Venice Carnival 2018

The main events of the Venice carnival are repeated every year, but dates of these events vary. A new carnival theme is announced each year. New events are organized every year. This page contains information about the dates of the most popular events of the Venetian Carnival 2018. Information will be updated later. Come to our website to learn about interesting events for tourists in Venice.

Festival organizers change the program a little every year. New events are possible in 2018. Details of the Venice Carnival 2018 program and the theme of the carnival will be known in late 2017 or early 2018.

The carnival ends at Fat Tuesday, 40 days before Easter. Carnival starts on Saturday, two weeks before Fat Tuesday in Venice. The first event of the carnival, as a rule, is a celebration of the Venetians "La Festa Veneziana".

Venice Carnival 2018 will be held from January 27 to February 13.

Dates of the main events of Venice carnival. Introductory information about events.


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.

The application form and e-mail are on the carnival website here.

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Date: January 27, 2018. Saturday.

Grand Opening of the 2018 Venice Carnival will be held 27 and 28 January 2018. Feast of the Venetians "La Festa Veneziana" is the main event of these days. Musicians and dancers will entertain the audience.

Date: January 28, 2018. 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 03, 2018. 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.

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.

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Date: February 04, 2018. 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 2017,
Elisa Costantini is the winner of the Maria 2017 contest. She is 18 years old and she is a student. She will perform the main role in the Angel Flight, which will be held on February 4, 2018.
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Place: San Marco Square, Venice.

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Date: 8 February 2018.

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: 10 February 2018.

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

February 11, 2018. 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.

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Date: 13 March 2018.

The ceremony of the coronation of Maria 2018 (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. Parade of allegorical carts with costumes and masks will be held at the town main street at 2.30 pm.

This is preliminary information, changes are possible. Check the information on the official website (

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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:

  • Hotel Gritti Palace. 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Hostel Veniceluxury. 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.
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You can get information about all hotels, hostels and apartments using the hotel searching service. You can check rooms’ availability, see the prices of accommodation and customer reviews. We strongly recommend to take care about the place to stay in advance.

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Costume balls

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 2018.

Flights to Venice

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.

More information about the carnival will be published in early 2018.

How much will it cost to travel to the carnival in Venice?

With about six 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.

The cheapest flights from London to Venice (one way) are offered in June 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).
The cheapest ticket from Moscow costs 100 - 200 euros (there are few tickets left).

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 2018.

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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