Upper Town in the Past

Upper town

22. 4. -  1. 10.
Saturdays and Sundays 5.00 pm - 8.00 pm

Do you feel like you have travelled in a time machine to the past? You are mistaken! Here, in the streets of the Upper Town, right beside you, the main characters from stories written long time ago are still passing by: characters from legends, but also real people. All those ordinary and great men and women who have marked Zagreb’s history.

In the streets of the Upper Town, you will meet MARIJA JURIĆ ZAGORKA, the first Croatian female journalist, committed feminist and writer, and ANTUN GUSTAV MATOŠ, Croatian poet, short story author, feuilletonist, essayist and travel writer. NEWSBOY will tell you about local news just like he used to do, and POSTMAN will surprise you with his postal horn. DORA and PAVLE, Zagreb’s Romeo and Juliet will share their unfortunate love story with you, and LJUDEVIT GAJ and SIDONIJA RUBIDO ERDÖDY will tell you about the Illyrian movement in Croatia. KNIGHTS of the Silver Dragon will present their skills just like in the ancient Dark Ages, while the CITY GUARD will be there to protect you.



Ban Josip Jelačić square

22. 4. - 30. 09.
Saturdays 10.00 am - 1.00 pm

According to the legend, at the place of today’s main square in Zagreb, a thirsty viceroy spotted a beautiful girl with a jug at the water spring and cried out: Manda, dear, scoop me up some water! The spring was named Manduševac, and the town - Zagreb. (Eng. to scoop=Croat. zagrabiti).


Promenade Concerts

Park Zrinjevac

22.4. and Saturdays from 29.7. until 26.8.

11.00 am - 13.00 pm

Zagreb Time Machine will take you into the world of music and customs of long bygone times. In Zrinjevac Park the Music Pavilion built in 1891 awaits you with waltzes and marches, musical numbers from operettas, rhythms of jazz and evergreens...

12.8. Three Colours of Jazz & Keber
19.8.  Purgeri i Mirko Bačić
26.8.  Kužiš stari moj

Additional attractions:
costumed characters, instant photos (have your photo taken in original costumes from the 19th c.), workshops and play area for children, antique market, souvenir market, carriage



Park Maksimir

Ensemble Strauss

23.4. - 2.10.
Sundays 10.30 am - 12.30 pm

In 1794, when Maksimir Park was officially opened for public, it was one of the most important landscape achievements in Austro-Hungarian Monarchy and the first public park in south-eastern Europe. Today, due to its exceptional value, it is protected as a cultural and landscape monument. At Belvedere in Maksimir Park you can enjoy in the sounds of waltz, polka, chansons and the most wonderful operetta arias.




 ZET Wind Orchestra

May: 6, 13, 20 / June: 10 / July: 1, 8 / August: 26 / September: 2, 9, 16
Saturdays 11.00 am - 12.00 pm

If the tram is an old, but never outdated symbol of the city, its heart and circulation, the city orchestra is its soul. The legendary Wind Orchestra of Zagreb Electric Tram will play waltzes, marches, evergreens and patriotic songs in Maksimir Park.


Dance Evenings - Zrinjevac

Park Zrinjevac

8.00 pm - 11.00 pm

From the 50s to the 70s of the last century, a favourite pastime of Zagreb citizens was dancing. Generations of young people have grown up while following world trends and dancing to the rhythms of the most popular rock, jazz and swing hits. Today, Dance Evenings in Zrinjevac revive the spirit of those old Zagreb’s dances.


4.8. Friday Face
5.8. Saturday All Stars Band & Požgajac swinging 60´
6.8. Sunday Tango rock band
7.8. Monday Walter Neugebauer
8.8. Tuesday Salsa evening – DJ programme
9.8. Wednesday Tango evening – DJ programme
10.8. Thursday Kocka šećera
11.8. Friday Tango rock band
12.8. Saturday Robert Mareković & Swingers
13.8. Sunday Sensuale Dance

Folklore Performances

Kaptol, Ban Josip Jelačić square, Tkalčićeva street, Dolac market

22. 4. - 1. 10.
Saturdays 10.00 am - 12.00 pm, Sundays 11.00 am - 1.00 pm

What makes Zagreb beautiful is not only the city itself, but also its green surroundings. Furthermore, people gathered in folklore societies - some of them founded more than a century ago - who cherish their folklore customs, songs, music and lovely folk costumes.


