A guide to the year's festivals, shows, concerts, and performances in Dubrovnik.

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Do note that events details and timing can change, and the information below is provided in good faith as an approximate guide only. We shall be updating our calendar as the year progresses, so please return again soon!

Festivals, Events, Performances in Dubrovnik & Coastal Croatia

Dubrovnik has been a centre for the arts, culture, and traditional festivals for centuries. With many galleries, museums, and historic points of interest and importance, Dubrovnik forms a unforgettable setting for the many events that are staged here each year. Our neighbouring islands each hold their own stories, legends, and histories which are celebrated in their own traditions and are bound to enrich your experience of Croatia. From the obvious classic sets of the Dubrovnik Old Town harbour, to the cathedral, churches, monasteries, palaces, and theatres, and then the myriad of nooks, crannies and corners where you might least expect them, you will delight in the spontaneous and the staged events that will etch themselves forever in your memories of your visit to Dubrovnik.

JANUARY

DUBROVNIK

  • DUBROVNIK IN WINTER - programme organised by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board; Culinary workshops
  • VOCAL GROUP FESTIVAL
  • CILIPI: Traditional Sunday folklore performances and Farmers' Market.

CAVTAT: The Small Carnival Fiesta

KASTAV Carnival: begins on the 17th of January (St Anthony's Day) and ends on Ash-Wednesday. Locals parade dressed in Sailor’s costumes, wearing horned lambs’ pelts as headdress. Very colorful festival.

PAG Carnival: "Paska Robinja"- the legend of the female slave is retold at the highlight of this colorful carnival, which re-enacts the sale of the slave, and her glorious escape to freedom. Festival starts mid-January, and ends Ash Wednesday.

OPATIJA: Carnival mid- Jan. until end Feb, includes parade.

RIJEKA: Mid-January - early February  Rijeka Carnival.

FEBRUARY

DUBROVNIK

  • VOCAL GROUP FESTIVAL
  • 1- 3rd Feb ST.BLAISE DAY & DUBROVNIK DAY  Annual Feast day of Dubrovnik's beloved patron saint, St.Blaise (Sveti Vlaho) who adorns the city walls, and entrances.
  • Tombola (Bingo) at Luza Square
  • 14th February CARNIVAL TIME IN DUBROVNIK:Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras) Carnival: a Major event on the Dubrovnik calendar with adult and children's programs.
  • 21-24 February FOUR DAY CARNIVAL"Karnevale"!!
  • DUBROVNIK IN WINTER - programme organised by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board; Culinary workshops

MARCH

DUBROVNIK

  • Sundays at 9.00 pm Domino Church THE DUBROVNIK WIND TRIO
  • Revelin Fort DUBROVNIK SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT

SPLIT: Olympic Sailing Week early March Popular Labud Club Classic international sailing regatta. Uvala baluni

APRIL

DUBROVNIK

  • Annual EASTER CONCERTS
  • Revelin Fort DUBROVNIK SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
  • CILIPI: Traditional Sunday folklore performances and Farmers' Market.

KORCULA: 28th of April, on St. Vicenza's Day : marks the ancient tradition of the defence by the local Chivalrous Society "Kumpanija" . Their games, called"kumpanijas", form part of the fascinating traditions in Blato.  Kumpanija is a chivalrous fight between two armies, depicted in costume as a sword and dramatic flag "alfir" dance.

SPLIT: Days of Marulic: An international event held since 1991 in honor of  Marko Marulic, a Croatian Renaissance poet. Outstanding theatrical and literary event.

Croatia Boat Show, early-April, nine-day event at the Riva, in Split harbour& Uvala baluni.

CRIKVENICA: the Easter Concerts.

RIJEKA: the Spring Fair

ROVINJ: Istrian Riviera - ATP tennis tournaments

MAY

DUBROVNIK

  • 1 May International Labour Day in front of St Blaise’s Church: Annual Concert of the Brass Band of Dubrovnik.
  • DUBROVNIK SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERTS: Revelin Fort and Rector's Palace venues
  • Candlelight Concerts  St Saviour’s Church  9pm Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays.
  • Concerts of the Dubrovnik Chamber Trio Domino Church Saturdays at 9.00 pm
  • Concerts by the Dubrovnik Wind Trio Domino Church  Sundays at 9.00 pm
  • Lazereti LINĐO FOLK ENSEMBLE - Songs and Dances of Croatia
  • CILIPI: Traditional Sunday folklore performances and Farmers' Market.

