From late April to early October, Zagreb Time Machine brings the history and customs of the city to life.

Upper Town in the Past

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.

May 31 - September 27 

Saturdays and/or Sundays 5pm – 8pm

31.5., 6.6., 13.6., 20.6., 27.6.

4.7., 11.7., 17.7., 18.7., 24.7., 25.7., 31.7.

1.8., 7.8., 8.8., 14.8., 15.8., 22.8., 29.8.

5.9., 12.9., 19.9., 26.9., World Tourism Day 27.9.

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      May 30 – September 26

      Upper Town

      Sundays 5pm - 8pm

      July 17 - August 14 also on Saturdays 5pm - 8pm

Folklore Performances

Zagreb and its surrounding area are known for numerous folklore societies, some of which were founded more than a century ago. Dressed in their beautiful and unique folk costumes, the members of the societies will bring their folk customs, songs, and dances to the streets of Zagreb.

Kumice s Dolca

When the Dolac Market was opened with a grand ceremony in 1930, it was one of the largest and most beautiful markets in Europe at the time, and it remains the largest and most well-known market in Zagreb today. At the very top of the left stairway leading to the market, there is a proud statue of a woman, a “kumica” holding a woven basket on her head. The statue is a permanent monument to the thousands and thousands of women from the areas surrounding Zagreb who would come to the city carrying baskets full of products from their gardens and farms every day, often walking for many kilometers with a heavy loads on their heads.

So that the memory of the “kumice”, the hardworking guardians of the good spirit of old Zagreb, would not be embodied only in the form of a statue, you will be able to see women in folk costumes from Prigorje, who will help bring the memory of the thousands of women who have fed the citizens of Zagreb over the centuries back to life, at the Dolac from June to the end of October.

May 22 – October 30

Saturdays 8am – 1pm

22.5., 29.5., 5.6., 12.6., 19.6., 26.6.

3.7., 10.7., 17.7., 21.8., 28.8.

4.9., 11.9., 18.9., 25.9.

2.10., 9.10., 16.10., 23.10., 30.10.

Upper Town Musical Panorama

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.

May 29 - October 30; World Tourism September 27th

Saturdays 10am - noon

Upper town: Mletačka street, Saint Mark's Square, Lotrščak Tower, St. Catherine's Square, Strossmayer Promenade

Tkalčijana - the Street of Music and Fun

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 Tkalčićeva street was present in little craftsman shops, inns and brothels. Today, in the pleasant setting between old small houses, cafés and restaurants, this full of relaxing turn into a venue for musical and entertaining performances during the summer, enveloped in the sounds of old hits, chansons, ballads, jazz and classical music.

July 5 - September 17

Thursdays 7pm - 9pm, 9pm - 11pm
Fridays 7pm - 9pm, 9pm - 11pm

Changing of the guard - Guard of Honour of the Cravat Regiment

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. The reinstated ceremony of the Changing of the Guard, based on the historical evidence, can be seen in predetermined attractive tourist locations. The program is done by 13 to 20 infantrymen and 4 to 21 cavalrymen.

May 30 - October 18 

Every Saturday, on established public holidays and ceremonial occasions.

30.5., 31.5.

5.6., 12.6., 19.6., 26.6.

3.7., 10.7., 17.7., 24.7., 31.7.

5.8., 7.8., 14.8., 21.8., 28.8.

4.9., 11.9., 18.9., 25.9.

2.10., 9.10., 16.10., 18.10.

11:00 AM–11:20 AM

Formation and departure of the infantry rank from the Regiment's Headquarters (Ethnographic Museum), lining up and dismissal of the rank, and their departure to Ban Josip Jelačić Square.

Route: Mažuranić Square (Mažuranac) – Republic of Croatia Square – Frankopanska Street – Ilica Street – halt and wait for the arrival of the cavalry rank

Merging and march of the ranks down the Ilica Street to Ban Josip Jelačić Square

11:20 AM–11:30 AM

Arrival to the Ban Josip Jelačić statue, rank and weapon inspection ceremony.

Posting an honor guard at the Ban Josip Jelačić statue

11:30 AM–11:35 AM

Departure of the line to the Virgin Mary statue in front of the cathedral – posting of guards at the Virgin Mary statue

11:35 AM

Division of the ranks

11:45 AM–11:55 AM

Departure of the calvary to Tkalčićeva Street by the following route: Kaptol – Mikloušićeva Street – Tkalčićeva Street (to the Bishop Duh Steps)

Departure of the infantry rank along the following route: Opatovina – Park Opatovina – Bishop Duh Steps

Merging of the ranks on Tkalčićeva Street

11:55 AM–12:00 PM

March and arrival at the Ban Josip Jelačić Square

12:00 PM–12:10 PM

Ceremonial handing over of the guards

12:10 PM–12:15 PM

Departure of the rank from the Virgin Mary statue and ceremonial handing over of the guards

A prayer of thanks in front of the Virgin Mary statue – the end of the changing of the guard

12:15 PM – 12:35 PM

Infantry march to the Ethnographic Museum

Route: Ban Josip Jelačić Square – Gajeva Street – Bogovićeva Street – Flower Square – Varšavska Street – Frankopanska Street – Republic of Croatia Square – Mažuranac

12:15 PM – 12:35 PM

Departure of the Cavalry Rank to Dubravkin put

NOTE: In case of bad weather, the programs are canceled.