January 6th – Epiphany: Religious festivity and Befane Regatta Traditional Venetian music, distribution of sweets, mulled wine for all watching the “Befane” racing on the Canal Grande. Info: Canottieri Bucintoro (Tel. +39 041 5237933)
February 14th – St.Valentine’s day
February 16th – Carnival begins the 16th of February and ends the 5th of March (until Ashes Wednesday).
At the beginning of the XV century social clubs, whose aim was to organize festivities and entertainment, were set up in the city by groups of Venetian nobles and gentlemen. These clubs were called “Compagnia di Calza” and their distinguishing feature was their variously coloured “flags”. It was like a breath of fresh air, a sign of exuberance and inventiveness. To wear a mask became obligatory: one had to put on a different face from the one worn every day. The masks from the “Commedia dell’ Arte” came into the squares to mingle with the merry-making crowd. During more recent years Carnival has re-exploded into life as an expression of popular joy, when square and theatre intertwine, and so Venice lives on through Carnival. Events and festivities are organized for a period of about ten days, to be exact those immediately preceding Lent. Music, plays, dance and folklore alternate in the theatres and palaces, while the streets, the canals, the large and small squares become one enormous, joyful stage.
21 – Easter holiday.. Public holiday.
April 25th – “Liberation Day” and “Feast of St. Mark” Venice patron saint; in these days Italy celebrates its liberation from the Nazis at the end of 2nd World War. Public holiday. In Venice the feast day honoring the patron saint of Venice is also called “festa del Bocolo”: men are presenting their partner and/or women of their family with a long stemmed red rose (the “bòcolo”, blossom).
May 1st – “May Day” (Labor Day). Public holiday.
Biennale d’arte 2019 11 May
June 2nd – “Republic Day”
Third sunday of July – Redentore Feast-Day of the Redeemer. Religious ceremonies are held every year in the church erected to commemorate the plague of 1577. The festival begins on Saturday night when decorated boats take up position in St.Mark’s Basin to watch the fireworks. Sunday afternoon there is a regatta in the Giudecca Canal. Visitors to the Redentore church (Giudecca Island) can reach it by walking across a specially built pontoon bridge
August 15th – Concert “dell’Assunta”, island of Torcello
August 29 – September 7, 2019: 76th Venice Film Festival. Fiction films, documentaries and shorts are screened, with the prestigious Golden Lion awarded for best film. Various venues. For information and tickets, call 041-521-8711.
First Sunday of September – Regata Storica (Historical regatta). Traditional rowing race down the Grand Canal. begin at h. 14,30 until about h. 18,30. This annual boat race, a test of the gondolieri’s mettle, takes place on the Grand Canal. Boats are decorated, spirits run high and the competition is fierce. Phone 041-270-8080.
4° Sunday of October: Venice Marathon. Official marathon along the brenta-riviera to Venice.
The annual date for running enthusiasts at one of the most fascinating and spectacular venues of all the official marathons that are run at international level. The course winds along the Brenta Riviera, among the villas and the old country residences of the Venetian nobility, to arrive at the unique and coveted finishing line that is St. Mark’s Square in Venice. Start from Stra, finish Riva Sette Martiri, Venice. Collection of numbers, 25-26 October at Exposport, piazza Ferretto/piazzale Candiani, Mestre. Pasta Party for all the athlets saturday 26 October.The marathon is open to Italians and foreigners who will have come of age within October 27 2002.
November 21st – Feast of Madonna della Salute (“Our Lady of Good Health’s Day”). Religious event. Feast day of our Lady of Good Health at the Salute Church. It was built in thanks for the city’s deliverance from the the plague of 1630-31. Today, a procession across the Grand Canal ends at the church, where participants pray for the sick.
December 8th – Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Public holiday.
December 25th – Christmas. Religious festivity and public holiday.
December 26th – St. Stephen’s Day. Religious festivity and public holiday