14th Annual Downtown Venice Craft Festival 2022

14th Annual Downtown Venice Craft Festival 2022

Downtown Venice: 100-300 West Venice Avenue, Venice, FL 34285
Free Admission

PLEASE NOTE: Craft Festival has been canceled for Saturday, January 29th due to high winds. The festival will be open on Sunday, January 30th from 10am-5pm.

Join us in Downtown Venice to browse and purchase a wide variety of ceramics, jewelry, stained glass, metal works and much more. Our event will be set up along West Venice Avenue, one of Venice’s historic downtown streets. In addition to the incredible crafts, our Green Market offers live flora, freshly popped kettle corn, gourmet spices, and sauces. Come meet and visit with some of the nation’s best crafters, as you stroll along downtown Venice.

Christmas Walk 2021

Christmas Walk 2021

December 2, 2021 from 5-8pm in Historic Downtown Venice
Free to the public!

Presented by Venice MainStreet, the downtown Venice Christmas Walk is a shopping and dining promotion to support local small businesses. Enjoy extended hours at local shops, treats, live music and the twinkle of lights on decorated trees along Miami, Tampa and West Venice avenues. Take a stroll and delight in the warm glow of decorated holiday storefront windows. Find out who won Venice MainStreet’s awards for Most Creative, Most Elegant, Most Traditional, Most Creative Use of Merchandise, Most Whimsical, and Best Use of Lights.

SANTA CLAUS LOCATIONS
5-6 pm- Tangi & Jess, 310 West Venice Avenue
6-7pm- Fountain Park at intersection of Miami Avenue West and Nokomis Ave/Ponce de Leon
7-7:30pm- Roaming Miami Ave. West
7:30-8pm- Bodrum Restaurant, 225 Miami Ave. West

ROAMING SINGERS/MUSICIANS
5-6pm-
Venetian Harmony Chorus
6-7pm-
The Venice Chorale Holiday Singers
7-8pm-
Lion Rampant Pipe and Drum

LOCATIONS WITH LIVE MUSIC
Bain– Daiquiri Deck, 300 W Venice Ave.
George DeJong– Gulf Shores Realty, 351 W Venice Ave.
Kenny Moolenaar (steel drums)– Burgundy Square Cafe and Bodrum, 225-227 Miami Ave. W
Nick Sperry– Venice Wine and Coffee Co., 201 W Venice Ave.
Sam Domicolo– Cafe Venice, 101 W Venice Ave.
Swinging Bridge– Venice Avenue Creamery, 249 W Venice Ave.

PARTICIPATING LOCATIONS INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

MIAMI AVE
Abby’s on Miami
Bodrum Restaurant
Burgundy Square Cafe
Crate & Marrow
Deb Peter’s Coaching
Down Island Way Boutique
Earth Treasures
Fifi’s of Venice
Gulf Soles
Island Organics
Mothers Cupboard Spice Shoppe
Nest Venice
The Island Bookshop
Venice Locale

NOKOMIS AVENUE
Collectors Gallery & Framery
Horse & Chaise Rentals & Property Management
Michael Saunders & Co.

TAMPA AVENUE
Door Belle Dinners

WEST VENICE AVENUE
Aqua Silks Studio
B & B Bootery
Bonnell’s Boutique & Winery
Cafe Venice
Captain’s Landing
Cassariano Italian Eatery
Celebration Corner
Century 21 Schmidt Real Estate
Ciao Gelato
Coldwell Banker Realty
Croissant & Co.
Daiquiri Deck
DanaTyler
Deborah’s Quilt Basket
Dick’s Shoes of Venice
DKE, Inc.
ERA Preferred Properties of Venice
Eyes on You
Florida Oil & Vinegar Company
Florida Violins
Gulf Shores Realty
Heitel Jewelers
Island Gift Nook
Island Life Hammock Co.
Laurie Jean & Co.
Lisa’s Classic Rose
Kristine Grace Resort Wear
Kyrstyna’s Designs
Made in Italy
Old Venice Pub
Patchington
RE/MAX Platinum Realty
Ristorante San Marco
Rose & Leo
Scarlet Macaw Resort Wear
Sea Pleasures & Treasures
Seed & Bean Market
Shirt Stop
Smoky Mountain Handmade Candles
St. Marco Boutique
SunBug
Tangi & Jess
The Boutique by the Beach
The Soda Fountain/Vinnie’s Pizzeria
Things I Like
Trattoria da Mino
Twist Boutique
Venice Avenue Creamery
Venice Island Gallery
Venice Olive Oil Company
Venice Wine & Coffee Co.
Waves of Light

