Friday Night Concert Series

Friday Night Concert Series

Join the fun in historic downtown Venice for the bimonthly Friday Night Concert Series at the gazebo in Centennial Park! This event, hosted by Venice MainStreet and sponsored by Neal Communities, is held every second and fourth Friday of each month from 7pm-9pm and is free and open to the public. PLEASE NOTE: Attendees are asked to follow current CDC guidelines. Bring your own chairs or picnic blankets. No alcohol is permitted in Centennial Park.

To follow our events on Facebook CLICK HERE. Musicians and bands interested in being considered for future concert dates, please download and send in the following form: CLICK HERE.


June 24
Doug Burns

July 8
Marcus Magellan

July 22
Larry and Jeannie

August 12
Dean Johanesen

August 26
Clover’s Revenge

September 9
Phoenix Rising

September 23
Kit M. Jones

October 14
To be announced

October 28
Patchouli & Terra Guitarra

November 11
Joe Mullan

November 25
Venice Vagabonds

December 9 
To be announced

Please Note: There is NO CONCERT on December 23rd

Christmas in July 2022

Christmas in July 2022

Friday, July 15th and Saturday, July 16th from 10am-4pm
Get ready for the biggest sale of the season at 30+ participating locations presented by Venice MainStreet! The businesses in Historic Downtown Venice and beyond will have Christmas themed windows, great discounts and a whole lot more. Register to win one of several gift baskets, ride the trolley both days from 11:00am – 3:00pm, and meet Santa. There’s no place like Venice to celebrate Christmas in July!

Participating Venice MainStreet Partners include:
Please check back again as we continue to add to this list!

Miami Avenue West
Bodrum Restaurant
Engel & Völkers
Island Way Boutique
Mothers Cupboard Spice Shoppe
Nest Venice
The Island Bookshop

Nokomis Avenue South
Collectors Gallery & Framery
Pier 22 Home Decor & Furnishings

Tamiami Trail South
Elephant’s Trunk Thrift Store

Tampa Avenue West
OZA Essentials
Tri Healthy

West Venice Avenue
Bonnell’s Boutique & Winery
Captain’s Landing
Celebration Corner
Daiquiri Deck
Gulf Shores Realty
Heitel Jewelers of Venice
Island Gift Nook
Kristine Grace Resort Wear
Lisa’s Classic Rose
Luxurious Interiors
Made in Italy
Scarlet Macaw Resort Wear
Shirt Stop 
St. Marco Boutique
Twist Boutique
Venice Avenue Creamery
Venice Island Gallery & Gifts
Venice Wine & Coffee Company

29th Annual Downtown Venice Craft Festival

29th Annual Downtown Venice Craft Festival

The annual tradition continues! The craft festival will return to beautiful, charming Miami Avenue West (in the 200 block) in historic downtown Venice this June. For more information about Howard Alan Events/American Craft Endeavors and to view examples of participating crafters, please visit This event is presented in partnership with Venice MainStreet. We hope to see you there!

Venice Beach Party 2022

Venice Beach Party 2022

May 21, 2022 from 3pm-8pm
Venice Public Beach, 101 The Esplanade South, Venice, FL 34285

Join us at Venice Beach for the 2022 Venice Beach Party and enjoy food trucks from BrewBurgers, British Open Pub, Kona Ice, Papa’s Pilar Rum Bar, Pop’s Sunset Grill and Sharky’s Snack Shack. Beer and wine will be available. Gulf Shores Realty will be giving away free custom t-shirts to the first 1,500 people in line at its booth starting at 3pm. Dance in the sand to live music by Sarasota Steel Pan Band at 3pm and Karate in the Garage at 6pm. Park downtown and ride the free trolley from Centennial Park. Chairs and blankets welcome. No coolers and no pets, please. Rain or shine!

