option which starts from €69. See the ExitTrip site for more details.
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 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.