One of the best ways to spend the long, hot summer is at a festival. Luckily, Croatia has some amazing festivals happening throughout the summer months, like the Dubrovnik Summer Festival. Why not tie in a visit to a festival with a holiday to Croatia this year? Here’s our pick of Croatia’s top 10 festivals for you to check out on your trip.
1. Dubrovnik Summer Festival
The festival: This is Croatia’s largest festival, taking place from 10th July to 25th August each year. Running since 1950, expect an eclectic programme of classical music, dance, theatre, and opera at open-air venues across the city.
The location: Dubrovnik is one of Croatia’s most popular cities with its beautiful cobbled old town, rich history and open-air cafés serving delicious Dalmatian cuisine. Why not book a city break here and combine it with this Dubrovnik festival?
2. Outlook Festival
The festival: This popular underground dance, dubstep, reggae and hip-hop festival is held every September.
The location: The city of Pula, where you can check out the ancient Roman amphitheatre or explore the city’s lively nightlife.
3. Split Beach Festival
The festival: Every August, this Croatia beach festival is one of the most popular around, taking place right on the sands. With international performers, open-air beach parties and electronic dance music, it’s a great place to have lots of fun.
The location: Bacvice Beach, just 10 minutes’ walk from Split city centre. You’ll find plenty of restaurants, bars and clubs in the city to continue the party.
The festival: For something a little different to the music festivals of Croatia, this holistic festival (it’s pronounced ‘Oh-bon-yan’) is all about well-being. Expect plenty of gastronomy, yoga and meditation, and workshops to help you find your inner Zen.
The location: Find the festival on Obonjan Island, a unique place to enjoy a getaway, and also a great spot for water sports.
5. Sonus Festival
The festival: This techno beat festival is a relative newcomer to Croatia’s summer festival scene, taking place every August. One of the best things about it? It’s a great opportunity to hear local Croatian DJs.
The location: Sonus takes place on Zrce Beach on the Isle of Pag off Croatia’s west coast.
6. Dimensions Festival
The festival: Where else can you see the biggest and best live dance acts and international DJs all at one festival? Dimensions runs for four days in late August and is a major event in the international dance music scene. Artists in 2018 included Nina Kraviz and Bonobo.
The location: Dimensions takes place at venues in and around Pula including boat parties, the beach and the ancient ruins.
7. INmusic Festival
The festival: This is the largest open-air festival in Croatia, taking place every June since 2005. With leading artists like Alice in Chains and Queens of the Stone Age, it’s a great place to bring kids and teenagers.
The location: INmusic festival is so popular in part due to its easily accessible location by a lake on the outskirts of Zagreb. Croatia’s capital city is packed with museums, galleries, parks and outdoor cafés, not to mention its beautiful 18th and 19th century architecture.
8. Electric Elephant
The festival: Despite the rather disappointing absence of the promised neon elephant, Electric Elephant remains a popular fixture on the electronic music scene. Rather more chilled out than some of Croatia’s other summer festivals, expect five days of Balearic, tech, funk, and house music every July.
The location: Tisno is a sleepy white-washed fishing village that’s a relaxing place for a break and home to many beautiful baroque-style churches. The town also hosts the International Donkey Race every August.
9. Fresh Island Festival
The festival: When it comes to partying, one Croatia beach festival stands out from the crowd. With an array of fresh hip-hop sounds right on the beach, Fresh Island Festival takes place for three days every July.
The location: The festival takes place on Zrce Beach near Novalja.
10. Sea Star Festival
The festival: One of the best new festivals in Europe, Sea Star started in 2017 and hosts world-renowned artists across seven stages and 16 different festival zones.
The location: Sea Star takes place at the beautiful Stella Maris lagoon in the town of Umag.