The best Croatian festivals in 2024

Croatia is one of the top destinations in Europe when it comes to festivals – artsy and electronic, pop and rock, drum and bass – whatever your festival style, rest assured there will be something for you. Hosting over 30 international festivals this summer, Croatia has established itself as one of the hottest party spots in Europe. But why are festivals so keen to host here?

Croatia has become a sought-after destination for festivals due to its unique blend of stunning landscapes, vibrant culture, and welcoming atmosphere. Warm sunny weather, especially during the summer months creates the ideal scene for open air festivals. Forget your wellies and raincoats and don your sunscreen, this is festivals done right.

Some of the highlights of the upcoming 2024 festival season:

ULTRA Festival

  • Founded in 2013
  • Location: Park Mladezi, Split
  • Genre: Mainstream Electronic
  • 4 stages
  • 3 days of main event, 7 days of beach parties and after parties
  • Starts on 12 July 2024

Croatia’s biggest music festival, artists and celebrities fly out from all over the world to experience this hub of electronic dance music. The diversity in stages ranges from huge stadium-like main stages, to exclusive beach parties and boat parties. Imagine your favourite party tunes booming, sun shining and the ocean right next to you to cool off in! Check out our ULTRA FESTIVAL CRUISE which combines a Croatia sail that has its last night in Split corresponding with the first night of one of Europe’s most popular festivals. What more could you want?

Hideout festival

  • Founded in 2011
  • Location: Zrce Beach, Pag Island
  • Genre: Electronic music, DnB
  • 5 open air stages
  • 5 days and 5 nights
  • Starts on 23rd June 2024

Hideout is an absolute blast of a festival! 5 days and 5 nights of electrifying tunes, mesmerizing light shows and boat parties to rival any other. With artists such as Bicep, Hedex, Interplanetary Criminal and LF system, Hideout 2024 is shaping up to be the ultimate electronic festival of the year!

Hospitality on the beach

  • Founded in 2019
  • Location: Tisno Beach, Murter Island
  • Genre: Drum and Bass
  • At least 4 stages
  • 7 days and nights
  • Starts: 2 July 2024

Hospitality on the beach is a unique festival for sure. The most headbanging drum and bass, sound systems blaring, epic raves, partying till sunrise and beyond. Hundreds of DJs from all over the world come to showcase their sets on open air beach stages, clubs, bars and the ‘craziest boat parties this side of the equator’. However, Hospitality on the beach is not only about raving till you drop, as the festival also has yoga mornings, peaceful secluded beach spots and tours to explore the sights around the festival. Experience a blend of exhilaration and mindfulness like none before at this intimate 7-day event.

IN Music festival

  • Founded in 2011
  • Location: Zagreb Lake (on an island)
  • Genre: Huge acts of well-loved music, such as Queens of Stone Age, the Killers and more!
  • 3 days
  • Starts on 24th June 2024

Croatia’s largest open air music festival, IN Music might be the only festival to run Monday to Wednesday. Although it is not on the beach, this festival boasts a stunning lakeside venue and has camping on youth island in the middle of the lake! Massive headliners travel from all over to play here, with big names over the past few years such as Arctic Monkeys, The Cure, and Kasabian. Old school rock to new bangers, this festival is everything a classic festival is, with the added bonus of being in the Croatian capital!

Fresh Island Festival

  • Founded in 2012
  • Location- Zrce Beach, Pag Island
  • Genres: Hip-Hop, R&B
  • 3 stages
  • 3 days and nights
  • Starts on 26 June 2024

Another totally different genre of festival, Fresh Island promises Hip-Hop, R&B, and Jungle beats to make you sway the night away. Keep your cocktails flowing and transport yourself into island paradise on the shores of the Adriatic.

Croatia festival packing list – the basics:

Sun protection sunglasses, sunscreen, hat. Hopefully these are pretty self-explanatory, it can easily reach 35+ degrees Celsius in Croatia.

Water  Camelpac or something similar is the best way to stay hydrated at a festival, with Croatia’s potential temperatures it is crucial to keep your water topped up!

Comfortable footwear  barefoot may seem tempting, but watch out for rocks, broken glass, and hot pathways. A good pair of sandals or Birkenstocks would do you well.

Phone essentials  portable charger, nothing worse than your phone dying mid festival, and having to scavenge for a spare charger.

Basic toiletries  small travel sized bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. Toothpaste and toothbrush, lip balm and deodorant are also essentials!

Towel beach days will be numerous, and even though the sun will do a pretty good job at drying you off, your towel will also make a good mat to lie on!

GLITTER!! no explanation needed.

Embarking on a journey to a Croatian festival is not just a celebration of music, but a chance to admire some of the most stunning scenery and historical cities Europe has to offer. So why not take the opportunity to cruise with us and continue the celebration before or after a Croatian festival!

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