12th Annual Downtown Venice Labor Day Weekend Craft Festival

12th Annual Downtown Venice Labor Day Weekend Craft Festival

September 4th-5th, 2021
Open 10am-4pm
Free to the public

For the health and safety of visitors, this event will have limited capacity. Please register your anticipated attendance time, which will help us know when we may have to close the gate. FOR FREE TICKETS: CLICK HERE

This event has been approved by the City of Venice as of 8/27/21. Please see the notice below from Ed Lavallee, Venice City Manager:

SPECIAL EVENTS SAFETY PLANS
At the Venice City Council meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 24, the City announced a suspension of the issuance of special event permits pending a reduction in the risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus. The suspension was based on statistics reporting the increasing rates of contagion and positivity rates for the Delta variant of the virus. Under the circumstances, the prospects of attracting large groups of people to a confined area increases the risk of infection.

Following the Council meeting, City staff met with Venice MainStreet to discuss conditions that would allow scheduled events to go forward. Venice MainStreet, the sponsor of numerous special events, including a downtown craft festival scheduled for the first weekend in September, produced a safety protocol previously used for a similar event in June.

City staff contacted the office of Chuck Henry, County Health Officer, for advice and guidance on the development of safety protocols for a public event. Mr. Henry offered the services of his office to review any special event safety plans, and indicated that he had provided similar services to other communities in the past. We agreed to work with Venice MainStreet, to add a suitable COVID safety plan for the craft festival and submit the plan to Mr. Henry’s office for input. Today (8/27), the City received a positive review from the County Health Officer indicating that the plan was complete, and looked very good. They suggested one minor change – to reduce the patron maximum capacity by a small margin.

Accordingly, the staff has endorsed the application and forwarded it to the Mayor for execution. The Mayor has indicated he will execute the contract.

For the upcoming craft festival, the addition of defined safety protocols adds a significant risk reduction to patrons and workers. We are appreciative of the collaboration of Venice MainStreet and CEO Kara Morgan to codify the safety plan. Based on the conversations with the County Health Officer and experience of the special event coordinators, like Venice MainStreet, the City has a safety protocol template to apply to future event applicants and will use a similar review process for future special event applications. As special events vary significantly in size and dimension, the necessary safety protocols can be scaled to match the appropriate level of health and safety standards.

Also under review for September is a special events road race application. Although smaller in scale, the applicant has included a very well-developed and protective safety plan for participants and workers.

For future events, based on discussions with event coordinators, incorporating elements of former successful special event safety plans, and adopting the recommendations of the County Health Officer, the City has models that can be used in consort with special event applicants to design a safe and protective event venue.

Venice City Manager Ed Lavallee

 

8/27/21 UPDATE to City of Venice Special Events Cancellation Notice

8/27/21 UPDATE to City of Venice Special Events Cancellation Notice

The 12th Annual Downtown Venice Labor Day Weekend Craft Festival will now take place on September 4th-5th. Other Venice MainStreet events might still be subject to cancellation. Please check our annual calendar of events to stay informed.

The following updated statement was issued on August 27, 2021 by Venice City Manager, Ed Lavallee:

SPECIAL EVENTS SAFETY PLANS

At the Venice City Council meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 24, the City announced a suspension of the issuance of special event permits pending a reduction in the risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus. The suspension was based on statistics reporting the increasing rates of contagion and positivity rates for the Delta variant of the virus. Under the circumstances, the prospects of attracting large groups of people to a confined area increases the risk of infection.

Following the Council meeting, City staff met with Venice MainStreet to discuss conditions that would allow scheduled events to go forward. Venice MainStreet, the sponsor of numerous special events, including a downtown craft festival scheduled for the first weekend in September, produced a safety protocol previously used for a similar event in June.

City staff contacted the office of Chuck Henry, County Health Officer, for advice and guidance on the development of safety protocols for a public event. Mr. Henry offered the services of his office to review any special event safety plans, and indicated that he had provided similar services to other communities in the past. We agreed to work with Venice MainStreet, to add a suitable COVID safety plan for the craft festival and submit the plan to Mr. Henry’s office for input. Today (8/27), the City received a positive review from the County Health Officer indicating that the plan was complete, and looked very good. They suggested one minor change – to reduce the patron maximum capacity by a small margin.

