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The Irresistible Charm of Crikvenica’s Masquerade Ball

Crikvenica’s Masquerade Ball kicks off the festivities on January 13 with a traditional masquerade party in Matkovići. In the afternoon, various masquerade groups from Crikvenica and its surroundings will come together for a joyous gathering filled with music, dancing, and fun. As the day goes on, there will be a special moment where the masqueraders receive the keys to the city, showing that they are in charge of Crikvenica for a little while. This change is celebrated by raising a masquerade flag, getting ready for a night of joy and fun. 

The Irresistible Charm of Crikvenica's Masquerade Ball

A week later, on January 20, there’s another exciting masquerade party hosted by the Association for the Preservation of Folk Customs “Duga” in the afternoon. Then, on January 27, the main entertainment hub shifts to a lively masquerade tent on Trg Stjepan Radić in Crikvenica, starting from 9 p.m. The tent will feature awesome performances by the bands “Grooversi” and “Fortunal.” 

The highlight of the “Masquerade” celebration, like every year, is the Children’s and Grand processions on Sunday, January 28. The Children’s parade kicks off at 11 a.m., followed by the Grand parade at 2 p.m. After the parades, the party continues in a masked tent with fantastic performances by musical ensembles “Koktelsi” and “Point.”  


For tourists, this means a week filled with lively events, music, and colorful parades, offering a unique and unforgettable experience in Crikvenica. Join in the fun, soak up the festive atmosphere, and enjoy the vibrant traditions of the “Masquerade” celebration! 

Masquerade Delights: A Week of Festivities for All Ages in Crikvenica

Get ready for a fun time during Crikvenica’s Masquerade Ball week! On Saturday, February 3, at 4:00 p.m., there’s a special treat for dart enthusiasts – the “Masquerade Darts Tournament” in the tent. The evening will be extra lively with the always cheerful Jole and the band “Trend” providing entertainment. 

Don’t forget to be part of the baptism of Mesopust – it’s an event you won’t want to miss! 

For little ones to have a blast with the “Masquerade” program, a tea party, games, and entertainment are planned on Sunday, February 4. 

The Irresistible Charm of Crikvenica's Masquerade Ball

Join the masked fun that also celebrates the Chakavian language! On February 7 at 5 p.m., head to Zvonka Cara elementary school for the “Chakavian masquerade zapolne” event, where students will showcase their talents through recitations, songs, dances, and acting. It’s a unique experience promoting local culture and language during Crikvenica’s Masquerade Ball festivities. 

On the final Saturday of masquerade fun, February 10, join a masquerade walk along Ljubavna cestica in the morning. It is followed by a social gathering in Gornji Kraj in the afternoon.  

As Clean Wednesday approaches, the tradition involves reading a sentence in the city center. Then, it’s time to condemn Merik, the one blamed for all the bad things in the past year, and burn him. Join in this unique tradition on February 14 at 4 p.m. 

Beyond Crikvenica's Masquerade Ball

Aside from the exciting Crikvenica’s Masquerade Ball celebrations, the town has lots more to offer visitors. Start your adventure by enjoying the sunny Crikvenica Beach, where the sea meets golden sands. Dive into the town’s history at the Crikvenica Town Museum, filled with cool things from the past. 

Crikvenica Beach
Crikvenica Beach

Nature lovers can explore the peaceful Kotor Forest nearby. Check out the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary for some amazing architecture and history. If you’re into sea life, don’t miss the Crikvenica Aquarium—it’s both fun and educational. Wrap up your visit with a stroll along the beautiful promenade, where you can enjoy stunning views of the Adriatic. Crikvenica is not just about Masquerade; it’s a place with something for everyone. 

Places to Explore in Crikvenica:

  • Crikvenica Beach
  • Crikvenica Town Museum
  • Kotor Forest
  • Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • Crikvenica Aquarium
  • Scenic Promenade along the Adriatic  
Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Croatian Carnival Joy: Celebrating Community and Creativity

In Croatia, people really enjoy dressing up for carnivals. It’s a tradition that goes way back and is an important part of the country’s history. During carnivals like the Crikvenica’s Masquerade Ball, folks get to be creative, have fun, and feel a sense of togetherness. Wearing masks and costumes is a tradition that has been around for a very long time, allowing people to take a break from their usual roles and pretend to be someone else for a bit. It’s not just about having a good time; it’s also about building a strong sense of community. 

The Irresistible Charm of Crikvenica's Masquerade Ball

And it’s not just Crikvenica—many towns in Croatia join in on the carnival fun. In Rijeka, there’s a huge carnival with big parades, colorful costumes, and lots of energy that both locals and visitors love. Samobor also has its own special carnival, mixing old traditions with new twists. These different carnivals in Croatian towns highlight the country’s diverse culture and the shared excitement for enjoying happiness, creativity, and togetherness during the carnival season. Dressing up isn’t just a tradition; it’s a special way for Croatians to show who they are and celebrate together. 

Join the Masquerade Ball and experience a whirlwind of festivities, from dart tournaments to historic rituals, and even a unique language celebration. Don’t miss the grand parades, mesmerizing performances, and the symbolic burning of Merik. 

But the fun doesn’t stop there—explore the sunny Crikvenica Beach, delve into history at the Town Museum, and marvel at marine wonders at the Aquarium. Discover the charm beyond the Masquerade Ball – Crikvenica has it all! 🌟 

Your CTC Team

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