Be what you wanna be and come to the Rijeka Carnival – it is the slogan of the 40th Rijeka Carnival. The best days are just coming or as they call it in Rijeka "5th season ".
The Rijeka Carnival is the largest and most famous carnival in the Kvarner area and certainly the most recognizable part of the image of the city of Rijeka itself. His magnificent parades and imaginative performances make him one of the most important carnivals in Europe and the most significant carnival event in Croatia. Carnival is listed on 500 Top 500 European Events, Sunday Times has declared it one of the most excotic events in the world and the Rijeka Tourist Board received the Golden Touristic Heart Award as the organizer of the best tourist event in Southeast Europe in 2009. year. The Rijeka Carnival is also an important segment of the European Capital of Culture project in 2020 as a cultural and traditional event that is an integral part of the city's identity. All these facts attract more and more visitors from all over the world to participate in the Rijeka Carnival and enjoy the colors, the excellent mood, a dance and ultimately to hide behind their masks and be what they wanna be for at least one day.
The carneval starting with the selection and crowning of the new Queen of Rijeka Carnival (20.01.) and handing the City keys to the crazy carnival people. The “new government” is scheduled to host more fun, concerts and special sports such as Carnival snowboard session (12.02.) -snowboarding at the seaside and rally in which are masked both participants and their vehicles and fun at the squares, as well as a number of humanitarian events with a culmination with Children's (12.02.) and International Parade (21.02.).