The Venice Carnival is joy, seduction, licence, transgression… in a word: freedom. From the city streets to Saint 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!
Covid-19 and 2021 Venice Carnival
Sanitary measures due to the covid-19 virus forced the authorities to shorten the carnival festivities in 2020 (cancellation of the carnival 2 days before the end).
At the time of writing this article, the Venice City Hall has not yet published the official calendar of traditional events for the 2021 edition. However, as the dates of the Venice Carnival follow the religious calendar, we can anticipate the dates: from January 30th to February 16th.
Private parties, on the other hand, do not fall under the jurisdiction of the municipality. They are organized by professional event planners in the respect of the rules on the gathering of people due to the coronavirus in Italy.
Venice Carnival 2021 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 2021 edition.
The Venice Carnival includes a series of open-air public events that punctuate the two-weeks 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. If you are planning your trip to Venice for Carnival, it is a good idea to identify at the earliest the key dates of the carnival that you should not miss.
- Sunday, January 31st from 10:30 am: Venetian Water Festival in Rio di Cannaregio
- Saturday, February 6th, from 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 Saint Mark’s Square.
- Saturday, February 6th at 8 pm: Private ball party “Ball of dreams”
- Sunday, February 7th, 12:30 pm: Flight of the Angel
- Friday, February 12th, 8pm : Masked ball “Il barbiere di Siviglia”
- Saturday February 13th:Exclusive masked ball “Il Ballo del Doge”
- Saturday February 13th: Masquerade Venice ball “The miroir magique”
- Sunday, February 14th: Flight of the eagle
- Tuesday, February 16th: 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 attending the 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. It can include 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 balls include an easier dress code for the entrance, for example after dinner, with elegant dress and mask.
2021 Venice Carnival: events and themed 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 . It usually includes various services: from dinner to the rental of clothes, to the private transfer on grand canal… 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 2021 are:
February 12th :“Il barbiere di Siviglia”
Palazzetto Pisani, an 18th century building located in the historic center of Venice, will host on the 12th of February “Il Barbiere di Siviglia”, one of the most famous and beloved works of Rossini. The evening includes artistics performances like live Opera, gala dinner and after-party. You’ll even get a discounted rate if you book early ! Get your Venice Carnival Tickets for the “Barber of Seville” now !
February 13th : The Exclusive “Doges Ball” Venice
The most luxurious and exclusive event of the Carnival is without a doubt “Il ballo del Doge” organised every year by Antonia Sautter. Celebrate Love the night before Valentine’s in the most elegant and sophisticated Venice Carnival themed party. This world-class appointment promesses to display exceptional talents and culinary extravaganza. The dress-code is really strict, and we strongly advise you get your costume from your host, Mrs Sautter, who is the most passionate Venetian Costume’s designer.
Do you want to find out more about Venice Carnival ? Read also :
- 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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