The Venice Carnival is the largest and most important Venetian event, as well as one of the oldest. It began in the 15th century, but the tradition can be traced back to the beginning of the 14th Century.
During the days of Carnival, Venice is full of activity and entertainment, from improvised street entertainment to organized performances.
The event is a mix of art, culture, and transgression and has its heart in St. Marks Square, although you will find every streets full of masked people.>> Photos of Venice Carnival
The Venice Biennale (called la Biennale di Venezia) started as an art show every two years, and has grown to become an organisation covering a large range of events. The major contemporary art exhibition takes place once every two years (in odd years), and in even-numbered years is replaced by an architecture show.
It was founded in 1895 and is an international event with countries organizing their own shows.
The Venice Film Festival is the oldest film festival in the world. Its an annual event which takes place at the end of August / beginning of September on the island of the Lido. It is one of the world's most prestigious film festivals and is part of the Venice Biennale.
Every year famous Hollywood actors take part to the event and many exclusive parties are organized in the evening.
The main award is the "Leone d'Oro" for the best film.