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 2018
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 2018. 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 26th January 2018, the 13th 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 2018
Rod Stewart will be performing at the Zagreb Arena on 2nd February 2018.
As part of their 64th season, the Zagreb Soloists will be performing at the Croatian Music Institute on 14th February 2018.
The Zagreb Boat and Sport Show is now in its 27th 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 21st to 25th February 2018.
Zagreb Dox, an international documentary film festival, will be in its 14th year in 2018. 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 25th February to 4th March 2018.
Events in March 2018
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.
Andrea Bocelli will be performing at Zagreb Arena on 10th March 2018.
The Zagreb Soloists will be performing at the Croatian Music Institute on 12th March 2018.
The second Zagreb Festival of Lights will be held from 15th to 18th March 2018. There will be a number of beautiful light installations at some of Zagreb’s most famous sights.
Local favourites 2Cellos will be appearing at Zagreb Arena on 25th March 2018.
Events in April 2018
Continuing their 64th season, the Zagreb Soloists will be performing at the Croatian Music Institute on 4th April 2018.
The 12th Festival of Tolerance (Jewish Film Festival) will be held from 8th to 14th April 2018.
Events in May 2018
The fourth Legendfest – a “festival of legends, myths and stories of Zagreb County” – should be held in Lukavec, just south of Zagreb at the end of May 2018.
The 23rd International Caricature Exhibition should take place at the end of May.
The 53rd Floraart Festival – an international flower and garden event – will take place by Lake Bundek from 28th May to 3rd June 2018. 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.
Events in June 2018
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 33rd 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 2nd & 3rd June 2018.
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 4th to 9th June 2018 featuring both short and feature films.
The Dance Week Festival will showcase a wide variety of contemporary dance performances from both Croatian and international troupes. It is on from 5th to 12th June 2018.
The second Pop Up Summer Garden starts on 7th June, running until mid-September. It features live music, film, workshops and food and drink in the pretty Tuskanac woods.
The 27th Days of Croatian Film should take place in mid-June 2018.
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.
As part of their 64th season, the Zagreb Soloists will be performing at the Croatian Music Institute on 12th June 2018.
Perforacije (“Perforations”) is a week of live art taking place in Zagreb, Rijeka and Dubrovnik, featuring artists from Croatia and other Balkan countries. This year it will be on from 16th to 30th June.
The third Project Design District Zagreb should be held in mid 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 13th edition of the festival will take place from the 25th to 27th June 2018. Artists appearing include Queens of the Stone Age, Alice in Chains, David Byrne, The Kills and more. Read more on our guide to the Festival here.
Events in July 2018
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 throughout the summer.
Veceri na Gricu (Evenings on Gric or Gric Evenings in English) is a long-running festival (in its 37th year in 2018) 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 13th to 22nd July 2018, 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 52nd edition.
Events in September 2018
The 51st International Puppet Festival will take place mid September with both Croatian and international puppetry groups taking part.
The 11th 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-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 2018.
The Zagreb TourFilm Festival – a festival of international tourist films – should be on towards the end of September.
Events in October 2018
The 27th Zagreb Marathon will be held on the city’s streets in early October.
The Zagreb International Chamber Music Festival sees various classical concerts taking place over a week during mid-October.
Events in November 2018
The 12th 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.
The seventh Zagreb Harp Festival should be held towards the end of November.
Events in December 2018
The 16th 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, 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.