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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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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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The Garden Tisno Thursday July 27 2017 - Sunday July 30 2017
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.


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


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.