Summer Festival Season in Croatia

Summer and early Fall is the peak tourist season in Croatia and the country is blooming in colorful festivity. Sun-kissed beaches, azure water, and lush summer parks make a perfect setting for numerous festivals, concerts, and special events. Croatia cranks up the festival volume high during the warm months and your customized itinerary can include various fun events suited to your interests.

Here are just a few of the festivals that take place in Croatia in the upcoming season:

Dubrovnik Festiwine 3rd Annual 2016 - Adventures CroatiaDubrovnik Festiwine

The regional wine festival Dubrovnik Festiwine is scheduled to take in Dubrovnik. It is founded and organized by the Dubrovnik Neretva County and the County Development Agency DUNEA with support of the Dubrovnik PartneR agency. As a part of this year’s Dubrovnik FestiWine Festival, visitors will have an opportunity to taste fine wines and be a part of numerous wine workshops together with wine experts and sommeliers. The main event of the Festival is the wine exhibition that many wine enthusiasts look forward to. It will take place at the newly renovated historical site Lazareti. Prior to the Festival’s wine exhibition, a number of interesting events will take place, such as ‘Dubrovnik wine trophy’ wine evaluation, ‘Festiwine gala’ with renowned chefs and wine producers, many workshops and other stylish events.

Zagreb - Upper City - Adventures CroatiaZagreb Summer Evenings

The Zagreb Summer Evening Festival is one of the best music festivals in Europe, takes place in June and July. National and international ensembles and groups come together during this gala celebration to perform classic music, jazz, blues and world tunes.
The prime hub of the event is in the upper town area since it offers a number of amazing concert venues. An array of musical concerts including violin, piano, organ and chamber music are performing every day and attract thousands of music-lovers from all over Europe. Ethos of sophisticated Croatian culture is reflected in this fantastic music event. Sounds of beautiful music and romantic evening twilight make Zagreb’s historical ambiance vibe with joy.

Split - Croatian National Theatre - Summer Festival - Adventures Croatia

Split Summer Festival 

Visitors can enjoy a fusion of music, dance and theater within this diverse Croatian city of Split. The perfect trio of music, dance and drama imbue the city with some real spirit! This occasion falls into the category of those ‘not-to-be-missed’ festivals that allow music lovers to immerse into the magical world of performing arts.

Love International - Music Festival at The Garden - Adventures CroatiaLove International in Tisno 

A dance music festival set in a magnificent natural amphitheater with gently rolling hills leading down to its own private bay, a shimmering sandy beach, and crystal clear waters. An undiscovered, secluded paradise just a short walk from the beautiful town of Tisno the site has a truly festival feel whilst retaining the intimacy so special to all our visitors.Tisno is conveniently located on the beautiful Adriatic coast halfway between Zadar and Split airports. Multiple stages and parties, Love International has entertained thousands of music lovers enjoying the experience of a lifetime.

The Garden Festival - TisnoElectric Elephant Festival 

Following right after the Garden Festival, this five-day- five-night, festival held in July attracts younger crowds and is a perfect combination of day-time seaside fun and night time busy concert and dancing agenda with trendy DJs. The party comes alive as the sun goes down with more crowds, more music and more fun. More than just a festival, Electric Elephant offers a sublimely diverse range of sounds across the electronic spectrum. Set near the idyllic town of Tisno, it is a celebration of amazing music and the glorious sun, an intimate paean to dancing the night away under a starlit sky until dawn with like-minded souls from around the world. The music programme has become a critically acclaimed highlight of the festival calendar, blending House, Disco and Electronica into one infectious mix that evokes the original party spirit of Balearic culture.

Truffle Days - Istria - Adventures CroatiaTruffle Days – End of September

Usually, the month of October marks the season of white truffles, a delicious culinary delicacy that belongs to the family of mushrooms, which is often referred to as ‘the diamond of a kitchen’. Thanks to their earthy aroma and delicate taste that have turned even the simplest dish into supreme satisfaction for the palate.

During autumn, Istria celebrates the truffle with a number of festivities where the guests that come from the whole region can enjoy typical truffle dishes like fuzi, pljukanci, gnocchi, fritada and various meat combinations.  Zigante Truffle Days in Livade take place every weekend in October, and features white truffle exhibitions, various cooking shows with international chefs, wine and truffle tastings, as well as workshops and truffle seeking demonstrations. Truffle Weekend, an exhibition and fair of truffles and homemade autochthonous products, will take place in Buzet from November 2nd  to the 3rd, while the famed Teran and truffle festival IV. Te Ta (exhibition of the Istrian wine Teran, truffles and the election of the biggest truffle) will take place in Motovun on November 9th.
These are just some of the many festivals taking place this year but depending on your route and interests we’ll find an event for your taste – culinary, wine, musical or sports event. Croatia with its busy event and festival schedule caters to fun-seekers of different ages from all over the world.

More Events in Croatia:

January 1:  New Year’s Day

January 6:  Epiphany

April 14–17:  Easter Weekend (Good Friday through Easter Monday; closures on Sunday and Monday)

May 1:  Labor Day/May Day (some closures)

May 25:  Ascension

June 4–5:  Pentecost and Whitmonday (closures)

June 15:  Corpus Christi (religious festival; some closures)

June:  INmusic Festival, Zagreb (indie rock)

June 22:  Antifascist Struggle Day (closures)

June 25:  Statehood Day (closures)

July:  Pula Film Festival

July 14–16:  Ultra Music Festival, Split (huge dance-music party outside town)

July 20–24:  International Folklore Festival, Zagreb (costumes, songs, dances from all over Croatia)

July 10–August 25:  Dubrovnik Summer Festival

July 2630:  Motovun Film Festival

August 4–8:  Soundwave Croatia, Tisno (soul and electronic music, visual art)

August 5:  National Thanksgiving Day (closures)

August 15:  Assumption Day (closures)

Mid-August (4 days):  Days of Diocletian, Split (toga-clad celebrations)

September 2–6:  Outlook Festival, near Pula (giant bass-music festival in Roman fort)

October:  Truffle Days (truffle-related weekend events; various towns in Istria)

October 8:  Independence Day (closures)

November 1:  All Saints’ Day/Remembrance Day (religious festival, some closures)

November 11:  St. Martin’s Day (official first day of wine season)

December:  Dubrovnik Christmas Fair

December 24–25:  Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

December 26:  Boxing Day/St. Stephen’s Day (closures)

December 31:  New Year’s Eve (fireworks in Zagreb, elsewhere)

 

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