Here is a selection of best events in the Kvarner Riviera taking place in 2017, including those in Rijeka and Opatija. If you’re looking for events on the islands that belong to the Kvarner region, please see our Events on the Croatian Islands page.
Events in January 2017
The Rijeka Carnival takes place each year from mid-January through into February with various festivities, from parades and concerts to exhibitions and balls. The carnival draws an impressive number of participants and easily attracts over 100,000 spectators, making it one of the larger carnivals in Europe. The first major event is the Rijeka Carnival Queen Pageant and Handover of the Town Keys on 21st January 2017. (The Children’s Parade and the International Carnival Parade are both in February.) There are also many other carnival celebrations elsewhere in the region and the rest of Croatia in January and February each year, so watch out for these as well.
Events in February 2017
The Carnival Snowboard Session takes place on 4th February 2017 in Rijeka as a one-day competition with Croatian and European boarders taking part on a specially constructed course (with snow!) right in the centre of the city.
The Rijeka Carnival Children’s Parade takes place on 18th February 2017, with the younger generation donning costumes and parading on the Korzo in the city centre!
The main International Carnival Parade in Rijeka, now in its 34th year, takes place on 26th February 2017. Numerous participants and floats take part in a mixture of traditional and more modern celebrations, delighting the Croatian and foreign audience.
Events in April 2017
The sixth Festival of Independent Theatre is to take place in Opatija from in early April, featuring a variety of theatre groups and ensembles from all over Croatia.
The Rijeka Half Marathon is to take place on a route by the sea on 23rd April 2017.
Events in May 2017
Rijeka hosts the 24th International Small Scenes Festival at the beginning of May with theatre performances from both Croatian and foreign groups.
The Ucka Vertical is a race from sea level up to 1,396m high in Ucka Nature Park in early May.
Events in June 2017
MaLIK Fest – a multimedia festival of myths and legends from Kvarner and Istria – will take place at the wonderful Trsat Castle near Rijeka in early June.
The sailing regatta Fiumanka sees boats sail from Rijeka to Omisalj and back, with lots more fun and games for participants and spectators besides! It will take place 8th to 11th June 2017.
Events in July 2017
The Grobnik Chamber Music Festival will be held on several days during July in the castle in Grobnik (near Rijeka).
Rijeka Summer Nights is an almost month-long festival that kicks off at the end of June each year. This wonderful event will include a number of theatre, music, operatic and other performances at a variety of venues throughout the city.
The Liburnia Jazz Festival in Opatija is the largest jazz event in Croatia, with the 17th festival set to take place in 2017. Held over three days, there are a number of jazz concerts at various locations across the town.
The Kastav Cultural Summer takes place in the town of Kastav (in inland Kvarner, close to Opatija) with Croatian and international participants performing a variety of film, music and theatre works. The event runs from the beginning of July to the end of August.
Uskok Days in Senj, near Rijeka, harks back to a time long ago with festivities taking on a medieval twist. This event features plenty of fun, games, music, arts and crafts; it will be on 21st and 22nd July 2017.
Events in August 2017
The 10th Kastav Blues Festival will take place in Kastav (near Opatija) in early August, featuring Croatian and international blues artists.
The Liburnia Film Festival in Icici near Opatija will be held late August, showcasing Croatian films.
Events in September 2017
The Ucka Fair (Ucarski Sajam) is held at the beginning of September in Ucka Nature Park (which is technically located in both Istria and the Kvarner Region, but as it’s located near Opatija, we’ve listed it here!). The Fair will feature traditionally made products, food and drink.
Events in November 2017
The 22nd Puppet Theatre Revue will be held in early November 2017 with appearances from Croatian and international puppet groups.
The 7th Adria Advent Marathon (and half-marathon and fun run) will take place alongside the coastline on the Crikvenica Riviera on in late November
Events in December 2017
Christmas and New Year’s celebrations will be in full force during this month in many of the Kvarner Riveria’s towns – check locally for further details of events, or see a listing of events on the websites of Rijeka and Opatija‘s tourist offices!