Chocolate Walk 2021

Chocolate Walk 2021

Delectable and decadent! Enjoy the Downtown Venice Chocolate Walk on November 11, 2021 from 5-8pm. Chocolate bliss awaits you on the avenues in historic downtown Venice for mouth-watering chocolate treats, drinks, choclate themed items, ice cream and more! Don’t miss TAMPA, VENICE and MIAMI avenues! Free to the public.

Enjoy at these and other participating locations:

Live Music:
Asante at Venice Olive Oil Company, 101 West Venice Ave. (on the “back porch” area)
Nick Sperry at Cafe Venice, 101 West Venice Ave.
Roger Bash at Venice Wine & Coffee Co., 201 West Venice Ave.

Miami Avenue
Down Island Way Boutique
Mothers Cupboard Spice Shoppe
Nest Venice
The Island Bookshop
Venice Locale

Tampa Avenue
Tri-Healthy CBD

West Venice Avenue
Aqua Silks Studio
Cafe Venice
DanaTyler
Florida Violins
Gulf Shores Realty
Island Gift Nook
Kristine Grace Resort Wear
Luxurious Interiors
Ristorante San Marco
The Boutique by the Beach
Things I Like
Twist Boutique
Venice Olive Oil Company
Venice Wine & Coffee Co.

33rd Annual Downtown Venice Art Fest

33rd Annual Downtown Venice Art Fest

Saturday, November 6th and Sunday, November 7th, 2021 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
100-300 West Venice Avenie, Venice, Florida
FREE

More than 100 of the nation’s most notable artists will exhibit their work, ranging in mediums from photography to jewelry, paintings to sculpture, ceramics, glass, mixed media and more during this weekend community festival. Festival patrons and art collectors alike can meet and visit with their favorite artists, view and purchase original works, or commission custom pieces.

Social distancing required; masks recommended. Please be mindful and follow CDC guidelines. Presented by Howard Alan Events & American Craft Endeavors in partnership with Venice MainStreet.

Artists Sunday is November 28, 2021

Artists Sunday is November 28, 2021

Venice MainStreet has joined artists and organizations across the country for Artists Sunday, the nationwide event, the Sunday after Thanksgiving, November 28th, encouraging consumers to shop with artists, makers and creators. It’s like Black Friday or Small Business Saturday but shopping for art! Shop at our local downtown Venice boutiques and galleries and at the Venice Art Center to find works by local artists and artisans. Give something special, unique, and hand-crafted this holiday season! By shopping with local artists you’re supporting the local economy too.

PARTICIPATING VENICE LOCATIONS:

Florida Violins
Featuring DaVid Pineda-Huezo- Hand Crafted Music Instruments, Musical Recordings; Tirza Kosche Pineda- Music Recordings, Artisan Chocolate Confections; Joel Kosche- Hand Crafted Instruments and Music Recordings; Marlen Pineda-Huezo- Art Prints; John Nord- Handcrafted Jewelry.
325 West Venice Avenue Suite D
941-227-6784
floridaviolins.com

Nest Venice
Featuring Venice artisans! Jewelry by Christina Bella Beads made with unique beads and elements; Henn’s Farm soaps made with organic herbs along with goat’s milk and shea butter; and handmade gift tags by Sarasota art teacher, Angela Artman-Scott, who uses mixed recycled elements to create unique tags that can double as a bookmark memento.
223 A Miami Avenue W
(941) 244-4471
facebook.com/nestvenice

