Zagreb’s impressive menu of cultural events includes a range of festivals that attract prestigious international participants. Most of these have their own websites; otherwise, advance information can be obtained from the Zagreb tourist office.
Zagrebdox Late February/early March. Impressive survey of international documentary films a week of screenings in venues across the city.
Subversive Film Festival April or May. Not just a film festival but also a series of discussions and debates focusing on left/radical issues; it tends to attract big international names.
Festival of the European Short Story (Festival Evropske kratke priče) Late May/early June. Readings, panel discussions and drink-fuelled party evenings involving top authors from Croatia and abroad. Some readings are in English; others come with big-screen English translation.
Contemporary Dance Week (Tjedan suvremenog plesa) May/June. Varied, often challenging programme of modern choreography from around the globe, held in various venues across the city.
Cest is de best Late May/early June. Week-long festival of street performers augmented by a big range of live music, taking place on outdoor stages positioned throughout the city centre.
Animafest June. Zagreb was a major centre of animated film in the 1950s and Animafest helps to put the city back on the map, with a review of the year’s best animation from Croatia and abroad.
Strossmartre (Ljeto na Strosu) Late May to early Sept. Season of open-air concerts and events in Zagreb’s Upper Town, with nightly happenings all summer long.
InMusic Late June. Three-day rock-and-pop fest on the shores of Lake Jarun with three stages, early-morning DJ tents and plenty of food and drink. Guests in recent years have included Kraftwerk, Franz Ferdinand, Arcade Fire and many more. Camping available.
Fantastic Zagreb Late June/early July. Fantasy, sci-fi, noir and cult trash cinema, celebrated with screenings in outdoor locations.
Dan D (“D Day”) July. Weekend-long design festival with stalls, shows and DJ events, usually held in one of Zagreb’s numerous semi-deserted postindustrial spaces.
Courtyards (Dvorišta) July. The semi-hidden courtyard spaces of the Upper Town are opened up to the public in a ten-day festival of live music, wine and food.
International Festival of Puppet Theatre (Međunarodni festival kazališta lutaka) Sept. A great chance to catch some of the best puppet productions from all over Central and Eastern Europe, with shows for both kids and adults.
World Theatre Festival (Festival svjetskog kazališta) mid-Sept. Big names in international contemporary drama.
Zagreb Film Festival October. Initiated in 2003 and attracting outstanding documentaries and art movies from around the world.