May 29–Nov 24 ... more Every odd numbered year in Venice, locals and tourists are treated to the contemporary art exhibition known as Venice Biennale. Venice Biennale is one of the most prestigious culturalThroughout the city
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Aug 28–Sep 7 PalaBiennale ... more Held in August and September as part of the Venice Biennale, the annual Venice Film Festival is the oldest international film festival and has been bringing some of the most innovative
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Feb 22–Mar 4 ... more Twelve solid days of costumed chaos awaits during the Carnival of Venice, an annual event that combines the proper traditions of baroque dress with the inherent nuttiness of BrazilThroughout the city
The biggest festival in Venice is without question Carnival (Carnevale in Italian), which normally begins in late January or early February and burns the Venetian candle for ten straight days. During this time, everyone dresses up in vibrant costumes and masks and participates in massive street parties that line the blocks.
It might not be as famous as the one in Cannes, but the Venice Film Festival in August is still very highly regarded by industry insiders and avid fans alike, while July’s Redentore Festival features rather intense – at least in spirit, less so in speed – gondola races and a massive firework display afterwards. The Redentore can make for a very romantic night as well, thanks to the hundreds of boats moored in the canals decorated with beautiful glowing lights and colored balloons.
Less frequent but equally popular Venice festivals include the Venice Biannual Festival, which takes place every other year and hosts the display of hundreds of pieces of art in public spaces all across the city, as well as the Festival of the Four Republics in Venice, an art and music festival for which Venice shares hosting duties with Almafi, Genoa, and Pisa.
You won’t find a festival on every corner or on every day in Venice, but this stunning little city doesn’t need to show off anymore than it already naturally does.