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Venice Carnival 2021

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Venice Carnival 2021 (Carnevale di Venezia) will be held from January 30 to Fabruary 16. You can 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. The theme of the carnival 2021 will be announced at the end of 2020.

Carnival is the most famous event in Venice. Travel lovers come to Venice from all over the world these days. Be prepared for the fact that you will meet a crowd of tourists in the city. We would recommend preparing for the carnival trip in advance (book tickets, hotels, guided tours).

Information about dates and venues of main events can be found here. This is preliminary information. More accurate and detailed information will appear later. Follow the news from us and on the official website of the carnival. New events are organized every year. You will find a link to the official website of the carnival below on this page. Changes are possible. Return to our website again to learn about interesting events in Venice.

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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.
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Dates of the main events of Venice carnival. This is preliminary information, changes are possible.

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

Festival organizers change the program a little every year. New events are possible. Check the information at the end of 2020 on the official website or here.

Main events of the Venice Carnival 2021

The most interesting carnival events will take place on weekends. Choose a weekend in which you would like to visit Venice.
This is preliminary information about the 2021 carnival. More accurate information will appear later.

Date: January 30, 2021. Saturday.

Grand Opening of the 2021 Venice Carnival will be held 30 and 31 January 2021. Feast of the Venetians "La Festa Veneziana" is the main event of these days. Musicians and dancers will entertain the audience.

Date: January 31, 2021. Sunday.

It will be 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.
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Date: February 06, 2021. 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.
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Place: San Marco Square.

Date: February 07, 2021. 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 in 2020.
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Place: San Marco Square, Venice.

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Date: 11 February 2021.

Ballad of the Masks. Procession with the figure of a black bull in St. Mark's Square. 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.

Date: 13 February 2021.

Wagon parade through Marghera and Città Giardino streets. 15:00 – 17:00. Marghera is a municipalità (borough) of the comune of Venice, Italy.

February 14, 2021. 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.
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Place: San Marco square.

Valentine's Day will be held on Sunday, February 14. We assume that relevant events will be organized in the city on that day.

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Date: February 16, 2021.

The ceremony of the coronation of Maria 2021 (award ceremony) will take place on the stage in St. Mark's Square. Maria in 2021 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. Parade of allegorical carts with costumes and masks will be held at the town main street at 2.30 pm.

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Mestre Carnival Street Show.
Some carnival events will take place also 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.

Festival in the Arsenal.
This event is intended primarily for young people. The festival will be held in Tese dell'Arsenale.
Address: Arsenale Nord - Accesso Bacini - Venezia, Italia.
(Arsenal is a former shipyard, a place to hold events now.)

January February
Mon 25 1 8 15
Tue 26 2 9 16
Wed 27 3 10 17
Thu 28 4 11 18
Fri 29 5 12 19
Sat 30 6 13 20
Sun 31 7 14 21

See also the calendar, in which the dates of some events are marked.

This is preliminary information, changes are possible.
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Book hotel in Venice

Do you want to go on a trip to Venice? A lot of tourists come to the carnival every year. The best rooms can be booked a few months before the event. Book your accommodation in advance, as soon as you know your travel dates.

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Examples of accommodations in Venice:

  • 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.
  • 5 star hotel Belmond Hotel Cipriani is one of Venice's most luxurious hotels. It is said that this hotel is often chosen by celebrities. It is rare when the hotel has a large swimming pool and tennis court in Venice. The hotel is separated from Piazza San Marco by a canal. (The paparazzi will not bother you here.)
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Book a classic gondola ride or Grand Canal boat tour.

The skating rink will operate on Campo San Polo square.

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).

See also: masquerade balls in Venice 2020.

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.

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How to get to Venice? The most convenient way to do this is by plane. Flights to Venice perform many airlines from many world airports. The airport of Venice is located near the city. It is possible to get from the airport to the city center by bus or boat. How much does an air ticket to Venice cost? You can find out on our website.



With about ten months to go before the Carnival in Venice, carnival lovers are already preparing for the trip. Tourists are already actively booking rooms in hotels and buying tickets. How much will it cost to fly to Venice for a carnival? The price will be very different, depending on the location of your departure, your chosen hotel and many other conditions.

Flights The cheapest flights from London to Venice (one way) was offered at a price of 41 euros.

If you live in the United States, then a ticket for a plane from New York can be bought at a price of $ 200 (one way). Business class tickets will cost more but you will get more comfort.

We recommend The cheapest hotels in Venice can be booked by price of 35 euros per night. But the number of available numbers is already rapidly declining for this period. More comfortable hotels can cost up to 300 euros per night and more.

Based on these prices, you can roughly calculate the cost of the trip. To these figures, you need to add the cost of food in restaurants and the cost of visiting paid events (costume balls, gondola walks and guided tours).

Prices will change as the event comes closer. We will try to compare prices in January 2021.

If you are determined to visit the carnival in Venice, it will be better to buy tickets for the plane and book a room at the hotel as early as possible.

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