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20 great things to do in Croatia in August

August in Croatia is hot, sunny - and awash with events. Let us guide you through the best

© Hollie Fernando

In August, Croatia is abuzz with summmer happenings. Dubrovnik and Split wax elegant with classical open-air concerts; Rovinj harbours midsummer magic for one romantic night; and the mania of music festivals continues. August calls on Soundwave, Dimensions and many others to raise their vociferous cries, and the party-going crowds come running, with big events taking place every weekend. Here's our critic's pick of the best things to do in August.

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Soundwave

Set in a beautiful fishing village where the Dalmatian Coast meets the Adriatic and the punters meet the Soundwave(s), this is a perfect place to relax and sightsee as well as party until the sun comes up. It's an easy hop by boat to the nearby Kornati islands, a short walk to the pretty fishing village of Tisno and the beach itself is clean, the water cool and clear. Jay Electronica heads up this year's eclectic and exciting line-up, whilst other acts (Mr Scruff, Mala) are returning for the second or third time; there are some relatively new faces too, so there's a chance you'll hear something you've not yet heard. A live art and film programme has been added to this year's festival, making this something of an all-rounder.

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Until Mon Aug 8
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Avvantura Festival – FilmForumZadar

Avvantura Festival – FilmForumZadar

In August 2015 Zadar hosted its first international film festival, almost exactly 50 years after Alfred Hitchcock
It was a huge success, and returns this year, maintaining its focus on joint European productions and welcoming an equally venerable crowd of film industry experts.

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Obonjan Island

Just off the central Dalmatian coast, in the midst of the Adriatic Sea, a new world is coming into being. Obonjan Island is Croatia’s newest summer destination - and it sounds impossibly good. Obonjan (that’s oh-bon-yan) is a music festival, well-being retreat, gastronomical playground and cultural hotpot all wrapped up in an Adriatic Shangri-La. 

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By: Beth Ryan
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Spancirfest

Spancirfest

Spancirfest started eighteen years ago as a small arts festival in the Northern city of Varaždin. Now it's one of Croatia's biggest culture festivals, with an international cast of performers. This year's impressive musical line-up includes Croatia's leading singer-songwriter Lovely Quinces, while during the day you'll find all manner of imaginative street performances as well as workshops to take part in. 

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