This event is presented by Venice MainStreet and made possible by support from the following:
Presenting Sponsor – Fifth Third Bank
Stage Sponsor- Papa’s Pilar Rum
Trolley Sponsor- Helen Moore, Michael Saunders & Company
T-Shirt Sponsor- Gulf Shores Realty
Media Sponsor- Venice Gondolier Sun
Band Sponsor- Pop’s Sunset Grill
Booth Sponsors:
– Englewood Bank & Trust
– LandShark
– Chateau Minuty
Logo Sponsors:
– Hotel Venezia
– Navamaze
– Jessup’s Major Appliance Centers

Support Venice MainStreet with 2022 Giving Challenge

Support Venice MainStreet with 2022 Giving Challenge

Take Part in the 2022 Giving Challenge! You can donate to Venice MainStreet from noon to noon April 26-27 and have your donation matched 1:1 up to $100!

Donations of $25 to $100 made from noon to noon from April 26 to April 27 on will qualify for the 1:1 match, helping us double our donation dollars!

On the Giving Challenge home page, click on the Search Participating Organizations button and type Venice MainStreet in the search box or go directly to our profile page here: 

Call the Venice MainStreet office at 941-484-6722 and a staff member can assist you over the phone with your credit card.

Stop by the Venice MainStreet donation booth at the following times and locations and receive a FREE DRINK for donations of $25 or more:
– April 26 from 12-3pm at Daiquiri Deck, 300 West Venice Ave.
– April 26 from 5-8pm at Made in Italy, 117 West Venice Ave.
– April 27 from 8am-12pm at Venice Wine & Coffee Co., 201 West Venice Ave.

The Giving Challenge is an exciting 24-hour online giving event that connects 700+ nonprofit organizations, including Venice MainStreet, with passionate donors and community members to support diverse causes and create enduring impact in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and DeSoto counties.

Since 2012, the Giving Challenge has acted as a catalyst for connection and provided more than $59 million in unrestricted funding over seven challenges. During the 2020 Giving Challenge, in a time of unprecedented need, our community reached out with a remarkable outpouring of support, raising $19.1 million in just 24 hours.

Being a part of the Giving Challenge can transform nonprofit organizations through meaningful relationships and partnerships, all while strengthening their potential reach. The Giving Challenge is hosted by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, with giving strengthened by The Patterson Foundation. Keep up with the latest on social media with #GivingChallenge2022 and #BeTheOne.

Eggstravaganza 2022

Eggstravaganza 2022

Join us for Easter fun in 2 locations this year! 

Easter Egg Hunt in West Blalock Park
Hunt for eggs and meet ChuckO the Clown! Ages 8 and under.
West Blalock Park is located across the street from the Venice Museum & Archives and Venice Community Center; approximately 2.5 blocks from downtown Venice.
401 Pensacola Road

Fun in Centennial Park

Meet the Easter Bunny and enjoy the music of Kaptain Kurt from The Tenny Shoe-Bop Bunny Band!
200 West Venice Avenue

Downtown Venice Wine Walk 2022

Downtown Venice Wine Walk 2022

RAIN OR SHINE! On March 24th from 5-7pm, grab your thirsty friends and get to Historic Downtown Venice to sip, stroll and shop your way around! Those 21 and older who purchase a wristband ticket will be able to sample one-ounce pours of a variety of wines at participating shops located on Tampa Ave., West Venice Ave., and Miami Ave. West. Swing into participating restaurants for great, full-glass wine specials (not included with the wristband ticket). PLEASE DRINK RESPONSIBLY.

Wristband tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance online and picked up at a Will Call table on the day of the event. Wristband tickets can also be purchased at the event starting at 5:00pm at the Venice MainStreet Information Kiosk in Centennial Park. A list of 30+ tasting locations for the Wine Walk will be available. Enter our FREE GIFT BASKET RAFFLE when you fill out an event survey! 

Proceeds from ticket sales go to support Venice MainStreet, Inc. a nonprofit organization committed to preserving and enhancing the character, beauty, and economic vitality of historic downtown Venice.

SPONSORED BY NEW DAWN TRAVELS. Stop by New Dawn Travels’ booth at Venice Wine & Coffee Company at 201 West Venice Avenue (in case of rain, it will be located at Daiquiri Deck). Gift basket raffle location.


