The Best Croatian Festivals this Summer

Over the last 5 to 10 years people have started to discover Croatia as a European festival destination gem. Bordering the beautiful Adriatic sea and offering the promise of guaranteed sun and spectacular views, festivals in Croatia have seen a boom in popularity ever since they started popping up in the early 00's.

With a mix of 18+ as well as family friendly events, no one is excluded from the Croatian festival fun and with several low cost airlines regularly flying to Croatia, along with most of the festivals operating shuttles to and from various destinations, getting there is easy. Definitely as easy as getting on a coach to a rainy farm in Somerset anyhow!

If you’re sick of muddy fields and temperamental weather, why not check out one of the following Croatian events, none of which you'll need to pack your wellies for!

SOUNDWAVE CROATIA / 18th - 22nd July / £119 + BF

Soundwave is a super chilled festival set in the gorgeous Tisno bay on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast. Some Croatian festivals can have crowds that are pretty much 100% English, but not this one which has one of the biggest Croatian followings of any of the festivals over there.

The three day festival also includes five days of side parties (which can be pretty legless affairs) and on top of that there are a lot of other activities outside of the festival which you can get involved in such as sailing, island hopping and fishing.

Familywise Soundwave offers free entry to under 14’s attending with paying adults.

The Guardian described Soundwave as, “all the quirks of Bestival but in a far more beautiful and sunny setting”. Lonely Planet said of Soundwave, “The musical variety is what makes this festival unique, with special emphasis on live bands, rather than DJ’s, the music ranges from bass strong artists to funk and reggae legends”

Those hoping to attend the 2013 event have the likes of Bonobo (live), Doom (MF Doom), Ghostpoet, Submotion Orchestra, Riot Jazz, Craig Charles and more to enjoy.

Click here to visit the soundwave Festival Croatia Wikifestivals Page.

GARDEN FESTIVAL / 3rd - 10th July 2013 / £15 - £105

This is a boutique event with am extremely laid-back vibe. Lonely Planet says of Garden Festival, “it's designed to reinvent Balearic vibes somewhere away from Ibiza”. Its intimate size means there is a focus on relaxation and chilling out, as well as raving, drinking and generally partying like a boss. The festival also features 14 boat parties, each with a different sound created by the DJ’s and musicians that host them.

Garden is in a great location and attendees can check out some picturesque villages, untouched beaches and other must see sights, all within walking distance of the festival grounds.

Tickets are available to buy in the form of a day pass, week pass or the popular whammy pass, which includes entrance to the Electric Elephant festival.

The festival also operates a 6 for the price of 5 group bundle making it a perfect getaway for hen parties right up to friendship escapes!

2013 live acts include Auntie Flo, BJ Smith and Crazy P, whereas some of the DJ Sets booked include Adam Regan, Add2Basket, and Andy Singh. You can find out more information via the Garden Festival Wikifestivals Page..

STOP MAKING SENSE / 1st - 4th August 2013 / £100

Stop Making Sense offers a unique lineup of lesser known electronica. You can expect to hear anything and everything from Techno to Jazz to African infused electro-beats.

From 12pm to 1am music takes place at its beach venue, on boats and in tiki bars. A little later (11pm - 7am) you can catch some late-night fun at the local open-air nightclub Barbarella.

2013 sees musical entertainment from Dixon, Ame, Steve Bug and Lindstrom.

Like other Croatian festivals, Stop Making Sense offers various group deals, including combined accommodation and festival passes.

For more information on the festival check out the Stop Making Sense Wikifestivals Page

SONUS FESTIVAL / 21st - 25th August 2013 / €89

The team behind Time Warp festival are launching brand new Sonus Festival this year (2013). Taking place at Zrce Beach, Sonus promises 5 days and 4 nights of non stop partying, with Ricardo Villalobos, Luciano, Loco Dice and Seth Troxler among the tons of electonic greats set to perform.

Two surrounding nightclubs will also provide pre-parties and after shows and local boat parties will also take place. Travel packages and accomodation packages are now available with the most basic tickets priced from €89.

For more information, check out the Sonus Wikifestivals Page here.

OUTLOOK FESTIVAL / 29th August - 2nd September 2013 / £135 + BF

The Croatian National Tourist office CNTO complimented this festival as a “perfect choice for new visitors to Croatia, as its location in Pula means that festival goers can easily escape the crowds by heading inland to Istria’s pretty villages and rolling countryside.”

Taking place in an abandoned 18th century castle, this bass focused event features some of the best in Dub, Reggae, Drum & Bass, Hip-Hop and Electronica acts. Boasting beach and boat parties too, this festivals has earned a dedicated following of bass lovers year on year.

Providing multiple venues with specific sound systems, this 18+ event takes place in September which is towards the quieter end of the tourist season.

2013 headliners include Talib Kweli, Jay Electronica, Andy C, David Rodigan, Mr Scruff, Pharoahe Monch, Shy Fx and Todd Edwards.

Tickets cost £135, with the choice of a deposit scheme too, and if you decide you want to stay longer, for a price of £245 you can attend both Outlook and Dimensions through one purchase!

For more information on Outlook festival, check out the Outlook Wikifestivals Page

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2013, July 9 - 1:27am

Interesting stuff! Had no idea there were so many in Croatia. I remember reading a few years back in Travel & Leisure about Kazantip Music Festival; is this in the same area? Do you know about this festival and the crowd? It sounded very alternative, but I was intrigued by the pictures in the article. Thanks in advance for the info!