Events in Zagreb

PLEASE NOTE There’s obviously been a lot of upheaval in the last couple of years, so 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 2022, 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 news. 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 2022

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 2022. 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 (partly as a digital/online-only event, as last year) on 28th January 2022, the 17th 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. It is hoped for 2022 that some museum events can be held.

Events in February 2022

The Zagreb Boat and Sport Show is now in its 31st 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 23rd to 27th February 2022.

Events in March 2022

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 18th year in 2022. Taking place at the MoviePlex cinema in the Kaptol Center, there are several themed programs as well as a competition for the best documentary.

The Festival of Lights will take place each evening from 16th to 20th March 2022 at a number of prominent locations around the city.

Sting will bring his world tour to the Arena Zagreb on 21st March 2022.

Events in April 2022

Rally Croatia, part of the FIA World Rally calendar, will be held on a 300km course in, around and near Zagreb from 21st to 24th April 2022.

Franz Ferdinand will be performing at Dom Sportova on 25th April 2022.

Trg ban Jelacic, Zagreb
Trg ban Jelacic

Events in May 2022

The Eagles of Death Metal will be playing Tvornica Kulture on 8th May 2022.

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 from 19th to 22nd May 2022. Close to 200 beers can be sampled, with lots of good food and music to enjoy too!

Iron Maiden will play the Arena Zagreb on 22nd May 2022.

Events in June 2022

The Food Truck Festival will be offering up plenty of tasty delights – food and drink – plus entertainment by Jarun lake from 26th May to 12th June 2022.

Let The Music Be Free is a dance music festival taking place from the 3rd to 5th June 2022.

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.

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 6th to 11th June 2022.

We Love Sound (little sister to the Sonus Festival) will offer up a 14-hour rave on the shores of Lake Jarun on 11th June 2022.

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 21st Zagreb Pride should be taking to the streets of Croatia’s capital in mid-June.

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 was unfortunately postponed in both 2020 and 2021, so will now take place from the 20th to 23rd June 2022. Read more on our guide to the Festival here.

Celine Dion will be performing at the Arena Zagreb on 25th June 2022.

Events in July 2022

The epic Whitesnake (now featuring Croatian guitarist Dino Jelusick) will be performing at Salata Stadium on 2nd July 2022.

It’s a good month for rock as Kiss are playing Zagreb Arena on 9th July 2022.

The Festival of Tolerance (Jewish Film Festival) should be held in early July.

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 41st year in 2022) 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 inaccessible) 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 56th edition.

Events in August 2022

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.

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 are not many happenings in the city this month as visitors and locals have departed for the coast for the summer holidays!

Events in September 2022

The Zagreb Burger Festival should take place in Dr Franjo Tudjman Park in central Zagreb in mid-September. A number of established burger outlets will be offering their delicious burger creations; there will also be daily live music.

The 56th International Puppet Festival will take place in mid-September with both Croatian and international puppetry groups taking part.

The Days of Croatian Film should take place in mid-September.

RujanFest is a big festival that takes 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.

Events in October 2022

The 30th Zagreb Marathon will be held on the city’s streets in October 2022.

The Zagreb TourFilm Festival – a festival of international tourist films – takes place in early October.

The very first Zagreb Yarn Craft Fest takes place at the Student Centre towards the end of October. It covers knitting, crocheting, lacemaking and more.

The Cure will play the Arena Zagreb on 27th October 2022.

Events in November 2022

The Zagreb Jazz Festival takes place in November each year.

The 16th Pssst! Silent Film Festival – with both domestic and foreign films – takes place in early November.

The prestigious Zagreb Film Festival showcases films from debut or new filmmakers from across the world this month. Prizes are awarded in several categories.

Events in December 2022

The 20th 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 an open-air concert and fireworks.