SPLIT: St.Doimus, or locally known as Sv Duje, Day Patron Saint of Split (May 7) There are many events related to the feast of St. Dujam, the patron saint of Split and Split - Makarska  The procession starts from the world's oldest cathedral, situated in Diocletian's Palace.

RIJEKA: 10th of May, the Day of Our Lady of Trsat - and the Seafarer's Day;Automobile Fair.

ISTRIA & the Brijuni Islands: ULYSSES THEATRE summer months in Istria, and on the island of Mali Brijuni. Classic theatre performances.

OPTAIJA: International Yachting Regatta

ROVINJ: Regatta Rovinj - Pesaro - Rovinj

OSIJEK: Croatian Tambura Music Festival , attended by tambura orchestras from the entire Croatia

JUNE

DUBROVNIK

  • Croatian Independence Day - DUBROVNIK BRASS BAND 25 June in front of St Blaise’s Church
  • LIBERTAS Film Festival
  • Candlelight Concerts  St Saviour’s Church  9pm Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays.
  • Concerts of the Dubrovnik Chamber Trio Domino Church Saturdays  at 9.00 pm
  • Concerts by the Dubrovnik Wind Trio Domino Church Sundays at 9.00 pm
  • DUBROVNIK SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERTS:  Rector's Palace
  • LAZARETI : LINĐO FOLK ENSEMBLE - Songs and Dances of Croatia
  • DUBROVNIK-KOLOCEP CHANNEL: LAPAD SAILING REGATTA
  • 25 June Croatian Independence Day Sailing Regatta
  • CILIPI: Traditional Sunday folklore performances and Farmers' Market.

HVAR: HVAR Summer Festival: June- September. One of the oldest festivals of the coast, lasting 100 days, and drawing from all the arts.

SPLIT:SPLIT: SPLIT Summer Festival mid-June until mid-Aug.: International festival of opera, concerts, drama, dance and street theatre. Huge calendar event, with spectacular program.

TROGIR: Mid June to mid August: Summer Music Festival, Trogir, classical and folk music.

SIBENIK: Last week June, first week July:

ZADAR: Summer Theatre

RIJEKA: St. Vitus Day (15thof June); the Melodies of Istria and Kvarner (end of June)

PULA: Histria Festival  mid. June- early Sept

POREC: JAZZ IN POREC  late June- late Aug.

ISTRIA & the Brijuni Islands:ULYSSES THEATRE summer months in Istria, and on the island of Mali Brijuni. Classic theatre performances.

PAZIN: Jules Verne Days in Pazin, Istria

SVETIVINCENAT: Contest for the Best Goat in Istria: categories also for Miss Goat Congeniality etc. A riotous event.

RAB: Evenings of Medieval Music in the churches of Rab.

MALI LOSINJ: IMMORTELLE, LAVENDER AND BROOM FRAGRANCE FILLED JUNE Mali Losinj, June 1-30

International tennis tournaments - Losinj Riviera (in June and July)

ZAGREB: numerous headlining Summer festivals and exhibitions. Details to come.

DAKOVO: Dakovacki Vezovi (Dakovo Embroidery), acclaimed folklore show of the regions Slavonia and Baranja (beginning of July). Traditional folk costumes& folklore. Major calendar event.

OSIJEK: the Osijek Summer Nights (during June, July and August): A rich outdoor program of culture and entertainment, with lavish  food and fairs on offer.

POZEGA: St. John's Bonfire (21st of June) and "Kulenijada": a charming and earnest celebration of the very best Slavonian paprika-flavoured sausages (kulen), served with local wines (end of June, beginning of July).

