Calendar of events: schedule and tickets for operas, concerts, art exhibits & more

The Venice Carnival

Various locations, Venice
Tickets & Calendar of Events

Ordinary Venice is exciting, but Venice during the Carnival is spellbinding. Venice, a city already steeped in enchantment, transforms into a realm of absolute wonder during the two weeks leading up to Mardi Gras. This is when the Carnival of Venice, a tradition dating back over seven centuries, takes center stage. The city’s canals and cobblestone streets become the backdrop for a festival unlike any other, capturing the imagination of visitors and locals alike.

While Venice at any time of the year offers an exhilarating experience, the Carnival elevates this to a whole new level. The city becomes a living theater, where each corner reveals a new act. From opulent masquerade balls in historic palaces to spontaneous street performances, the Carnival offers a rich tapestry of experiences. And let’s not forget the iconic Venetian masks—works of art that conceal as much as they reveal, adding an extra layer of mystique to the festivities.

Romance takes on a new dimension during the Carnival. If you’ve never experienced love in Venice, this is your chance to understand why generations of lovers have declared Venetian romance to be unparalleled. The atmosphere is electric, filled with the promise of encounters that could change your life.

For the duration of the Carnival, Venice becomes a time capsule. Modernity takes a backseat, allowing the city’s rich history to come alive. Experiencing Venice during the Carnival is like stepping back in time, with no modern buildings to spoil the illusion. One can wander the streets, taking in the costumes and street performances, or attend an evening party, an opera or concert, in one of the palaces or hotels accustomed to hosting royalty.

As night falls, the city offers endless possibilities for adventure. Perhaps you’ll find yourself ascending a candlelit staircase, half-expecting to meet Casanova, or sipping cocktails as gondolas glide by, their reflections dancing on the water. And as the moon ascends, you may even find yourself in a secret romantic rendezvous, leaving you spellbound and eager for the next day’s escapades.

Our list of Masquerade Balls and events is continuously updated, ensuring you have the most current information for planning your Carnival experience.

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For public events, see the official Venice Carnival website


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January 27th to February 13th, 2024
Theme: Ad Oriente. The amazing journey of Marco Polo
The 2024 Venice Carnevale marks 700 years since Marco Polo’s passing with a theme of exploration and self-discovery. Revisit the routes of the famed Venetian to the East, experiencing a fusion of historical journey and cultural awakening. This year, delve into a celebration that transcends time and borders.

Here is a list of costumed Parties and public events; please inquire for tickets and options.

Opening Parade
Enjoy performances that will parade along the Grand Canal.
Jan 27, 2024
Starting at 8:00 PM from Venice Station and arriving at Dogana da Mar at 9:00 PM

Street artists (free event)
The very best of street artists of renowned fame will bring their creativity, fantastic worlds and joy at the first event of Carnival 2023 in Mestre: a preview of the Carnival Street Show that will animate the Teatrino in Piazza Ferretto.
Jan 27 to Feb 13, 2024
Piazza Ferretto, the venetian “campi” and Mestre.

The “12 Marie” at Carnevale di Venezia (free event)
Water parade of the 12 lucky girls selected, along the Grand Canal, from Santa Sofia to Piazza San Marco.
Feb 3, 2024 (10:00 to 12:00 PM)
Saint Mark’s Square

The Ball of Dreams
Wear a costume, Enter the Scene, Live the Venetian Dream!
Feb 3, 2024
Palazzo Zen

Sighs of Love amid Silk and Scents of the Orient
Marco Polo and the journey of the Silk
Feb 3, 2024
Hotel Heureka

Don Giovanni Carnival Party
Feb 3, 9, 2024
Hotel Saturnia, Hotel Monaco

Carnival Extravaganza – special guest Casanova –
Feb 3, 9, 2024
Ridotto Halls, Hotel Monaco

Alla corte del Gran Khan
Official Dinner Show
Feb 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 2024
Ca’ Vendramin Calergi

Il Minuetto
Feb 4, 2024
Ridotto Halls, Hotel Monaco

The Glass Slippers
Learn how to dance valzers!
Feb 9, 2024
Hotel Saturnia

Le Cortigiane del Doge
Feb 10, 2024
Murano Island

Perplex Carnival Party
The Arsenale is ready to host a fully immersive party, celebrating electronic music through extravagant production! Ready to dance all night with Peplex London, in collaboration with Vela, in the Tese di San Cristoforo in the Arsenale di Venezia: immersive installations, cutting edge production & performances will be developed throughout the venue, which will happen across 2 rooms of music.
Feb 10, 2024
At the Arsenale

Terra Incognita (Unknown Land) Arsenal Water (free event)
The Arsenale confirms its prominent role as an extraordinary and exciting water show destination. Terra Incognita is the performance that will magically flood the waters of Darsena Grande on Marco Polo’s trail.
Dates TBA

Carnival in Love Grand Ball – 10th Anniversary
Venetian nobles, Dark gothic’s souls, Mysterious sheikhs and odalisques, Savage spirits from the deep of the jungle How did you see yourself?
Express your true self and come to celebrate with us the Carnival in Love Grand Ball!
Feb 10, 2024
Palazzo Zen

Ballo Tiepolo 2024 – 25th edition
Feb 10, 2024
Apollonian Halls, La Fenice Theater

Il Minuetto 1800
Feb 10, 2024
Ridotto Halls, Hotel Monaco

Ballo del Doge
Feb 10, 2024
Scuola Grande di Santa Maria della Misericordia

Feb 11, 2024
Hotel Saturnia

Venetian Reflections
Feb 11, 2024
Palazzo Pisani Moretta

Il Minuetto
Feb 12, 2024
Ridotto Halls, Hotel Monaco

Sweet Valentine
Feb 14, 2024
Ridotto Halls, Hotel Monaco