Venice in August

What's On in Venice in August

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Venice tends to have a higher tourist to local ratio during August. But some of those tourists may be international celebrities who come to Venice to attend the world-famous Venice Film Festival, which usually takes place at the end of the month.

All month during odd-numbered years - La Biennale. The months-long contemporary art extravaganza that is the Venice Biennale begins in June every other year during odd-numbered years and runs through November.

Read more about the Venice Biennale.

August 15 - Ferragosto. The traditional beginning of the summer holidays for most Italians, Ferragosto, which falls on the religious holiday of Assumption, is the time when local Venetians head to the beach, lakes, or mountains to escape the heat and mosquitoes that the height of summer brings. ​Read more about the Ferragosto holiday.

Late August through September - Venice Film Festival. The Venice Film Festival is an annual internationally known film festival which sees a bevy of stars and starlets grace the gondolas and red carpets of the Canal City. The prize given for the winning film is the Leon d'Oro - the Golden Lion - and past recipients have included Akira Kurosawa, Gillo Pontecorvo, Robert Altman, Ang Lee, and Sofia Coppola. The festival itself takes place on Venice Lido. Venice Film Festival

Outdoor Movies and Concerts - You'll find outdoor movies and concerts in several squares around Venice, such as Campo San Polo, look for posters on walls telling about outdoor events.

Beaches - If you want a beach escape, the closest place to go is Venice Lido, easily reached by vaporetto from Saint Mark's Square. While the beaches will be crowded, it will probably be a welcome relief from the heat.

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