JULY

DUBROVNIK

  • LIBERTAS DUBROVNIK SUMMER FESTIVAL: The highlight on Dubrovnik's social calendar and an international event! 10 July-25 August 2009. OPENING NIGHT GALA EVENT WITH FIREWORKS 10 July. Click on link for full programming of this annual spectacle.Details to come!
  • Late June - early July  LIBERTAS Film Festival
  • Candlelight Concerts  St Saviour’s Church  9pm Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays.
  • Concerts of the Dubrovnik Chamber Trio Domino Church 9pm Saturdays
  • Concerts by the Dubrovnik Wind Trio Domino Church 9pm Sundays
  • LAZARETI LINĐO FOLK ENSEMBLE - Songs and Dances of Croatia 
  • DUBROVNIK SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERTS:  Rector's Palace
  • DUBROVNIK-KOLOCEP CHANNEL: Sailing Regattas throughout July.
  • The Night of Porporela, Old Town Harbour 16 July
  • CILIPI: Traditional Sunday folklore performances and Farmers' Market.

MAKARSKA: Makarska Cultural Summer Festival

KORCULA: 29th July : Moreska &  St. Todor

HVAR: Summer Festival: June- September. One of the oldest festivals of the coast, lasting 100 days, and drawing from all the arts.

SPLIT: Split Summer Festival mid-June until mid-Aug.: International festival of opera, concerts, drama, dance and street theatre. Huge calendar event, with spectacular program.

TROGIR: Mid June to mid August: Summer Music Festival, Trogir, classical and folk music.

SIBENIK: Last week June, first week July: International Children’s Festival, puppets, parades, theatre, music and dance 23 June- 7th July;St. James Day (25th of July), the patron saint of the city, is festively commemorated

ZADAR: Annual Festival of the Full Moon in Zadar: A beach-festivalwhere restaurants prepare massive fish, and revellers enjoy traditional  music until dawn on the beach and in the streets.

ZADAR Summer Theatre

CRIKVENICA: The Exhibition of Croatian Produce  (5th-12th of July).

CRES: Cres Cup Regatta and the Reception of Old Ships (early July)

RIJEKA: The Rijeka Summer, concerts and theatrical performances in the Old Town, on Trsat, in the cathedral of St. Vitus (in June and July; the Biennial of Young Artists - international exhibition of young artists - painters, sculptors, alternative artists (1st of July - 30th of September)

PULA: Histria Festival late June- early Sept; the Croatian Film Festival, held annually since 1954 in the Arena; the Pop Music Festival "Arena" , also held in the ancient Arena; Reggae Festival

ISTRIA & the Brijuni Islands:ULYSSES THEATRE summer months in Istria, and on the island of Mali Brijuni. Classic theatre performances.

MOTOVUN FILM FESTIVAL 

RAB: Sveti Kristofor (July 27) Patron Saint.

MALI LOSINJ: International tennis tournaments - Losinj Riviera (in June and July); Fishermen's Nights (July to August); Brass Orchestra and the Majorettes - held every week (from 1st of July to 31st of August).

DAKOVO: Dakovacki Vezovi (Dakovo Embroidery), acclaimed folklore show of the regions Slavonia and Baranja (beginning of July). Traditional folk costumes& folklore. Major calendar event.

OSIJEK: the Osijek Summer Nights (during June, July and August): A rich outdoor program of culture and entertainment, with lavish  food and fairs on offer.

POZEGA: "Kulenijada": a charming and earnest celebration of the very best Slavonian paprika-flavoured sausages (kulen), served with local wines (end of June, beginning of July).

AUGUST

DUBROVNIK:     

