Charlevoix Venetian Festival

Charlevoix Venetian Festival

July 21-28, 2018
July 20-27, 2019
July 18-25, 2020

    

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

PARADES OF VENETIAN

PARADES OF VENETIAN

Venetian Street & Boat parades
take place on Saturday, July 28th
Street Parade :: 11 am
Boat Parade :: At dusk

RHYTHMS OF VENETIAN

RHYTHMS OF VENETIAN

Join us July 21st-July 28th
for an amazing line up of entertainers.
Click for more details on the 2018 musical line up.

FIREWORKS

FIREWORKS

Venetian Festival features two nights
of world class Fireworks
specially produced & choreographed by
Colonial Fireworks & Special Effects

MISS CHARLEVOIX VENETIAN QUEEN

MISS CHARLEVOIX VENETIAN QUEEN

Are you between the ages of 17 & 22 and want to become the next representative of Charlevoix?
This scholarship competition may be right for you!

VENETIAN ARTWORK

VENETIAN ARTWORK

Click to see the 2017 Venetian artwork
by renowned artist:
Randal Higdon

VENETIAN SPONSORS & DONATIONS

VENETIAN SPONSORS & DONATIONS

The Venetian Festival is a 501(c)4 nonprofit organization that relies on sponsors and donations to provide free entertainment during the Festival.

AQUAPALOOZA

AQUAPALOOZA

Join us for the first day of the Festival at Ferry Beach in an amazing event facilitated and sponsored by
Irish Boat Shop of Charlevoix.

MAIN STREET MONDAY

MAIN STREET MONDAY

Enjoy family time with a movie in the park,
brought to you by Charlevoix Main Street & DDA.

KID'S DAY

KID'S DAY

Kid's Day activities take place at
Lake Michigan Beach, Thursday, July 26th.
Click for more information on costs and activities

BRIDGE STREET EXPERIENCE

BRIDGE STREET EXPERIENCE

Bridge Street is closed and traffic is rerouted to State Street in an effort to enjoy the activities in East Park, shopping at your favorite stores, and activities around town safely without the worry of traffic.

VENETIAN GAMES

VENETIAN GAMES

Beach Volleyball, Corn Toss Tournaments, Basketball and Soccer are just a few of the games Venetian features during the Festival week.

CARNIVAL

CARNIVAL

Arnold Amusements provides a delightful carnival during the later part of the Festival,
Wednesday, July 25th-Saturday, July 28th

CHARLEVOIX FARMER'S MARKET

CHARLEVOIX FARMER'S MARKET

Join us at the Market on Venetian Thursday & Friday for yummy local food and sweet treats.

VENDORS

VENDORS

Interested in grabbing a bite to eat while in downtown Charlevoix? Check out this list of Venetian Vendors and Restaurants in the downtown area.

VENETIAN VOLUNTEERS

VENETIAN VOLUNTEERS

Want to be a working part of the Venetian Festival?
See how you volunteer!

OUR TEAM

To make the Charlevoix Venetian Festival run successfully, it takes over 200 volunteers, local law enforcement teams,
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.
ABOUT

 

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

Charlevoix has always held a special place in my family's heart. My heaven on earth. Venetian week quickly became my favorite week of the summer. Love the feeling that being a part of Venetian gives me.

Lori Friedman-Pastiak

This Festival is one of my very favorite places to be! My first Venetian Parade was a one-day boat parade at night with all the boats in Round Lake decorated with lights and amazing fireworks over the lake. That was in 1947! Venetian Day has grown to Venetion Week over the years, and we have seen many of the boat parades since those early days grow to floats and more amazing fireworks and lights each year! It is my dream to bring all my grandchildren to experience Charlevoix's Venetion Week just once while I am able.

Jo-Ann Giacone Seitzinger

Love this time every year. I always save vacation time for this festival. Lots of things for the whole family.

Caytee Scott-Vrondran

CONTACT

Venetian Festival Headquarters is located within the law offices of Barron & Enstrom, PLC
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
Email: cvxvenetianfestival@gmail.com