Kumice s Dolca

Dolac market

22. 4. - 28. 10
Fridays and Saturdays 8.00 am - 1.00 pm

Dolac Market, officially opened in 1930, nowadays is the biggest, most popular and most important market in Zagreb, and one of the largest and most beautiful in Europe at the time. On the top of the left stairway leading to Dolac, a statue of a woman proudly stands. It presents the so-called “kumica” - a peasant woman with woven basket on her head. It commemorates thousands and thousands of women who have been coming to the city every day with baskets full of products from their gardens and farms: fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers… Most of them would come from Prigorje in Zagreb’s surroundings. In the past, they would often make the long journey on foot, with a heavy load on their heads. In order to keep the memory of “kumica” - the hardworking guardian of the old spirit of Zagreb - alive not only as a statue, women dressed in Prigorje folk costume will be coming again to Dolac from April to October to revive the memory of thousands of women who have been feeding Zagrebians throughout the centuries.

Upper Town Musical Panorama

Upper Town: St. Catherine’s Square, Strossmayer Promenade, St. Mark’s Square

22. 4. - 1. 10.
Saturdays and Sundays 09.00 am - 11.00 pm

From one street to another, from one doorway to another... Centuries and decades ago, the streets of the Upper Town used to echo with ballads and love songs played by street musicians. The wonderful custom has been preserved until today.


Tkalčijana - the Street of Music and Fun

Tkalčićeva street In front of street numbers 14, 48, 61, 72

Thursdays and Fridays 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Saturdays 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Long time ago, Medveščak brook used to flow through one of Zagreb’s most beautiful streets, today popularly called Tkalča. At the end of the 19th century, the brook was turned into a street. The liveliness of Tkalča was present in little craftsman shops, inns and public houses. Nowadays, in the pleasant setting of old facades, cafés and restaurants, the street with a relaxed atmosphere and rich culinary scene becomes the centre of music and entertainment during the summer. From June to July, Tkalčićeva will be filled with the sounds of evergreens, chansons, ballads, jazz and classical music.

Changing of the guard Guard of Honour of the Cravat Regiment

17 April – 01 October
On Saturdays and Sundays, national holidays and special occasions.

In the 17th century, during the Thirty Years’ War, the Croatian light cavalry, renowned for its exceptional heroism, joined the ranks of the French Army. Military skills and the original appearance of the Croatian soldiers were affirmed in 1664 with the founding of the Croatian regiment “the Royal Cravates” within the French Army. A special feature of their uniforms was a red scarf – a tie that girls used to tie around young men’s necks before going to war.
Tie, the essential fashion accessory of every man originates from those brave Croatian soldiers.
You can see for yourself what the Changing of the Guards looks like during a two-hour ceremony in which the entire unit takes part. The guards are stationed at their posts at attractive tourist locations – from St. Mark’s Square, Ban Jelačić Square to the statue of Our Lady at Kaptol.



The program is done by 13 to 20 infantrymen and 4 to 21 cavalrymen


11.40 Departure of the infantry formation– Kaptol 21
11.40 Departure of the cavalry formation – Dubravkin put
11.55 Merger of the formations and common prayer– Cathedral square
12.10 Formal ceremony – Kaptol, by the statue of Virgin Mary
12.20 "Zagreb says hello" mock-up
12.30 Ban Josip Jelačić square
12.30 - 12.45 Formation procession from the ban Jelačić statue to the Zagreb cathedral
12.45 - 12.50 Guard takeover ceremony  by the statue of Virgin Mary
12:50 - 12.55 Procession and guard takeover by the “Zageb says hello” mock-up
12.55 - 13.00 Formation procession and guard takeover by the ban J. Jelačić statue
13.10 Formal ceremony – by the ban J. Jelačić statue
13.15 End



11:40 am Formation and departure of the infantry rank from the Regimental Headquarters – Kaptol 21
11:45 am Parade of cavalry rank from Dubravkin put
11:50 am Prayer and merging of the infantry and cavalry ranks – Stone Gate
12:00 pm Solemn ceremony – St. Mark’s Square
12:20 pm Merging of the infantry and cavalry ranks – Tomićeva Street and arrival to Ban Jelačić Square
12:30 pm Kaptol
12:40 pm Tkalčićeva Street
1:05 pm End of ceremony –next to the Virgin Mary Statue at Kaptol