Summer in Osijek - major festivals and events (2018)

The spring season in Osijek was full of interesting events and now as we approach the long hot summer, there is almost the same number of various festivals ahead of us!

Check out what you can experience in Osijek in the next three months so that you can plan your visit to our beautiful part of Croatia along the mighty rivers Drava and Danube!

If you plan to visit Osijek during the summer, be sure to check the Osijek packages in which you can find various hotel bonuses for overnight stays. Also take your pick from the Osijek platter and treat yourself with a delicious menu!

MAJOR EVENTS IN OSIJEK THRU THE SUMMER OF 2018
You can follow and find more about those and smaller events if you click at the appropriate menu (by theme) at our main web page: www.tzosijek.hr

JUNE

06.06-21.06 OSIJEK SUMMER OF YOUTH - as in previous years there are 4 kinds of programme: educational, artistic, sports and music. Entrance to all events is free of charge. For more information, please click here: Osječko ljeto mladih, Studentski zbor Sveučilišta u Osijeku

13.06 ST. ANTHONY’S DAY - ever since 1687 in and around the Franciscan church and monastery in Osijek’s old town of Tvrdja you can experience a typical religious festival and street market known as “Kirvaj” (German: Kirchweih). At the entrance to the old town there is an amusement park and the streets towards the church smell like gingerbread, sugar candy and lily flowers which are the symbol of Saint Anthony.

15.-17.06 OSIJEK AIR SHOW 2018 - at the sports airport Osijek – Čepin. This festival promotes air and aviation sports as well as aeromodelling and aerobatics. For more information, please click here: Aeroklub Osijek: Facebook page, Web page

22.-25.06 PANNONIAN FOLKLORE FESTIVAL - every evening at 9 pm you can enjoy the folklore programmes from Croatia and abroad at the Drava River Promenade by the pedestrian suspension bridge and the Art Nouveau well.

28.06-01.07 MOTORCYCLIST’S DAYS - at the northern side of Drava River, opposite from the old town Tvrdja, in the Crown fortress complex known as the Catacombs visit this fun event beloved by motorcycling enthusiasts from Croatia and the broader region. For more information, please click here: Moto klub Osijek.

29.06.-12.07 OSIJEK SUMMER OF CULTURE - the largest cultural manifestation in eastern Croatia will once again present the best of theatre, music, art, literature, dance, film and new media programmes from local, regional and international performers. This event mostly takes place in open-air venues in the old town of Tvrdja. For more information, please click here: www.ljetokulture.osijek.hr

30.06 OSIJEK SUMMER NIGHT, SEASON 2018 - Osijek summer nights are an open air, street style event that takes place in the central town square and the surrounding streets and along the Drava River Promenade every last Friday of June, July and August (exceptionally the 1st in 2018 will take place on a Saturday). In various locations, you can enjoy music, performances and street style food and drinks. The main venue is the main town square by the Cathedral. There you will find local restaurants in small wooden huts (similar to the ones at the beloved Advent market) with tables located in the centre of the square serving as a large terrace. The gastronomy includes the offer of local wine producers from Osijek and the neighbouring Danube wine region as well as beer from local breweries. In the street leading from the main square to the Drava River Winter Port, you can also visit the small market with various products like honey, cakes, schnapps, cheese and other delicatessen made by local farmers. Programmes start in the afternoon and lasts until midnight.

30.06-01.07 RE ART FESTIVAL - this festival will take place in the largest city park, the King Tomislav park between the city centre (Gornji grad) and old town of Tvrdja. There you can enjoy and experience various arts performances, workshops, exhibitions and theatre shows. This year’s festival topic is “Slavic mythology”.

Photo: Osijek Smmer Night, main square programme. Photo by: Ivica Benic

JULY

07.07 ANTIQUES FAIR - once a month, every first Saturday, you can visit the old town’s main square and visit the antiques market located in the Holy Trinity Square (Trg Svetog Trojstva). In the market, you can also find homemade products from local farmers and artisans. The market is open from 9am to 2pm.

to 12.07 OSIJEK SUMMER OF CULTURE - the largest cultural manifestation in eastern Croatia will once again present the best of theatre, music, art, literature, dance, film and new media programmes from local, regional and international performers. This event mostly takes place in open-air venues in the old town of Tvrdja. For more information, please click here: www.ljetokulture.osijek.hr

28.07 OSIJEK SUMMER NIGHT, SEASON 2018 - Osijek summer nights are an open air, street style event that takes place in the central town square and the surrounding streets and along the Drava River Promenade every last Friday of June, July and August (2nd in 2018 will take place on Friday 28th of July). In various locations, you can enjoy music, performances and street style food and drinks. The main venue is the main town square by the Cathedral. There you will find local restaurants in small wooden huts (similar to the ones at the beloved Advent market) with tables located in the centre of the square serving as a large terrace. The gastronomy includes the offer of local wine producers from Osijek and the neighbouring Danube wine region as well as beer from local breweries. In the street leading from the main square to the Drava River Winter Port, you can also visit the small market with various products like honey, cakes, schnapps, cheese and other delicatessen made by local farmers. Programmes start in the afternoon and lasts until midnight.

AUGUST

04.08 ANTIQUES FAIR - once a month, every first Saturday, you can visit the old town’s main square and visit the antiques market located in the Holy Trinity Square (Trg Svetog Trojstva). In the market, you can also find homemade products from local farmers and artisans. The market is open from 9am to 2pm.

24.-26.08 FARMSHOW AND THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP IN PLOWING - at the sports and agriculture airport Osijek-Čepin. The winner of this event will compete at the 2019 66th World championship in plowing in the USA.

31.08 OSIJEK SUMMER NIGHT, SEASON 2018 - Osijek summer nights are an open air, street style event that takes place in the central town square and the surrounding streets and along the Drava River Promenade every last Friday of June, July and August (3rd in 2018 will take place on Friday 31st of August). In various locations, you can enjoy music, performances and street style food and drinks. The main venue is the main town square by the Cathedral. There you will find local restaurants in small wooden huts (similar to the ones at the beloved Advent market) with tables located in the centre of the square serving as a large terrace. The gastronomy includes the offer of local wine producers from Osijek and the neighbouring Danube wine region as well as beer from local breweries. In the street leading from the main square to the Drava River Winter Port, you can also visit the small market with various products like honey, cakes, schnapps, cheese and other delicatessen made by local farmers. Programmes start in the afternoon and lasts until midnight.

…and then comes the autumn in Osijek

The cheerful city event, this year’s third Osijek Summer Night on August 31st will unofficially end the summer events season in Osijek. And even though summer will be at its end, that will in no way mean the end to the “hot” city events. So already in September, be sure to visit Osijek and the UFO – Urban fest Osijek, Osijek beer festival - Days of the firs Croatian beer and Little Octoberfest festivals and in October WineOs and the Christmas market Advent in Osijek.