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1600th Anniversary Celebration of the founding of Venice | 2021 throughout the year
Venice Carnival | 30 Jan – 16 Feb 2021

The most iconic event of Venice and the world’s oldest and most elegant Carnival appreciated for the opulence of its costumes. Three weeks of celebrations, traditions, exclusive masked balls that take place throughout the city.

Henri Cartier-Bresson: Le Grand Jeu, Palazzo Grassi | until 20 Mar 2021
Youssef Nabil: Once Upon A Dream, Palazzo Grassi | until 20 Mar 2021
Livio Seguso, Murano Glass Museum | until 30 June 2021

A major tribute to Livio Seguso, the brilliant Murano master of contemporary glass.

Bruce Nauman: Contrapposto Studies, Punta della Dogana | 21 Mar 21 – 9 Jan 22 
Easter | 4 Apr 2021
St Mark’s Festival | 25 Apr 2021

The ancient celebration of St. Mark, the patron saint of Venice. It is also known as the rosebud festival, because men traditionally offer a rosebud to the women they love.

Surrealism and Magic: Enchanted Modernity, Peggy Guggenheim Collection | 8 May – 13 Sep
17th Architecture Biennale | 22 May - 21 November 2021 (preview 20th - 21st May)

One of the world’s most prestigious international architecture exhibitions, the 17th edition "How will we live together" is curated by Hashim Sarkis.

Festa della Sensa (ASCENSION DAY) | 13 May 2021

A rowing parade of traditional boats followed by evocative and religious ceremonies commemorating the heritage wedding celebration between Venice and the Sea. The historical reenactment is followed by rowing competitions.

International Boat Show | 29 May – 6 June 2021

Venice’s largest marine luxury, leisure and lifestyle event held in the Arsenale, the city’s historical shipyards and armory.

49th International Festival of Theatre | 2 - 11 July

Organised by the Biennale of Venice, the festival features daily events with the most important protagonists of the contemporary theatrical scene. The 49th edition will be directed by Stefano Ricci and Gianni Forte.

Festa del Redentore | 17 - 18 July 2021

The most popular event in the Venetian calendar. Instituted in 1576 this characteristic annual festival celebrates the end of a terrible plague. Fireworks illuminate St. Mark’s basin on the Saturday night amongst feasting and revelry.

15th International Festival of Contemporary Dance | 23 July - 1 August 2021

Organised by the Biennale of Venice, and directed by Wayne McGregor, the programme of the 15th edition of the festival features daily events with soloists and international companies.

78th Venice International Film Festival | 1 - 11 September 2021

Organised by the Biennale of Venice and the oldest film festival in the world, the festival promotes international cinema in all its forms in a spirit of freedom and dialogue.

Venice Glass Week | 4 - 12 September 2021

An international festival dedicated to the art of glass, involving major institutions and celebrated artists with the aim of sustaining one of the city’s most important artistic activities.

Historical Regatta | 5 September 2021
A spectacular procession of decorated historic craft along the Grand Canal followed by competitive regattas, a trial of strength and skill for the city’s gondoliers and other expert rowers.
Homo Faber | 9-26 September 2021

An inspiring showcase of the finest craftsmanship with live demonstrations by master artisans and designers from all over Europe.

International Festival of Contemporary Music | 17-26 September 2021

The 65th International Festival of Contemporary Music will showcase several daily events. Composer Ivan Fedele will direct the Music department.

Venice Design Week | 9 – 17 October 2021

The Venice Design Week celebrates the relationship between design, arts and crafts. Designers from all over the world are invited to take part in exhibitions, special events and competitions around the city.

8th Venice Hospitality Challenge | 17th October 2021

Officially recognized as the Grand Prix of Venice, this unique and annual event combines the nautical and sporting tradition of the Serenissima with the glamour of Venice. Ten maxi yachts compete in St. Mark’s Basin for the Challenge Trophy.

Venice Marathon | 24 October 2021

One of the most important marathons in the world with a spectacular three kilometer finish in the unique surroundings of the lagoon city.

Festa della Salute | 21 November 2020

A religious feast day instituted in 1630 celebrating the city’s miraculous delivery from the plague. A pontoon bridge is strung across the Grand Canal to the Madonna della Salute Basilica so Venetians may make the pilgrimage to pay homage to the Madonna and to light a candle asking her to keep them in good health.

Christmas 2021 | 25 December 2021

During Yuletide, Venice fills with an alluring atmosphere of lights and reflections on water wedded with the joyful liveliness of markets, shopping, and preparations for the season’s festivities.

New Year’s Eve | 31 December 2021

Welcome the New Year with music, entertainment and midnight fireworks over St. Mark’s Basin.

Venice Carnival | 12 February – 1 March 2022

The most iconic event of Venice and the world’s oldest and most elegant carnival appreciated for the opulence of its costumes. Three weeks of celebrations, traditions and exclusive masked balls that take place throughout the city.

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