Carnival in Venice 2020

Venice Carnival 2020 (Carnevale di Venezia) will be held from 08 to 25 February. 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.

Carnival is the most famous event in Venice. Travel lovers come to Venice these days from all over the world. Be prepared for the fact that you will meet crowds of tourists in the city these days. (I am very glad that I was lucky to visit the carnival once.)

Information about dates and venues of main events can be found here. This is preliminary information (estimated, based on the events of previous years). More accurate and detailed information will appear later. Follow the news from us and on the official website of the carnival. Changes are possible.

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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, the second stageFebruary 20 - 22, the grand final of the contest is scheduled for February 23. Competition for children is scheduled for February 24.

You can take part in the competition for the best carnival costume and the best mask. Participation in the contest is free for you. For participation in competition you need to download the form from the official website, enter the required information and send it by e-mail to the organizers. Further instructions you will receive by e-mail.

Registration for the competition for the best carnival mask (and carnival costume) will start about a month before the start of the carnival. (Follow the information on the official site and on this page.)

More detailed information will appear on the official website of the carnival later, at the end of 2019.
Read also: Carnival 2019.

You will find useful information to prepare for your trip to Venice here, on our website: tickets, hotels, where to buy (rent) carnival costumes, when the most interesting events will be held.


The main events of the Venice carnival are repeated every year, but these events dates are changing. A new carnival theme is announced each year. The carnival ends at Fat Tuesday, 40 days before Easter. Carnival starts on Saturday, two weeks before Fat Tuesday in Venice.

Main events of the Venice Carnival 2020

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

Date: February 08, 2020. Saturday.

Grand Opening of the 2020 Venice Carnival will be held 08 and 09 February. It was Feast of the Venetians "La Festa Veneziana" in past years and a colorful water show in the previous year. Musicians and dancers will entertain the audience. Beginning: 18:00.

It is usually held in Rio di Cannaregio area. 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).

Date: February 09, 2020. Sunday.

It is the second day of the "La Festa Veneziana" feast. Water parade is the main event of the day. Colourful decorated boats will sail along the Canal Grande to the folkloristic district of Cannaregio. Various entertainment, food and wine will be prepared for the public. Water parade and Grand opening in Rio di Cannaregio. Beginning: 11:00.

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Date: February 15, 2020. Saturday.

Start of main events (The Best Masked Costume Contest) will be held on the "Gran Teatro" stage on St. Mark’s Square with the competitor’s parade.

Beginning of the Festa delle Marie festival will be held February 18. The festival begins with a procession of Mary festival participants. Participants (12 beautiful girls) will go from San Piero di Castello via Garibaldi and the Riva degli Schiavoni to the San Marco square at 14:30 accompanied by assistants. At 16:00 the participants will be introduced to the public. Read more about the event.
Place: San Marco Square.

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

Date: February 16, 2020. Sunday.

Flight of the Angel. The girl in angel costume will fly along a rope from San Marco bell tower to the middle of the square. Activities for the public will begin at 10:30. The "Angel Flight" event will be held at noon. Traditionally, the role of the Angel will play the winner of the festival of Mary 2019 Linda Pani. Read more about the event.
Place: San Marco Square.

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

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Date: February 22, 2020. Saturday.
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: February 23, 2020. Sunday.

12.00. "Flight of the donkey" (a parody of the flight of the angel in Mestre). Place: Piazza Ferretto square.

12.00. "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.

The Best Masked Costume Contest 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. Start: 14:30. Read more about the event.
Place: San Marco square.

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Date: February 25, 2020.

The ceremony of Maria coronation 2020 will be held on the staged on San Marco Square. “Maria 2020” will be named. The 12 Marie will arrive by boat on San Marco Square, leaving from Campo San Giacomo dell’Orio. Crowning ceremony of this carnival winning Maria will start at 4.00 pm.
Place: San Marco square.

Lion flight (Svolo del Leon). The flag with the image of the Golden Lion (the symbol of Venice) at 17:00 flies over Piazza San Marco. This event is a symbolic closure of a carnival.

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Mestre Carnival Street Show.
February 15 and 16, and from February 20 to February 25 2020 carnival events will also take place in Mestre - Mestre Carnival Street Show (11:00 - 19:00).
Mestre is a region of Venice, located on the mainland. The audience will be entertained by artists and musicians these days on the Piazza Ferretto square.

Carnival at Arsenal.
Some of the events of the Venice Carnival will take place at the Arsenal. (It is the former shipyard and a venue for various events now. Check the location on the Venice map.)

February March
Mon 03 10 17 24 02
Tue 04 11 18 25 03
Wed 05 12 19 26 04
Thu 06 13 20 27 - 05
Fri 07 14 21 28 - 06
Sat 01 08 15 22 29 - 07
Sun 02 09 16 23 - 01 08

Book hotel in Venice

Are you going to Venice? You can choose and book hotel before the trip on our website. It is not cheaper than on other sites (it is impossible). It is no more expensive than the other sites.

You can check rooms’ availability, see the prices of accommodation and see customer reviews.
The best places in the hotels are booked long before the the carnival. Take care of your accommodation in advance.

Examples of accommodations with good location in Venice:

  • 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.

Recomendation See also our recommendations on how to choose a good hotel in Venice.

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.

Things to do

  • Stroll through the Piazza San Marco square, take a look at beautiful people in carnival costumes. Most of those dressed in carnival costumes people will be happy to take pictures with you (and they will not take money for it).
  • See the most beautiful places in Venice and take photos (selfie). You can not make such photos anywhere else.
  • Buy a mask from a merchant on the street and join the participants of the carnival, walk along the canals and stroll through the streets of the city.
  • Buy (rent) a real Venetian carnival costume in one of the studios and become a participant in the carnival. Become a part of this beautiful city and colorful carnival.
  • Buy a ticket to a costume party (dinner) and enjoy the community of people like you, old music and Venetian cuisine.
  • Take a gondola ride through the canals of Venice. Gondoliers can be found at berths in many places in the city.
  • Choose and book a guided tour or a personal guide. You will learn many interesting things and see the most beautiful places.

Costume balls and Dinners

Many masquerade balls will be organized during the carnival in Venice for wealthy tourists and locals. It is necessary to buy or rent a costume to enter the Masquerade. It is recommended to buy tickets in advance (limited number of tickets).

Walking through the streets and squares of Venice and just watching what's happening is not the best way to spend time during the carnival. It will be much more exciting to put on a carnival costume, mask and become one of the participants of the carnival. You will get unforgettable emotions, memories and photos. Carnival costume or mask you can buy, rent, or even do it yourself. Information about one of the company of costumes and masks.

See also: masquerade balls in Venice 2020.

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