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MiamiCraftFestMany special events are held in the City of Venice throughout the year. Some of the most popular are the Sun Fiesta, Shark's Tooth Festival, Venice MainStreet Art Festivals, Beach Bash, Chalk Festival, Blues Festival, Holiday Parade, Christmas Boat Parade, Rotary Art Fest, Suncoast BBQ Bash and the Italian Feast and Carnival. The Saturday morning Venice Farmers Market has a regular following.SharksToothFatherDaughter2016


First time Special events must be approved by City Council. The City Manager's Office then issues a permit allowing them to take place on public right of way.

The gazebo in Centennial Park is a popular place for weddings and concerts. Reservations are scheduled through the City Manager's Office. Sunset beach weddings, concerts in the park, arts and crafts shows, and the downtown strolls are part of city’s unique charm.

PetParade1.2017To schedule a special event, or for more information, call Shirley Gibson, Special Events & Marketing Coordinator at 941-882-7439 or email

Sarasota County issues permits for Venice Beach, Brohard Beach, Maxine Barritt Park, Patriots Park, the Venice Train Depot, Venice Community Center and several other parks located within the city. Contact the Sarasota County Parks reservations office to inquire about scheduling events at these parks at 941-861-PARK (861-7275) or call the County Contact Center, 941-861-5000.
All event holders must adhere to the city’s noise ordinance. Please click here for a copy of the ordinance.

Events Calendar

To view special events that are currently scheduled, please check the Events calendar at the bottom of our homepage. To get your event listed on the calendar, email Public Information Officer Lorraine Anderson at Please include details like event time, date and place; activities; sponsors; admission and/or parking fee; any kids' activities; if there is food/beverages; contact name, phone number and email; and a website or Facebook page for the event.