Following the Cross Procession
When? Maundy Thursday
For more than 400 years on Hvar, parishioners from the central part of the island have participated in the great Za križen (Following the Cross procession). Beginning on Maundy Thursday, mass is simultaneously held in the six parishes of Jelsa, Pitve, Vrisnik, Svirče, Vrbanj and Vrboska. The procession then begins, following a 25-kilometre course into the early morning hours of Good Friday. Because each of the six groups starts from their respective churches and follows the course in a clockwise direction, the groups never meet. Each group is led by a specially chosen cross-bearer who walks the course either barefoot or in socks. Other official members of the procession are dressed in white tunics. Different Easter processions are also held in other places on the Island of Hvar. One of the more interesting examples is the procession held on the afternoon of Good Friday in the Town of Hvar, called ‘Through God’s Graves’. Fraternities from St. Cross and St. Nicolas, one dressed in black tunics, the other in white, begin their procession in different churches. They later come together in the old Venetian square or Pjaca to sing the ancient melody Popule Meus in front the St. Stephens Cathedral.
When? End of October
Peskafondo Gariful Hvar is a sport and gastronomic hands-on event where you can catch squids (sometimes even with bare hands), see the course of squids drying and most importantly taste delicious squid dishes. It is an event enjoyed by both local residents and tourists, being held in October every year. The festival, already an icon of the island of Hvar is organized by Gariful Restaurant with the support of the city of Hvar and Croatian interest groups caterers. The anticipated duration of the event is of two days during which the best Croatian fishermen, chefs, cooks amateurs and caterers are showcasing.
Hvar Wine Festival
When? End of August
At the Hvar Wine Festival occurring each September, you’ll have an opportunity to tour the vineyards and sample Hvar’s amazing wines, while also experiencing authentic Hvar food and entertainment.
When? End of June
The variety of lavender products is best seen at the Lavander Festival in Velo Grablje on the last weekend in June. The story of Hvar lavender started in the beautiful little village of Velo Grablje near the town of Hvar, in which the beautiful rural architecture creates a specific atmosphere. Traditionally, every year at the end of June, the lavender festival takes place in that village. During the event a wide choice of lavender products is available to look upon and shop as well as presentations about traditional lavender distillation, local cuisine, exhibitions, workshops, concerts and many other events.
Ultra Europe Music Festival
Party with people from all over the world on Ultra Europe Music Festival! This world’s premier dance music event is attracting people with just one goal – sharing the positive energy through dance. The Festival is a subdivision of the popular Ultra Music Festival which started in Miami and has now spread in more than eight cosmopolitan countries counting South Africa, Buenos Aires, South Korea, Croatia, Japan, Spain (Ibiza), Chile and Brazil.
As the world’s most famous outdoor electronic music festival, ULTRA has won “Best Music Event” by the International Dance Music Awards (IDMA) six consecutive years, from 2005 to 2011, “Best International Dance Music Festival” by the Ibiza DJ Awards in 2008 and “Best Festival” by the Village Voice Media New Times consecutively five years running from 2005 through 2009. Originally created as a pure electronic music festival in 1999, ULTRA has grown through the years to present not only the genre’s hottest, biggest and best headlining artists (The Prodigy, Swedish House Mafia, The Chemical Brothers, Tiësto, Avicii, David Guetta, deadmau5, Underworld, Kraftwerk, Armin van Buuren, Carl Cox, Moby, Fatboy Slim and Justice to name a few), but also crossover headline bands that incorporate electronic elements in their music and have a history or new beginning in the dance music community and culture (The Cure, The Killers, New Order, Duran Duran, The Black Eyed Peas, Erasure, M83, Santigold, The Ting Tings, Cut Copy, Empire of the Sun and Bloc Party). In 2012, global pop icon Madonna appeared as a special surprise guest—the festival’s gift to their fans.
Ultra Europe Music Festival is a destination festival which starts at the Poljud stadium in Split and is then transferred to the island of Hvar for its final Beach Party stage at the unique Cascades pool of Amfora Hvar Grand Beach Resort.