Events in Zagreb

PLEASE NOTE Due to the global coronavirus outbreak, many of the events listed here may be postponed to later in the year or cancelled for 2020. Please check information on event websites or social media pages for latest updates. We will keep all listings posted on this page in the normal format as we assume the events calendar will return to normal in 2021.

Here’s a list of events in Zagreb this year – and wow, what a line up…visitors will be very busy!

We’ve listed the proper dates of events where possible – some events have yet to be finalised/publicised fully so we’ve listed them under the month as appropriate; likewise, we add more events to this list all the time, so check back regularly. 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.

Events in Zagreb

Events in January 2020

The FIS Ski World Cup Snow Queen Trophy will take place in Zagreb (well, on the mountain above the city!) on 4th (women’s race) and 5th (men’s race) January 2020. The event is unique as it is the only Ski World Cup race to take place in – or rather, on the outskirts of – a major city. With around 25,000 spectators lining the slopes for the races, this is also one of the best attended races on the ski calendar with an amazing atmosphere. If you are wondering about the name (and the fact that there are women’s and men’s races), the event is named in honour of Janica Kostelic, Croatia’s greatest ever skier!

Noc muzeja (or “Night of the museums”) will be held across the country on 31st January 2020, the 15th edition of this very special event. There’s free entry to museums, as well as special exhibitions, workshops, events and more taking place, and many of Zagreb’s museums take part.

Events in February 2020

The Zagreb Boat and Sport Show is now in its 29th year and is to be held at the Zagreb Fair (‘Zagrebacki Velesajam’) venue with a variety of boat, yacht and other marine sport exhibitors. It is being held over five days, from 19th to 23rd February 2020.

Events in March 2020

The 20th Restaurant Week (or Tjedan Restoran in Croatian) actually takes place over a week and a bit in Croatia’s capital city in March each year. A number of restaurants will be taking part, each offering a special Restaurant Week three-course menu (and sometimes with a glass of wine too!) for a special price – 100 Kuna for lunch or 100/125 Kuna for dinner. This time round, it will be held from 13th to 22nd March 2020.

Zagreb Dox, an international documentary film festival, will be in its 16th year in 2020. Taking place at the MoviePlex cinema in the Kaptol Center, there are several themed programs as well as a competition for the best documentary. It is to be held from the 15th to 22nd March 2020.

Events in April 2020

The 14th Festival of Tolerance (Jewish Film Festival) is to be held in early April.

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Events in May 2020

The 24th International Caricature Exhibition should take place at the end of May.

The 55th Floraart Festival – an international flower and garden event – will take place by Lake Bundek late May to early June. Each year, a great number of Croatian exhibitors and a handful of international ones also take part.

Ljeto na Strosu (“Summer on Strosu”) is a series of musical and other fun events on Strossmayer Boulevard in Zagreb’s Upper Town. It take place every summer from roughly the end of May to the beginning of September each year.

The 4th Zagreb Beer Fest will be held 28th to 31st May 2020 at Franjo Tudjman park, west of the main square. Close to 200 beers can be sampled, with lots of good food and music to enjoy too!

Events in June 2020

C’est is d’Best is a festival in which street performers – musicians, actors, dancers – take part in various performances at assorted locations throughout the city. The festival is now in its 24th year.

The 35th Oldtimer Rally – featuring a host of classic cars – is organised by the Oldtimer Club Zagreb, with the cars taking to the streets of the capital in early June.

The 37th Dance Week Festival (4th to 12th June 2020) will showcase a wide variety of contemporary dance performances from both Croatian and international troupes.

Celine Dion will be performing at the Arena Zagreb on 5th June 2020.

We Love Sound (little sister to the Sonus Festival) will offer up a 14 hour rave on the shores of Lake Jarun on 6th June 2020. Chris Liebing, Len Faki, Sonja Moonear are all on the bill, plus others.

Animafest, as the name might suggest, is a world festival of animated film which was first held way back in 1972. This year’s festival will be held from 8th to 13th June 2020.

The Pop Up Summer Garden runs from mid June until mid-September every Zagreb summer. It features live music, film, workshops and food and drink in the pretty Tuskanac woods.

Zagreb Pride will be taking to the streets of Croatia’s capital on 13th June 2020.

The 29th Days of Croatian Film should take place in mid-June.

