Downtown Venice Craft Festival

Rows of white craft tents lining West Venice Ave.Venice, Florida was host to the 16th annual Downtown Venice Craft Festival on Sat. and Sun., January 27 & 28, 2024.  West Venice Avenue was closed to vehicular traffic while thousands of patrons casually strolled the palm tree lined street.  Approximately 100 white display tents lined the street for blocks and glistened in the Florida sun.  Both local and traveling artisans and craftsmen proudly displayed the fruit of their labors.  The air was filled with the essence of food vendors with their delicious and tempting vices.  Patrons feasted their taste buds on tropical beverages, fresh baked pastries, kettle corn, and more.  Several musicians sang, played guitars, and other more exotic instruments.

Every imaginable craft and work of art was on display and for sale including huge colorful paintings, sea scenes, metal sculptures, jewelry, pottery, silk flowers wind chimes, hanging rope chairs, and more.This writer couldn't resist buying the drink tumbler with the sea scene and the quote "Feeling a little salty," especially since it had a built in blue tooth speaker in the bottom.

A visiting family enjoys some local hospitality.The most beautiful tent was the orchids on display. It had the most vibrant colors and a soft natural look. Smiles abound while patrons carried their newfound treasures. Concurrently, the Venice Farmer's Market was open on West Venice Ave. with a variety of fresh picked fruits and vegetables. Our four legged friends were not only welcome but many rode in style in baby strollers or carrying harnesses. Some were even decked out in their best visors and sunglasses.

Venice, Florida is a very walkable city that hosts street fairs and festivals year round.  

Welcome to Venice sign.

Young couple walking black and white dog in stroller.

Woman serving fresh baked pastries.

Table full of blue and white orchids in pots.

Man relaxing back in swinging rope chair.

Three people smiling at the tumbler booth at the craft fair.

Woman in dress and sunglasses selling jewelry. 

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