Venice Florida, one of the most vibrant towns on the gulf; with it’s historic charm and natural beauty, it’s the perfect location for an art festival.  Each year, the cherished city of Venice hosts it’s annual art festival with more than 150 of the nation’s most notable artists exhibiting in a wide range of mediums from photography to jewelry, paintings, sculpture, ceramics and glass.  Best of all is entrance into the festival is FREE.  Patrons and art collectors can meet and visit with their favorite artists, view and purchase original works, and even commission custom pieces.  Truly one of Venice’s most anticipated events of the year. Visit the Exhibitors Gallery to see who will be there!

Rev 3 Challenge Triathalon --> NOVEMBER 8, 2015

What better place for a Triathlon than the famous shark tooth capital of the world, Venice, FL.  It’s coveted natural beauty and perfect yearly temperatures make it a unique place for runner, bikers and swimmers, who will be doing all three.

Athletes will enjoy water temperatures in the high 70′s and if lucky, might find themselves swimming with Venice’s playful dolphins.  The swim will be based at Sharky’s on the Pier and will be a clockwise single loop swim around the pier.  Spectators will have great views of the entire swim course from the 700 foot pier.

The bike course is a flat and fast course on great pavement. After leaving Venice, athletes will stay in Sarasota County and will feature a few out/back sections to check out your competition on Forbes Trail and Knights Trail. This course features only one drawbridge and will take place on mostly quiet roads. You will finish through downtown Venice before returning to transition to begin the run.

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DOWNTOWN VENICE CHALK FESTIVAL

The 2015 Chalk Festival will cover the Island of Venice in chalk!  It takes place November 9-16 and celebrates the theme 'Eat, Drink and Be Merry!'

The Sarasota Chalk Festival is a local community-based event by the Avenida de Colores 501c3 charitable cultural arts organization. It is the first and only internationally acclaimed festival in Sarasota County that is free to participate for all children, students, adults, families, and the elderly that are professional, seasoned, emergent and even beginner artists.

The festival will feature pavement artists from around the world, a cultural exchange of sorts, through the art of chalk! Hundreds of artists will use the Venice pavement as their canvas and pastel chalk as their medium to create breathtaking oversized traditional and 3D illusionistic paintings. The public are invited to participate in, attend, and interact with the artists as they go about their work.

This cultural festival appeals to the most sophisticated critic as much as it does to the novice. Artists of all ages and skill levels will recreate old masterpieces alongside original works of art.  The public becomes an integral part of the performance as the viewer.

All applications are approved to participate in the festival regardless of age or skill level. Dozens of other performers and groups are accepted, adding a nice compliment to the festivities; a concert stage is set up for performances and music and storytellers share behind the scene information you may not know. Others perform dance, magic, theater and other performances to entertain you. 

The Sarasota Chalk Festival is free because of many generous donations.  The festival relies on four partners: dedicated volunteers that work all year to organize the festivities; Sponsors who help with support and cash needed; passionate artists, dedicating their skills and waiving their normal fees for the community event; and enthusiastic visitors who donate at the festival. 

Check out some of this year's amazing Artists.

For more info, visit the Official Chalk Festival Website.

3RD ANNUAL VENICE BLUES FESTIVAL


 The Venice Blues Festival is almost here, celebrating real authentic Chicago, Memphis, and New Orleans style Blues with 2 of the biggest Soulful Blues Icons in the business today. Chicago's own Kinsey Report and Larry McCray will headline this years Festival. Along with Southwest Florida's own Deb & The Dynamics. 

Nov 21st at Maxine Barrett Park. Tickets are on sale now online or you can pick them up in person. This years lineup is outrageous; South Florida's Super Blues Diva Betty Padgett, along with National Recording Artist TC Carr & Bolts Of Blue, Local Blues sensations Kettle Of Fish featuring Blues guitar Legend Greg Poulos. Tickets are $25.00 in advance or $30.00 at the gate. Rain or shine. The Venice Blues Festival is going down. Proceeds will benefit Venice Main Street and The Venice High School Band.

For More Information Visit the Official Venice Blues Fest Website

Also... Check out the Venice Blues Crawl

Stay tuned to our Blog and Facebook page for more exciting events taking place in Venice and the surrounding Suncoast communities!

If you're considering a move to our wonderful community of Venice, give us a call at 941-882-2229 or visit our website at www.experiencevenice.com!

Isn't it time for you to....LIVE THE PARADISE LIFE?!