Festivals and events in Montenegro

The smallest of the Slavic states has a lot of festivals under its belt, covering classical and modern music, sport and extreme sport competitions and spectacles, plus traditional carnivals.

Two of Montenegro‘s biggest festivals take place in February, with most events happening at the start of the year and throughout the summer. Read on for a selection of some of the biggest and best festivals and events in Montenegro.

Carnivals

The largest celebration in Montenegro is the Kotor Carnival, which takes place every February and attracts thousands of visitors.

It consists of a carnival with troupes and majorettes from all over Montenegro and other parts of the world, plus concerts, stalls selling local cuisine and a traditional masked ball.

In order to invite more tourists to enjoy the carnival, a similar one now also runs in August with parties and events in the streets and squares of Kotor.

Another February event is the Mimosa Festival, which has been held for nearly 50 years in Herceg Novi, near Kotor, to honour the Mimosa flower and the start of spring. Lasting for several weeks, it involves numerous fiestas, sports events, carnivals for both children and adults, as well as the travelling caravan of mimosa performers and musicians.

The Hercegnovski Zimski – or winter – salon also takes place alongside the Mimosa Festival, featuring exhibits and creative shows from fine art artists, sculptors, actors, and many other cultural artists.

Music festivals

Sports events

Across the summer months a number of interesting sporting events are held in Montenegro, starting with diving in in Podgorica’s Moraca River in July. The spectacle of people diving from the capital’s ancient Vezirov Bridge is watched over by large crowds.

Also in July, a hill car race has taken place since 1981 in Cetinje – just inland from Kotor. The 12-kilometre race passes over the mountainous Ivanova Korita area and rises to an altitude of 610 metres, so it may be best to find a viewing point lower down.