Vinoljupci/Winelovers’ Street is a three-day event offering tastings of wines from across Croatia. Held on Kurelceva Street (very close to the main square), entry is free and glasses of wine are 8 Kunas each.

Lake Jarun is home to the INmusic Festival, a three day music event in a pretty setting in the southwestern part of the city, with a host of international bands and stars performing. It’s a great way of experiencing a music festival right in the heart (just about) of a European city – and is one of the top events in Zagreb each year! The 14th edition of the festival will take place from the 22nd to 24th June 2020. Artists so far announced are Beck and the Deftones. Read more on our guide to the Festival here.

Events in July 2020

More knijga (“Sea of books”) turns Zrinjevac Park in the centre of Zagreb into a stylish ‘beach’ each mid-July. Pick up a book to read – hundreds of titles will be available, both in Croatian and English – and enjoy cocktails and music as well.

The Fantastic Zagreb Film Festival is a festival dedicated to “fiction film” – i.e. sci-fi, horror, thrillers, suspense films and similar. Film screenings normally take place in several cinemas in the city in June/July.

Simple Minds will be bringing their 40 Years of Hits Tour to Zagreb on 13th July 2020, performing at the Salata Centre.

Veceri na Gricu (Evenings on Gric or Gric Evenings in English) is a long-running festival (in its 39th year in 2020) featuring a series of concerts in the Upper Town. The concerts should take place throughout July and August.

The magical Dvorista (“courtyards”) takes place in those very (usually unaccessible) areas in the Upper Town of Zagreb in mid July, with music, gastronomic delights and much more.

The International Folklore Festival – over the course of five days – brings together folklore groups from Croatia, Europe and further afield for performances, workshops, concerts, exhibitions and a handicraft and souvenir fair. Some performances are held on Ban Jelacic square. This year’s Festival is the 54th edition, taking place from 15th to 19th July 2020.

Events in August 2020

FlagArt Zagreb – the International Festival of Art Flags – will take place from 10th to 20th August 2020. Flags designed by artists from all over the world will be displayed in several prominent squares in the city, including Ban Jelacic Square.

Okolo Zagreb (20th – 30th August 2020) will feature a number of art installations – both large and small – on the streets of Zagreb by Croatian and foreign artists.

The Green River Festival – from 20th August to 20th September 2020 – is a utilising entirely recycling materials for its offering of concerts, workshops, kids events and more on the banks of the River Sava (by Hendrix Bridge).

Note: We sometimes get asked why we never – or hardly ever – feature any August events for Zagreb! There are a few – check out some of the listings in the months above for events that, for example, ‘start in June’. Truthfully, there’s not many happenings in the city in this month as visitors and locals have departed for the coast for the summer holidays!

Events in September 2020

The 53rd International Puppet Festival will take place 18th to 24th September 2020 with both Croatian and international puppetry groups taking part.

The 13th ZeGeVe Festival of Sustainable Living should take place on Zagreb’s main square (Trg Ban Jelacic) in early September.

RujanFest will take place over ten days in mid/end-September by Lake Bundek. It’s a combination of a gastro (and drinking!) event, featuring Croatian cuisine and live music with many Croatian artists from different genres performing. Last year was the festival celebrated ten years.

The World Theatre Festival should be held in mid- to late September.

Events in October 2020

The 29th Zagreb Marathon will be held on the city’s streets on 11th October 2020.

The Zagreb TourFilm Festival – a festival of international tourist films – should be on in mid October.

The 15th Zagreb International Chamber Music Festival sees various classical concerts taking place over a week during mid-October.

The 14th Pssst! Silent Film Festival – with both domestic and foreign films – will be on at the end of October.

Events in November 2020

The Zagreb Film Festival showcases films from debut or new film-makers from across the world each year in this month. Prizes are awarded in several categories.

Events in December 2020

The 18th Human Rights Film Festival takes place in early December in Zagreb (and Rijeka), promoting the subject of human rights as depicted in film.

As with many other places in Europe, Christmas celebrations will take over much of Zagreb in December, with decorations, live outdoor music, festive events and more. Advent Zagreb is a good website to check what’s happening where – if nothing else, head down to the main square (Trg ban Jelacic) to join in with the festive mood there! Zagreb won the European Best Destinations Best Christmas Market in 2016, 2017 AND 2018. It’s a great time of year to be in Zagreb!

Trg ban Jelacic is also the main focus for New Year’s Eve celebrations, with a open-air concert and fireworks.