On a family vacation in Croatia in 2021, you will be able to fill the schedule with exciting activities without any difficulty. Whether you are traveling with small children or teenagers, you can easily find fun for the whole family. Thanks to various events throughout the Adriatic, you can find an exciting way to get to know the autochthonous culture and history, try a new delicacy, or take part in a whole new family adventure. What events should you not miss this summer? Find out in the Family-friendly activities guide for summer 2021.
International Children's Festival
If you are looking for a place where you can play with your children and enable them to express themselves creatively, Šibenik is the right place for you. For the 61st year in a row, Šibenik is the organizer of the International Children's Festival. This cultural manifestation is special because the city squares are filled with children's artwork, and it is concentrated on developing all the art forms of their creative drive. The festival takes place through three phases, plays of domestic and foreign children's ensembles, the workshop program directly and publicly involving children in the act of creation, and the educational part where a symposium addresses issues such as aesthetic education of children. It runs from June 19 to July 3, 2021.
Kinookus Food Film festival
How to entertain teenagers on summer vacation? The answer could be found in Ston.
Usually, in late June, Ston hosts an exciting event that brings together the best from the world of film and local gastronomy. Who would resist such a combination? But except for tasty food and movies, this festival seeks to promote new ideas and the importance of traditional values. Through the Seventh Art and healthy lifestyle concept, the Kinookus Festival aims to educate young people about the importance of healthy nutrition and environmental protection and encourage them to develop critical thinking and engage in society.
Ice cream Festival
An unforgettable summer treat finally has its festival that guarantees a good time for the whole family. At the Festival of Ice Cream in Fažana, held in July, the entire family will be able to cool down with various kinds of cold desserts of amazing colors and shapes. Don't miss the opportunity to discover unique flavors of ice cream combined with fruits, veggies, and ice cream specially made for people with diabetes and vegans, or special ones based on sea algae and natural Istrian ingredients. To complement the "sweet" experience, the organizers have also prepared an entertainment program for the whole family, including animation for children, concerts, face painting, and dance facilities.
Supertoon - Animated Movie Festival
You can find a perfect opportunity to fill your vacation schedule and have a pleasant family gathering from 19 to 23 July in Šibenik. That is the time when the International Animated Film Festival is held. Along with the recent domestic and worldwide production of animated short films (films lasting up to 30 minutes), the festival seeks to bring this kind of film expression to both adults and children, accidental visitors, and filmmakers.
Do you want to encourage your children to think and act creatively? The Tobogan Festival held in Rijeka is a perfect family event for that matter. The idea of the festival is that the children, even though they are on holiday, strive to have fun and, above all, educate themselves. In 2021, they will have the opportunity to participate in 3D print, painting, singing, video game design, creative writing, and many others. Parents can also participate in this festival thanks to the special workshops with activities tailored especially for them. Apart from the workshops, the program will be complemented by performances, film projections, and concerts arranged at various locations throughout the city.
Queenvention - Vaicanto Festival
Are you looking for a good music festival where you can enjoy yourself with your teenagers? The musical spectacle held from August 10 to August 15 with the timeless hits played by Queen will be an actual event for you. Queenship is a musical project devoted to the Queen legacy and the music pop-rock direction as the theme of the second edition of the Vaicanto Festival. The biggest European tribute bands bring a spectacular show with up to 50 top musicians, members of the symphony orchestra, who perform the most successful songs of one of the most influential bands of all time in a special arrangement with the choir. The discussion panel was also included in the festival program and a lecture by Mr. Peter Freestone, the costume designer of The Queen and a consultant in the Bohemian Rhapsody film.
The Sand Festival
Who says that swimming or diving are the only things you can do on the beach? This summer, along with various sea activities, try to express yourself creatively at the Sand Festival. This exciting event takes place on August 14 at Queen's Beach in Nin, one of the most beautiful Croatian sandy beaches. The festival is imagined as a creative exhibition that combines various works of children and fantasies. All visitors, both young and old, will be able to participate in making sand sculptures. In addition to the best sculptures, the best sculpture photographs will also be awarded. With the guidance of the mentor sculptors, visitors will build sculptures on the theme of "Town of the Nin."
The Pirate battle
Have you ever had a chance to see a live maritime battle? If you spend the summer of 2021 in Omiš, you will be able to enjoy the true pirate spectacle. It is a little-known fact that the inhabitants of Omiš through history (the Middle Ages) were successful shipbuilders and pirates who ruled the Adriatic Sea. Many famous fleets were afraid of their attacks, and the pirate's most common targets were the Venetian ships that carried valuable goods. The inhabitants of Omiš are proud of their maritime tradition, and this is where they, with Korčula Society of Sv. Cecilia's "Moreška" honors their history.