Tangi & Jess
Featuring mixed media artist Jessica Cloarec jessicacloarec.com and Diane Boone Artisan Jewelry dianeboonestudio.com
310 W Venice Avenue Suites 101 & 103
(941) 220-9415
tangiandjess.com

The Island Bookshop
Original acrylic and watercolor paintings by Joanne McLaren, pottery by Gary Skelly, unique photography by John Shaw and Virginia Howell, and one-of-a-kind “book bags” from local artisan Barbara Willis. Artists will be in the bookshop throughout the day to answer questions.
Open from 10am-5pm
206 Miami Avenue W
(941) 416-5511
theislandbookshop.com

Venice Art Center
Open from 10am-2pm
390 South Nokomis Ave.
941-485-7136
veniceartcenter.com

Venice Locale
The entire shop is exclusively locally made artisan products! Alma Eason will be demonstrating resin and candlemaking.
121 Miami Avenue W
(941) 444-0336
venicelocale.com

We will be posting more information about these participating locations soon, so please check back on this page! Follow us on Facebook @venicemainstreet.

 

2021 Venice Holiday Parade

2021 Venice Holiday Parade

The following updated parade information was provided by the City of Venice Public on 11/22/21:

New this year is an interactive map of the parade route! Visit the link below to see where you can find a portable restroom, locations of trash receptacles, and where to avoid street closures!
Parade Route Map

The parade also will be live streaming from Facebook this year thanks to the Venice Chamber of Commerce. Visit the event “Live Stream: Venice Holiday Parade” or visit (20+) Live Stream: Venice Holiday Parade | Facebook

The Venice Holiday Parade returns to downtown Venice this year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 27.
The parade officially begins at 6:30 p.m. at the corner of Park Blvd. and W. Venice Ave (south side). It will proceed on the north side of W. Venice Ave. after crossing over Harbor Drive. From there, it will make a turn on Nokomis Avenue and go all the way down to Turin Street, where it turns right, ultimately making its way to the Venice Community Center, where the parade ends.

DUE IN PART TO COVID-19, ADDITIONAL SAFETY MEASURES WILL BE IN PLACE THIS YEAR:
• No early setup of chairs, blankets, etc. along the parade route. These items will be removed by the City. Chairs may be set up the afternoon of the parade ONLY.
• No pre-parade performances are planned.
• No food vendors will be included.
• The City prohibits the throwing of candy and trinkets to spectators from floats and parade participants. For extended safety and health purposes, this year the distribution by parade marchers of any handouts (candy and other items) will not be permitted. We will be relying on group organizers and parade participants to enforce this rule.
• Event participant groups will be provided with advisories on safety precautions including: practicing social distancing to the extent possible, recommended wearing of masks, and the use of pre-positioned sanitation stations.

Additionally, with the complete redesign and expensive landscaping of the Venice Avenue median, spectators will not be permitted to use the median as a parade viewing site. Signage will be posted.

For parade viewers wishing to be more socially distanced along the route, we encourage you to watch the parade from Nokomis Avenue. Masks are encouraged in crowded areas where social distancing is a challenge.

The 2021 Holiday Parade will most likely be smaller this year, but traditionally exciting. For more information, please visit the parade website at https://veniceholidayparade.com/ or call 941-488-8780.

Costume Strut in Downtown Venice on Sat., October 30

Costume Strut in Downtown Venice on Sat., October 30

Show off your Halloween costume in Downtown Venice on SATURDAY, October 30th from 2pm to 4pm! Strut around Tampa, Venice and Miami avenues while you shop and dine in your spooktacular outfit! The east bound lane of West Venice Avenue (from 200 to 300 block section) in downtown Venice will be closed to traffic to allow everyone to enjoy a pedestrian-safe, spacious area to strut your stuff! All ages welcome. Masks are encouraged and social distancing is recommended.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be NO CHILDREN’S PARADE this year.

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