Accordingly, the staff has endorsed the application and forwarded it to the Mayor for execution. The Mayor has indicated he will execute the contract.

For the upcoming craft festival, the addition of defined safety protocols adds a significant risk reduction to patrons and workers. We are appreciative of the collaboration of Venice MainStreet and CEO Kara Morgan to codify the safety plan. Based on the conversations with the County Health Officer and experience of the special event coordinators, like Venice MainStreet, the City has a safety protocol template to apply to future event applicants and will use a similar review process for future special event applications. As special events vary significantly in size and dimension, the necessary safety protocols can be scaled to match the appropriate level of health and safety standards.

Also under review for September is a special events road race application. Although smaller in scale, the applicant has included a very well-developed and protective safety plan for participants and workers.

For future events, based on discussions with event coordinators, incorporating elements of former successful special event safety plans, and adopting the recommendations of the County Health Officer, the City has models that can be used in consort with special event applicants to design a safe and protective event venue.

Venice City Manager Ed Lavallee
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The following statement was issued on August 24, 2021 by Venice City Manager, Ed Lavallee:

SPECIAL EVENTS NOTIFICATION
24 August 2021

• As the COVID-19 Delta variant continues to plague our community, we are once again faced with conditions warranting elevated health and safety protocols. We all are aware of the increased hospitalization of COVID-related patients

• Last week, Venice City Hall reinstituted former COVID health measures including the following:
o The wearing of masks for City employees when engaged in business with the public
o Increased placement and use of sanitation stations in public buildings
o Frequent full-room fogging and sanitizing of public buildings
o Staff and other internal meetings to be virtual when possible, on Teams or Zoom
o Remote and virtual working options for selected City employees

• In line with our interests in protecting the public from unnecessary exposure to the highly contagious virus, we are once again suspending the issuance of special event permits. As much as we regret what appears to be a step backwards in our fight against the virus, we believe that in the interest of public health and safety, this caution is necessary

• It would create an unwarranted risk to the health and safety of our residents and visitors to attract large crowds to mingle in a confined environment largely unregulated with regards to face masks, vaccinations, and other sanitation protocols. This suspension of permits applies to all special events scheduled for public property in Venice.

• As soon as the risk of exposure and contagion diminishes to a safe level, we will be contacting our event holders to offer the opportunity to reschedule their events. We appreciate the patience and understanding of all of our business partners and special events patrons.

Venice City Manager Ed Lavallee

Friday Night Concert Series 2021

Friday Night Concert Series 2021

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, is held every second and fourth Friday of each month and is free and open to the public.

PLEASE NOTE: Social distancing is required and masks are recommended. Family and friend groups are asked to limit to 6 people sitting together, to remain socially distanced from other seated groups, and to follow current CDC guidelines. Attendees are asked to bring their own chairs. No alcohol is permitted in Centennial Park.

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

September 24
Joseph Lawhorne
Facebook.com/joseph.lawhorne.54

October 8
Nick & Donny

October 22
Assisted Living Band
Facebook.com/Assisted-Living-Band

November 12
Patchouli
Patchouli.net

November 26
Johnny Rawls
JohnnyRawlsBlues.com

December 10
Joe Mullan
Facebook.com/JoeMullanEntertainment

NOTE: There is no concert on December 24, 2021

Christmas in July 2021

Christmas in July 2021

Friday, July 16th and Saturday, July 17th from 10am-4pm
Get ready for the biggest sale of the season at 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 totaling up to $1,000. Ride the trolley, sponsored by Lueanne Wood and Wayne Welsh of Gulf Shores Realty, both days from 10:00am – 2:00pm and meet Santa. There’s no place like Venice to celebrate Christmas in July! A special thank you to the Venice-Nokomis Woman’s Club, Venice MainStreet volunteers, Venice Wine & Coffee Company and Jim Hitt of Venice Locale.

