Carnival in Venice 2019

Carnival in Venice 2019
16th February – 5th March

The Venice carnival is famous world-wide and is a ‘must’ whilst staying in Ferrara. It gets very crowded especially at weekends, but don’t be put off as there is always something magical about celebrating ‘Carnevale’ in Venice.

Opening Celebration – Festival on Water

Rio di Cannaregio
Sunday 17th February, from 10.30 am to 1 pm

The canals of this area of Venice (Rio di Cannaregio) will come alive with music and theatre. Watch the spectacular boat parade which starts from Punta della Dogana and travels along the Canal Grande all the way to Rio di Cannaregio. When the boats arrive (around 12 p.m.) food stands will open, offering typical sweets and other Venetian delicacies.

Official Dinner and Ball

Ca’ Vendramin Calegri
23rd, 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th February, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th March, f
rom 9 pm to 2 am

If you would like a truly amazing carnival experience with entertainment, a fabulous meal, music and everything organized for you, then this is the magical event for you. Hurry though and book on-line. Watch out for the prices – they are rather magical too! Go to  This event is for adults only.

Best Mask of Venice Competition

Each day Piazza San Marco will transform into an enormous stage where people can parade up and down the catwalk in their best costume and mask.

  • Sunday 24th at 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.
  • Monday 25th February at 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.
  • Tuesday 26th February at 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.
  • Wednesday 27th February at 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.
  • Thursday 28th February at 11 a.m. & 3 p.m. – Grand finale qualifiers
  • Friday 1st March at 11 a.m. – Grand finale qualifiers
  • Saturday 2nd March at 11 a.m. – Grand finale qualifiers
  • Sunday 3rd March at 2.30 p.m. – Grand Finale
  • Monday 4th March at 11 a.m. – Children’s Edition
  • Tuesday 5th March at 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.

If you would like to participate in the “Best Mask Contest” this event is free. Go to the official Venice Carnival website: and click on the ‘Best Mask Contest’ event. Simply fill in the form and email it back to the indicated address. You will then be sent all the information you need.

Festa delle Marie (A historical Procession)

Saturday 23rd February from 2.30 p.m. – 4 p.m.
The procession leaves San Piero di Castello (via Garibaldi) at 2.30 p.m. and arrives in Piazza San Marco at around 4 p.m.
This is a historical street parade of the 12 most beautiful Venetian ladies who are presented with gifts from the Doge of Venice in the main Piazza.

Festa delle Marie – Award Ceremony

Piazza San Marco
5th March, at 4 p.m.
The most beautiful Maria will arrive by boat in Piazza San Marco where she will receive her crown.

Il Volo dell’Angelo (The flight of the Angel)

Piazza San Marco
Sunday 24th February, from 11 a.m. onwards

‘The Flight of the Angel’ opens the carnival of Venice each year and is an impressive sight to watch. There will be lots of entertainment in the Piazza whilst waiting for the angel to fly down from the bell tower at around midday.

‘Il Volo dell’Aquila’ (The Flight of the Eagle)

Piazza San Marco
Sunday 3rd March, 11 a.m. – midday

Another traditional event which symbolizes the Carnival of Venice is the ‘Flight of the Eagle’ – a celebrity bravely “flies” from the top of San Marco’s bell tower to San Marco’s square, dressed as an eagle.

‘Lo Svolo del Leon’

Piazza San Marco
5th March, 5 p.m.

An enormous flag with the symbol of the city flies over the piazza to close the Carnival of Venice officially.

Other Carnivals near Venice

Mestre Carnival Street Show

Saturday 23rd February, from 4 p.m. – 7.30 p.m.
Piazza Ferretto , Mestre

On 23rd and 24th February, and from 28th February to 5th March, the streets of the city of Mestre (Venice) will come alive with music and performers.

Flight of the Donkey

Sunday 3rd March, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Piazza Ferretto, Mestre

Carnival of the youth of Zelarino

5th March, from 2.30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Zelarino (Venice)