Croatia’s islands host many events and festivals all year round, ranging from classical music events, traditional folk performances, art exhibitions, sports, pop concerts, educational workshops and events promoting the natural beauty of these islands – so there’s bound to be something happening during your visit that you can enjoy.
Some of these events can be quite small and locally organised, so it’s usually best to check with the tourist office in town or resort you’re staying in for a full list. Below also are details of some of the best events taking place as well as links to listings of events found on some of the Croatian islands.
Co-founded by famous Croatian actor Rade Serbedžija, Kazalište Ulysses (Ulysses Theatre) on Veliki Brijuni island runs each summer with some wonderful plays – past seasons have seen Hamlet and King Lear. The Theatre is open and holds performances from mid-July to mid-August each year.
More info: http://www.ulysses.hr/
The Osor Musical Evenings in Osor on Cres in July are a series of classical concerts performed by Croatian and international artists, and are held in the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary.
Cres is also home to the Crescendo Musical Festival (end of August), which will now be in its sixth year for 2013.
More info: http://www.osorskeveceri.org/
Events on Lošinj will include the Lošinj Cuisine Festival in April, and the Day of Dolphins cultural festival on the 1st August.
Mali Lošinj also hosts the Lošinj Jazz Festival, for the ninth time, on at the end of July. There will be performances from both Croatian and foreign jazz artists in some great open air locations.
More info: http://www.jazzlosinj.com/enindex.html
On the island of Krk, events include numerous culinary celebrations such as the Eco, ethno winefest in May; there’s also the popular carnival that takes place every January & February, culminating in a large parade in the middle of the second month. The medival-themed Krk Fair takes place over three days ta the beginning of August with music and other fun and games.
More info: http://www.tz-krk.hr/en/calendar-2013.html
Rab’s calendar of events includes “Rab Musical Evenings” every July. For something a little more clubbier, the Santos Beach Club in Rab will feature a full listing of summer performances, including appearances from some top name DJs.
Pag’s events include the International Festival of Lace (an item for which the island is very well known) in June, and the Pag Art Festival in August.
More info: http://festival-cipke.com.hr/
Pag is known as being something of a party island! Party central is the town of Novalja; its Zrče Beach features Club Papaya and Club Aquarius, which host top DJ names (past names include Fatboy Slim, Sven Vath, Benny Benassi), mini dance festivals and – now in its third year – the incredibly popular Hideout Festival (3rd – 5th July 2013). The island will also play host to a new festival this year, Fresh Island (10th – 13th July 2013, also in Novalja) which will see Snoop Dogg, amongst others, performing live.
More info: http://www.zrce.hr/en/
Murter’s list of events includes a selection of concerts and parties!
Hvar will undoubtedly have a wonderful line-up for 2013, including Hvar Theatre Days in May; the Festival of St Prosper (its patron saint) in Hvar Town on 10th May, which will see a number of events including a gastronomic feast; the Hvar Summer Festival from June to October; Fisherman’s Night in Milna in August; and the FARO(pi)S international literary festival in the middle of August.
Club Veneranda on Hvar will also host a number of lively club nights and international DJs this summer. New festival Ultra Europe will also have its third day (14th July) hosted on Hvar (the first two days of the festival will be held in Split).
More info: http://www.tzhvar.hr/en/hvar/events-calendar
The island of Brač will see the Supertoon International Animation Festival (end July/beginning of August).
More info: http://braconline.com.hr
Vis’s events include the Vis Summer Festival, held each July and August, with numerous traditional and more modern dance and music events.
Events on Korčula including a celebration of the times of Marco Polo (who was born on Korčula) at the end of May, when the streets of Korčula Town are decorated to look like a 13th century town, and the Korkya Baroque Festival in September.
More info: http://www.korkyrabaroque.com/en/