Don’t miss a street! Be sure to shop and dine on Miami, Nokomis, Venice, and Tampa avenues!

TROLLEY STOPS
Trolley stops are located at or near Eyes on You (140 W Venice Ave.), Rose & Leo (310 W Venice Ave.), Down Island Way Boutique (225 Miami Ave. W), and Elephant’s Trunk Thrift Shop (595 S Tamiami Trail).

SEE SANTA
10am-11am on trolley both Friday and Saturday
12pm at Trattoria da Mino on Friday (335 W Venice Ave.)
3pm at Venice Locale on Friday (121 Miami Ave W)
11am at Venice Farmers Market on Saturday (City Hall)
12pm Daiquiri Deck on Saturday (300 W Venice Ave.)
3pm at Venice Locale on Saturday (121 Miami Ave W)

PLEASE NOTE: Exclusions and changes to listed discounts may apply; are at the discretion of each business; and are while supplies last on July 16-17, 2021. Participants include but are not limited to the Venice MainStreet Partners listed below.

Miami Ave West (listed in order by address)
Trolley stop: Down Island Way Boutique
*Raffle gift basket locations
Venice Locale (121)- 10% off storewide; photos with Santa Fri & Sat beginning at 3pm
Mothers Cupboard Spice Shoppe (208)- 10% off storewide; nail art demo
*Nest Venice (223A)- Buy 1 get 1 50% off Kantha quilts; raffle gift basket location
Down Island Way Boutique (225, #2)- 20% off storewide
Crate & Marrow (235)- 20% off toys & accessories; all dogs that visit will receive a chicken foot with ribbon
*Needlefish Yarns of Venice (258)- Up to 75% off select items; raffle gift basket location

Nokomis Ave South
Collectors Gallery & Framery (114)- Select items on sale
Puttin’ on the Ritz Salon & Spa (205)- Spa manicure and spa pedicure for $50 (offer valid with Erica & Theresa)

South Tamiami Trail
Trolley stop: Elephant’s Trunk
Elephant’s Trunk Thrift Store (595 S. Tamiami Trail)
50% off storewide; enjoy raffle, bake sale, car show, hot dogs

West Venice Avenue (listed in order by address)
Trolley stops: Eyes on You, Rose & Leo
*Raffle gift basket locations
Bonnell’s Boutique & Winery (101, #3)- Daily sampling
Venice Olive Oil Co. (101, #5)- 50% off Christmas and select items
Aqua Silks Studio (101, #8)- Demo & Christmas ornaments
Twist Boutique (137)- Spin to win discount
Eyes on You (140)- 15% off storewide
SunBug (141)- Spin to win discount
*Venice Wine & Coffee Company (201)- 10% off 6 or more bottles of wine (to-go only); $3 ice coffee special; raffle gift basket location
Luxurious Interiors (205)- 10% off (exclusions may apply)
Kristine Grace Resort Wear (213)- 25% off Kristine Grace brand, 20% off Coolibar, 25% off Barbara Erickson
Nana’s A Children’s Shop (223)- 10% off entire purchase
Scarlet Macaw Resort Wear (225)- 20% off storewide
Island Gift Nook (227)- 10% off storewide
DanaTyler (233)- $10 off $49 or more
The Boutique by the Beach (237)- 50% off select items
St. Marco Boutique (239)- 50% off storewide
Dick’s Shoes of Venice (251)- Spin to win
Daiquiri Deck (300)- Happy Hour 3-7pm; Santa’s lunch stop on Saturday
Celebration Corner (303A)- 10% off storewide
Lisa’s Classic Rose (303B)- 10% off entire purchase including sale items
Smoky Mountain Handmade Candles (305A)- 15% off storewide and online Fri., Sat., & Sun.
Florida Olive Oil Co. (307A)- 20% off
Things I Like (307)- 10% off entire purchase
Rose & Leo, Tangi & Jess (310)- 20% off purchase (exclusions may apply); 25% off Consuela Bags (on item value over $160)
B & B Bootery (311)- $10 off $80 or more; in store specials
Cassariano Italian Eatery (313)
Ciao Gelato (317A)- $1 off
*Coldwell Banker Realty (331)- Cookies; raffle gift basket location
Trattoria da Mino (335)- 25% off pizza; Santa’s lunch stop on Friday
Heitel Jewelers (347)- 50% off all jewelry
Gulf Shores Realty (351)- Sal “Santa” Emma will be there from 11am to 2pm Friday and Saturday

Craft Festival is Back!

