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Summer 2023 Festivals in Montenegro

Written by Marko Mirović

June 27, 2023

Are you just visiting Montenegro for the summer, or have you settled in our beautiful country? Either way, you’re probably thinking about summer activities beyond beaches, hiking, or occasional traffic jams. Well, there is a number of various festivals that can interest you. Concerts, theatre, art, wine, polo, and more – you pick! So, here is our list of the festivals you should not miss this summer in Montenegro. 

Purgatorije – 21 June – 31 August

Purgatorije is a summer-long theatre festival, but it includes dance and monodrama shows, as well as concerts. You’ll be able to enjoy original plays, as well as the ones based on various books in the beautiful ambiance of Tivat and its summer stage. Find the program on the Tivat Cultural Centre website: www.czktivat.me.  


SuperWine 10.0 – 1 July

Care to try a variety of regional and international wines in a beautiful setting of a pool club in a yacht marina? In that case, SuperWine is the place for you on 1 July in Porto Montenegro. Find more info on the SuperWine website or their Facebook page


Budva Theatre City (Grad Teatar) – 5 July – 22 August 

If you’ve been to Budva it may be a bit odd that the longest-running festival and the most important one in the summer is a theatre one. The Budva Theatre City will start on 5 July and have over 600 performers in theatre, literary, music, and art programs, all under the motto “Strength, Courage and Stupidity”. You can enjoy the events in the open, in the heart of the Budva Old Town: gradteatar.me.


Kotor Art – 13 July – 11 August 

The largest art festival in Montenegro kicks off on 13 July with the concert of the famous violinist Nemanja Radulović and his Double Sens ensemble. It’s a multimedia festival, with music, literature, theatre, painting, and architecture events spread through the summer season. The events will take place in several locations in Kotor, but the majority will be held in Old Town. Some of the places are beautiful, such as the square in front of the St. Tryphon Cathedral and the hall of the Church of the Holy Spirit. The full program is yet to be announced, but feel free to visit www.kotorart.me and choose your event(s).


Fašinada – July 22 

You may or may not know that the Our Lady of the Rocks Island in Boka Bay is actually an artificial island. According to the story, sailors found an icon of the Blessed Virgin on a rock close to Perast and the locals saw it as a sign to build an island and a church there. That was over 500 years ago, and to this date, every year on 22 July, locals embark on boats and throw rocks into the sea under the island in order to reinforce it. Fašinada includes a procession of boats decorated with olive branches. If you want to feel local tradition, this is the place to be.


Rubix Festival – 28-30 July  

As something completely new on the Montenegro scene, Rubix Festival will combine music, art, cinema, and technology. All that in the ambiance of Porto Montenegro in Tivat. The festival will host John Malkovich and his monologue plus baroque opera combination. Some names are yet to be announced, but there will be Morcheeba, Damian Lazarus, Francesco Tristano, and Puccini Opera Crossover. The festival will be a truly international spectacle, and maybe you should reserve your tickets early. For more information, visit the festival’s website: rubixfestival.me.


Operosa Opera Festival – August

Yes, there’s an opera festival in Montenegro! And this year is their jubilar 10th edition, which will take place at the beginning of August in three locations – Herceg Novi, Mamula Island, and Luštica Bay. If you like opera, you will enjoy it even more in the settings of Kanli Kula in Herceg Novi, or the former fortress in Mamula island. Find information about the tickets and performers on Operosa’s website.  


Boka Night (Bokeljska Noć) – August

Every year at the end of August Kotor welcomes the Boka Night, and the whole Kotor Old Town becomes a festive place. A procession of specially decorated boats in the port, concerts and parties in the old town are all put together in an unforgettable night. There are no entrance admissions, but we advise you get there early and provide yourself with a good spot to enjoy.


FIAT Podgorica – 8-17 September

The capital city of Montenegro unfortunately does not thrive with manifestations during the summer. But it’s no wonder as it’s usually 40°C during the day and everybody goes to the coast or the mountains anyway. But come September, you’ll be able to enjoy the Festival of Alternative Theatre, which will bring international theatre performances, concerts, creative workshops, and more. Keep track of the festival program here.


Tivat World Music Festival – 8-10 September

A very interesting festival in Tivat presenting various ethno and national music from around the world. See and listen to various performers and meet the music of the world. The festival doesn’t have a website, but its Facebook page is active.


Ada Divine Awakening – 15-20 September

If you want to get in touch with your spirituality on a beautiful sand beach, Ada Divine Awakening festival may be the place for you. This is the second year of the festival, and it’s unlike any other festival on this list. The festival includes workshops and talks about mindfulness, meditation, and intimacy, as well as music and art performances. Check out their website for more information. 


More Events for You

So, these are the events we have singled out based on our personal biases and preferences. If you want to look for some other events such as concerts, fashion festivals, extreme sports, or dancing, there will be a number of them in various places. The Porto Montenegro and Portonovi resorts actually have pretty busy summer events calendars. Also, here you can find the event list that the National Tourism Organization of Montenegro recommends here

Enjoy your summer in Montenegro!



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