As any other lively riviera city, Split sees many festivals and events being organized each year, especially during the summer holiday season. The goal of these events is to mark notable anniversaries, as well as to pay respect to the patron saints of the area. The festivals and events that are organized each year are a great chance to meet not only the landmarks of Split, but also the cultural and historical legacy of the entire area.
The Split Summer is an art festival that has existed since the middle of the 20th century. Together with the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, this festival has the longest and brightest tradition of performing arts such as opera, drama, ballet, concerts, etc. And over time, it expands the range of events from film shows to exhibitions, performances and street performances. The festival is traditionally held from mid-July to mid-August in the premises of the Croatian National Theater in Split, the Peristal of Diolecian's Palace, the Cathedral of St. Duje, Sustipan and others. Since 1958, within the Split Summer, art, painting and photography events have occupied a significant place.
The Mediterranean Film Festival is one of the highest quality and most famous cultural events on the Adriatic, and every year it is visited by about twenty thousand visitors. The focus of the competition are films from Mediterranean countries, and through the accompanying programs, the audience can get acquainted with the cinematography of other European and world countries. It is becoming more and more common to ask for more tickets for evening screenings at the Bačvice open-air cinema. During the day, screenings are held in the Golden Gate cinema, which is part of Diocletian's Palace.
The Ultra Europe Festival is an open-air electronic music festival held in mid-July. Many famous DJs and performers from all over the world come to this festival. The first Ultra Festival in Split was held from 12 and 13 July 2013 with an additional Ultra Beach party on Hvar, which was organized on 14 July. The first festival was a significant success, with around 103,000 visitors from all over the world coming to Ultra. Every following year, the festival recorded increasing attendance and popularity, so in addition to the main festival, additional events were organized on Hvar, Brač and Vis.
The Split Festival is one of the most famous festivals, which has been held every summer in the city under Marijan for 59 years. The first Split Festival was held in 1960 as a music-fashion show "More-Revija-Split", and since then over 800 compositions by the most important domestic authors have been performed there. On the Split festival stage, the most prominent names of the Croatian music scene experienced their star moments, namely: Oliver Dragojević, Tereza Kesovija, Radojka Šverko, Ibrica Jusić and many others. With its tradition and reputation, this festival has become one of the symbols of the city and the musical culture of Croatia.
The MAG Festival is an international chamber music festival that offers a blend of ilic experience music. This festival is held in the Gothic hall of the Museum of the City of Split, and visitors to the festival by purchasing tickets get the opportunity to visit the Museum of the City of Split. Chamber ensembles from Croatia and abroad, as well as young musicians from Split, perform within this festival. Through concert evenings, this festival presents to the audience various performers from the Baroque period to the modern age.