Not to be missed in 2019: Izola events

In 2019 we will again have the opportunity to enjoy Izola’s traditional, cultural and sports events, as well as special culinary experiences, that attract an increasing number of visitors from year to year.

Starting the year with sports and gastronomy

After the lively beginning of the year, we will recall the spring with the Istrian Carnival in February and toast to warmer days at the Refoscus Mundi – International Refosco Festival. At the end of February, cycling enthusiasts and sports lovers will be able to enjoy in the cycling race Grand Prize of Slovenian Istria.

At the beginning of April, you hiking fans will have the opportunity to explore the path along the water sources on our countryside. And for those preferring water sports, at the end of the month a traditional international sailing cup will be held by the sea – The 33. Spring Cup.

April will be marked by sports and gourmet: the 6th Luka Koper Istrski maraton – Istrian running marathon, will be hosted by our neighboring municipality of Piran, but we will conclude it in Izola with the international wine festival Orange wine festival.

Orange wine festival made Izola one of the most important representors for sustainable production of wines from the region, and especially for the presentation of a wide family of winemakers who produce orange wine.

Flavors and film screening will meet before the main summer season

May will start with the traditional first-day Wake up call and finish with wine and olive oil tasting at the event From winemaker to olive maker. In Izola we will open our main summer season with the event known especially among lovers of the Mediterranean cuisine. Our little streets in the city center will be full of local producers selling wine, olive oil, fishes on grill from the Adriatic Sea and other culinary specialties of Slovenian Istria. A two-day event, the 17th Olive, Wine and Fish festival, will be accompanied by concerts at various venues of the city center.

In June you will be able to enjoy in lighthearted evenings at the Primorski poletni festival – Summer Festival of the region and at the Summer Museum Night. Both of the events will take place throughout all Slovenian Istria. In the middle of the month, the international film festival Kino Otok – Isola Cinema will be returning to Izola, and will again offer numerous film projections and other festival events. On the day of the statehood and solstice, you are kindly invited to our countryside, to the cultural event Midsummer night – Solstice in Korte.

Summer festivals and Fisherman’s feast

At the peak of the summer season in July, you will be able to enjoy in a great music evening at the Municipality Feast in Izola, and at the end of the month at Isola Music Festival. Both will be held at Manzioli square.

First weekend of August you are welcomed to cook at Šalšijada – a festival of homemade tomato sauce. Or, if you are not up for cooking, you can at least try and evaluate the work of our local cooks. At the International fair of comics and games Anime’, you can explore different competitions, attend workshops and various lectures. In August we cannot wait for the third weekend, when Fisherman’s feast will embrace Izola. A traditional event with more than 50 years of tradition, will again brought to life customs of the former fishing town, accompanied with sports and cultural events and big concerts.

All fans of beer, blues and rock will be happy to enjoy the Blues’n rock & Beer festival taking place at the end of August.

Greeting the autumn with variety of events

On the first Saturday of September, the smell of basilica will overcome Izola. At the festival of Basilica you will be able to taste several dishes and beverages with the addition of this Istrian spice. Afterwards, we will eagerly await the world-renowned sports event, which will be again hosted by the Slovenian Istria: I FEEL SLOVENIA IRONMAN 70.3 Slovenian Istria. The month of September will come to its end with another flavor: chilly. Chili Festival (Čiliada) will surely convince all the lovers of spicy flavors.

The Istrian cycling marathon – our largest recreational cycling event is coming to Istria in October. At the end of the month you will be able to visit the traditional event Celebration of the Legend of Izola with an interesting accompanying program.

And then the year will come to its final month which in Istria means time to light on the festive lights and enjoy the magical December. If you love classical music, you definitely need to listen to the Traditional Christmas and New Year’s concert of the Wind Orchestra. At the end of the year, of course, you’ll have to attended our traditional New Year’s Eve celebration.

Special culinary experiences throughout the whole year

For the year 2019 we’ve prepared some special culinary experiences for you. Traditional Days of mussels will be upgraded with some other typical flavors of the sea and the countryside. In addition to that, different culinary events will be held during the year. Our local restaurants will be a part of days of asparagus, torch and other culinary delights. Each “days of specialties” will start with a distinct opening event. In the spring, the local market Ruba sz moje njive will again offer fresh vegetables and fruits. More about flavors of Izola in 2019 coming soon.

More about Istrian events in the calendar.

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