Venice has many traditional festivities, with Carnival being the most well known. Have a look at the calendar below to stay up to date about what's happening in Venice and at The Westin Europa & Regina in particular.
Well-being Easter Menu
16 - 17 April 2017
Join us for a unique Easter well-being menu directly on the Grand Canal. An unique Easter lunch or dinner served at La Cusina Restaurant awaits with seasonal ingredients to spend Easter in the best possible way. Discover the Easter menu »
Price Easter Menu: €95 per person
International Boat Show
21 - 23 April 2017
Considered one of the biggest events for boats, with more than 80,000 visitors. Admire the latest boats, engines, trends and more in the nautical field. Set in a city on water known for its boats, it’s the ideal setting for a boat show. The show is held at Parco San Giuliano, Venice
Read the Explore Italy's story about a day at the Venice Boat Show »
Festa Di San Marco
25 April 2017
The Saint Mark’s Feast celebrates the anniversary of the Venice patron’s death.
Venetians celebrate this event with a procession, in which participate all major institutional and religious Venetian authorities. Venetians use to give a flower, “il bòcolo”, to the woman they love, in memory of the dramatic legend linked with Venice history.
Garmin Venice Night Trail
29 April 2017
Amond with over two thousend other runners, cross 51 bridges and run 16 kilometers through the night while in the meantime embracing the beautiful urban scenery Venice has to offer by night.
The starting and finishing point is in the port area of San Basilio and runners can choose between a competitive and non-competitive version.
Le Donne Di Proust Art Exhibition
until September 2017
The hotel is hosting an exhibition inspired by the female characters that played a role in the literature of the French author Marcel Proust, who enjoyed staying in Venice.
The exhibition, by the talented Raffaella Campolieti, will be available in the hotel until the end of September. Feel free to stop by to have a look yourself.
Venezia Jazz Festival
until 19 July 2017
Like every year, Veneto Jazz organizes a shortlist of jazz and contemporary music concerts with a big variety of jazz artists from all over the world.
The gigs will take place in various venues around Venice. For all Jazz lovers, this is where you want to be when in the city of canals.
57th International Art Exhibition
13 May - 26 November 2017
Established in 1859, the Biennale allures every year thousands of art and architecture lovers from all over the world. This year's Biennale titled VIVA ARTE VIVA will be an art exposition. Do not miss one of the most complete expositions in the country.
Discover more about La Biennale di Venezia »
Festa Della Sensa
27 - 28 May 2017
Celebrate with Venetians the Sensa feast (Feast of the Ascension) and watch the characteristic water parade.
On Sunday the parade starts from the Basin of San Marco followed by the Ceremony of the “Wedding with the sea” and other special manifestations. The events will fishish with the regattas on typical 4 oars gondolas.
1 June - 31 August 2017
Marghera Village Estate is the place where Venetian and Mestre citizens like to spend their Summer nights.
Free nightly live music is followed by dancing and DJ sets, as well as a host of bars and food stalls to keep the party going.
4 June 2017
For one chaotically colourful day, Venetins protest against motorboats and the damage they do by boarding any kind of rowing craft and making their way through the lagoon and the city’s two main canals in this annual free-for-all on the water. They are joined by a big community of foreigners: in 2007, 5,832 registered rowers participated, 2,833 of whom came from outside Italy.
Discover the details of the event »
Art Night Venezia
17 June 2017
The Art Night Venezia 2017 is conceived and coordinated by the University Ca 'Foscari and in collaboration with the Municipality of Venice.
During this night, all cultural institutes in Venice open their doors for public in the night and art will invade streets, squares, palaces, institutes and galleries.
San Pietro Festival
23 - 29 June 2017
Venice celebrates the martyr San Pietro with an entire week of events, competitions, concerts, local food and bouncy castles.
The most lively and villagey of Venice’s many local festivals in celebration of San Pietro Martire. A week of events centres on the church green of San Pietro: there are competitions, concerts, food stands and bouncy castles.
11th International Festival of Contemporary Dance
23 June - 1 July 2017
This year the 11th International Festival of Contemporary Dance organized by the Biennale 2017, will be directed by Marie Chouinard.
The Dance Festival will bring international dancers and choreographers to Venice.
San Giacomo dell'Orio Festival
14 - 22 July 2017
Concerts, barbecue, local food and a charity raffle with beautiful prizes make up this local fair: It provides a great occasion to ‘do as the Venetians do’ in a truly beautiful campo. “A Venexian se divertimo ancora cussi”, which literally means: in Venice we still have fun like this, is the motto of this involving event.
