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Venice Carnival 2024 - Events, places and dates

Venice Carnival 2024 (Carnevale di Venezia) will be held from January 27 to February 13, 2024. See you at the carnival?. The most interesting events are usually held on weekends at San Marco Square.

“Ad Oriente. The amazing journey of Marco Polo” - this is the theme of the Venice Carnival 2024.

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We will collect information about planned events on this page. 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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The competition for the best carnival mask is held every year at the carnival. Anyone could take part in this competition in previous years. We do not know how the contest will take place in 2024. Read more about the event.

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Events

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 2023 on the official website or here.


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Main events of the Venice Carnival 2024

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 2024 carnival. More accurate information will appear later.

Carnival first weekend (Venice Pre-Carniva).
Date: January 27, 2024. Saturday.

Grand Opening of the Venice Carnival 2024 will be held 27 and 28 January 2024.

Carnival Street Shows.
Show time:
Street show in Venice from 11:00 to 12:30 and from 14:30 to 18:00.
Street show in Mestre from 11:30 to 12:00 and from 15:30 to 18:30.


Date: January 28, 2024. Sunday.

It will be the second day. Water parade is the main event of the day.

Carnival parade on the water. 11:00 - 13:00. People in carnival costumes on decorated boats will proceed from the Punta della Dogana area (where the Church of Santa Maria della Salute is located) to the Rialto Bridge.
A festival is planned after the parade in Campo Erberia square, not far from the Rialto Bridge.

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Carnival Street Shows.
Show time:
Street show in Venice - from 11:00 to 12:30 and from 14:30 to 18:00.
Street show in Mestre - from 11:00 to 12:30 and from 15:30 to 18:30.

Take care of the place to stay well in advance.

February 2, 2024 18:00 to 20:00. Show on the water: “Terra incognita. The extraordinary journey of Marco" will be shown on the territory of the Arsenal.

Carnival second weekend.
Date: February 03, 2024. Saturday.

February 3, 2024 (11:00 - 19:00). Carnival events on the stage of St. Mark's Square. Street Show, Performance of the Twelve Marys and Carnival Mask Parade.

Start of main events- The Best Carnival Mask contest.

Beginning of the Festa delle Marie festival. The festival begins with a procession of Mary festival participants along the Grand Canal. At 16:00 the participants will be introduced to the public.
Read more about the event.
Place: San Marco Square.

Carnival Street Shows. Show schedule:

  • Street show in Venice - from 11:00 to 12:30 and from 14:30 to 18:00.
  • Street show in Mestre - from 11:00 to 12:30 and from 15:30 to 19:00.
  • Shows in other locations are from 15:00 to 17:30.

Look at the Venice tourist map.

February 3, 2024 18:00 to 20:00. Show on the water: “Terra incognita. The extraordinary journey of Marco" will be shown on the territory of the Arsenal.

February 3, 2024. The Arsenal Carnival Experience night party will be held at the Arsenal from 10:00 pm to 3:00 am.


Date: February 04, 2024. Sunday.

February 4, 2024 (11:00 - 19:00). Carnival events on the stage of St. Mark's Square. Street show, Historical dances and Carnival mask parade.

February 4, 2024 (11:30) The Association "Friends of the Venice Carnival" will perform ancient dances in ancient costumes in St. Mark's Square.

February 4, 2024 (15.30). The historical group "Le Maschere di Mario del '700 Veneziano" will present the program "Historical Dances" in Piazza San Marco.

Carnival in Chirinago. 14:00 - 18:00. Carnival entertainment for adults and children will take place in Piazza San Giorgio in Chirinago. Chirignago is a district in mainland Venice.

Flight of the Angel. For some reason, this event was not held in the previous year.
Read more about the event.
Place: San Marco Square, Venice.

Carnival Street Shows. Show schedule:

  • Street show in Venice - from 11:00 to 12:30 and from 14:30 to 18:00.
  • Street show in Mestre - from 11:00 to 12:30 and from 15:30 to 19:00.
  • Shows in other locations are from 10:00 to 17:30.

Look at the Venice tourist map.

February 4, 2024 18:00 to 20:00. Show on the water: “Terra incognita. The extraordinary journey of Marco" will be shown on the territory of the Arsenal.


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February 8, 2024, Thursday (16:00 - 17:00). The association "Compania L'Arte dei Mascareri" will show a traditional performance with the Great Black Bull and tell an ancient Venetian legend. Location: St. Mark's Square.

