There is never a dull moment in Rijeka. We inform you about the traditional annual events that you must visit in our city. Discover your own favourite spot in Rijeka, depending on your preferences – sport, entertainment, culture, beaches, shopping, religion, or health.
ANNUAL EVENTS IN RIJEKA
“Krepat, ma ne molat!” (Die but never give up) - is the motto that summaries all the best that Rijeka Carnival represents. Despite its long history, a cheerful, stubborn, uncontrollable but also critical Carnival spirit shows no tiredness, but thrives from year to year, growing through a new generation of Carnival participants, feeding the events with new ideas equal to those of its long tradition. The best way to experience the Rijeka's Carnival is to come here and live it with all your senses.
Time of event: January-February
Address: Korzo, Rijeka
Gastro days are organised with the aim of learning and conserving the traditions of the Mediterranean Diet in this area whose beneficial effect has been proved by numerous studies. In order to preserve the traditions of this Diet, which was used by our ancestors, and celebrate its return to the menus of homes and restaurants, during this event a series of caterers on Rijeka’s Korzo and in their restaurants prepare various meals for promotional prices.
April / May - Asparagus Week
May / June - Sardine is IN / Cherries Week
September - Squid and Figs Week
December - Codfish and Chocolate Week
Address: Korzo, Rijeka
Homo si teć (Let's Run)
The most frequented street race in Croatia in which, every year, several thousand citizens participate. Besides the traditional citizens’ race, this running festival hosts Rijeka’s half-marathon, the Hendi Cup and the Ciciban Cup. Besides
sports, an appropriate entertainment programme also takes place with bands located by the very track and various accompanying events in the city centre where the race starts.
Time of event: April
Address: Korzo, Rijeka
Festival of the sea and maritime tradition
Fiumare, held every summer (June/May), takes you 100 years into the past, when the area around the Dead Canal was a
place of daily commercial traffic. Traders and craftsmen selling crafts, wooden sailboats anchor in the Dead Canal, and
traditional dances and a wide gastronomic offer of authentic dishes and wines awaits you.
Time of event: May / June
Address: Port of Rijeka
St. Vitus days
Within the celebration of St. Vitus days, Rijeka’s patron saint, numerous sporting, cultural and entertainment events take place. The celebration of St. Vitus has for Rijeka always been an important holiday and even back in 15th century, the 15th of June, was celebrated in a special way. After 45 years of suspension, the patron saint was returned to the city in 1991 and Rijeka, by means of ecclesiastical ceremonies and a series of concerts, exhibitions, shows and sporting events and presented itself as a Mediterranean city recognisable for its patron saint. In every corner of the city, you will find entertainment for yourselves.
Fiumanka - regatta
In June, Rijeka traditionally lives in the spirit of sailing. During those days its port turns into a marina full of boats and each year it is visited in growing numbers by sea and sailing enthusiasts from numerous countries. With its traditional slogan "Got a boat, got a sail, sign up!", Fiumanka offers a variety of different and completely free regattas; media, Rotary charity race, Liburnija sports and navigation, and a worldwide hit ‘Virtual Fiumanka’, for those who prefer sailing from the comfort of their home. The main event is the final regatta - The Great Fiumanka.
Time of event: June
Address: Gat Karoline Riječke, Rijeka
Summer on Gradina
Many successful programmes have been held since the beginning of this famous summer event that takes place within the atmosphere of the beautiful Trsat Castle. The main goal of the event is a revival of the magic castle area through music, word, movement and pictures, as well as spreading the cultural oer of the city and county during the tourist season. The cultural and entertainment programme takes place inside the walls of this historical building which hosts numerous famous Croatian actors and musicians.
Ri Rock Festival
One of the longest running festivals featuring new bands, the Ri Rock Festival has become Rijeka's musical trademark. It is the central event of Rijeka's alternative scene. Many now famous names like Parafi, Termiti, Fit, Denis&Denis, Grč, Laufer, Let 3, Urban etc. launched their career on the Ri Rock stage.
Time of event: December
Address: Palach club - Kružna ulica 8, Rijeka
To all of you who are looking for excitement and adrenaline adventure, Automotodrom Grobnik is the right place. Racing sports in Kvarner region have long tradition, rich and famous history that goes as far as beginning of last century. Each year, the track hosts the prestigious international CEZ car race, the strongest regional moto championship, Alpe Adria International Motorcycle Championship, and the Sidecar World Championship.
Time of event: Mart-November
Shrine of Our Lady of Trsat
Shrine of Our Lady of Trast, located on a clitop near the Trsat Castle, displays the painting of the "Merciful Mother" – sent by Pope Urban 5 in 1367 – before which many pilgrims pray throughout the year.
The most important days are:
Address: Shrine of Our Lady of Trsat - Frankopanski trg 12, Rijeka
Festival of myths and legends of Istria and Kvarner
Malik Fest is held at Trsat Fortress on May 26 of every year. The aim is to show the cultural heritage - myths and legends of Istria and Kvarner. The surroundings of Trsat Castle are enliven by concerts, instrument performances, storytelling, and presentations of ancient sports.
Address: Partizanski put 9A, Rijeka
Rijeka Stairs - fashion show
Rijeka’s stairs is a fashion event featuring evening dresses and suits by renowned Croatian fashion houses and designers. The event is held every year in late August on the stairs by the Grand Hotel Bonavia. It is one of the biggest and most important events in the region and one of the top fashion events in Croatia. The aim of the project is to promote and encourage the development of the Croatian textile industry through the promotion of large Croatian fashion houses and designers.
Time of event: August
Address: Trg 128. brigade Hrvatske vojske, Rijeka
Christmas and New Year holidays are especially cheerful on Rijeka's Korzo, where various cultural and entertainment programs are held. Rijeka's caterers also join in with the atmosphere with their Christmas gastronomic offer, and the RI gastro is held at the same time, promoting delicacies with cod and chocolate. There is also the celebration of the feast of St. Nicholas and many other programs in the open and in the closed venues. Some of the many holiday programs are turning on the Christmas lights, concerts in the National Theatre... and the peak of the evening - New Year's Eve on Korzo with concerts & fireworks.
November-January More here