Events in Northern Croatia – January
Vincekovo – or St Vincent’s Day – on the 22nd January each year is when the start of the wine-growing year is commemorated. Winemakers visit their vineyards to cut back vines to help them prosper over the year ahead, although that’s not something you’re expected to do! Instead, visitors join a ‘wine walk’, stopping at wineries to enjoy a glass of (mulled) wine. (Take a look at this one in and around Strigova.)
Events in Northern Croatia – March and April
Koprivnica-Krizevci county has long been associated with naive art in Croatia. For a number of years now, ‘giant’-size Easter Eggs beautifully painted in this naive art style are displayed in the centre of Koprivnica around Easter time. If you’re in town, going to see these eggs is highly recommended. (Note: the eggs sometimes do ‘tours’ elsewhere in Croatia or even further afield!)
Events in Northern Croatia – May
1st May is Labour Day, a public holiday, and many of the towns in this region in Croatia host an event or activity on this day.
Events in Northern Croatia – June
The Motives of Podravina is a cultural fair that takes place in Koprivica over three days in June. Many naive art painters display their wonderful artworks in Koprivnica’s park – this is the largest naive art fair in the world. Additionally, the festival also includes folklore celebrations, an antiques fair and the chance to try plenty of dishes that are typical in this part of the country.
Vafi & Rafi is the International Children’s and Youth Animation Festival that will take place in Varazdin from 1st to 4th June 2023. (It will also be held in Rijeka 25th to 27th May 2023.) The festival holds screenings of films made by children aged under 18 from all over the world; there are also accompanying workshops and exhibitions.
The 7th VegeFest, which promotes veganism and sustainable living, will be held in Varazdin in June.
Events in Northern Croatia – July
As with many places in Croatia during the summer months, Varazdin also holds a summer festival (usually from June to August), with live music and more. Check locally for listings of specific events.
Fest Jazza is an international jazz festival held in Koprivnica every July.
Events in Northern Croatia – August
The annual Renaissance Festival in Koprivnica is perhaps one of the biggest events in town, with all sorts of historical re-enactments stretching out over the four days of the event. Expect to see competing knights; medieval entertainers, sports and music; plenty of food and drink; fun for kids and much, much more – they really go all out!
Spancirfest is one of the best-known street festivals in the whole of Croatia. Taking place in Varazdin in late August (18th to 27th August 2023), there’s a rich programme of events – music, workshops, arts and crafts, kids events plus gastro and wine offerings too.
Events in Northern Croatia – September
The Lace Festival in Lepoglava takes place every September.
The 18th Trash Film Festival will be taking place this month in Varazdin.
The very special 53rd Varazdin Baroque Evenings are due to take place at the end of September/early October. The concerts will be hosted in a number of venues in and around the town.
Events in Northern Croatia – December
As with many towns and cities all over Croatia, this part of the country also hosts Christmas and New Year’s festivities. All towns will have Christmas decorations displayed, and offer other Christmas festivities – a little market serving tasty treats, live music, and perhaps an ice rink. See locally for details.