Craft Festival is Back!

28th Annual Downtown Venice Craft Festival
Saturday, June 19th, 2021 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Sunday, June 20th, 2021 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Location: West Venice Avenue at 100, 200, and 300 blocks in both the east and west bound lanes. (Please note: On Saturday, the Farmers Market will be located in the 400 block in front of City Hall from 8am to 12pm.)

Free Admission

Get tickets: CLICK HERE

The annual downtown craft festival, brought to you by Howard Alan Events & American Craft Endeavors and Venice MainStreet is back! Some of the nation’s best crafters will converge along West Venice Avenue, so peruse booths filled with stained glass, photography, personalized products for children and dogs alike, and much more. Please be mindful and follow CDC guidelines.

Check back often to our News Blog page for updates about other upcoming downtown Venice art and craft festivals this year. The tentative schedule is as follows:
12th Annual Downtown Venice Labor Day Weekend Craft Festival, September 4-5, 2021*
33rd Annual Downtown Venice Art Festival, November 6-7, 2021*

*Subject to change or cancellation

Spring Sidewalk Sale

Spring Sidewalk Sale

Join us in historic downtown Venice for a Spring Sidewalk Sale on Friday, May 21st and Saturday, May 22nd from 10am to 4pm. Enjoy great deals on Miami, Venice and Tampa Avenues. So shop, savor and sip your way through all three avenues! Our downtown shops and restaurants are grateful for your support of small, locally owned businesses.

Participating Venice MainStreet Partners include but are not limited to the following:

Miami Avenue West
Crate & Marrow
Down Island Way Boutique
Fifi’s of Venice
Island Coffee Cafe
Mothers Cupboard Spice Shoppe
Needlefish Yarns of Venice

Tampa Avenue West
Tri-Healthy CBD (in the Historic San Marco building)

West Venice Avenue
Aqua Silks Studio (Saturday only)
B&B Bootery
Celebration Corner
Ciao Gelato
DanaTyler
Dick’s Shoes of Venice
Florida Olive Oil Company
Gulf Shores Realty
Island Gift Nook
Kristine Grace Resort Wear
Laurie Jean & Co.
Lisa’s Classic Rose
Luxurious Interiors
Nana’s A Children’s Shop
Patchington
Rose & Leo
Scarlet Macaw Resort Wear
Shirt Stop
St. Marco Boutique
SunBug
Tangi & Jess
The Boutique by the Beach
Things I Like
Twist Boutique
Venice Avenue Creamery
Venice in Vogue
Venice Olive Oil Company
Venice Wine & Coffee Company
Waves of Light Mystical Boutique

2021 Events Update

2021 Events Update

UPDATED ON 5/24/21
As we continue to adapt to the challenges of planning events during the COVID-19 era, we appreciate your patience and understanding. We have been working within the confines of the City of Venice municipal government’s moratorium on large special events to create smaller events that are permissible. Once the City of Venice begins issuing permits, we will update the list below. Public health and safety are our utmost concern, as we try to offer new downtown shopping and dining promotional events to help our struggling local businesses, which were highly impacted over the past year. Below is a list of tentative events. Please note they are subject to change or cancellation should city, county, state or federal mandates and CDC guidelines change.

Please check back on this page as we keep it updated throughout the year. For information about other community-wide events held by other organizations, please go to our MONTHLY CALENDAR and ANNUAL EVENTS pages.

