What began 88 years ago as a simple candle-lit boat parade has grown into a
week-long flurry of color and pageantry that highlights the summer season
and attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year.
Venetian Festival Information
VENETIAN SPONSORSHIP GALLERY
a light & sound team, entertainment promoters and more to create what you see come together each year.
We would like to introduce you a few of our key players from our Venetian Festival Headquarters.
Dan Barron reinvented the Venetian Festival after the 1997 fireworks disaster and over the last 20 years has taken it from a 3-day festival to an 8-day homecoming celebration.
Event Manager & Coordinator
LaRae is entering her 7th year with the Venetian Festival, her 4th year as a staff member. LaRae started as a volunteer as a whim and the rest is history.
Her favorite part of her job is watching locals and visitors alike having fun and enjoying the beauty that Charlevoix holds.
Social Media & Photography
Tim joined our team in 2015 to help the Venetian Festival tells it's story to the world. Tim's photography got the attention of USA Today, getting the Venetian Festival recognized on a national level.
Joan Miller is the administrative backbone to the Festival.
Everything that Dan, LaRae, the Board of Directors and volunteers are able to accomplish begin and end with her.
Have you ever noticed what is missing at the Venetian Festival? It isn't live entertainment. During Venetian week, bands in East Park and thorughout town will be jumping with a wide variety of music, including national acts like Loverboy (2017) and The Guess Who (2016). It isn't the activities. Kid's Day at Lake Michigan beach provides a slew of low and no cost children's entertainment and the Venetian Games includes soccer, basketball, running, sailing, volleyball and more. Spectator opportunities are spilling over at the seams with the street and boat parades being the highest attended of all the Venetian activities. It isn't the fireworks that are missing, with two nights of world class fireworks displays that have been recognized by USA Today as one of the 5 premier displays in North America.
What is missing at the Charlevoix Venetian Festival is the admission prices. All of the major events and entertainment offered at the Venetian Festival are absolutely free to the public. Bring your chair, grab some food from the local restaurants and vendors and enjoy the music as it fills the streets of Charlevoix.
2018 Board of Directors
Dan Barron • Tom Bickersteth
Dean Davenport • Anne Golski
Bob Kern • Kent Seymour • John Winn
located on Charlevoix's north side at 309 Petoskey Avenue.
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Mailing Address: P.O. Box 120 • Charlevoix • MI • 49720
Phone: 231.547.3872 • Fax: 231.547.2977