Rio it isn't, but the largest carnival in Croatia provides a good excuse to tarry in Rijeka between mid-January and Ash Wednesday. The festivities include pageants, street dances, concerts, masked balls, exhibitions…
This Venetian-inspired event takes over the town for three days, with concerts on four stages, people dressed in medieval costumes, and around 200 stalls selling traditional food and handicrafts.
Witness Rab transporting itself back to the Middle Ages. Residents dress in period garb and there are drummers, processions, fireworks, medieval dancing and crossbow competitions.
In the warmer months Opatija's open-air theatre by the waterfront plays host to live music (including classical, jazz and international pop acts), theatre, ballet and cinema.
Theatre performances and concerts are held at the Croatian National Theatre and on outdoor stages set up on the Korso and the beaches.
This top-notch classical-music festival revolves around Thursday-night concerts at venues including Holy Cross Church.
Well into its fifth decade, this festival sees high-calibre Croatian artists perform classical music in the cathedral and on the main square.
Atmospheric alfresco concerts of classical music are held every Friday night in July and August.
Croatian pop stars and international DJs perform in the old town.