Varaždin is at its liveliest during the Špancirfest (late Aug/early Sept; w spancirfest.com), a week-long arts festival featuring street theatre, open-air rock, world music and jazz gigs, and carnivalesque costume parades. During the last two weeks of September the town’s churches and palaces provide suitably ornate venues for the Varaždin Baroque Evenings (Varaždinske barokne večeri; w vbv.hr), with international conductors and soloists performing a rich repertoire of early classical music.

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