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Dubrovnik’s Fall calendar: The season’s must-attend events

As the Summer sun gently yields to the embrace of autumn, Dubrovnik, the pearl of the Adriatic, awakens with a vibrant tapestry of cultural and seasonal events that beckon travelers and locals alike. From the rustle of fallen leaves along the historic city walls to the mellowness of the Adriatic breeze, Dubrovnik’s autumn offers a rich medley of experiences.

Whether you seek the enchantment of music and art, the allure of culinary delights, or simply the serene beauty of the changing seasons, Dubrovnik’s autumn calendar is brimming with exciting happenings that promise to captivate your senses and leave you with cherished memories of this timeless coastal gem. Join us as we explore the enchanting array of cultural and seasonal wonders that await in Dubrovnik’s autumn embrace.

Andy Warhol exhibition

The Dubrovnik-Neretva County, in partnership with the Art Gallery Dubrovnik and the Andy Warhol Museum of Modern Art from Slovakia, is hosting an exhibition featuring the iconic pop art pioneer, Andy Warhol. Opening on September 21, the exhibition will showcase a selection of Warhol’s artworks, including photographs and screen prints on paper and canvas, sourced from the Andy Warhol Museum of Modern Art.

Beyond exploring Warhol’s life and oeuvre, the exhibition delves into contemporary visual arts and culture, the influence of the artist’s heritage on his creations, the enduring impact of pop art on modern art, and related themes. Curated by Michal Bycko, Martin Cubjak, and Jelena Tamindžija Donnart, this event at the Art Gallery Dubrovnik will run until October 29, celebrating a fruitful collaboration between the Slovak region of Prešov and the Dubrovnik-Neretva County.

Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra

The Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra (DSO) is a vital part of Dubrovnik and Croatia‘s rich cultural heritage, enchanting audiences with performances set in the city’s unique and historic venues, including the Rector’s Palace, city churches, and squares. Collaborating with both local and internationally acclaimed artists, DSO showcases classical masterpieces in Dubrovnik and on global tours.

Notably, the annual Stradun Classic chamber music festival, directed by renowned Croatian clarinettist Marija Pavlović, promises innovative programs performed by exceptional international artists from September 16 to 23, presenting a blend of beloved chamber works and lesser-known compositions. Furthermore, the Autumn Music Variety cycle, running from October 5 to 29 at the Rector’s Palace, caters to local and foreign audiences with solo concerts by DSO musicians and guest appearances by esteemed conductors, promoting Croatian culture and fostering international collaboration.


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Good Food Festival

Indulge in a sensory journey like never before at the Tenth Dubrovnik Good Food Festival taking place from October 9th to October 22nd, 2023 as a jubilee edition. Expect a two-week gastronomic extravaganza featuring workshops revealing the art of crafting Dubrovnik’s iconic desserts and traditional Croatian delicacies, themed dinners immersing you in the diversity of Croatian cuisine, a tantalizing dinner hosted by a Michelin Star Chef, exclusive menus at Dubrovnik’s renowned restaurants, captivating gastronomic tours that unveil hidden culinary gems, and more.

For a decade, the Good Food Festival has united enthusiasts of authentic, innovative, and timeless cuisine, leaving them with cherished memories and a profound appreciation for Dubrovnik’s culinary heritage. Don’t miss this milestone celebration of gastronomy, culture, and tradition; mark your calendars and prepare to feast your senses!

Dubrovnik Triathlon

Also known as EARTH, SEA & FIRE, The Dubrovnik Triathlon offers a thrilling multi-lap race experience with both Sprint and Olympic distances for individual athletes and relay teams. The Sprint Distance includes a 0.75km swim, 20km bike ride, and a 5km run, exclusively for individuals. This event not only fosters competitive spirit but also encourages teamwork among athletes of different genders and classes in the Olympic Distance Triathlon Relay.

Set against the backdrop of Dubrovnik’s historic architecture and atmosphere, the event exemplifies the shared values of triathlon: determination, passion, resilience, and the ability to overcome challenges. Participants can enjoy pre-race festivities at the Welcome Party and celebrate their achievements at the post-race TriParty@Banje Beach, complete with awards, a lottery, and the vibrant spirit of Dubrovnik’s iconic beach.