  • LIBERTAS DUBROVNIK SUMMER FESTIVAL: The highlight on Dubrovnik's social calendar and an international annual event! 10 July-25 August. OPENING NIGHT GALA EVENT WITH FIREWORKS 10 July. Click on link for full programming of this annual spectacle. Several events listed below comprise parts of this year's exciting program. Performers include:
  • Croatian Statehood Day St. Blaise’s Church foreground CONCERT OF THE DUBROVNIK BRASS BAND 8 Aug
  • National Gratitude Day St Blaise’s Church foreground  CONCERT OF THE DUBROVNIK BRASS BAND 5 Aug
  • DUBROVNIK & ALL CROATIA: The Assumption of Our Lady (15th of August)PUBLIC HOLIDAY in CROATIA
  • Julian Rachlin & friends Chamber Music Festival , late Aug.-early Sept. Rector's Palace
  • St Saviour’s Church CANDLELIGHT CONCERT: DUBROVNIK STRING QUARTET
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  • DUBROVNIK SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA with special guests at Revelin Fortress
  • Concerts of the Dubrovnik Chamber Trio Domino Church
  • Concerts by the Dubrovnik Wind Trio Domino Church
  • LAZARETI LINĐO FOLK ENSEMBLE - Songs and Dances of Croatia 
  • LAZARETI Workshops tba
  • SEBASTIEN GALLERY tba
  • DUBROVNIK ART GALLERY tba
  • DUBROVNIK-KOLOCEP CHANNEL:  Sailing Regattas throughout August
  • BABIN KUK Night of the Dubrava 2 Aug
  • CAVTAT: The most popular event is the Day of Our Lady of the Snows (5th of August).
  • CILIPI: Traditional Sunday folklore performances and Farmers' Market.

MAKARSKA: Cultural Summer Festival - a rich program of drama, Dalmatian singing groups and other folk traditions; Fishermen's Night and the Night of Kalelarga (night of the town).

HVAR: Day of St. Stephen the Pope (2nd of August), with a large procession;Summer Festival: June- September. One of the oldest festivals of the coast, lasting 100 days, and drawing from all the arts.

BOL: 5th August: Our Lady of the Carmel.The folk feast of Our Lady of the Snows , Procession with music and feasting.

SPLIT: Split Summer Festival mid June -mid Aug; International festival of opera, concerts, drama, dance and street theatre. Huge calendar event, with spectacular program.

SIBENIK: the Summer Organ School (in the second half of August) and the Sibenik Summer..

TROGIR: Mid June to mid August: Summer Music Festival, Trogir, classical and folk music.

SALI, DUGI OTOK: UZANCE Festival Culturallyrich festival featuring hilarious Donkey Races & celebrating Sali Traditions. Beautiful island.

PAG: The Assumption of Our Lady (15th of August): significant local feast, and the summer carnival days, featuring colorful, original masks

CRIKVENICA: Crikvenica Festival: Traditional feasts

RIJEKA: the Assumption on the 15th  August, and the Nativity of the Virgin Mary on the 8th of August; The Biennial of Young Artists - international exhibition of young artists - painters, sculptors, alternative artists (1st of July - 30th of September)

PULA: Histria Festival  late June-early Sept; Arena Art & Music Festival

ISTRIA & the Brijuni Islands: ULYSSES THEATRE summer months in Istria, and on the island of Mali Brijuni. Classic theatre performances.

ROVINJ: Rovinj Fiesta

POREC:

MOTOVUN Truffle fair, Black truffle tasting

MALI LOSINJ: Fishermen's Nights (July to August); Brass Orchestra and the Majorettes - held every week (from 1st of July to 31st of August).

SINJ: Sinjska Alka first Sunday in Aug. Major event. Traditional knights’ jousting tournament.   

OSIJEK: the Osijek Summer Nights (during June, July and August): A rich outdoor program of culture and entertainment, with lavish  food and fairs on offer.

SEPTEMBER

DUBROVNIK   

  • Julian Rachlin & friends Chamber Music Festival , late Aug.-early Sept. Rector's Palace
  • DUBROVNIK Cro Challenge: extreme sports challenge in & around the Old Town. Kayaking, abseiling, rock-climbing, & more.
  • Mondays at 9.00 pm St Saviour’s Church CANDLELIGHT CONCERTS SORKOČEVIĆ QUARTET
  • Wednesdays at 9.00 pm St Saviour’s Church CANDLELIGHT CONCERTS DUBROVNIK STRING QUARTET
  • Fridays at 9.00 pm St Saviour’s Church CANDLELIGHT CONCERTS
  • Rector’s Palace DUBROVNIK SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT
  • Lazareti LINĐO FOLKLORE ENSEMBLE Songs and Dances of Croatia
  • CILIPI: Traditional Sunday folklore performances and Farmers' Market.

HVAR Summer Festival: June- September. One of the oldest festivals of the coast, lasting 100 days, and drawing from all the arts.

