You are here

Venice Carnival 2019

Travel lovers are most interested in these countries now: Cyprus, Spain, Mexico, USA.

Submitted by Serg A Nik on Tue, 01/01/2019 - 23:00

VeniceVenice Carnival (Carnevale di Venezia) was held from February 16 to March 05 in 2019. You will find information about the main events of the carnival (dates and venues) on this page. The most interesting events are usually held on weekends at San Marco Square.
Learn more about Venice Carnival.

The next carnival will be held in February 2020.

"Blame The Moon" is a carnival theme in 2019. (The 2019 theme takes inspiration from Othello from SkySpir, which says: “when the moon comes too close to Earth, it drives everyone crazy”.)

Italy | Rome | Venice | Countries


The most interesting carnival events will take place on weekends. Choose a weekend in which you would like to visit Venice.

Competition for the best carnival costume

A traditional competition for the best carnival costume will be held during the carnival. The winners will be chosen jointly by the audience and the jury. The contest will be held in three stages: the preliminary selection of participants from February 24 to February 27, the second stage from February 28 to March 2, the grand final of the contest is scheduled for March 03.

Changes are possible in the program. Check on the official site.

Main events of the Venice Carnival 2019

Date: February 16, 2019. Saturday.

The first day of the festival is held usually on this day. (In Rio di Cannaregio, beginning at 18:00.) Rio Cannaregio or the Cannaregio Canal is a canal in the Cannaregio district - it connects the Grand Canal with the Northern Lagoon, it is next to the railway station (east of the station).

19:00 - 22:00. First Part. Water show curated by Studio Festi and Seconda Materia will be held at Rio di Cannaregio. Rio di Cannaregio turns into a water stage with a Free show, which is repeated at 7:00pm and at 9:00pm.

On the occasion of the Venice Carnival in 2019, Ca 'Macana, one of the oldest masks workshops in Venice, holds events so that you can learn more about old Venetian masks and mask making techniques. Free event - registration required.

Skating rink will be opened in the Campo San Polo up to 5 March 2019.

Photos of the moon taken by NASA, 360 ° panorama as well as installations and performances. From February 16 to March 4. Admission is free from 17 to 19, closed on Tuesday. Location: Fabbrica del Vedere - Carlo Montanaro Archive. Address: Calle del Forno, 3857 - Venezia, 30121 Italy.

Date: February 17, 2019. Sunday.

The water parade is the main event of the day. Colorfully decorated boats with people dressed in carnival costumes will sail along the Grand Canal in Rio di Cannaregio. Various entertainment, food and wine will be prepared for the public. 11:00: Water parade.
12:00: Grand opening in Rio di Cannaregio.

Grand opening of the Mestre Carnival Street Show (Mestre). The parade will depart from Piazzale Donatori di Sangu and take direction towards Piazza Ferretto at 17:00. The parade will feature installations of the Studio Festi studio. Location: Piazza Ferretto Square in Mestre (on the mainland).

Recomendation Book your hotel for this weekend.

Mary's festival begins. If you are a girl aged 18 to 28 years old, living in Venice or you were born in Venice, you can apply for participation in the festival until February 12, 2019. 12 participants will be selected on February 15th.

Date: February 23, 2019. Saturday.

The number of visitors on the Piazza San Marco may be limited during some events (no more than 23 thousand people). Come early to get the best spot.

Start of the carnival main events.

Festa delle Marie festival begins. Festival of Mary will begin with a procession of participants. Participants (12 beautiful girls) and accompanying pass from San Piero di Castello on via Garibaldi and the Riva degli Schiavoni to the San Marco square at 14:30. The participants will be introduced to the public at 16:00.
The jury will select among the candidates 12 girls for the "Festa delle Marie" contest 2019. Voting will take place behind closed doors in Ca Vendramin Calergi (where the casino is located).

Mestre Carnival Street Show. You will see musicians and performers on the square. Location: Piazza Ferretto - Mestre, Italy 16:00 - 19:30.

Carnival party in Arsenal. 22:30 to 3:00. A great, nightly event for the entertainment of young people of all nationalities. On Saturday, February 23, GRAND OPENING - PARTY ANIMAL.

Date: February 24, 2019. Sunday.

