Here is a selection of best events in the Kvarner Riviera taking place in 2018, 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 2018
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 19th January 2018. (The International Carnival Parade is in February.) There are also many other associated events – full listings are on the carnival website. Carnival celebrations also take place elsewhere in the region and the rest of Croatia in January and February each year, so watch out for these as well.
The Rijeka Carnival Children’s Parade takes place on 27th January 2018, with the younger generation donning costumes and parading on the Korzo in the city centre!
Events in February 2018
The Carnival Snowboard Session takes place on 3rd February 2018 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 main International Carnival Parade in Rijeka, now in its 35th year, takes place on 11th February 2018. Numerous participants and floats take part in a mixture of traditional and more modern celebrations, delighting the Croatian and foreign audience.
Events in April 2018
The Rijeka Half Marathon is to take place on a route by the sea on 22nd April 2018.
The Mitteleuropa Blasmusikfest Wind Orchestra Competition will be on from 26th to 29th April 2018 in Opatija.
Events in May 2018
Rijeka hosts the 25th International Small Scenes Festival at the beginning of May with theatre performances from both Croatian and foreign groups.
The 11th Kastav Blues Festival will take place in Kastav (near Opatija) in mid May, featuring Croatian and international blues artists.
Events in June 2018
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 7th to 10th June 2018.
Events in July 2018
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 18th festival set to take place in 2018. 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.
Events in August 2018
The Liburnia Film Festival in Icici near Opatija will be held late August, showcasing Croatian films.
Events in September 2018
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 2018
The 23rd Puppet Theatre Revue will be held in early November 2018 with appearances from Croatian and international puppet groups.
The 8th 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 2018
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!