Here’s a selection of what I think are the best events that are to take place in Zagreb this year.
The Zagreb Airshow takes place in early September at Lucko Airport (in the south-west of the city; once Zagreb’s main airport before Pleso took that honour in 1959) with air acrobatics, flight displays and other exhibits.
The 46th International Puppet Festival takes place in early September with both Croatian and international puppetry groups taking part.
The 6th ZeGeVe Festival of Sustainable Living should take place on Zagreb’s main square (Trg Ban Jelacic) in early September 2013.
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 artists from different genres performing.
The World Theatre Festival should be held in mid- to late September 2013.
The Zagreb Marathon is held on the city’s streets every year in this month – this year on the 13th October.
The Zagreb International Chamber Music Festival was only started a few years ago, but already attracts a number of renowned artists. Various classical concerts take place over a week during mid-October.
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.
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.
The 7th Pssst! Silent Film Festival – with both domestic and foreign films – will be on in early November.
The 11th Human Rights Film Festival should take place in early December, promoting the subject of human rights as depicted in film.
The 9th New Circus Festival – a festival of contemporary circus production – normally takes place over a couple of months up until the end of December.
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! Trg ban Jelacic is also the main focus for New Year’s Eve celebrations, with a open-air concert and fireworks.