Flight of the Angel (Il volo dell’angelo). Angel dressed girl will fly over the Piazza San Marco (on a rope). Events for the public will begin at 10:30 in the morning. "Angel Flight" will be held at noon. Traditionally the role of Angel will play the winner of the "Festa delle Marie" festival 2018. In 2019 it should be Erika Chia, Maria of Carnival 2018.

Competition for the best carnival costume and the best carnival mask begins. Participants perform on the podium, present their costumes, and masks. 15:30 - 17:00. The event will be repeated on February 25, February 26 and February 27 (11:00 - 13:00 and 15:00 - 17:00).
Venue: San Marco Square.

Mestre Carnival Street Show. 11:00 - 13:00.

Recomendation Book your hotel for this weekend.

Date: February 28, 2019.

Competition for the best carnival costume and the best carnival mask, the second stage. The best costumes of the first stage will take part. Participants in the final competition will be selected during the competition from February 28 to March 2. 11:00 - 13:00 and 15:00 - 17:00.
Venue: Piazza San Marco, Venice, Italy.

Ballad of the Masks. Procession with the figure of a black bull by route Campo Sant’Angelo – Campo S. Stefano – Campo San Maurizio – Piazza San Marco. It is an interpretation of the legend of “Giovedì Grasso”, the day of the celebration of the victory upon the Patriarch Ulrico of Aquileia. Piazza San Marco.14:00 – 17:30.
Changes in the program are possible.

Date: March 02. 2019.

Wagon parade in Marghera. Route: Bartolomeo Benvenuto, Avesani, Piazzale della Concordia, Pizza Mercato, Cesare Rossarol, via Angelo Toffoli, Piazzale Lazzaro, Giorgio Rizzardi, Piazza Sant’Antonio, Pizza Mercato. 15:00 – 17:00. Marghera is a municipalità (borough) of the comune of Venice, Italy.

Date: March 03, 2019. Sunday.

The Best Masked Costume Contest Grand final and award Ceremony will be held on the stage on St. Mark’s Square wit he competitors parade on stage. The jury will name the 2 winners of the two categories: Best Masked Costume and Best Masked Costume. Costumes and masks should match the theme of the Carnival.

"Flght of the Eagle" (Volo dell’Aquila) on the Piazza San Marco. The event will start at 10:30. The “Eagle” will fly along a rope from the bell tower to the stage in San Marco Square. 12:00.

"Flight of the donkey" (Volo dell’Asino, a parody of the flight of the angel in Mestre). Place: Piazza Ferretto square. 12:00. Changes are possible in the program.

RecomendationBook a place to stay in Venice. We recommend doing this in advance for these days.

Date: March 04, 2019.

Competition for the best carnival costume - event for children.

Carnival party in Arsenal. 22:30 to 3:00. A great, nightly entertainment event for young people. March 4, student party "Students in Wonderland."

Date: March 05, 2019.

The ceremony of the coronation of Maria 2019 (award ceremony) will take place on the stage in St. Mark's Square. Maria in 2018 will be named from among 12 contenders. Participants of the contest will arrive by boat to St. Mark's Square. 16:00 - 16:30.

Flight of the Lion (Svolo del Leon). The flag with the image of the Golden Lion (the symbol of Venice) at 17:00 will fly over the Plaza San Marco. This event is a symbolic closing of the carnival.

Carnival of the youth in Zelarino. Children and adults will be entertained by a group of artists at the Polo mall. Zelarino is a town in the municipality of Venice located on the mainland. It is 17 km from the historic center of Venice and 3.5 km from Mestre. 14:30 - 17:00.

Carnival party in Arsenal. 22:30 to 3:00. A great, nightly entertainment event for young people. On March 5, the closing party “Mistericky & friends”.

See also - events in Venice

Mestre Carnival Street Show.
On 23 and 24 February and from February 28 to 5 March 2019 carnival events will also take place in Mestre (11:00 to 19:00). Mestre is a region of Venice, located on the mainland. These days on the square of Piazza Ferretto the audience will be entertained by artists and musicians.

Useful linkPrepare for your trip to Venice:

February March
Mon 04 11 18 25 04 11
Tue 05 12 19 26 05 12
Wed 06 13 20 27 06 13
Thu 07 14 21 28 07 14
Fri 01 08 15 22 01 08 15
Sat 02 09 16 23 2 09 16
Sun 03 10 17 24 03 10 17

Check the information on the Venice carnival official website:
The most accurate and complete information can be found on the official website (in Italian and English).
On our website you can book a tour, find the best hotel for you, buy tickets for the bus, train or plane, order a taxi to the airport.

