Please see the below message from the City of Venice regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus):
City of Venice cancels special events through 5/1
From City Manager Ed Lavallee: On this date (3/12/2020), the Office of Governor DeSantis issued a strong recommendation that in light of the risk of contracting COVID-19 (coronavirus), large-scale gatherings be canceled.
Accordingly, consistent with provisions of the City of Venice Special Events Agreement, page 2, paragraph 1, in the interest of public health and safety, all special event permits issued by the City of Venice are hereby canceled. This notice is effective immediately and continues until May 1, 2020. The cancellation period is subject to adjustment pending changes in the public health and safety risk level for contracting coronavirus.
Venice MainStreet is working to keep an up to date list of cancellations of events in Venice. We will add to this list as more information becomes available. The following ongoing events in the City of Venice have been canceled through May 1, 2020:
- City Bicycle Rides on the second Wednesday of the month
- Historic Bike Tours scheduled for March 17 and March 31
- Venezia Park and Grand Homes Walking Tours on Tuesdays and Thursdays
- All concerts at the Centennial Park Gazebo including Friday Night Concert Series on March 13, March 27, April 10 and April 24
- Gazebo Starlight Cinema (movies in Centennial Park) on April 3
- Walk in Pinebrook Park on March 18
- A Vette Together Corvette Show on March 15
- Writers Festival on March 20 and Book Fair on March 21
- Suncoast BBQ & Bluegrass Bash on March 27-28
- Antique Automobile Car Club of America Car Show on March 29
- Downtown Wine Walk on April 2
- Venice Sharks Tooth Festival on April 3-5
- Eggstravaganza on April 11
- Venice Farmers Market on Saturdays (canceled through April)
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Come parade with our second line band in Historic Downtown Venice! The after-party to follow will be at Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar and Made in Italy.
Music stops include the following locations:
Crate and Marrow
Mother’s Cupboard Spice Shoppe
Venice Avenue Creamery
Venice In Vogue
Venice Wine and Coffee
Vibrant downtown Venice will transform into an art-lover’s Mecca during the 19th Annual Downtown Venice Art Classic. Over 200 of the nation’s top artists will set up booths, gallery-style along West Venice Avenue on Saturday and Sunday, March 7th & 8th from 10 am to 5 pm. Residents and visitors are invited to stroll amidst life-size sculptures, spectacular paintings, one-of-a-kind jewels, photography, ceramics and more during the free, outdoor event.
To apply for upcoming arts and crafts festivals organized by Howard Alan Events, click here.
Dust off your baseball caps and join the block party on Miami Avenue in downtown Venice on Saturday, February 8, 2020 from 5 to 10 p.m. to kick off the beginning of spring training in Mardi Gras style. Hosted by Venice MainStreet in partnership with the Atlanta Braves Spring Training Organization, the evening will be filled with fun activities for the whole family.
Enjoy kids activities, a 50/50 raffle, food trucks from The Maine Menu, Shaky Dogs, Dirty Dogs Mini Donuts, Kona Ice and Budweiser beer. Mardi Gras merchandise will be available for purchase, so get those beads! The Grammy award winning Rebirth Brass Band, a New Orleans institution, will transport attendees to the streets of the French Quarter, with its combination of traditional instrumentation with funk, hip-hop, soul, and other modern elements. The band takes the stage at 6pm and its high energy will be sure to have everyone dancing in the streets. Mike Burnett and the Suns of Circumstance perform at 8pm.
Braves legends Rafael Furcal and Andruw Jones will be in attendance for a meet and greet from 5pm-8pm. Rafael is a three-time N.L. All-Star, including in 2003 while with the Braves, and has appeared in 59 career postseason games, and won the 2011 World Series with St. Louis. A career .281 (1817-for-6477) batter in 14 majors league seasons with Atlanta, Los Angeles (NL), St. Louis and Miami, he hit 113 home runs and stole 314 bases in 1,614 games. Rafael was a career .227 batter in the playoffs and was named the 2000 N.L. Rookie of the Year, after he batted .295/.394/.382 with 40 stolen bases and 87 runs in 131 games for Atlanta. Furcal owns the Atlanta franchise record (since 1966) with 189 stolen bases, and ranks second in triples (38) and seventh in runs (554).
Andruw Jones was signed by the Braves as an amateur free agent in 1993, Jones spent 14 years in the Atlanta organization, including 12 at the major league level. Jones spent time with five different Major League organizations and played two years with the Rakuten Golden Eagles of the Japan Pacific League during his 21-year playing career (1994-2014.) A career .254 hitter in the majors, he totaled 434 home runs and 1,289 RBI in 2,196 games. He hit a franchise-record 51 home runs in 2005. Now Andruw is a special assistant to baseball operations, instructing and assisting minor-league outfielders during regular and spring seasons, and assists with major league workouts during the spring.
Michael Dunn, Vice President of Florida Operations for the Atlanta Braves, shared, “We are thrilled to be invited by Venice MainStreet to help celebrate the start of Atlanta Braves Spring Training. Atlanta Brave legend Andruw Jones and others will be on hand to help kick off the season!”
Proceeds from this event go to two local nonprofit organizations: Venice Challenger Baseball and Venice MainStreet. Admission is $5 and kids under 12 are free. Parking is within comfortable walking distance. Don’t miss out on this wonderful community event. For more information, go to visitvenicefl.org or contact Venice MainStreet at 941-484-6722.
Purchase tickets: HERE
Sponsored by Venice Institute for Performing Arts (VIPA) in partnership with Venice MainStreet
Bring your favorite lawn chair and enjoy FREE movies on the first Friday of each month! Movies start at sunset in Centennial Park. Shop local and support Venice businesses and restaurants by buying your movie snacks, dinner, ice cream or gelato downtown.
January 3- Percy Jackson and the Olympians
February 7- X-Men
March 6- The Sand Lot
Dates with movie titles TBA:
Check back often for more movie titles posted throughout the year or follow our events on Facebook click here.
Venice MainStreet sponsors free concerts at the gazebo in Centennial Park. At 7pm twice a month on 2nd and 4th Fridays, bring your favorite lawn chair and enjoy live music outdoors in beautiful historic downtown Venice!
January 10- Josh Reilly Trio
January 24- Johnny Rawls
February 14 – Patchouli and Terra Guitarra
February 28 – Wendy Barmore
March 13 – Matthew Mayes and Forrest Shafer
March 27 – Patchouli and Terra Guitarra
April 10 – Skylark
April 24- Robin and The Retros
May 22- Blues to Blackstreet Duo
June 12- Soundwave
June 26- Mindy Simmons
July 10- Friends and Company Band
July 24- The Alie Kats
Check back again for more bands later in the year or follow our events on Facebook click here.