Dubrovnik is best known for its rich history, and cultural heritage, but the city also bursts with interesting events happening all year round. From art festivals, musical performances, art exhibitions, folklore performances, film festivals, food events etc., there is something for everyone in Dubrovnik.
Dubrovnik Summer Festival is the most popular event, and one of the oldest ones, in Dubrovnik, which takes place in July and August each year. It encompasses modern and classical theatre, opera, music, dance performances and art exhibitions, happening all around the city, transforming the streets and squares of Dubrovnik into a stage for artists coming from all over the world.
Festivity of St. Blaise is the most important event one can experience in Dubrovnik, which is why it was made part of UNESCO’s intangible heritage. St. Blaise, the patron of the city, has been celebrated on February 3rd since the year 972, and the celebration, which starts on February 2nd on the day of Lady of Candelora, is spectacular! The city is visited by thousands of people from all over the county, many of which wear their traditional folk costumes, who all come to pay their respect to the patron of Dubrovnik, walking in the long procession and partaking in religious traditions that are a main part of this festivity. Many restaurants and café’s serve traditional Dubrovnik dishes that are specifically prepared just for this festivity. For more information click here.
Du motion takes place each year in April, and it was first organised in 2015 by a few enthusiasts wanting to promote healthier lifestyle while at the same time creating a charitable event for those in need. Soon enough Du motion really became an event that is more than a race and was recognised by numerous organisations and more importantly by thousands of participants, from all over the world, that take part in it each year.
Ponta Lopud is a film-related festival that brings together various industry experts and provides amazing learning and networking opportunities for both film industry professionals and those yet to become. Each year several young artists are given an opportunity to attend workshops and masterclasses by industries’ finest, discuss film, connect with colleagues and simply become inspired. Especially interesting part of the event are film screenings under the open sky in a stunning ambience of the Lopud island that are free for the general public. To make the whole thing even better, local restaurants make sure to offer visitors the finest of local delicacies.
Midsummer scene is the only theatre festival in Southeastern Europe in English language, and it is organized by the City of Dubrovnik and Dubrovnik Tourist Board, in collaboration with Brilliant Events Dubrovnik and Honey-tongued Theatre productions Ltd., London,. The festival takes place between late June and early July, bringing the magic of literature classics to the beautiful city of Dubrovnik, whos unmatching theatrical atmosphere combined with the captivating performance of renowned artists from all over the world, makes the Midsummer Scene Festival a must-visit event for theatre lovers.
The GFF is a must-visit event for food enthusiasts, offering a unique opportunity to experience the very best of Croatian gastronomy in a stunning historic setting. With a diverse range of culinary delights, educational workshops, and cultural events, the Good Food Festival Dubrovnik promises an unforgettable experience for all who attend. Don’t miss your chance to indulge in the flavors of the Adriatic and discover the rich culinary heritage of Croatia at this one-of-a-kind gastronomic celebration.
Ladja Marathon is a traditional rowing race that takes place at the Neretva river in the cities of Metković, Komin and Ploče. This annual event is one of the biggest in the country, attracting over 50,000 spectators. The race features traditional vessels called “lađe”, and each crew consists of ten rowers. The Ladja Marathon course is approximately 22.5 km long, starting in Metković and finishing in Ploče. The race celebrates the cultural heritage and tradition of the Neretva region and is obviously a popular and fun event, attracting both locals and tourists.
Dubrovnik, a city known for its rich cultural heritage and stunning architecture is a host of the annual “International Late Summer Music Festival,” a celebration of classical music featuring world-renowned musicians. The festival is organised by the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra and offers a unique experience that combines music, culture, and natural beauty.
The Marco Polo Fest, held every year in July, is a week-long celebration commemorating the life and journey of Marco Polo. It is an opportunity for locals and tourists alike to dive into the rich history of this famous explorer and immerse themselves in the culture of medieval Korčula. The festivities include a variety of events, such as medieval re-enactments, traditional music and dance performances, and guided tours of the island’s historical landmarks. The highlight of the festival is the grand parade, where participants don colourful costumes and march through the streets of Korčula’s Old Town, bringing the spirit of the Middle Ages back to life.
The Marco Polo Fest is not only about history but also about indulging in the culinary delights of Korčula. The island’s best chefs showcase their skills and serve mouth-watering local dishes inspired by the period, allowing festival goers to savour delicious meals while enjoying the island’s stunning landscapes.
Ston salt festival is a celebration of Ston’s long salt production tradition, and of the wonderful flavour of Ston’s salt. Among other things, the festival offers visitors a chance to learn about the history of salt production and to taste the unique and specific flavour of Ston’s salt. Featuring a number of food-related activities and events, the festival offers something for everyone. Whether you’re interested in learning about traditional Croatian cuisine, attending cooking workshops, or simply enjoying live music and traditional dance performances, Ston Salt Festival is an event you definitely need to check out.
At the Dubrovnik Winter Festival people of all ages can enjoy cultural and entertainment programs held at various locations such as Lazareti, old city centre, Lapad, and Mokošica. City is decorated with over a thousand dazzling decorations that dress it in holiday attire and spread good cheer with the festival’s favourite mascot, the Bear and the Elves, and the singing Pop-up Kolenda bus. Also, the Station Sjeverni pol in Lazareti and the favourite Advent train in Lapad Bay, along with an ice rink, are a treat for the youngest. Apart from big concerts on the Stradun stage, visitors can indulge in gastronomic delicacies at popular restaurants and cultural programs by Dubrovnik’s institutions and tourist board.