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.
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 3rd (women’s race) and 6th (men’s race) January 2021. 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 (in a normal year!) 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 as a digital/online-only event on 29th January 2021, the 16th edition of this very special event. (In a normal year, there is free entry to museums, with special exhibitions, workshops, events and more taking place; many of Zagreb’s museums take part.)
Events in February 2021
The Zagreb Boat and Sport Show is now in its 30th year and is to be held at the Zagreb Fair (‘Zagrebacki Velesajam’) venue with a variety of boat, yacht and other marine sports exhibitors. It is being held over five days, from 24th to 28th February 2021.
Events in March 2021
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 take 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.
Zagreb Dox, an international documentary film festival, will be in its 17th year in 2021. Taking place at the MoviePlex cinema in the Kaptol Center, there are several themed programs as well as a competition for the best documentary.
Events in April 2021
The Festival of Tolerance (Jewish Film Festival) is normally held in early April.
Events in May 2021
The International Caricature Exhibition takea place at the end of May.
The Floraart Festival – an international flower and garden event – takes 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 takes place every summer from roughly the end of May to the beginning of September each year.
The Zagreb Beer Fest takes place at Franjo Tudjman park, west of the main square, at the end of May. Close to 200 beers can be sampled, with lots of good food and music to enjoy too!
Celine Dion will be performing at the Arena Zagreb on 22nd May 2021.
Events in June 2021
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 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 Dance Week Festival showcases a wide variety of contemporary dance performances from both Croatian and international troupes.
Iron Maiden are due to the play the Zagreb Arena on 7th June 2021.
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 7th to 12th June 2021.
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.
The 20th Zagreb Pride should be taking to the streets of Croatia’s capital in mid-June.
The 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 15th edition of the festival will take place from the 21st to 23rd June 2021. Artists so far announced are The Killers, White Lies, Beck, The Lumineers and the Deftones. Read more on our guide to the Festival here.
Events in July 2021
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.
Simple Minds will be bringing their 40 Years of Hits Tour to Zagreb on 6th July 2021, performing at the Salata Centre.
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.
Veceri na Gricu (Evenings on Gric or Gric Evenings in English) is a long-running festival (in its 40th year in 2021) 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 55th edition.
Events in August 2021
FlagArt Zagreb – the International Festival of Art Flags – takes place in August. 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 in August features a number of art installations – both large and small – on the streets of Zagreb by Croatian and foreign artists.
The Green River Festival utilises entirely recyclable 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 2021
The 54th International Puppet Festival will take place 17th to 23rd September 2021 with both Croatian and international puppetry groups taking part.
The 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 2021
The 29th Zagreb Marathon will be held on the city’s streets in October 2021.
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 15th Pssst! Silent Film Festival – with both domestic and foreign films – will be on at the end of October.
Events in November 2021
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 2021
The 19th 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.