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The Venice Carnival 2025 - Events and dates

Submitted by Visit Plus on Sun, 02/11/2024 - 23:00

Venice Mardi Gras falls on March 4th in 2025. From this we can calculate that the carnival in Venice will take place from Friday February 14th to Tuesday March 4th in 2025. Based on this, we can assume the dates of the main events.

The weekends of February 22–23 and March 1–2 will be the best days to travel to the Venice Carnival in 2025. The largest number of events will take place on these days.

This is only preliminary information based on past experience. More accurate and detailed information will appear only at the beginning of 2025.

The theme of the Venice Carnival 2025 will be announced later, probably at the beginning of 2025. We will update the carnival calendar as information becomes available.

Do you really think that the start of the carnival is still very far away? Experienced lovers of the Venetian carnival have already begun to prepare for their trip to the carnival.

Calendar of Events

Dates of the main events of Venice carnival. This is preliminary information, changes are possible. The schedule of events will be published later.
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Date: Friday, February 14, 2025 - Valentine's Day in Venice. The main location for Valentine's Day events is usually the Lido Island.

Carnival first weekend (Venice Pre-Carniva).
Date: February 15, 2025. Saturday.

Opening of the Venice Carnival.

Carnival Street Shows (free access).


Date: February 16, 2025. Sunday.

It will be the second day of the carnival. The boat parade is the main event of this day.
Beautifully decorated boats with colorfully dressed people will sail along the Grand Canal.

Recomendation Book your hotel for this weekend.

Carnival Street Shows (free access).

Make sure you have a place to stay in advance.

Carnival second weekend.
Date: February 22, 2025. Saturday.

Carnival events on the stage of St. Mark's Square. Street Shows, Festa delle Marie and Carnival Mask Parade.

Start of main events- The Best Carnival Mask contest. The carnival costume show will take place in St. Mark's Square (free admission).

Beginning of the Festa delle Marie festival. The festival participants, 12 beautiful girls of Venice, will travel in gondolas along the Grand Canal to Piazza San Marco. You can see and greet them in Piazza San Marco (16:00 probably).
Read more about the event.
Place: San Marco Square.

Carnival Street Shows.

The Ball of Dreams costume party. (This is a paid event and tickets must be purchased in advance.)

Look at the Venice tourist map.


Date: February 23, 2025. Sunday.

Carnival events on the stage of St. Mark's Square. Street show.

The carnival costume show will take place in St. Mark's Square (free admission).

Carnival Street Shows.

Venice Carnival Mask-Making Class in Venice, Italy. Book in advance.

Look at the Venice tourist map.


Recomendation Book your hotel for this weekend.


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Carnival third weekend.
Date: March 1, 2025.

The carnival costume show will take place in St. Mark's Square (free admission).

Carnival parade in Marghera.

Carnival Street Shows.

Look at the Venice tourist map.

Carnival on the Lido Island.

Carnival on Burano Island.

Carnival in Love Grand Ball.

Il Ballo del Doge.


March 2, 2025. Sunday.

The carnival costume show will take place in St. Mark's Square (free admission).

Carnival Street Shows.

Carnival on Lido Island.

Concert at Palazzetto Bru Zane.

Venetian Reflections grand ball. (This is a paid event and tickets must be purchased in advance.)


Recomendation Book your hotel for this weekend.

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Date: March 4, 2025. Tuesday. The final day of the carnival.

The ceremony of the coronation of Maria (award ceremony) will take place on the stage in St. Mark's Square.
Carnival Street Shows.
Flight of the Lion (Svolo del Leon). The flag with the image of the Golden Lion (the symbol of Venice) at will fly over the Plaza San Marco. This event is a symbolic closing of the carnival.

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We suggest that the best days to travel to the Venice Carnival might be:

  1. Weekend February 22, 2025 (Saturday) and February 23 (Sunday).
  2. Weekend March 1 (Saturday) and March 2, 2025 (Sunday).

The information below on this page is somewhat outdated and will be updated later.

Events

Expected dates and events based on the traditional order of events. The most interesting carnival events will take place on weekends. Choose a weekend in which you would like to visit Venice.

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These events have not yet been confirmed or already cancelled, will not take place this year.

Follow the news and check for up-to-date information on the official website of the carnival - http://www.carnevale.venezia.it.

Regular events in some places

This section will be updated as the carnival approaches.

Carnival Street Shows.
Street shows will take place in the squares and streets of the city during the carnival in 2025.
Usually street shows take place not only in the central part of Venice, but also in other places, for example in Mestre.

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

You can go ice skating. The skating rink will be open in Campo San Polo and Piazza Mercato (in Marghera).

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.

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Check the information on the Venice carnival official website: http://www.carnevale.venezia.it
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.


There is uncertainty in all of us if the carnival will take place in 2025. But if all goes well, the demand for flights and hotels in Venice could be explosive.
Maybe you should book your hotel in advance? Most hotels offer cancellation options.

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 good accommodation 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.)
    Check rooms availability and prices in this hotel.
  • 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.

People in carnival costumes in Venice

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 2025.

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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