Festa del Redentore
15 - 16 July 2017
Dating back to 1576, it is the perfect occasion to get together with friends and family around the waterfronts overlooking St. Mark's Basin and the Giudecca Canal, and enjoy the spectacular fireworks that light up the Venetian lagoon.
22 July - early September 2017
Every summer Campo San Paolo is set up with a huge monitor to show current films, usually dubbed in Italian and occasionally with English subtitles. Do not miss the unique opportunity to live this cinema experience surrounded by the beautiful charm of Venice.
45th International Theatre Festival
25 July - 12 August 2017
The 45th International Theatre Festival is hosted by Biennale Teatro and directed by Antonio Latella.
Venice is ready to host a rich program of events, activities and workshops on a festival that represents a time of sharing between artists, scholars and enthusiasts!
74th Venice International Film Festival
30 August - 9 September 2017
The aim of the Festival is to raise awareness and promote the various aspects of international cinema in all its forms: as art, entertainment and as an industry, in a spirit of freedom and dialogue. The Festival also organises retrospectives and tributes to major figures as a contribution towards a better understanding of the history of cinema.
3 September 2017
Venetian citizens gather on the sides of Gran Canal to attend one of the most spectacular events of the year.
During the event there will be a procession of ornate boats, rowed by locals in 16th-century costume and boat races with different categories.
Join us on the terraces of Bar Tiepolo and La Cusina Restaurant and watch the fireworks from one of the best spots in town.
Sagra del Pesce
16 September 2017
“Sagra” is a variety of street food festivals concentrated in the period of Summer-Autumn, all around Italy. Locals use to consume traditional, local, seasonal food and dishes. Specialties are fried fish and white wine of this festival, in the “calli” between Burano’s brightly painted houses.
61st International Festival of Contemporary Music
29 September - 8 October 2017
The 61st edition of the International Festival of Contemporary Music is organized by the Biennale Musica 2017 and directed by Ivan Fedele.
The festival prides its multi-faceted alternation between genres and styles: Large ensemble, live-sets, chamber music, jam sessions, video and film in concert. Something for everyones liking!
Venice Hospitality Challenge
14 October 2017
An unique race where maxi yachts compete in a city circuit. The race, which started from San Mark’s Square, passed through the Lido and then back to Giudecca Island finishing to San Mark’s basin again, hosts ten teams (eight representing the luxurious Venetian Hotels, a ninth vessel for Falisia Hotel Porto Piccolo, and Il Moro of Venice on behalf of the city).
22 October 2017
While running along the beautiful scenery of Venice, Ponte della Libertà and Parco San Giuliano are among the landmarks which are featured on the 42.195 km course.
The Venice Marathon does not only entails the run itself but many other events around it such as the Family Run held on Saturday.
More about the Venice Marathon »
Festa della Salute
21 November 2017
Considered as one of the least touristy events on the Venetian calendar takes place at the well-known and stunningly beautiful church of Santa Maria della Salute. This festival is popular with locals as there is a strong sense of religion associated to this Feast Day. Locals visit the altar of the church to give thanks in memory of the plague years of 1630-31.
Carnival of Venice
SAVE THE DATE - February 2018
Roaming through the city, dressed up in traditional masked costumes is synonymous with re-living the mysterious, dreamlike atmosphere of a unique event; Venetian masks, beholding you before disappearing around a corner or under a tiny “sottoportego” evoke fantasies of what the city would have been like during the XVIII century.
International Women's Day
8 March 2018
Celebrated with the bright yellow mimosa flower, to thank mothers, sisters, friends and family, the Festa Della Donna, or International Women’s Day takes place every 8th March. You’ll see women carrying around these flowers and street sellers selling them everywhere.
Buy a bunch and share it with a special girl.
Gradito l’Abito Rosso 2018
Save the Date - March 2018
F.I.S.A.R. (Italian Federation of Sommeliers, Hoteliers and Restaurateurs) presents “Gradito l’Abito Rosso”, a prestigious event dedicated to wine. During the event the most important wine producers from Friuli and Slovenia will delight sommeliers, wine lovers and restaurateurs with their delicious wines.
Su e Zo per I Ponti
Save the Date - April 2018
Literally means “Up and Down the Bridges”. It is an annual reoccuring event in which you are given a map and a list of checkpoints covering the most representative parts of the city in a funny and engaging way. Individuals can register at the starting line in Piazza San Marco on the morning of the event.