PLEASE NOTE Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, many events have been postponed or delayed. On the page below, we have listed all the events that would be taking place in a normal year. Where we have confirmation of events taking place in 2021, we have listed the dates in bold.
For all events, we would advise that you check information on event websites or social media pages for the latest updates. If there’s anything you think we’ve missed (or if you run an event and would like to see it here), then do please email us.
Here are some of the best events in central Croatia, taking place in towns such as Samobor, Karlovac, Zapresic and Sveta Nedjelja.
Events in Central Croatia in January
A number of museums throughout this region take part in Night of the Museums (Noc muzeja) on 29th January 2021.
Events in Central Croatia in February
February is carnival month, and especially so in certain parts of Croatia! The Samobor Carvnival – Fasnik – is one of the largest events of its kind in this part of Croatia, and there’s great emphasis on getting dressed up and ‘acting the fool’. Don’t forget to enjoy some krafne (doughnuts) as part of the festivities!
Events in Central Croatia in March
Samobor is famed for its salami, and this is celebrated with a Salamijada (Salami Festival) taking place each March. Prizes are awarded to the best products.
Events in Central Croatia in April
The town of Zapresic celebrates a big Easter Egg hunt for children on Easter Monday each year.
Events in Central Croatia in May
A Classic Car Marathon (car rally) takes place in mid-May in Sveta Nedjelja.
Events in Central Croatia in June
The Samobor Mountain Biking Weekend in June runs on a course that starts in the centre of town and then goes through nearby forests.
Samobor Jazz Festival takes place over a couple of days in mid-June each year.
Events in Central Croatia in July
The town of Sveta Nedjelja has its own Cultural Summer each year, with events taking place from June to August. Expect live music, theatre and dance performances and more. Check locally for listings of performances.
Events in Central Croatia in August
The Karlovac Beer Days – the largest festival of its kind in Croatia – takes place at the end of August/beginning of September each year. This festival is a chance to sample a wide variety of beers; expect about 40 different bevvies from different breweries. There’s also a rich gastronomic offering, plus plenty of live music (often featuring performances from some of the most popular bands and music stars in Croatia) and kids’ events too. It’s no surprise that the festival attracts about 100,000 attendees each year!
Events in Central Croatia in September
Jaskovo, near Karlovac, will be hosting its annual Strudalfest (Strudel Fest) celebrating this delicious treat from 3rd – 5th September 2021! As well being able to sample many different but delicious types of strudel, there will be outdoor activities (bike and boat trips), gastro shows, music and more.
Sveta Nedjelja hosts a Spicy Fish Stew Cookoff in early September each year – this year it will be held on 5th September 2021. Around 40 teams compete to produce the best stew; there’s also a stew made in the largest pot in Croatia!
Events in Central Croatia in October
Gastro Turopolja is a event in early October in Velika Gorica that highlights the gastronomic offerings from local restaurants and food producers. (It takes place during Restaurant Week in Croatia, when restaurants offer a specific menu at a special price.)
You may have heard of Ban Josip Jelacic – at least, if you’ve visited Zagreb you will have done! (Seeing as the main square there is named Trg Ban Jelacic.) The town of Zapresic celebrates Jelacic Days in October, the month of birth of the Ban (the ruler of Croatia in 19th century under the Austro-Hungarian Empire). The festival takes visitors back to the days of the 19th century, celebrating Ban Jelacic at his estate in the town.
Ivanic-Grad southeast of Zagreb hosts Bucijada (Pumpkin Day) on the third weekend of October. Pumpkins and pumpkin products (pumpkin seed oil, for example – very tasty!) are celebrated.
Events in Central Croatia in December
Almost all towns will host their own ‘Advent’ (Christmas and New Year’s events) which usually comprises beautiful Christmas decorations, a small fair (serving festive food and drink), live music, perhaps an ice rink and fireworks on New Year’s eve.