Hotels in Venice

Are you going to make a trip to Venice? A lot of tourists want to do this too. The best places in hotels are booked long before the date of the trip. This is especially true for the summer tourist season and the days of the Venetian Carnival. ☝ Take care of the place to stay in advance, as soon as you know the dates of your trip.

You can view rooms availability, check the prices and see customer reviews. Skip to hotel searching.

Useful link What areas of the city are the most convenient for tourist accommodation? Read more about hotel reservation in Venice (information, tips and useful links).

Examples of hotels that have the best customer reviews (and we can recommend):

  • 5 star hotel Gritti Palace Hotel. The Gritti Palace Hotel is situated on the banks of the Grand Canal, in a historic building. Its windows overlook the cathedral of Santa Maria della Salute. It is luxury accommodation for wealthy travelers. Address: Campo S.Maria Del Giglio 2467 San Marco, 30124 Venice, Italy.
    Check rooms availability and prices in this hotel.
  • 5 star hotel Hotel Danieli, a Luxury Collection Hotel (5 stars). This is one of the best hotels in the city. The hotel is located next to the Doge's Palace and Piazza San Marco. The hotel overlooks the Venetian lagoon. It is an excellent location for tourists.
    Check rooms availability and prices in this hotel.
  • 3 star hotel Rosa Salva Hotel (3 stars) is located next to St. Mark's Square. This hotel is very often recommended by the tourists residing in it. Tourists mention in their reviews: Great location, excellent breakfasts and friendly staff.
    You can book a room in this hotel online.
  • A good hostel Veniceluxury Hostel. It is one of inexpensive places where tourists can to spend a night for a little money. The hostel is located in the heart of Venice, a 15-minute walk from the train station. Shared rooms, a communal kitchen and a small terrace.
    Check rooms availability and prices in this hotel.


How to get to Venice? It is most convenient to do this on an airplane. Flights to Venice are performed by many airlines from many airports in the world. The airport of Venice is located near the city. The city center can be reached by bus or boat from the airport. Part of the aircraft also arrives at the Venice-Treviso airport.

flihts How much does an air ticket to Venice cost? You can find out the prices and buy tickets right now.

It is said that there are two worst times to visit Venice: the days of floods and the days of carnival. Come to Venice at any other time. You should definitely visit this city.


News and events:


Hostel is the cheapest place to spend the night for a tourist. Find the best hostel Cheap accommodation in Venice for yourself.

If you want a more comfortable place to stay in Venice or the best hotel - look here The best hotel.

There is still a lot of time ahead before the Venice Carnival 2019. But experienced travelers and carnival lovers are already preparing for this event.

According to our information, the first hotel rooms for carnival days have already been booked.

There are a lot of hotels in Venice. But if you want to stay in a good hotel with a convenient location, then you should take care of this in advance.

The best rooms in the best hotels are booked first. (located near the San Marco square) are occupied. Those who choose medium-priced hotels and hostels can postpone this at a later time. (Most hotels allow a free cancellation if you change your mind.)

Recomendation The best sites for finding and booking accommodation (hotels, hostels, apartments).

It's unlikely you want to stay in Venice for all the days of the carnival. Most tourists plan a trip for only one weekend. Choose the dates that are most suitable for you at the top of the page.

FlightsTickets for the plane you can buy later. Various airlines carry out many flights to Venice from different cities of the world. Do not forget to buy tickets as soon as you know the dates of your trip.

🚄 You can get to Venice from many European cities by train or by bus. You will find links to sites for buying tickets here.

Costume balls. For the most enthusiastic fans of carnival Masquerade Balls are held annually. Tickets are quite expensive, but they are not enough for everyone to attend. If you want and can afford to attend a party, buy tickets in advance.

hotel Venice booking


Join our Facebook Travel group to follow the news, discuss topics and publish comments. Due to the increased activity of spammers, comments publication is temporarily suspended (for unregistered users). #visitplus #visit_plus.

On our site there are advertising and partner links. This means that we can sometimes get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our partners. We do not register new users and do not store personal information. Some of the services interacting with the site use cookies to improve service.

Useful linkGuides: Paris, Rome, Barcelona, Helsinki, St. Petersburg and other top destinations.

Useful linkUseful online services: the best websites for hotel booking, find flights, railway tickets.