SPLIT: Mrduja Regatta Held since 1927. Marking the end of the sailing season.

SPLIT New Film Festival 12-19 September 2009.

CRIKVENICA: Fishermen's Week

BUZET: Trg Fontana Square, Subotina, folk festivity

ROVINJ: Sv. Euphemia (16th of Sept.) Rich cultural &  gastronomic event with fireworks.

VARAZDIN: Varazdin Baroque Evenings: Established in 1971. 19-28 September 2009.

POZEGA, Slavonija: "Fisijada" (fishing and preparing of freshwater fish according to local cuisine )

POZEGA: The festival Golden Strings of Slavonia (third weekend in September). Significant event with folk music contest, grape harvest, beauty contest, the most "swaggering" peasant girl, traditional costumes on show, etc.).

OCTOBER

DUBROVNIK

  • 8 OCTOBER Croatian Statehood Day In front of St Blaise’s Church DUBROVNIK BRASS BAND CONCERT
  • Mondays at 9.00 pm St Saviour’s Church CANDLELIGHT CONCERTS SORKOČEVIĆ QUARTET
  • Wednesdays at 9.00 pm St Saviour’s Church CANDLELIGHT CONCERTS DUBROVNIK STRING QUARTET
  • Fridays at 9.00 pm St Saviour’s Church CANDLELIGHT CONCERTS
  • Saturdays at 9.00 pm Domino Church CONCERTS OF THE DUBROVNIK CHAMBER TRIO
  • On Sundays at 9.00 pm Domino Church CONCERTS OF THE DUBROVNIK WIND TRIO
  • Lazareti LINĐO FOLKLORE ENSEMBLE Songs and Dances of Croatia: regular performances
  • Koločep Channel DUBROVNIK SAILING REGATTA

SPLIT: Mrduja Regatta (late September /early October ) Held since 1927. Marking the end of the sailing season.

ISTRIAN PENINSULAcomes alive every October with truffle festivals, and thanksgiving celebrations.

ZAGREB Annual ZAGREB Film Festival

NOVEMBER

DUBROVNIK

  • DUBROVNIK IN WINTER -programme organised by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board; Culinary workshops
  • 1 November ALL SAINTS’ DAY Commemorative Programme of the DUBROVNIK BRASS BAND at the Boninovo Cemetery
  • Early November Gruž Harbour SAILING BOATS REGATTA

SPLIT Split Graphic Art Biennial November Bi annual exhibitions of graphic art. Various venues

ZADAR:  St. Krsevan (24th of Nov.)

LIVADE Truffle Exhibition. Contest for the biggest and most beautiful truffle.

BUZET Truffle Weekend with other typical local gastronomic produce on offer.

OPATIJA the Opatija Yachting Cup.

MALI LOSINJ Celebration of the Olive fragrance

ZAGREB DAY: 16th November

December

DUBROVNIK

  • DUBROVNIK IN WINTER - programme organised by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board; Culinary workshops
  • 6 December St Blaise’s Church foreground Dubrovnik Defenders’ Day CONCERT OF THE DUBROVNIK BRASS BAND
  • SANTA CLAUS IN STRADUN: tba!
  • 24 December Christmas Eve CHRISTMAS CAROLS IN STRADUN DUBROVNIK BRASS BAND
  • CHILDREN’S TOMBOLA (Bingo!)
  • 31 December The New Year’s Eve CAROLS IN STRADUN DUBROVNIK BRASS BAND
  • 29 December - 1 January  THE NEW YEAR’S PARTY IN STRADUN
  •  New Years Eve in Dubrovnik- recognized as among the best places in Europe for celebrating the New Year. A must-see event of a lifetime. Find out why CNN has voted Dubrovnik in the Top Ten New Years' Eve destinations.
  • DUBROVNIK Sterling Cup New Years Regatta
  • CILIPI: Traditional Sunday folklore performances and Farmers' Market.

SPLIT Christmas, Dec 24-25, midnight mass is celebrated in Split Cathedral, marking the most important feast on the Roman Catholic calendar.

SPLIT: New Year, Dec 31- Jan 1, midnight firework display on the Riva (seafront promenade)