The 100th anniversary of Venice will be observed Monday, July 4th. Plans are in place for several events to celebrate the Venice Centennial.

The Venice Centennial Steering Committee has issued a tentative schedule of Centennial events:


Venice Art Fair, Friday, June 24th, and Saturday, June 25th, at the Venice-Abbot Kinney Memorial Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice; inauguration of Venice Centennial Park as a venue for an exhibition and sale of works by emerging artists.

Centennial Carnevale, 6 p.m. to midnight, Monday, June 27th; Carnevale on the streets of Venice, includes fire-eaters, outrageous costumes, local and regional musical acts.

Parade and Opening Ceremonies, Sunday, June 26th; parade begins at 10 a.m. at the Venice-Abbot Kinney Memorial Library and continues to the Windward Avenue Pavilion on the Venice Boardwalk; includes recognition of those who have made Venice what it is today, with special emphasis on its oldest citizens.

Chautauqua, begins 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday June 26th, and continues throughout the celebration; includes a series of spoken word events, such as lectures, readings, speeches, and dramatic re-creations reflecting the past, present and future of Venice.

This series is designed to commemorate Venice founder Abbot Kinney, who hosted chautauqua events to introduce a cultural renaissance to Venice and the U.S.

Venice Architecture, Past,

Present and Future, 7 to 9 p.m. from Monday, June 27th, to Wednesday, June 29th, at a location to be announced; includes a lecture series by resident architects on shaping the future of Venice.


Muscle Beach Centennial Fitness and Figure Competition, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, July 2nd, through Monday, July 4th.

Venice is renowned for the bodybuilding spectacular known to the world as Muscle Beach. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was an early Muscle Beach personality.

The three-day celebration will include bodybuilding, figure and swimsuit competitions.

Venice of America Centennial Car Show, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 3rd, at a location to be announced; includes a celebration of the automobile, from classic cars to hot rods.

Venice Centennial July 4th Picnic and Celebrity Softball Game, noon to 5 p.m., Monday, July 4th, at Penmar Park; includes a traditional picnic with the main event focused around an exhibition softball game of the Venice Tigers.

The Venice Tigers minor-league baseball team once called Venice home. The celebrity ballgame is designed to honor the original Tigers.

Centennial Showcase Venice, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 9th, on Ocean Front Walk.

The showcase will be the signature event of the Venice Centennial — a showcase of the culture of the Venice Boardwalk, which includes skate dancing, chainsaw juggling, skateboarding, graffiti art and other performances.

These events will also be showcased during another three- day event with competitions, sponsor exhibits and booths, vendors, and filming by a production company for a major television special.


The Story of Venice in Photographs, a display of the history of Venice in historic photos, postcards, headlines, artifacts and historic documents spanning the decades will be on display throughout the celebration at the Nike Blu House, on the Venice Boardwalk and at key venues throughout the city.

Venice Artists, exhibitions at numerous galleries and studios featuring many internationally acclaimed Venice painters and sculptors throughout the celebration at various studios on Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

The Abbott Awards. The Abbot Awards were originally created to recognize excellence in independent filmmaking.

Last year, Venice’s Chris Mulkey received the Abbot Maverick Filmmaker award and Venice in America received the Best Documentary award.

Venice Centennial organizers say they believe that the Abbot Award has the potential in the Centennial — and beyond — to become a broader award celebrating Venice success in many categories, including social, arts, business and culture.

These awards would be presented at a major dinner during the Venice Centennial.

Other events are being planned throughout Venice and will be listed in the Official Venice Centennial Guide, available at numerous locations during the celebration.

The Venice Centennial steering committee is in need of volunteers. Those wishing to volunteer should send an e-mail to:

Information for volunteering for the parade, (310) 314-6916.

Other Venice Centennial information is available at: