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Summer in Zagreb – what’s happening?

Summer in Zagreb (Photo: M. Mihaljević/Zagreb Tourist Board)

Although a lot of the action during the hot summer months might be on Croatian coast, there is still a lot going on in the capital Zagreb. 

Over the past few years, events and entertainment options in Zagreb over the summer have increased. Here are just some events happening in the city over the summer. 

53rd International Folklore Festival 
17-21 July 

Folklore groups from around Croatia and the world descend on Zagreb again for the International Folklore festival. More details here. https://msf.hr

Summer on Zrinjevac 2019
19 July – 4 August

Zrinjevac, one the favourite parks for locals in Zagreb, will be home to a number of fun events during the summer, including concerts, comedy, yoga and more. More details here. https://www.facebook.com/events/370946337103128/?event_time_id=370946357103126

Zrinjevac (Photo: Marko Vrdoljak/Zagreb Tourist Board)

Zagreb Classic
Until 9 July 

Performances on Tomislav Sqaure by Croatian Radiotelevision Orchestra and Choir, Croatian Radio-Television Tamburitza Orchestra & Los Caballeros, Croatian Radiotelevision Jazz Orchestra & Cubismo, Lado, Zagreb Philaharmonic & Tonči Huljić, Moscow cadets, Croatian National Theatre Opera, Symphonic Wind Orchestra of the Croatian Armed Forces Croatian National Theatre Ballet, Komedija theatre and more. More details here https://www.facebook.com/ZagrebClassic/?epa=SEARCH_BOX

Zagreb Classic (Photo: M. Mihaljević/Zagreb Tourist Board)

Zagreb Time Machine  
Until October 

The Zagreb Time Machine, via a range of events in the heart of the city, lets you go back into the city’s rich past and its customs. There will be concerts, dance evenings, folklore performances, street music and more going on around the city. More info and programme here. http://www.infozagreb.hr/zagreb-time-machine

Time Machine Zagreb (Photo: M. Vrdoljak/Zagreb Tourist Board)

Summer on Stross
Until 2 September

The Strossmayer Promenade is one of the most romantic walks in the city’s old Upper Town which offers a feel of the beautiful Parisian districts. In the summer months it turns into a stage for art installations and nostalgic live music from the past century. More details here. http://www.ljetonastrosu.com

Summer on Stross

Summer at Matoš’s
19 July – 1 September

Stand-up comedians, music concerts, parties and more in the Upper Town with a stunning view of the city. More details here. https://www.facebook.com/events/318142105767152/permalink/318142269100469/

Summer at Tehnički 
Until 1 August 

Everyday parties with DJs, theatre and dance shows and performances, plus art exhibitions by young artists and curators, occasional pub quizzes and more. Details here. https://www.facebook.com/pg/ljetoutehnickom/events/?ref=page_internal

Pop Up Summer Garden
Until 14 September

If you’re looking for a summer refreshment & fun, Pop Up Summer Garden is the right place. It is located in a somewhat hidden paradise of Tuškanac woods in Zagreb. For the last two years, we complemented the woods with numerous art & plant installations on the event’s area so you can get that natural feel & perfect escape from the Zagreb’s heat. More details here. https://popupgarden.org

Pop Up Summer Garden

Bundek Summer Stage 
10-19 July

A series of concerts will take place at Lake Bundek on the summer stage. More details here https://www.facebook.com/zgkul/

Whitesnake in Zagreb
3 July 

British rock legends Whitesnake, led by David Coverdale, are back in Croatia, Whitesnake will play at Zagreb’s Šalata stadium on 3 July 2019.

The Courtyards
12-21 July 

Once again this summer, The Courtyards will tell stories about Zagreb never experienced before. Visitors have a unique opportunity to peek behind the facades of some of the most beautiful palaces of Zagreb’s Upper Town and experience the genuine magic of these unique venues. Every courtyard has its own story and the gates to some of Croatia’s most spectacular palaces will be opened up to the public again. As well as having a first hand look around these impressive parts of Zagreb history, there will be first class urban entertainment, delicious snacks, refreshing drinks and superb music artists, from jazz and classics to pop. More details here. https://www.croatiaweek.com/the-courtyards-zagrebs-award-winning-tourist-attraction-back-again-this-summer/

The Courtyards

34th Zagreb Histrionic Summer, Opatovina Summer Stage
10 July – 31 August

Zagreb Histrionic Summer birings outdoor theatre performances to the Opatovina Summer Stage. More details here. http://histrion.hr

Art Park 
Until 21 July

A variety of art and music events will take place at Zagreb’s open-air gallery in a park in the city cente. More details here. https://www.facebook.com/ArtParkZagreb/

(Photo credit: Borut Planinc)

Okolo/Around
17 August – 1 September

A new project dedicated to artistic exploration of Zagreb – AROUND – brings life to a number of public city spaces by staging small interventions in the city itself, turning these spaces into places where art spontaneously touches everyday city life (and each of us).  Over twenty sites in the very Zagreb centre have been handed over to artists. They will explore solutions for attracting people’s attention to site’s beauty and uniqueness, for discovering potential in neglected and “empty” spaces, and some new dimensions of spaces that are being used. More details here. https://www.facebook.com/okolozagreb/

More detais about what else is going on can be found on the Zagreb Tourist Board site here. 

For all those visitors who don’t live in Zagreb but would like to enjoy some of the events best idea is to book accommodation in an apartment or hotel in Zagreb for as long as they need. It’s the smartest way to visit all the events you want without constant need to check is it a time to head home or arguments who will drive.

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