February 8, 2024, Thursday. Carnival on the stage of Piazza San Marco (11:00 - 19:00).
11:00 - Greetings to the audience.
12:00, 15:30, 17:30 – Carnival parade of masks.
During the day there is a carnival street show.
19:00 - closing.

February 8, 2024. Street shows:
Street show in Venice - from 14:30 to 18:30.
Street show in Mestre - from 15.30 to 18.30.
Shows in other places - from 16:00 to 17:30.


February 9, 2024 (Friday). Carnival events on the stage of St. Mark's Square. Street show and Carnival parade of masks.

February 9, 2024 (11:00 - 19:00). Carnival on Lido Island. Various entertainment is planned on Lido Island: music, street food, performances by artists. The carnival parade will take place along Gran Viale Santa Maria Elisabetta at 17:00.

February 9, 2024, Friday (15:00 - 17:30). Celebrating Chinese New Year in Venice. A carnival parade in traditional Chinese style will take place in Mestre. Route: from Piazza Donatori di Sanghe, via Via Rosa, Largo Difesa Giulia, Via Poerio to Piazza Ferretto. The celebration will continue on the square.

February 9, 2024 18:00 to 20:00. Show on the water: “Terra incognita. The extraordinary journey of Marco" will be shown on the territory of the Arsenal.

February 9, 2024. The Arsenal Carnival Experience night party will be held at the Arsenal from 10:00 pm to 3:00 am.

Carnival third weekend.
Date: 10 February 2024.

February 10, 2024 (14:00 - 16:00). Traveling musicians - musical performance. Students from several institutes will walk from Campo San Trovaso along Zattere to Campo San Agnese. There will be music throughout the route and at Campo San Agnese.

Carnival parade in Marghera. 15:00 - 17:00. Route: Via Bartolomeo Benvenuto, Piazza Tommaso Gar, Piazza Concordia, Piazza Mercato, Piazza Municipio, Piazza San Antonio, Via Rizzardi, Piazza Giovanacci, Via Toffoli, Piazza Rossarol, Via Rossarol. Marghera is a municipality (borough) of the comune of Venice, Italy.

February 10 (15:30 - 16:00). The historical group “Nobiltà Sabauda” will perform “The Silk Road between the Baroque and the East” in Piazza San Marco.

Concert at Palazzetto Bru Zane. (19:30)

Carnival Street Shows. Show schedule:

  • Street show in Venice (Piazza Marco Polo) - from 11:00 to 12:30 and from 14:30 to 18:30.
  • Street show in Mestre (Piazza Ferretto) - from 11:00 to 12:30 and from 15:30 to 19:00.
  • Shows in other places - from 14:30 to 18:00.

Look at the Venice tourist map.

February 10, 2024 (10:00 - 19:30). Carnival on the Lido Island: market on Piazzale SM Elisabetta, street show, concert.

February 10, 2024 18:00 to 20:00. Show on the water: “Terra incognita. The extraordinary journey of Marco" will be shown on the territory of the Arsenal.

Perplex London Party at the Arsenal. After 23:00 and until the morning.


February 11, 2024. Sunday.

February 11, 2024 (11:30) The Association "Friends of the Venice Carnival" will perform ancient dances in ancient costumes in St. Mark's Square.

February 11, 2024 (12:00 - 13:00). Chinese New Year in St. Mark's Square. On the occasion of Chinese New Year, St. Mark's Square will host a spectacular performance with a traditional Chinese parade featuring dragon dance and lion dance.

February 11, 2024 (14:00 - 16:00). Traveling musicians - musical performance. Students from several institutes will walk from Campo San Trovaso along Zattere to Campo San Agnese. There will be music throughout the route and at Campo San Agnese.

Carnival Street Shows. Show schedule:

  • Street show in Venice - from 11:00 to 12:30 and from 14:30 to 18:00.
  • Street show in Mestre - from 11:00 to 12:30 and from 15:30 to 19:00.
  • Shows in other places (Lido, Marghera, Saint Helena, Campalto, etc.) - from 10:00 to 11:00 and from 15:00 to 18:00.

Look at the Venice tourist map.

Carnival parade in Campalto. 15:00 - 17:00. Route: Via Orlanda - Piazzale della Chiesa. There will also be a Harley Davidson parade, street food and other fun.
(Campalto is a city in the municipality of Venice, located on the mainland.)

February 11 (15:00 - 15:30). The historical group “Nobiltà Sabauda” will perform “The Silk Road between the Baroque and the East” in Piazza San Marco.

February 11, 2024 (15.30). The historical group "Le Maschere di Mario del '700 Veneziano" will present the program "Historical Dances" in Piazza San Marco.

