Croatia during the summer is a beautiful place to visit filled with numerous activities and sightseeing locations that are a must see for any travel enthusiast. However, Croatia is increasingly getting more and more recognition for its fast-growing summer festival scene. It’s almost a challenge to find a place in Croatia, during the summer, where you are not a short drive away from a music festival. So if you are a party lover who wants to spend his summer festival hoping Croatia, we have put together a list with the best festivals Croatia has to offer.
1. Sea Star Festival
‘Sea Star’ festival is this years ‘rookie’ as 2017 was its inaugural year. The line up was based mostly on Balkan region’s best artists of today but it certainly didn’t lack in international star power. Among international names, Sea Star hosted Fatboy Slim, Pendulum, Paul Kalkbrenner and the legendary electronic music veterans ‘The Prodigy’. Its place of holding is Stella Maris complex in Umag, which is located in Croatia’s Istria region. Sea Star is also the earliest occurring festival on the list, as it occurs in late May.
2. In Music Festival
‘In Music’ is one of Croatia’s longest living festivals, going strong for 12 years in a row. It’s consistently being ranked as one of the best festivals to visit by various media outlets. In Music tries it’s best to out do itself each year and be bigger and better the next time. It is located on the shores of Zagreb’s(the country’s capital) Jarun lake. ‘In music’ usually, kicks off the summer festival season because it starts in late June just in time for tourist to have a taste of things to come in the coming festival season.
‘Hideout’ is one of the many festivals and parties held on Croatian Ibiza Zrće beach on Pag Island. It doesn’t have the longevity of some other festivals, but in the six years that it’s been occurring it has seen many famous ‘EDM’ superstars. Just like the ‘In Music’ festival, ‘Hideout’ usually starts in the last week of June.
4. Fresh Island
This one is for all you hip hop fans. ‘Fresh Island’ brings the best rap, RnB, and hip-hop artists for six years straight. It’s located on the famous Zrće beach on Pag Island. If you like artists like Chris Brown, Iggy Azalea, Sean Paul or Will Smith, definitely check this festival out. It starts early in July, either the first weekend or the second one.
5. Ultra Europe
Croatia’s biggest name in the festival season, the famous ‘Ultra Music Festival’ or as it’s known when it comes to Croatia- ‘Ultra Europe’. It has the biggest stage, the biggest names, the biggest production budget and biggest attendances. Ultra is everything you ever thought a music festival would be and more. It’s held on Split’s soccer stadium- ‘Poljud’ in the opening weeks of July, usually during the second weekend.
6. ATP Croatia Open Umag
Every year during the summer, Umag hosts an ATP tennis tournament which is followed with entrance free, parties with international and local musical superstars. What was once a fun tournament with some modest musical guests and mildly famous tennis players, has grown into a real sports and music festival which has become unanimous with the city of Umag. The tournament usually starts somewhere in mid-July.
7. Pula Film Festival
If you end up spending more time in Istra, be sure to check out ‘Pula Film Festival’. It’s not a music festival as most entries on our list are but it’s has a very long standing tradition and some cultural enlightenment along side watching some good movies won’t hurt. It also helps that there are after parties for the film festival, so if you get the need to bust a few moves and listen to some tunes the opportunity to do so will be there. The festival is usually held in mid-July.
8. Motovun Film Festival
When you get done with Pula Film Festival and you get a cinematic craving for more movies and more cultural partying be sure to swing by ‘Motovun Film Festival’. It takes places during the later weeks of July, which is perfect if you are already in Pula at the moment since Motovun is merely an hour drive toward the inland part of Istra. More movies, a bit younger crowd and you get to see inland Istra. What more can you want?
9. MTV Summer Blast
Another ‘rookie’ entry on the list is ‘MTV Summer Blast’, with 2017 being its second year of occurrence. For this one, you will have to visit the Istra peninsula once more, as it is located in Poreč. The people behind this project are not pulling any punches, as they are making ‘Summer Blast’ into a must visit party destination for Istra with its lineup and production value. It’s a perfect summer closing festival as it occurs during the second to last weekend of August.
Dimensions is another festival located in Istra, this time in the small town of Štinjan, right outside of its largest capital- Pula. ‘Dimensions’ offers a plethora of electronic music pioneers who will keep you dancing until the earliest rays of sun hit your face. The festival takes place in early September, usually within the first week or in the last week of August.
Reaching the end of his list, we get to one of the longest living summer festivals in Croatia, the ‘Outlook’ festival. Outlook has been going strong since 2008 and it’s showing no signs of stopping or slowing down. If you like Drum ‘n’ bass, hip hop, dubstep or grime than Outlook is the place for you. Since it takes place in the first or second week of September, the festival is pretty much a big going away party for the summer. Just like Dimensions, it also takes place in the small town of Štinjan near Pula.