Croatia Festivals

Croatia Festivals 2017

It is time to update you on Croatia Festivals that will take place in 2017 in Croatia. All the festivals for 2017  have been confirmed by now, so this overview should be pretty reliable.

Croatia Festivals

Croatia Festivals: Outlook / Photo credit: Outlook Festival

If you are a festival-goer who enjoys an open-air music by the sea, hope our lowdown on Croatia Festivals 2017 will come handy for you.

If you don't like loud music until dawn, this list should come handy too – because at least you'll know what places to avoid if you plan a relaxing holidays by the sea.

Majority of the festivals take place at one of the three main destinations: Tisno on the island of Murter, Novalja on the island of Pag, and Pula in Istria. Other destinations featuring one major festival a year are Split (Ultra Europe), and Zagreb (INmusic Festival).

List of Top Croatia Festivals 2017

INmusic Festival

When: June, 19 – June, 21 2017
Where: Zagreb, Croatia
Website
Short description: INmusic Festival is the oldest open-air festival in Croatia. It has a good line up and mix artists – rock, dance and more. It takes place on the Island of Youth, at Zagreb's lake Jarun. Line up 2017 includes names like: Kasabian, Alt-J, TArcade Fire, etc.

Hideout Festival

When: June, 26 – June, 30 2017
Where: Novalja, Island of Pag, Croatia
Website
Short description: Hideout Festival is already in its 4th edition, and the line up 2017 looks great: Marco Carola, The Martinez Brothers, DJ Koze, Eat Everything and over 150 more artists. The event will take place at the famous Zrce Beach clubs: Papaya, Aquarius and Kalypso. And, of course, beside these venues, there will be lots of boat and pool parties throughout the festival.

Croatia Festivals: Hideout

(In)famous :) boat parties at Hideout Festival / Photo credit: Hideout Festival

Love International Festival

When: June, 28 – July, 05 2017
Where: Tisno, Island of Murter, Croatia
Website
Short description: Love International festival means a week of music and partying, so line up is quite long. Don't forget what makes Love INternational festival so popular: three stages (including a beach stage), great boat parties, and after party Barbarella Discotheque.

Electric Elephant

When: TBA 2017 dates
Where: Tisno, Island of Murter, Croatia
Website
Short description: Held at the same venue as Love International Festival, and just after it, Electric Elephant is organised by UK DJs and Unabombers promoters. The festival promotes a wide range of electronic music: techno, reggae, dubstep, hip-hop, drum and bass, house. Boat parties are very popular.

Fresh Island Festival

When: July, 11 – July, 13 2017
Where: Novalja, Island of Pag, Croatia
Website
Short description: Fresh Island Festival takes place for the sixth time on the Zrce beach at Papaya and Aquarius clubs. Full 2017 line up hasn't been announced yet, but the world famous Rae Sremmurd, and French Montana have been confirmed.

Ultra Europe

When: July, 13 – July, 19 2017
Where: Split, Croatia
Website
Short description: Ultra Europe is probably the largest music festival held in Croatia. This is the second year in a row that the festival will take place in Split. Phase 1 line up has been announced, however the full line up is yet to be announced. Check regularly Ultra Europe website.

SuncéBeat

When: July, 19 – July, 26 2017
Where: Tisno, Island of Murter, Croatia
Website
Short description: This week long festival, held in Tisno, is already in its eighth edition. The line-up for 2017′s SunceBeat has yet to be announced. The festival is set at the hilly area overlooking private sandy beach. Another hit from the festival are its infamous boat parties.

Seasplash Festival

When: July, 20 – July, 23 2017
Where: Pula, Croatia
Website
Short description: Seasplash takes place in Pula, and it's already in its 15th year. It brings together different music genres: drum ‘n’ bass, ska, reggae, jungle, electro, dubstep, etc.

Soundwave Croatia

When: July, 27 – July, 31 2017
Where: Tisno, Island of Murter, Croatia
Website
Short description: Promoted as intimate festival with “only” 3.000 attendees, Soundwave festival 2017 line up includes jazz / R&B artist Roy Ayers , hip hop duo The Pharcyde, DJ Gilles Peterson, soul artist Laura Mvula and many, many more.

Sonus Festival

When: August, 20 – August, 24 2017
Where: Novalja, Island of Pag, Croatia
Website
Short description: Sonus Festival is, along with Unknown Festival, the newest festival in Croatia. This year will be its fifth edition. Line up 2017 features more than 50 artists, including Nick Curly, The Martinez Brothers, Chris Liebing. The festival is taking place at famous Zrce Beach and beside the main festival venues,  many boast parties are planned as well.

