Ever since Lonely Planet named Kotor the number one city to visit last year, Montenegro has seen an influx of tourists flocking to the country’s glistening coastline. With festivals taking place at every turn, it is no surprise that August is one of the busiest months in Montenegro’s vibrant summer calendar.
Boka Night (Bokeljska noć) - 19th August
Known for its breathtaking fireworks and boat parades, Boka Night has a long history of quirky and unusual traditions (some of them originating from the 19th century). Usually held on the third week of August, this day-long festival brings together local residents and tourists through their mutual love of boats, singing and dancing. The most popular event is the barge festival, where dozens of colourful boats sail along the bay. Meanwhile, onlookers in Kotor Old Town cheer on.
A special award is given to the best boat at the end of the night, so if you’d like to take part, make sure to get your boat in tip-top condition before it glides along the bay!
International Summer Carnival - 30th July - 2nd August
The Balkan’s answer to the Notting Hill Carnival, the International Summer Carnival is the closest you’ll get to a massive street party in Montenegro. From 30th July to 2nd August, Kotor is transformed into a colourful bonanza; where people stroll, dance, parade and celebrate Balkan summertime around the Old Town in traditional decadent costumes.
Carnival groups from all over Europe come to join the parade in Kotor, so get your costume and be ready to party the Montenegrin way!
Montenegro Film Festival – 1st - 7th
Are you a film lover looking for the ultimate cinema screening?
Head to the Montenegro Film Festival to see some of the best independent films from the Balkans. Held in Kanli Kula (an ancient castle built during Ottoman Times), this week-long film festival is one of the oldest festivals in Montenegro, and is famous for hosting premieres for well-known foreign-language films (such as Ivan Marinovic’s The Black Pin ) before they are screened at prestigious festivals such as Cannes and Venice.
If you don’t understand Montenegrin, not to worry! A selection of documentaries, short films and foreign-language films (such as English, French and Italian) are also shown at Montenegro Film Festival, making sure there’s something for everyone.
Operosa Opera Festival – 23rd - 27th August
Did you know Montenegro is home to the Balkan’s most famous opera festival?
Bringing together the finest young talent from ex-Yugoslavian countries, the Operosa Festival promotes contemporary opera to a modern audience. The first open air opera festival in Montenegro, Operosa is dedicated to showcase opera (including works by Mozart, Puccini and Bizet) as a modern form of art and entertainment.
This year’s festival, #OMOF2017, will take place in the stunning open air Kanli Kula and Forte Mare fortresses. There really is no place better to be serenaded on a warm summer’s evening than under the Adriatic stars!