2022 Children’s Halloween Parade

2022 Children’s Halloween Parade

Halloween is quickly approaching and Venice Area children are picking out their costumes to show off in the Annual Children’s Halloween Parade, Monday, October 31, at 4:30pm in Centennial Park. The parade down West Venice Avenue will begin promptly at 5pm led by the Lions Club of Venice float and members.
The Venice Lions Club has proudly sponsored this event for 60+ years. More than 500 children are expected to receive candy treats from its members. Following the brief parade, children will be free to trick or treat for more goodies at participating locations along the avenues.
It is an event for all ages and fun for the whole family. Venice MainStreet and its partners are delighted to support this annual event- a showcase for our downtown.
13th Annual Downtown Venice Craft Festival

13th Annual Downtown Venice Craft Festival

13th Annual Downtown Venice Labor Day Weekend Craft Festival
Saturday, September 3, 2022 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Sunday, September 4, 2022 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Miami Avenue West in Venice, Florida 34285
Free Admission

The tremendous support of the Venice community is one reason why this craft festival is so successful! The festival showcases the work of talented crafters while situated on beautiful, charming Miami Avenue West in Downtown Venice, where you can also explore independently owned shops and restaurants in the historic district. Brought to you by Howard Alan Events in partnership with Venice MainStreet.

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.


September 23
Sara Nelms

October 14
No concert due to Sun Fiesta event

October 28
Patchouli & Terra Guitarra

November 11
Joe Mullan

November 25
Venice Vagabonds

December 9 
George Durham and Company Band

Please Note: There is NO CONCERT on December 23rd


January 13
Assisted Living Band

January 27
Patchouli & Terra Guitarra

February 10
Kit Jones

February 24
Steve Arvey

March 10
Harbor Drive

March 24
Doug Burns

Please Note: No concert on April 14 due to another scheduled community event at the gazebo

April 28
Swinging Bridge

More to be announced soon!

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 on Friday, July 15th and Saturday, July 16th from 10am-4pm at 40+ participating locations presented by Venice MainStreet! Enjoy Christmas-themed windows and great discounts*, register to win one of several gift baskets, ride the trolley both days from 11am-3pm, and meet Santa. There’s no place like Venice to celebrate Christmas in July!

Trolley pick-up signs located on Tampa Avenue W (100 and 200 blocks), West Venice Avenue (100, 200 and 300 blocks), Miami Avenue W (100 and 200 blocks), and at Elephant’s Trunk Thrift Shop on S. Tamiami Trail.

11am-3pm- Riding on the trolley or in his “Florida sleigh” (golf cart)
3pm-4pm- Meet Santa at Venice Locale, 121 Miami Avenue West
10am- Visiting Venice Farmers Market
11am- Riding a fire truck downtown
12pm- Eating lunch at Bodrum Restaurant, 225 Miami Ave. W, #5
1pm-3pm- Riding on the trolley or in his “Florida sleigh” (golf cart)
3pm-4pm- Hanging out at Venice Locale, 121 Miami Avenue West

Shop and dine at these participating Venice MainStreet Partner Businesses:
**Venice MainStreet gift basket raffle locations

MIAMI AVENUE WEST (listed in order by address)
Venice Locale (121)- 25% off select merchandise
Engel & Völkers Downtown Venice (201)- Stop by for treats!
The Island Bookshop (206)- 10% off all new books, 30% off select book titles, fun giveaways with purchase
**Mothers Cupboard Spice Shoppe (208)- 40% off spice rack; gift basket raffle 
Nest Venice (223A)- 15% off storewide
Island Way Boutique (225, #2)- Wall to wall 20%; special rack 50%; cool drinks
Bodrum Restaurant (225)- Saturday at 12pm Santa will be at Bodrum for lunch

Collectors Gallery & Framery (114)- Selected items on sale
**Pier 22 Home Décor & Furnishings (201)- 10%-15% off select items; Venice MainStreet gift basket raffle location

OZA Essentials (109)- 10% discount on all products and services with in store purchase only! We will offer customers who purchase products and services in store value of $99 pre tax gift certificate in the amount of $25
**Tri Healthy (248, in San Marco building)- 15% off of Coast or Happy Joe products; gift basket raffle

Elephant’s Trunk Thrift Store (595)- 50% off storewide; bake sale, raffle, Venice Region AACA car show, and Herman’s Hot Dogs stand

WEST VENICE AVENUE (listed in order by address)
100 BLOCK:
Venice Island Gallery & Gifts
(100A)- Meet the artists in person, enjoy wine, chocolate and raffles
Bonnell’s Boutique & Winery (101, #3)- Free samples of a selection of wines
Venice Olive Oil Company (101, #5)- 20%-50% off select items
Made in Italy (117)- Drink, food and gift card specials
**Patchington (136, #138)- Up to 25% off and redline clearance is an additional 50% off; Venice MainStreet gift basket raffle location
Twist Boutique (137)- 20% to 60% off storewide
Eyes on You (140)- 20% off in store merchandise
SunBug (141)- 20% to 60% off storewide

200 BLOCK:
Venice Wine & Coffee Company
(201)- $3 iced coffee special
Luxurious Interiors (205)- 15% off entire store. Selected clearance lines 50% off.
Kristine Grace Resort Wear (213B)- 30% off entire store
Nana’s A Children’s Shop (223)- 10% off everything
Scarlet Macaw Resort Wear (225)- 20% off storewide
Island Gift Nook (227)- 10% off storewide special. Not valid with any other discount or sale item. 
DanaTyler (233)- $10 off of $49 purchase
The Boutique by the Beach (237)- Select items on sale
St. Marco Boutique (239)- 50% off entire store
Captain’s Landing (243)- See store for details
Shirt Stop (247)- See store for details
Venice Avenue Creamery (249)- Exclusive holiday flavors!

300 BLOCK:
Daiquiri Deck
Celebration Corner (303A)- Everything in store (including sale items) is 10% off
Lisa’s Classic Rose (303B)- 20% off entire purchase including sale items
Things I Like (307)- 10% off everything
Venice in Vogue (310, #102)- 10% off entire store
Tangi & Jess (310, #103)- 20% off your purchase of $50 or more (exclusions may apply)
Coldwell Banker Realty (331)- Cookies and refreshments
Heitel Jewelers of Venice (347)- Please note Heitel Jewelers is unexpectedly, temporarily closed due to electrical issues during this event.
**Gulf Shores Realty (351)- Live music by George DeJong, 11am-3pm both days; Venice MainStreet gift basket raffle location

*Exclusions and changes to discounts may apply; are at the discretion of each business; and are while supplies last. Listings are for July 15-16, 2022 only.
**Venice MainStreet gift basket raffle locations

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 artfestival.com. 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 www.GivingChallenge.org 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: https://www.givingchallenge.org/organizations/venice-main-street-inc 

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