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
  • 6th February Concert ''Pusti da ti leut svira'' in fortress Revelin with Dubrovnik symphony orchestra
  • 8-13 February  CARNIVAL"Karnevale"!!
  • 7th February Performance ''Matrimonijo'' at Marin Držić teathre and at theathre Sloboda folklore ensemble Linđo is performing traditional songs and dances of our area.
  • 15th February Concert under masks by Dubrovnik symphony orchestra
  • DUBROVNIK IN WINTER - programme organised by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board; Culinary workshops

MARCH

DUBROVNIK

  • Concerts of Ivan Zak (7.3.), Opca opasnost (14.3) and Halid Beslic (20.3) at Culture club Revelin
  • 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

ZAGREB: Restaurant week (6.-15.3) Some of the most popular restaurants are opening their doors to you ! Experience Croatian specialities  with three course meals for only 100 kn.

             Jazz festival (25.-28.3)  Performances by Japanese pianist Ayako Shirasaki and her trio,Grammy Award nominee Alan Broadbent, Jimmy Stanić and the                  Scharf Club Swing Quintet.

DARUVAR: The Ten Days of Astronomy (20.-29.3) This event includes few workshops,astrophotography exhibitions and many lectures.

STON: The Festival of Oysters (21.-22.3)  Celebration  feast of St. Joseph with best wines and oysters of Peljesac and Mali Ston. You can also enjoy in presentation of Croatian island products, Dalmatian music and folklore performances.

APRIL 

DUBROVNIK

  • Annual EASTER CONCERTS
  • Culture club Revelin: Magazin (5.4), Tambura all stars- Mejasi,Bosutski becari, Slavonia Band (18.4), Jelena Rozga (25.4) and Plavi orkestar (30.4)
  • CILIPI: Traditional Sunday folklore performances and Farmers' Market. 
  • Concert ''The most beautiful pieces of greatest composers'' and concert of Dubrovnik symphony orchestra (17.4)
  • Show ''Big departure'' and concert of Dubrovnik chamber trio (18.4)
  • Concert of classical music ''Kvartet Sorkocevic'', ''Dubrovacki gudacki kvartet'' (20.-22.4)
  • Concert ''Best of great composers'' (24.4)

OPATIJA: Coffee Festival (11.-12.4) During the festival in town's local restaurants,bars and hotels you can sample some of the best coffee and coffee sweets brands.

ZAGREB: Zagreb Music Biennial (18.-25.4) 28th edition of this event. As every year you can enjoy in over 40 concerts,numerous workshops, lectures and children’s programmes.

TROGIR: Medieval Fair (29.4-2.5) Fair full of old crafts, original products, arts and handmade designs. 

KUMROVEC: Rally race (10.-11.4) Traditional international rally race. 

KARLOVAC: Nordic walking and hiking festival (16.-18.4) Presentation of local tourist attractions with locals. Courses of nordic walking for beginners, but you can also enjoy in other activities such as  football, volleyball, bowling, table tennis, darts etc.

MAY

DUBROVNIK

  • Dubrovnik International Half Marathon (10.5)
  • LINĐO FOLK ENSEMBLE - Songs and Dances of Croatia every week at Theatre Marin Držić
  • 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. Duje, the patron saint of Split and Split - Makarska  The procession starts from the world's oldest cathedral, situated in Diocletian's Palace.

MALI  LOŠINJ: Culinary festival (1.-31.5) Perfect opportunity to try local island food of Lošinj ! With the theme ''Around The World under Lošinj’s Sails” 20 local catering establishments will cook only for you !

URBANOVO: Wine days in the Zrinski County (15.-17.5) Enjoy top quality  wines and traditional Medimurje culinary specialties, the fair, wine games and Days of Open Cellars.

ZAGREB: Flora Art (23.-31.5) Gardening show with endless combinations of colorful flowers in green oases  Bundek.

VELIKA  GORICA: Legend Fest Lukavec (29.-31.5) Festival of legends full of workshops, exhibitions, reading stories, lectures, theater performances, music programs in witch you can participate.

FAZANA: School of salting pilchard (2.5) Chance to taste salted and marinated pilchard and best Croatian wine.

JUNE

DUBROVNIK

  • Croatian Independence Day - DUBROVNIK BRASS BAND 25 June in front of St Blaise’s Church
  • LIBERTAS Film Festival
  • DUBROVNIK SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERTS:  Rector's Palace
  • LAZARETI : LINĐO FOLK ENSEMBLE - Songs and Dances of Croatia
  • ''Ana in town'' concert of famous Croatian cellist (21.6)
  • DUBROVNIK-KOLOCEP CHANNEL: LAPAD SAILING REGATTA
  • 25 June Croatian Independence Day Sailing Regatta
  • CILIPI: Traditional Sunday folklore performances and Farmers' Market.

ZAGREB: Sugar Delight (1.-30.6) With live music and many workshops you can enjoy in presentation of best Croatian sweets, ice-creams, cookies, and cakes !

             Tourfilm Festival (3.-5.6) International festival of best tourist film that present  tourist attractions,  destinations,hotels, resorts, nautical                                      tourism etc. Workshops and few other surprises will be organized for everyone who comes.

             Oldtimer Rally (6.-7.6) Exhibited in the Technical Museum’s courtyard on the first day and on the second day they will be displayed in front of the                       Croatian National Theatre.

TROGIR: Hand Fair (5.-7.6) Presentation of arts and crafts, local cuisine and drinks at the fair and entertainment program from folk customs and traditional dances and music.  

PULA: Days of Antiquity (11.-13.6) The streets of Pula are turned into a stage of a  Roman theater, for that few days you can see Roman gladiators and woman wearing dresses and hairstyles of ancient times walking around the town. 

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       
  • Slovenian Philharmonic Concert in front of st. Blaise church (11.7)
  • Baroque ballet ''Dangerous liaisons'' at field of Ruđer Bošković (12.7 and 13.7)
  • Ballet ''Sabat Mater'' by SNG Maribor (14.7)
  • Performance of ''Ekvinocijo'' at island Lokrum (17.-19.7)
  • Performance of ''Elementarne čestice ili božije prema Houellebecqu (20.-23.7)
  • LAZARETI LINĐO FOLK ENSEMBLE - Songs and Dances of Croatia 
  • Concert ''Slovenski oktet'' (24.7)
  • The Night of Porporela, Old Town Harbour (16.7)
  • CILIPI: Traditional Sunday folklore performances and Farmers' Market.

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:
  • LAZARETI LINĐO FOLK ENSEMBLE - Songs and Dances of Croatia 
  • Concert Lana Kos sopran (russian romance)
  • BABIN KUK Night of the Dubrava (2.8)
  • Concert of piano trio Arenski (3.8)
  • Performance by  A.Baricco ''Ocean more'' (4.-5.8)
  • Concert Alexander Kutuzov- piano (6.8)
  • Performnce Alongs Enfantas towards Dubrovnik trilogy (10.-13.8)
  • Performnce of ''Romeo & Giulietta'' by W.Shakespeare (15.-18.8)
  • Concert - Itamar Golan (piano) i Guy Braunstein (violine) (20.8)
  • Concert of Chamber studio of the Zagreb Philharmonic (23.8)
  • Writer's night- Rade Sarbedija and Miroslav Tadic (24.8)
  • 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.

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)