Croatian Festivals 2017 – The Gecko helps you sort them out -there’s something for everyone!!

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We at Gecko like to promote the many and varied Croatian Festivals. There no better way to join the locals at play and some at work.
If you’re interested pop into our office and well tell you more … If we can form a small tour – well take you there so ask. All our vehicles are fully AC and WIFI so you can relax en-route.



The International Rijeka Carnival (February)
Rijeka carnival

The biggest Croatian Festivals and the most spectacular of its kind, and one of the biggest in Europe, the Rijeka
Carnival is a week-long extravaganza of parades, balls, theatrical performances, concerts and general
tomfoolery which each year attracts over 100,000 spectators. Apparently having their origins in the
centuries’ old traditions of scaring away evil spirits and welcoming in the new spring, the festivities turn
this coastal town into a riot of colour, creativity, fun and laughter. So if you’re looking for an alternative
escape from winter blues this could be right up your street.

Krk Summer Festival (July and August)
Krka festival

Featuring a wide-range of indoor and open-air performances for all tastes – classical and contemporary
music, opera, drama, folklore.

Classical Music Concerts

St. Donat’s Cathedral, Zadar (July and August);
Euphrasius Basilica, Porec (year round);
Osor Cathedral, Cres Island (12 Jul-25 Aug)

Traditional Knights Jousting Exhibition and Tournament, Sinj (August)
knights

Split Summer Festival (July – August)
Split festival

Split Film Festival (Sept)

Hvar Summer Festival
There are open-air performances almost every day from June to September set against the splendid
backdrop of the town’s Renaissance architecture.

Sailing Regattas, Vis island (Oct)
Makarska regatta

The annual Vis Regatta on the second weekend of October would be an opportune time for sailing
enthusiasts to experience the delights of this island.

Traditional Dalmatian Acapella “Klapa” Music Concerts, Omis (July)

Dubrovnik New Year’s Eve Festival

If you want an atmospheric location to see in the New Year then look no further than Dubrovnik’s historic
Old Town. This year promises a string of concerts, performances and other festivities on the main
promenade – including a free cocktail-tasting session! Scheduled to last well into the night.

The Dubrovnik Summer Festival (July – August)
Dubrovnik

The biggest and most spectacular of the many Summer Festivals in the towns of the Dalmatian Coast,
it’s a pulsating 45-day celebration of music, theatre and art, with a great closing fireworks display.
The perfect time to visit the city if you’re a ‘culture vulture’- but prepare yourself for the crowds.
If you value your sleep it’s probably also better to stay outside the Old Town.

International Tennis Tournaments
Men (ATP Tour) – Umag, Istria (October):
ATP Tour
Women (WTA Tour) – Brac Island (April):
WTA tour

Pula Film Festival (July)
Pula film festival

Motovun film Festival (July / Aug)
Motovun film festival

The charming Istrian hill-top town of Motovun hosts the original and most highly-regarded international
film festival in Croatia. The atmospheric, medieval town square is transformed into an outdoor cinema
each year.

Rabac Summer Festival (August)
Rabac

Attracting a host of international and local DJs, you can party into the night and wait for the sun to come
up on one of Rabac’s many fine beaches.

Liburnia Jazz Festival, Opatija (July):
Jazz festival

The International Children’s Festival, Sibenik (June – July)
Children’s festival
A week of plays, outdoor performances, workshops and films for children young and old in one
of northern Dalmatia’s oldest and prettiest towns. Still going strong as it approaches its 50th year.

FOR THE YOUNG (AT HEART)

Ultra Europe

14-16 July 2017, SplitHeadliners (2016): Above & Beyond, deadmau5, David Guetta
Over 150,000 people descend on Ultra Europe every summer to experience its all-star lineup and epic light shows that span across beach and boat parties, and of course, their infamous stadium shows.

Outlook Festival
6-10 September 2017, Pula: Dizzee Rascal, Giggs, DJ Shadow

The stage locations at this festival are insane, with urban and bass beats pumping sounds around a well-preserved Roman Amphitheatre, through old forts and along party-ready beaches.

Defected Croatia

10-15 August 2017, Tisno
Headliners: MK, Eats Everything, Roger Sanchez

With a backdrop of blue waters, sandy beaches, rolling hills and lush woodland, Defected’s intimate showcase of house, disco and underground electronic music makes for an alternative Croatian retreat.

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