The four-day Outlook Festival takes place in Punto Christo, Pula from 29th August to 2nd September 2013 – i.e. Bank Holiday weekend, if you’re from the UK! Labelled as “Europe’s largest bass culture and dubstep festival”, the event is now in its sixth year. Read more about the festival on our Festivals in Croatia – Outlook Festival page.
The sister event to Outlook – Dimensions Festival – was a brand-new festival in 2012, and will return on 5th – 9th September 2013 at the same venue (Fort Punto Christo near Pula).
St Euphemia’s Day (Rovinj’s patron saint) is celebrated each year on 16th September, although there’s usually a number of events taking place in the run-up too. Check locally to see what’s on!
The historic festival Gioistra will take place in Porec in mid-September, now in its seventh year. There will be traditional costumes, music and games.
The Weekend Media Festival, a regional communications event, takes place in Rovinj over a weekend in mid-September each year.
The Istra MTB Tartufi Tour normally brings together cyclists from around the world to take part in this official World Bicycle Federation race at the end of September each year – this year from the 27th to the 29th. Other cycling events in the region can be found at the Istra Bike website.
Starting in September, though mainly taking place in October and the beginning of November, the “Day of Truffles” events are actually a succession of truffle-themed days taking place every weekend. Enjoy tasting various food and dishes flavoured with truffles. There’s plenty of information on these events on the Zigante Tartufi Days website.
The Marunada is a festival devoted to chestnuts in October – sampling chestnut delicacies & chestnut liquers, collecting chestnuts…and plenty of games and sports events too! The Marunada takes place in various venues, mainly near Lovran in Istria.
The third annual Pula Boat Fair is to be held 16th to 19th October 2013, with a variety of boats and marine equipment expected to be on show.
Tinjan in Istria is the venue of the 7th International Prosciutto Fair, with around 30 exhibitors from several European countries expected to show off their products in late October.
The 11th Handmade Fest will take place in Pula in late October, featuring over 200 exhibitors, including artists and artisans, craftsmen and designers. There will be tastings and workshops to participate in.
Hum, the smallest town in the world (it’s official!) normally hosts a Brandy Festival at the end of October, with tastings of brandies from Istria and other nearby regions.
The 19th Days of New Olive Oil will be held in Vodnjan in mid-November, with exhibitors from Istria, Dalmatia and neighbouring countries showing off their oils.
The documentary film festival Porec Dox will be held in the town in early November, with a range of documentary film screenings.
The 19th Book Fair(y) in Istria is held in Pula each year in early December. In case you are wondering about the unusual title – the actual title in Croatian is “San(j)am knjige u Istri” which is a slight play on words. “Sajam” means Fair whilst “sanjam” means dreaming, so “Fair of books in Istria” cleverly turns into “Dreaming of books in Istria”.
Unsurprisingly, like much of Croatia, towns across Istria will be marking Christmas for most of this month, with special festive events. Most common will be Christmas fairs taking place in several towns (see locally for details – or just look to see if there’s a fair taking place!), with New Year’s Eve celebrations (music and fireworks) also likely.