Whether it’s sport, music, culture or history which floats your boat, there’s something for everyone in Croatia and Montenegro’s jam-packed 2023 summer events schedule.
The Eastern Med beauty spot has long been known as a magnet for electro, dance, drum and bass and reggae music lovers thanks to its annual Ultra Europe, Love International, Seasplash, Outlook Origins and SuncéBeat festivals dotted throughout July alone.
And each year, these offerings become richer and more diverse, with 2023 looking set to be a hugely memorable summer season. For visitors to the region, access couldn’t be easier, with MYS Yachting’s exclusive concierge service ready to arrange tickets and make plans for you to experience the very best schedule of events Croatia and Montenegro has to offer.
Arts, tennis and music festivals galore
The Dubrovnik Summer Festival starts in mid-July, running until the end of August, featuring a fascinating blend of opera, theatre, music and dance events at open-air venues across the city. Tennis fans, on the other hand, can enjoy the 33rd Croatia Open ATP tournament from 21st - 30th July in Umag with Stan Wawrinka, Marin Ćilić and Holger Rune slated to compete.
Dropzone, at popular festival spot Zrce Beach, takes place between July 3rd - 6th and is a must for dance fans, with some of the best DJs in the business taking up residence.
Ultra Europe unveils its ninth edition from July 7-9th at Park Mladezi in Split, promising a stellar line-up including Carl Cox and Eric Prydz, while Love International at Tisno follows from July 12th - 18th with secluded beach and yacht events as well as legendary on-site partying at Barbarella’s nightclub.
The 21st – and sadly final – Seasplash Festival at Sibenik runs from July 20 – 23rd, rounding off two decades dominating the Croatian festival scene. SuncéBeat offers a distinctly family friendly vibe in its own glittering, pine-shaded bay from July 20th - 27th with high-octane performances from leading DJs including David Morales.
Outlook Origins takes up its new venue at The Garden Tisno from July 27th - August 1st with a top drawer line-up of the hottest dubstep, jungle and grime stars performing, while early August sees Defected Croatia host world-famous DJ Fat Tony as well as Honey Dijon.
Other music extravaganzas include Dekmantel Selectors from 24th - 28th August and Dimensions, which closes the music festival season from August 31st - September 4th. It’s possible to enjoy six weeks of partying at Tisno alone as a result of the consecutive festivals happening there!
Culture, history and film highlights
If you’re heading to Split, you might want to attend the Sinjska Alka historic horseback tournament in the nearby town of Sinj, which this year celebrates its 308th edition. You can also look in on the Split Summer Festival, which runs from mid-July to mid-August and features open-air theatre and music performances in and around Diocletian’s Palace.
Cinephiles are sure to enjoy the Pula Film Festival, Croatia’s oldest film festival which celebrates its 70th year in mid-July, as a line-up of Croatian and international films are screened across various locations, including the town’s stunning Arena amphitheatre.
Kids will love the Supertoon animation festival in Sibenik from July 24th - 28th while Rabska Fjera’s famous medieval summer festival on the island of Rab is a melting pot of authentic historical costumery and fun every July.
Culture vultures will be drawn to the Brijuni Islands to watch the open-air Ulysses Theatre productions. Previous plays include Hamlet and King Lear - which was watched by Angelina Jolie on one of her visits to Croatia - and each summer from mid-July to mid-August, the spellbinding performances hold audiences rapt.
Fashion, wine and gastronomy in Montenegro
Across the bay in Montenegro, the excitement is also building for an unforgettable roster of arts, wine and nightclub extravaganzas. Buddha Bar Beach launches its SuperWine 10 tasting event on July 1st, where oenophiles can network together while enjoying fabulous vintages from Eastern and Western Europe. The venue will also host a grand Summer Celebration Party on July 7th, with Parisian DJ Ravin spinning the tunes until the early hours.
Early July also sees the invitation-only Fashion & Friends catwalk show on Jetty 2 featuring new collections from global players including Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Patrizia Pepe, Steve Madden and Guess.
A Gastro Festival at Porto Montenegro’s Synchro Stage featuring delicious cuisine, refreshments and entertainment will celebrate local food and culture from August 17th - 20th.
As Maja Ban, founder of MYS Yachting, asserts, Croatia and Montenegro are worth visiting when it comes to memorable events across the arts, music and culture sectors.
“Croatia hosts some big events over the summer period and some parts have become known as the Eastern Med’s Ibiza, with techno clubs, festivals and world famous DJs arriving to take up residence,” she explains. “People come to party for a few days between the islands and really enjoy themselves. Robbie Williams came to perform at the Roman amphitheatre in Pula on June 27th – 18th and Eros Ramazzotti will be there on August 14th.”
For further information about formalities, provisioning, itinerary planning and concierge, contact the experts at MYS Yachting:
Tel: +385 99 502 3127
Image credits: Marko Ercegović for Dubrovnik Summer Festival; Ivan Buvinic for Seasplash; Others supplied.