2021 VENICE MAINSTREET SIGNATURE EVENTS
Friday Night Concert Series– held on second and fourth Fridays each month
More information: CLICK HERE

January Downtown Venice Craft Festival
Canceled due to permit moratorium

Sweetheart Stroll
February 11 from 5-7pm
Downtown Venice shopping and dining promotion

March Downtown Venice Art Classic
Canceled due to permit moratorium

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
March 17 all day
Downtown Venice shopping and dining promotion

Eggstravaganza
April 3 from 10am-2pm
Throughout downtown Venice in participating stores

Spring Sidewalk Sale
May 21-22
Downtown Venice

28th Annual Downtown Venice Craft Festival
June 19-20
West Venice Avenue

Christmas in July
July 16-17 from 10am-4pm
Downtown Venice shopping and dining promotion

12th Annual Downtown Venice Craft Festival
September 4-5
West Venice Avenue

Venice Beach Party
September- To be determined; subject to city permit and possible restrictions

Oktoberfest
To be determined; subject to city permit and possible restrictions

Children’s Halloween Parade
To be determined; subject to city permit and possible restrictions

33rd Annual Downtown Venice Art Festival
November 6-7
West Venice Ave.

Christmas Walk
December 2 from 5-8pm
Downtown Venice shopping and dining promotion

Eggstravaganza 2021

Eggstravaganza 2021

Hippity hoppity, the Easter Bunny is on his way! Fun for the whole family, ideal for ages 12 and under. Visit historic downtown Venice on Saturday, April 3rd from 10am to 2pm to hunt for Easter eggs in marked participating stores throughout the district including Tampa, Venice, Miami, & Nokomis Avenues. Adults, please help children search for participating stores marked with the Bunny sign. Volunteers will be stationed at crosswalks to help with safety. The Easter Bunny will be making an appearance at the Gazebo in Centennial Park. 

PLEASE PRE-REGISTER each family member attending for your one hour time slot. To keep everyone safe, please wear your masks and follow CDC guidelines. Parental supervision of children is required. Registration link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/easter-eggstravaganza-tickets-145087214765.

 

The following participating locations are identified by displaying “Easter Bunny was Here” signs:

Tampa Avenue

Across from Theatre/Michael Biehl Park:
Door Belle Dinners- 113 Tampa Ave
San Marco building:
Tri-Healthy- 248 Tampa Ave, #13A

Nokomis Avenue
Merchants of Venice building:
Fifi’s of Venice
Venice Island Coffee Café

Miami Avenue West
The Wild Thang Boutique
Gulf Soles
Island Organics
Merchants of Venice building (parking side):
Art Escape Gallery
Mother’s Cupboard Spice Shoppe

West Venice Avenue
100 Block:
Aqua Silks Studio
Venice Olive Oil Co.
Café Venice
Made In Italy
Twist Boutique
Sunbug

200 Block:
Kristine Grace Resort Wear
Nana’s A Children’s Shop
Scarlet Macaw Resort Wear
Island Gift Nook
Dana Tyler
Shirt Stop
Venice Avenue Creamery
Dick’s Shoes of Venice

300 Block:
Celebration Corner
RE/MAX Platinum Realty
Things I Like
Ciao Gelato
Heitel Jewelers
Gulf Shores Realty
Next to Bank of America building:
Daiquiri Deck
FourThought Building:
Tangi & Jess
Rose & Leo

 

St. Patrick’s Day Downtown Venice 2021

St. Patrick’s Day Downtown Venice 2021

Let’s get into the Irish spirit on Wednesday, March 17th in historic downtown Venice! Wear something green (so you don’t get pinched) and come downtown for music, beer and fun at participating stores and restaurants. Masks are strongly encouraged to keep this a safe event.

DOWNTOWN ENTERTAINMENT

Miami Avenue West:
Abby’s on Miami– Music by Karen

West Venice Avenue:
Café Venice – George DeJong and Rick Aaron 5-8pm
Daiquiri Deck– Nick Sperry and Forrest Shafer 12-3pm; Geoff Ramsey 4-8pm
Made In Italy– DJ Scrappy
TJ Carney’s– featuring Irish dancers, bagpipers, and Ken McBride
Venice Wine & Coffee Company– Nick Sperry’s Yacht Rock Review 6:30-9pm

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