The Zadar Region is Jam-Packed With Summer Events – Which One Will You Attend?
Summer is here and Zadar Region is jam-packed with events throughout the season. Take a break from swimming and immerse yourself in the culture of our region. There really is something for everyone. Head to festival or event and get a taste for our Zadar Region and let us know what you think!
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56th Musical Evenings in St Donat – 11th July – 3rd August
This musical event which started in 1960, is a celebration of the musical arts where classical music takes centre stage. The event is held in a number of locations including Zadar’s iconic St Donat Church, the Roman Forum and St Anastasia Cathedral . Over the course of the festival, there will be performances by the Zagreb Philharmonic, Zagreb Flute Ensemble, Zadar Chamber Orchestra, Petar Čulić, Amalia String Quartet, Mediterranean Youth Orchestra, along with many others.
Šokolijada (Šokol Festival of Nin) – 16th -17th July
Šokol is a unique cured meat product from Nin which is made from pork neck. It is submerged in red wine and then seasoned with salt and various spices which are a well-guarded secret of each family that makes this premium product. Finally, the šokol is smoked and then left to the Northern Dalmatian bura ( northeasterly wind) to dry. Each year the Šokolijada festival is held to determine the best Šokol in the region and makes for an interesting event to attend. Be sure to try some šokol as it’s absolutely delicious.
VAK”AN”ZA 31% – 18th July – 13th August
This interesting event which has grown in popularity since beginning in 2008, is an amateur water polo event for people who don’t play water polo. The idea is to get people involved in a sport which can be very intimidating, and have a chance at tasting victory in a sport they have not previously played. In addition VAK”AN”ZA has included a musical element to the festival to make the event attractive to more and more people.
Night of the Full Moon – 21st-23rd July
The night of the full moon is a festival which celebrates Zadar regions, tradition food, culture and customs and is held on the Zadar Riva. During the festival, the entire area is illuminated by torches and candles and you’ll find all types of local food on offer from sardines, mussels, šokol and other traditional foods. This event is a great way to get a taste of the entire Zadar region.
Kali Kualjske Fishing Nights – 22nd – 23rd July
The oldest festival on Ugljan, the Kualjske Fishing Nights celebrates Kali’s long history of fishing and their traditions. At this festival, there is a conference, fishing boat parade, cooking competitions, rowing contests, fishing demonstrations, and each evening finishes with a concert to entertain the crowd.
HYTE Festival – 22nd-23rd July
The HYTE festival is an open-air electronic music festival which will be held at Zadar’s famous Kolovare beach. The event will host international and local DJ’s Loco Dice, Matthias Tanzmann, Enzo Sirgusa, Dewalta, Shaun Reeves, Seb Zito along with many others. If parties are your thing, then this is one not to be missed.
57th Pag Summer Carnival – 29th – 30th July
The oldest carnival on Croatia’s Adriatic, the Pag Summer Carnival is a two-day event where a parade and competition for the best masks and costumes is held, various performances by cultural clubs and choir groups are delivered, and the famous Pag wheel dance takes place. The festival culminates when the carnival Prince Marko is burnt in the town square which is said to cast away evil forces for the following year.
DM Millenium Jump – 30th July 2016
This iconic Zadar event which is into its tenth year is simply a jump into the sea by over 3500 participants performing different types of jumps. Take in the sites of Zadar and listen to the sea organ and then take the millennium jump for some fun.
Pag Art Festival – 1st -17th August
This festival was founded in 1999 by famous Croatian pianist Lovro Pogorelič who wanted enrich the town for both locals and tourists alike through the delivery of quality artistic performances. This year will be no different with a large cast of international performers set to entertain people in the renaissance town of Pag.
Sali Festival – 11th – 14th August
This festival is a three-day cultural event which kicks off with a fisherman’s night where you can eat local seafood dishes and be entertained by local performers. On day two various sports events are held and then the port is illuminated and a celebration held. Day three is where the real action takes place with the famous Sali donkey race taking place where the winning and laziest donkey’s win prizes. Following the race, there is another performance to close the festival.
Days of Knights of Vrana – 19th – 20th August
This event is a celebration of the rich history of the Vrana area. At the event, you can expect to be transported back in time where you’ll see medieval camps, knights, ancient games, falconry, jugglers and other performers, and people in various medieval costumes.