Gorizia's major events
International Violin Competition Rodolfo Lipizer Prize: a not-to-be-missed event for all music lovers! The competition involves three distinct stages, in which individual competitors will be required to execute the program in its entirety: preliminary round, semi-final and, in conclusion, final. Each round will take place publicly at the "L. Bratuž " theater in Gorizia.
Gusti di Frontiera: with over 350 stands showcasing the best products and dishes of Europe's different culinary traditions, Gusti di Frontiera remains the largest wine and food event in Italy's Northeast, which for many years has been held during the month of September. Gorizia will transform into a globe of flavors, the city center divided into themed neighborhoods, now known as villages, each representing a specific geographic area. The full program also includes conferences, meetings and cooking demos.
Barcolana: a historic international sailing regatta taking place every year in the Gulf of Trieste on the second Sunday of October, known for drawing in record number of participants, it is now considered the most crowded regatta in the world. This amazing competition involves both expert sailors and sailing lovers racing side by side on boats of different sizes divided into several divisions according to their length. The city of Trieste will plan several days of activities to celebrate this great sailing festival.
Fair of Sant'Andrea: a tradition dating back to the Middle Ages, over two hundred stalls and many attractions for young and old characterize the traditional fair of Sant’Andrea, held every year between the end of November and the beginning of December. One of the most popular market fairs in all of Friuli Venezia Giulia and part of Slovenia, the only event still held in its entirety in the city center. Visitors will enjoy stands selling crafts and products of all kinds and sorts, along with a variety of attractions, rides and the Holiday lighting ceremony, traditionally marking the beginning of the Christmas season in the city.
New Year's Eve in Gorizia with fireworks: a huge New Year's Eve party in Piazza Vittoria with music and fireworks. A New Year's Eve celebration for all tastes and ages, a party that promises to be the most glittering event for ringing in the New Year. The celebration begins with an aperitif, mulled wine and panettone, followed by the opening of the food and wine kiosk featuring local specialties such as sauerkraut, lentils, hand-carved prosciutto and ham, all accompanied by music and culminating at midnight with the extraordinary and fascinating firework show; the concert will resume after the fireworks.
èSTORIA: a festival where History is the main character and Gorizia the meeting place. The aim of this event is to stretch across time on topics of great importance with a multidisciplinary approach. Historians, journalists, authors, scholars and personalities from the most diverse fields bring their own contribution while involving the public in conferences, presentations, dialogues, shows, exhibitions and film screenings. The festival is usually held at the end of May.
Blu Notte Gorizia Festival: Blu Notte Gorizia Festival is a cultural and musical event that has been held at the Basaglia Park in Gorizia for several years, hosting internationally renowned jazz and blues artists such as Pietro Tonolo, Glauco Venier or John Taylor. Spend a pleasant summer evening in Gorizia accompanied by great music!
Osmizas: Looking for local specialties? These are the perfect spots, neither restaurants nor farmhouses, but places where you can enjoy local wines (Terrano, Malvasia, Vitovska) and typical products (salamis, eggs and cheeses) right in the cellars of the farmers who produce them. There are many "osmizas" in the Karst region; open osmizas are marked with a bundle of branches (sign) clearly visible along the street and on the house where the Osmiza is located.