January 25 to February 5, 2008. This famous 2-week event takes place every year in the historical city center of Venice. For almost 200 years during the carnival season Venice turns into a festive city of extravagant parties, celebrations and revelry. Locals and visitors alike participate in masquerades and elaborate parties to celebrate the closing days of winter along the Gran Canal. The Venetian districts of Santa Croce, Cannaregio, Castello, San Marco, Dorso Duro and San Paulo will be filled with costumes, music, performances and dance. Famous parties are usually sold out a year in advance. For more on the Venice Carnival