Karlovac's oldest event, Saint John's Eve begins at sunset and is an evening celebration prior to the following day's Feast Day of Saint John the Baptist. The event here can be traced back at least 240 years and coincides with the traditional pagan celebration of the summer solstice. It is held on both banks of the River Kupa where food, drinks and activities will take place. A fireworks display is one of the best-loved parts of the evening and this year musical entertainment on the night is provided by top Croatian rock band Zabranjeno Pušenje. The event is also the official opening of the Karlovac Summer Stage.
Located just 50 kilometres to the south-west of Zagreb, the town of Karlovac is near enough half way from the capital to the country's most famous national park, Plitvice Lakes. A wondrous place of wooden walkways and tumbling waterfalls, there are many reasons you should go there and even more why you should stop off in Karlovac on the way. The town celebrates its 440 birthday this year and has a summer full of events on offer for the party. From boat rides and river swimming to free concerts and the award-winning Aquatika (Croatia's only aquarium dedicated to freshwater fish), here are some of the best reasons to visit Karlovac this summer.