Venice is such an amazing city to visit, especially during festival times, such as Carnevale, which falls in February or March. Below are highlights of each month in Venice.
January starts on New Year's Day, a quiet day after the late-night celebrations, and on January 6, Epiphany and la Befana are celebrated as they are everywhere in Italy but with a unique touch, La Regatta delle Befane.
Events for Carnevale, Italy's mardi gras, start a couple of weeks before the actual date of Shrove Tuesday so a carnival theme dominates the city in February. Celebrate Valentine's Day with a kiss at one of these top places to kiss in Venice.
Either Carnevale or Easter falls in March so celebrations revolve around these holidays. March 8 is Women's Day, Festa della Donna and March 19 is Saint Joseph's Day, also celebrated as Father's Day in Italy.
Easter sometimes falls in April but the biggest day on the Venetian calendar is April 25, the feast day of Saint Mark, Venice's patron saint. Events include a gondoliers' regatta, commemorations at Saint Mark's Basilica, and festivities in Saint Mark's Square. On Saint Mark's Day men give their wives or girlfriends the "bocolo," the bloom of the red rose. April 25 is also Liberation Day, commemorating Italy's liberation at the end of World War II.
May 1, Labor Day, is a national holiday when many people visit tourist destinations, making Venice very crowded although some museums will be closed. The Festa della Sensa, commemorating Venice's marriage to the sea, takes place on the first Sunday after Ascension Day (40 days after Easter), followed by the Vogalonga, rowing race, the next weekend.
July's biggest festival is the Festa del Redentore, commemorating the end of the plague in 1576. Events center around the beautiful Redentore church in Giudecca, designed by Palladio.
The traditional start of the Italian summer holidays is August 15, Ferragosto, and during this month there are outdoor concerts and movies. The famous Venice Film Festival usually starts at the end of the month.
September starts with the Historical Regatta, an exciting gondola race, and the Venice Film Festival is in full swing so you may run into some celebrities.
Opera season at La Fenice usually starts in October and you'll find some events and parties for Halloween at the end of the month.
November 1 is All Saints' Day, a public holiday. The Festa della Salute, held on November 21, is another big festival celebrating the end of the plague, this time in 1631.
The Christmas season starts December 8, a national holiday, and throughout the month you'll find Christmas markets and events as well as Hanukkah events early in the month, mainly in the Jewish Ghetto. The big finale on New Year's Eve takes place in Piazza San Marco, with a big group kiss followed by fireworks.
Updated by Martha Bakerjian.