February 11, 2024 (10:00 - 19:30). Carnival on Lido Island: market on Piazzale SM Elisabetta, street show, One Billion Rising flash mob (say no to violence against women), DJ set.

Concert at Palazzetto Bru Zane. (17:00)

February 11, 2024 18:00 to 20:00. Show on the water: “Terra incognita. The extraordinary journey of Marco" will be shown on the territory of the Arsenal.

February 11, 2024. The Arsenal Carnival Experience night party will be held at the Arsenal from 10:00 pm to 3:00 am.


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February 12, 2024 (Monday) 15:00 - 17:00. Parade of carnival floats in Mestre. The parade will go from Via Piave to Via San Pio. Mestre is a district in mainland Venice.

February 12, 2024 - 20:00 - 23:00 (Monday). Elections of Mary. Maria 2024 will be chosen from 12 applicants at the La Fenice Theater.

February 12, 2024 (12:00 to 13:00). Traditional Korean dance art (Talchum Mask Dance Show) will be presented in St. Mark's Square.

February 12, 2024 (16:00 - 17:00). Carnivals of the world. Carnival traditions from different regions of Italy will be presented. Location: St. Mark's Square.

February 12, 2024. The Arsenal Carnival Experience night party will be held at the Arsenal from 10:00 pm to 3:00 am.

Date: February 13, 2024. Tuesday.

The ceremony of the coronation of Maria 2024 (award ceremony) will take place on the stage in St. Mark's Square. Maria in 2024 will be named from among 12 contenders. Participants of the contest will arrive by boat to St. Mark's Square.

February 13, 2024 (11:30 - 12:30). Parade of Chinese costumes. You can see traditional Chinese clothing from the Suzhou Silk Museum. Then a performance is planned with fan dances, dragon dances, etc. Location: St. Mark's Square.

Carnival Street Shows.

February 13, 2023. 15:00 - 17:00. Carnival parade in Zelarino. (Zelarino is located on the mainland, northwest of Mestre.)

February 13, 2024 18:00 to 20:00. Show on the water: “Terra incognita. The extraordinary journey of Marco" will be shown on the territory of the Arsenal.

February 13, 2024. The Arsenal Carnival Experience night party will be held at the Arsenal from 10:00 pm to 3:00 am.

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.

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

February 14, 2024. Valentine's Day on Lido Island. "Lido in Love": Valentine's Day decorations and selfie area.


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Carnival Street Shows.
Street shows will take place in the squares and streets of the city during the carnival in 2024.
Usually street shows take place not only in the central part of Venice, but also in other places, for example in Mestre.
Dates: January 27 and 28, 2024; February 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 2024.

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.
The carnival parade is planned for February 12, 2024.

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.)

Show on the water: “Terra incognita. The extraordinary journey of Marco" will be shown on the territory of the Arsenal. Artists from the Ilotopie company, The East Dance Company, and the Venetian association Vela al Terzo take part in the creation of the show.
The show will be shown on February 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13 (18:00 to 20:00).
Address: Arsenale Nord - Accesso Bacini - Venice.

February 10, 2024. After 23:00 and until the morning. Perplex London Party at the Arsenal. Music and dancing in two halls in the complex of former shipyards and weapons warehouses (Arsenal). (Perplex creates alternate realities based on real-life themes.)

The Arsenal Carnival Experience night party will be held at the Arsenal from 10:00 pm to 3:00 am. Dates: 3, 9, 11, 12, 13 February 2024. Dress code is optional. A transfer is planned (opposite the Hotel Savoia & Jolanda).

Concert at Palazzetto Bru Zane.
Dates: January 21 (15:30); February 1 (19:30), 9 (19:30), 10 (19:30), 11 (17:00), February 25 (15:30) 2024.
Evening concerts and performances will take place at the Center for French Romantic Music "Palazzetto Bru Zane - Center de musique romantique française". Paid entrance.

The opera La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini will be shown at La Fenice Theater on February 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 2024. Don't miss the opportunity to see it.

You can go ice skating. The skating rink will be open in Campo San Polo and Piazza Mercato (in Marghera) from January 27 to February 13, 2024.

Find out more about China. You can learn more about Chinese culture at the Cloister M9 Museum. Address: Via Giovanni Pascoli, 11. 12 February 2024 (15:00 to 18:00). Dates 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 February 2024 (15:00 to 18:00).

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

This is preliminary information, changes are possible.
Check the information on the official website (www.carnevale.venezia.it).


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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:

  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.

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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.

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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