In August, Croatia is abuzz with summer happenings. Dubrovnik and Split wax elegant with classical open-air concerts and the mania of music festivals continues. August calls on Sonus, 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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Created on the wave of popularity surrounding Ultra Europe, the Split Beach Festival has a good starting point – it’s set on the most popular beach in Split, sandy Bačvice. It gives partygoers an opportunity to dance in its shallow waters. The line-up is similar to Ultra Europe in style if not in size.
For more than 300 years, a jousting tournament has taken place in Sinj, small town in inland Dalmatia, half an hour from Split. Commemorating a historical battle against the Ottoman Empire, it’s a popular event in which competitors in historic costumes ride around trying to hit target rings. An important part of the tradition is that only people from Sinj and vicinity can participate, like Siena’s Palio. Make sure you book tickets in advance, especially for the main competition on Sunday. Even if jousting isn’t your thing, the streets of Sinj will be filled with people and it’s a fun day out.