Here are the festivals and events that happen each October in Venice.
All month during odd-numbered years - La Biennale. The months-long contemporary arts extravaganza that is the Venice Biennale begins in June every other year during odd-numbered years and runs through November. Read more about the Venice Biennale.
Opera Season at La Fenice. Venice's famous opera house La Fenice is a great place to see an opera, even if you are not an opera fan. Visit the Teatro La Fenice website for details on schedules and tickets. For those in the US, La Fenice tickets can also be bought from Select Italy.
4th Sunday in October - Venice Marathon. An internationally recognized race, the Venice Marathon starts out on the mainland and concludes in Saint Mark's Square. For more information, visit the Venice Marathon website.
Halloween. Although Halloween is not really an Italian holiday, it's becoming pretty popular, especially amongst young adults. You'll see shop windows decorated for Halloween and you may find Halloween costume parties in bars or restaurants and in nightclubs on the Lido. Read more about Halloween in Italy. For something a little creepy you might consider the Doge's Palace Secret Itineraries Tour or a visit to San Michele Island, Venice's cemetery (see Visiting Venice's Islands).
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