PLEASE NOTE Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, many events have been postponed or delayed. On the page below, we have listed all the events that would be taking place in a normal year. Where we have confirmation of events taking place in 2021, we have listed the dates in bold.
For all events, we would advise that you check information on event websites or social media pages for the latest updates. If there’s anything you think we’ve missed (or if you run an event and would like to see it here), then do please email us.
Here is a selection of best events in the Kvarner Riviera taking place in 2021, 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.
The city of Rijeka is the European Capital of Culture for 2020, so there are plenty of exciting goings-on related to this honour this year. Check the official website for more details: rijeka2020.eu.
Events in January 2021
The Rijeka Carnival usually takes place from mid-January through to the end of February incorporating various festivities, from parades and concerts to exhibitions and balls. In a normal year, the carnival draws an impressive number of participants and easily attracts over 100,000 spectators, making it one of the larger carnivals in Europe. Check the event website for details about whether 2021’s event will take place.
Events in February 2021
The Carnival Snowboard Session normally takes place in February in Rijeka as a one-day competition. Croatian and European boarders take part on a specially constructed course (with snow!) right in the centre of the city.
The main carnival event – the International Carnival Parade in Rijeka – usually takes place at the end of February. Numerous participants and floats take part in a mixture of traditional and more modern celebrations, delighting the Croatian and foreign audience.
Events in March 2021
The Impulse Festival (with its tagline ‘Music is Everywhere’) normally takes place at the end of March/early April, promoting music and urban culture at a number of venues across Rijeka.
Events in April 2021
The 5th Rijeka Marathon should take place on a route by the sea in April 2021.
Events in May 2021
The Mitteleuropa Blasmusikfest Wind Orchestra Competition is usually on in May in Opatija.
Rijeka hosts the 27th International Small Scenes Festival at the beginning of May with theatre performances from both Croatian and foreign groups.
Events in June 2021
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 5th to 13th June 2021.
Events in July 2021
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 21st festival set to take place in mid-July. 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 end of June 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.
Events in August 2021
The Liburnia Film Festival in Icici near Opatija will be held late August, showcasing Croatian films.
Events in September 2021
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 2021
The Puppet Theatre Revue will be held in early November with appearances from Croatian and international puppet groups.
Events in December 2021
The Adria Advent Marathon (and half-marathon and fun run) should take place alongside the coastline on the Crikvenica Riviera in early December.
Ri Rock is – as you may have guessed by the name – a rock festival that takes place every December. In 2018, it celebrated 40 years!
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!