Croatia Festivals: Dimensions

Photo credit:Dimensions Festival

Dimensions Festival

When: August, 30 – September, 03 2017
Where: Pula, Croatia
Website
Short description: This festival is promoted by the same people behind bigger and somehow more famous Outlook festival. This underground electronic music festival takes place in the abandoned fort at the outskirts of Pula. 2017 line up should be announced in early 2017.

Outlook Festival

When: September, 07 – September, 10 2017
Where: Pula, Croatia
Website
Short description: Outlook festival is described as “the largest Bass music and Soundsystem Culture festival in Europe”. It takes place at the outskirts of Pula. This will be its 10th editionl. Dizzee Rascal, DJ Shadow, and Outlook Orchestra will open the festival with the live performance in Pula's Amphitheater. Initial line up 2017 includes Giggs, Goldie, DJ Marky, and many, many more.

Did we forgot any of Croatia festivals 2017 worth mentioning? Let us know in the comments below.

11 replies
  1. Miranda
    Miranda says:

    Hey there, any festivals in Croatia during beginning of August? We will be there August 1-7 and it seems we’ve missed all the good ones? Any recommendations welcome ;) thanks

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  2. Juliet Drozdz
    Juliet Drozdz says:

    Good morning all the way from South Africa, any fun in May? I leave the 4th then zagreb, pula, radar then split back by train. Any interesting things happening from the 4 to the 20th. Travelling alone so any advice will be so appreciated………

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  3. Joshua Brooks
    Joshua Brooks says:

    Hey there I was going through your list. Which is a very nice list by the way. I am headed to Croatia this summer to DJ at one of these many festivals and was seeing what else might be going down while I am there. I noticed that the festival I am playing at is not on your list and thought you and your readers may be interested in it. It is called the Kanegra Beach Festival. The Dates are Aug 8-9. It is in Umag and it is going on its 5th year now. Past years they have had the likes of Umek and Seb Fontaine. This year they have an amazing line up as well with headliners consisting of Kevin Saunderson, Nic Fanciulli, Stacey Pullen and Matador along with myself and many more. Its a really awesome festival from what I have been told and Im looking forward heading out there. Hopefully you will check it out and add it to your list. Here is the Event Page from Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/866704783346951/ and the official website can be found here http://www.kanegrabeachfestival.com. Thanks!!

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  4. Ratko Boric
    Ratko Boric says:

    This year I heard, will be the best ever with Ultra in Split! People around who have nothing in common with the fest started to think about it, and finally become aware of how big the festival is…
    All, take few days more to visit around, there’s so much to see!

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  5. Leigh
    Leigh says:

    Hi Frank… Do you know of any music festivals in Croatia where you can take small children, aged 1 and 2? We just want to dance with them and have a good time – we would enjoy any type of music. All those above look like heaps of fun, but are they all for adults only? :-) We’ll be there in Aug/Sept 2014. Thanks :)

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    • Frank G
      Frank G says:

      Hi Leigh, thanks for stopping by. What destination are you visiting in Croatia? Let me know and I’ll check if there is any festival for the whole family. There is a nice Salsa festival in June in Rovinj (but you are coming in August, so that’s not good for you :-).

    • Leigh
      Leigh says:

      Thank you Frank, we’re just planning the trip now so still pretty open on our exact destinations. Would like to visit Dubrovnik, Zadar, Plitvice Lakes, Krka, sail some islands. As we’ll have the two little ones in tow, will want to make it fairly easy and relaxed – swimming at nice beaches, eating good food, and I like the sound of the light show and sea organ at Zadar. Is there anywhere you’d say is ‘not to be missed’? Am enjoying reading your blog :)

  6. Sammi
    Sammi says:

    I was in Split last summer during Ultra, and will be again this summer. I am *hoping* to get a ticket, but they were sold out already last time I checked. If not, I know a nice little spot where you can hear everything and dance the night (or day in our case) away!

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  7. Ashley and Alex
    Ashley and Alex says:

    Alex and I went to Soundwave two years ago and we had an amazing time. It is definitely a smaller festival which was our style. The bands are eclectic and it was worth going just to see Riot Jazz perform. Hopefully we will make it there again next year or maybe one of these other festivals. Any excuse to go to Croatia really :)

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    • Frank G
      Frank G says:

      Thanks for your feedback! We haven’t attended Soundwave and it’s great to have a testimonial from someone who actually did! Thanks, again.

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