Get your 1 ounce pours (with wristband ticket) at the following Venice MainStreet Partner locations:

Burgundy Square Cafe
Crate & Marrow
Deb Peters Coaching
Down Island Way Boutique
Gulf Soles
Mother’s Cupboard Spice Shoppe
The Island Bookshop
Venice Locale

In the historic 1920s San Marco Building:
Tri-Healthy (plus samples of Sprig and Sprig cocktails)
Voila! Gallery

Aqua Silks Studio
Bonnell’s Boutique & Winery
Century 21 Schmidt Real Estate- George & Linda Duquette, Barry Neisse
Coldwell Banker Realty
Eyes on You
Florida Violins
Gulf Shores Realty
Island Gift Nook
Kristine Grace Resort Wear
Luxurious Interiors
Premier Sotheby’s International Realty
Shirt Stop
The Boutique by the Beach
Things I Like
Venice Avenue Creamery
Venice Olive Oil Company

Palermo Place
Mary Erickson Art Studio (216 Palermo Place)

Cafe Venice– $5 Sangria
Daiquiri Deck– $1 off all wine
Made in Italy– $20 wine bottle special
Seed and Bean Market– $1 off wine special
Venice Wine & Coffee Co.– $5 wine special

Cafe Venice- Sweet Lou, 5-8pm
Centennial Park Gazebo- Forrest Shafer, 6-9pm
Venice Wine & Coffee Co.- Robert Nash, 6-8pm

Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Crawl 2022

Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Crawl 2022

Join us on Fat Tuesday, March 1st for Mardi Gras in Downtown Venice! The party kicks off at 4pm on Miami Avenue West at the Merchants of Venice Building parking lot. Put on your Mardi Gras mask, enjoy live music and get a snapshot in our photo booth. Follow along behind the New Orleans style “second line” brass band as it makes its way from Miami Avenue to West Venice Avenue stopping to play at 10+ locations. The celebration continues at after parties at Made in Italy and Daiquiri Deck. “Laissez les bons temps rouler!” Let the good times roll!

4-6pm- Parking Lot Party,
200 Miami Avenue, live music by Kit M. Jones sponsored by The Island Bookshop and Mothers Cupboard Spice Shoppe
– ChuckO the Clown
4-6pm- Photo booth
5:30pm- Peace, Love & Hoopiness hula hoop show

From 5pm-7pm starting on Miami Avenue, then heading to West Venice Avenue

– Merchants of Venice Building Parking Lot (Fifi’s of Venice, Deb Peters Coaching, Mothers Cupboard Spice Shoppe, The Island Bookshop, Venice Island Coffee Cafe, Collectors Gallery & Framery), 200 Miami Ave.
Burgundy Square Cafe and Bodrum, 225 & 227 Miami Ave.
Deborah & Dick Miller Team, RE/MAX Platinum Realty, 307B W Venice Ave.
Florida Violins, 325 W Venice Ave, Suite D
Daiquiri Deck, 300 W Venice Ave.
Shirt Stop and Venice Avenue Creamery, 247 & 249 W Venice Ave.
Twist Boutique and SunBug, 137 & 141 W Venice Ave.
Made in Italy, 117 W Venice Ave.
Cafe Venice, 101 W Venice Ave.

6:15pm- Peace, Love & Hoopiness hula hoop show at Information Kiosk in Centennial Park, 200 W Venice Ave.

7pm After Parties:
Made in Italy, 117 W Venice Ave.
Daiquiri Deck, 300 W Venice Ave.

21st Annual Downtown Venice Art Classic 2022

21st Annual Downtown Venice Art Classic 2022

Saturday, March 5th, 2022 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, March 6th, 2022 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Downtown Venice: 100-300 West Venice Avenue in Venice, Florida
Free Admission

Join us for the celebration of The Downtown Venice Art Classic. Located on Florida’s west coast in Sarasota County, Venice is a town on the Gulf of Mexico, filled with historic charm, natural beauty, and independently owned shops and restaurants. The Festival is set up along West Venice Avenue and attracts both residents and visitors.