Venetian festivals are held in cities in Europe and North America. They are based on carnival, or carnevale, the period just before Lent, as celebrated in the 17th century in Venice, Italy. Venetian festivals re-create the fantasy of the earlier events with food, costumes, masks, music, theater, juggling and other spectacles. The masks and costumes are worn by people who often travel from other countries to attend and perform (or parade) in these festivals. The elaborate costumes and masks are handmade by artisans from various countries. Many involve male and female or group versions and are based on old Venetian characters and costumes.
A Venetian Festival was formerly held annually on the third weekend of July on Silver Beach in St. Joseph, Michigan, a small town on the coast of Lake Michigan in the southwest part of the state. It started in 1979, and grew from a handful of people to nearly 200,000 visitors at the end. Once a two-day event on Friday and Saturday, this festival eventually ran from Thursday through Sunday and featured a variety of amusements. It was discontinued after the 2011 festival.
- Charlevoix Venetian Festival
- Saugatuck Venetian Festival
- Lake Geneva Jaycees Official Website Venetian Information
- Ast, William F., III (2011-09-28). "Venetian Fest Officials Couldn't Make It Work" (fee required). The Herald-Palladium. Retrieved 2011-12-14.
- St. Joseph Venetian Festival website: Venetian Festival Comes to an End