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 January 2017
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 4th (men’s race) January 2017. After having to be cancelled due to lack of snow in 2016, there are high hopes for enough of the white stuff this year. 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 27th January 2017, the twelfth 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 2017
As part of their 63rd season, the Zagreb Soloists will be performing at the Croatian Music Institute on 8th February 2017.
The Zagreb Boat and Sport Show is now in its 26th 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 22nd to 26th February 2017.
Zagreb Dox, an international documentary film festival, will be in its 13th year in 2017. 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 26th February to 5th March 2017.
Events in March 2017
Early 2000s favourite Macy Gray will be performing at the Tvornica Kultura on 9th March 2017.
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 – this time round, it will be on from 10th to 19th March 2017. 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. More details of participating venues are on the website.
The Zagreb Soloists will be performing at the Croatian Music Institute on 15th March 2017.
Events in April 2017
The 26th Days of Croatian Film should take place in mid-April 2017.
Continuing their 63rd season, the Zagreb Soloists will be performing at the Croatian Music Institute on 25th April 2017.
The fifth Zagreb Harp Festival should be held at the end of April.
The 11th Festival of Tolerance (Jewish Film Festival) will be held in mid-April 2017.
Events in May 2017
The 52nd Floraart Festival – an international flower and garden event – will take place by Lake Bundek from 8th to 14th May 2017. 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.
The fourth Legendfest – a “festival of legends, myths and stories of Zagreb County” – will be held in Lukavec, just south of Zagreb at the end of May 2017.
The 22nd International Caricature Exhibition is to take place at Galerija Klovicevi dvori in Zagreb on 30th May 2017.
Events in June 2017
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. This year it will be held 31st May to 4th June.
The 32nd 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 on the 3rd & 4th June 2017.
The Dance Week Festival is held in early June each year in Zagreb, with a wide variety of contemporary dance performances from both Croatian and international troupes.
As part of their 63rd season, the Zagreb Soloists will be performing at the Croatian Music Institute on 19th June 2017.
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 5th to 10th June 2017 featuring both short and feature films.
Vinoljupci/Winelovers’ Street is a three-day event (8th – 10th June 2017) 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.
The second Project Design District Zagreb is being held from the 13th to the 18th June; designers, architects, artists, curators, musicians, writers and more gather in the ‘creative zone’ around Marticeva street for a number of different events.
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 12th edition of the festival will take place from the 19th to 21st June 2017; this year’s fab line-up includes Arcade Fire, Alt-J, Kasabian and Michael Kiwanuka. Read more on our guide to the Festival here.
Events in July 2017
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 early July.
Veceri na Gricu (Evenings on Gric or Gric Evenings in English) is a long-running festival (in its 36th year in 2017) 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 from the 14th to 23rd July 2017, 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 – the 51st edition – takes place 19th to 23rd July 2017.
Events in September 2017
The 50th International Puppet Festival will take place mid September with both Croatian and international puppetry groups taking part.
The 10th ZeGeVe Festival of Sustainable Living should take place on Zagreb’s main square (Trg Ban Jelacic) in early September 2017.
RujanFest will take place over ten days in mid-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.
The World Theatre Festival should be held in mid- to late September 2017.
The Zagreb TourFilm Festival – a festival of international tourist films – will take place 21st to 23rd September 2017.
Events in October 2017
The 26th Zagreb Marathon will be held on the city’s streets on 8th October 2017.
The Zagreb International Chamber Music Festival sees various classical concerts taking place over a week during mid-October.
Perforacije (“Perforations”) is a week of live art taking place in Zagreb, Rijeka and Dubrovnik every October, featuring artists from Croatia and other Balkan countries.
Events in November 2017
The 11th Pssst! Silent Film Festival – with both domestic and foreign films – will be on in early November.
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 2017
The 14th Human Rights Film Festival should take place in early December, 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 AND 2017, meaning it’s a great time 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.