Dubrovnik Winter Festival

The 10th Dubrovnik Winter Festival promises a spectacular lineup of events, beginning with a New Year’s Eve celebration featuring a performance by Zdravko Čolić and over 20 concerts across various city locations. The festival kicks off with Prljavo kazalište and culminates on January 6, 2024, with a concert by Jelena Rozga. Throughout December, the city will host top Croatian and regional musicians, including Gibonni, 4 Tenors, Tomislav Bralić and klapa Intrade, Queen tribute band and more.

Additionally, there will be a mysterious electro-pop duo, Nipplepeople. The Advent at Vojnović, organized by the Student Center Dubrovnik, will feature performances by Dalmatino, Bosutski bećari, Vojko V, Mate Bulić, Zsa Zsa, Jole, Adi Šoše, Matko, and Brane. Various children’s programs, exhibitions, Christmas concerts, and theatre performances, including the Dubrovnik Christmas Concert on December 22 and the New Year’s Concert on Stradun on January 1, will enchant visitors. Gruž will also offer digital and interactive activities for children and youth, along with a diverse culinary offering.

Christian Larss Kreković is a General Manager at Sun Gardens Dubrovnik. Sun Gardens Dubrovnik is a luxury resort on the Adriatic coast in Croatia offering bespoke guest experiences.

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Christian Larss Kreković

Christian Larss Kreković is General Manager at Sun Gardens Dubrovnik with over two decades in the hospitality industry. Set on the luxury Adriatic coast only 11 km from the UNESCO World Heritage site of Old Town Dubrovnik, luxury resort Sun Gardens Dubrovnik, a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, is known for bespoke guest experiences. Replicating the ambience of a traditional Dalmatian village, the resort offers the perfect getaway from daily life, allowing couples and families to relax and reconnect in an idyllic oasis. An exquisite choice of modern hotel rooms and suites and luxurious residences provides the remarkable experience of understated elegance, chic design and top-class amenities. Christian has an MBA in Hospitality Management from Cornell University and is passionate about travel and tourism.

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  1. These seasonal round-ups of what’s going on are a great idea. Perhaps we could have more of these for other destinations too?

  2. Not ready for winter yet, I’m hoping for some more warm days yet, but that does look to be a strong line-up for the Winter Festival.

    1. Dear Sian, we are actually amidst really warm October (as was September), so it does not seem the colder days are anywhere near here.

  3. “The Pearl of the Adriatic.” That’s a nice phrase that sums up a charming city. I have really good memories of my time there.

    1. Dear Bob, great to hear this. What did you like the best about Dubrovnik in autumn?

  4. I have been to Dubrovnik in Autumn which is a great time to visit it as it isn’t too hot and there are less people around. I knew that there were a lot of things going on but I didn’t realise that there was a full programme like this.

    1. Dear Sheila, since you’ve visited, maybe there are other experiences missing from this list? Feel free to share, I’d love to hear about other opinions.

  5. My son is a very enthusiastic and experienced triathlon competitor. He also loves travel so he combines the two interests as a way of seeing the world.

    He is obsessed with training and rarely takes a day off so I think he’d be ready for the Dubrovnik event. He probably knows about the Dubrovnik race but I’ll let him know just in case he wasn’t aware of this one.

    I know that he hasn’t ever been to Dubrovnik so this could well be one for him. I’ve been to Dubrovnik and it would be a beautiful place to compete.

    1. Hi Ivor, I hope you managed to get to Dubrovnik for this race – it was a really successful event and we’ve been blessed with great weather and high temperatures.

  6. Before I read this post I felt in need of an Autumn break, now I’m really certain that I need to get away to somewhere like Dubrovnik where there’s plenty to do.

    1. Hi Judy, if you came now, you would be just in for the Good Food Festival. This year’s programme is really interesting, and I believe they do offer something for everyone.

  7. I’m regretting not having seen this post earlier. There are a lot of really interesting events on. Unfortunately our diary is looking very full for the next few weeks. I must remember to take a look earlier next Fall.

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