The Venice Carnival is joy, seduction, licence, transgression… in a word: freedom. From the city streets to St Mark’s Square to the majestic palaces overlooking the Grand Canal, the whole city is in celebration and will involve visitors in a unique experience. Every year the Carnival includes a series of public events such as the Flight of the Angel, Festa delle Marie, the water parade “festa veneziana sull’acqua” in cannaregio district, the svolo del leon. In parallel, the very popular Venice masked balls like the opening grand ball party in vendramin calergi palace will immerse you in the crazy atmosphere of Venetian palaces.
Therefore, Venice Carnival events: what are they, what is there to know, how to participate. Let’s see it now!
Venice Carnival dates 2020 edition
What are the cultural events of the world-famous Venice Carnival? What should you know and how best to organize your stay in the city of the Doges? Let’s look at all of this now! As you might know, the dates of the Carnival change every year. Here we show you the program of the 2020 edition.
The Venice Carnival includes a series of open-air public events that punctuate the two-week Carnival. The most important and festive events are masked balls and private parties organised in palaces to the rhythm of the nights of the Venice Carnival. For the 2020 edition, the Carnival official program includes events from February 8 to 25, 2020. If you are planning your trip to Venice for Carnival, it is a good idea to identify at the soonest the key dates of the carnival that you should not miss.
- Sunday, February 9 at 10:30 am: Venetian Water Festival in Rio di Cannaregio
- Saturday, February 15, around 2:30 pm: Feast of the Mary (Feste delle Marie). The procession will start from San Pietro di Castello, follow the Via Garibaldi and Riva degli Schiavoni to the Doges’ Palace and St Mark’s Square.
- Saturday, February 15 at 8 pm: Private ball party “Ball of dreams”
- Sunday, February 16, 12:30 pm: Flight of the Angel
- Saturday February 22nd: Masquerade Venice ball “The Magic Flute”
- Sunday, February 23rd: Flight of the eagle
- Tuesday, February 25: Flight of the Lion and final contest of the most beautiful mask.
Public events at the Venice Carnival are free of charge, but in view of the massive influx of people in recent years, the city of Venice has adopted restrictive access measures. This is particularly true for the surroundings of St. Mark’s Square. If you are going to events, the advice is to travel to and within Venice plenty of time in advance so that you can make it to your destination on time.
Private carnivals parties and Venice masked balls, on the other hand, have an entrance ticket, which includes various services: from Carnival dinner to costume rental, to private transfers… Check the services included in your ticket and book as soon as possible… Carnival places are limited and reservations have to be made months in advance to avoid disappointment.
Venice masked balls and dress code
A note before we get into the program. For every Venice Carnival event you must pay attention to the dress code indicated. Venice masked balls organized in Venetian palaces normally require historical costumes and venetian masks, which can be included or not in your ticket. Venetian costumes are those that are seen parading during the Carnival in St. Mark’s Square and of which visitors take thousands of photos. These costumes are easily rented in Venice, but you have to organize yourself in advance. They are very popular for Carnival events and if you arrive too late, choice will be really reduced. At the end of this page you will find a link to our dedicated section. Some masquerade ball include an easier dress code for the entrance, for example after dinner, with elegant dress and mask.
Carnival events and Venice theme parties tickets
Public events of the Venice Carnival are free, but given the massive flow of people in recent years the city of Venice has adopted restrictive measures for access. This is particularly true for Piazza San Marco. If you go to events, the advice is to move well in advance towards your destination. Private Carnival events, on the other hand, have an entrance ticket, which includes various services: from dinner to the rental of clothes, to the private transfer… Carnival Theme Parties are becoming increasingly popular in the last few years and tickets for these events are limited; therefore reservations have to be made well in advance to ensure availability of the chosen option. Two very much anticipated theme parties for Carnival 2020 are:
Friday 21st February -’The don Giovanni Party’
Experience a classic Carnival Ball in the historic centre of Venice Italy. The don Giovanni Party will take place in the unique location of Palazzo Pisani. Between mystery and seduction you will immerse yourself in one of the most beloved and famous works of Mozarin this most romantic and passionate event!
Saturday 22nd February – ‘Arabian Nights Gran Gala’
the ‘Arabian nights’ is a Venice Carnival theme Party inspired by the award winning movie Aladdin and the Magic Lantern. This is the first edition of this unique and unforgettable experience that will take place in the Glass Cathedral of Murano. Guests will be immersed in a fairy tale of one thousand and one nights in an evening of delights and wonders.
Would you like more ideas to organize your Venice Carnival? Discover more about it:
- Venice Masked Balls : learn more about the most important Carnival events
- Venice Carnival Masks : history, models, courses for adults and children
- Venice Carnival History : from its origins to the present day
- Venetian Carnival costumes: rental, atelier visits and costumes photoshoot
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