What’s on in August in Rome

Afternoon commute



Till September 3 – Entrances at Ponte Sisto and Ponte Sulbicio


Lungo il Tevere electrifies Roman nightlife with its 16th annual edition. Along the banks of the Tiber River, visitors and locals of Rome can experience the lively tents, vendors, and live music up until September 3rd. What could simply make this festival any better? Most of the shows and events are free to the public!  The festival has two separate entrances at street level, one at Ponte Sisto and the other at Ponte Sublicio with steps leading down to the activity along the river.

Lungo Il Tevere 2018 Rome


Till October 14 – Largo Aqua Felix (Piazza di Siena), Villa Borghese


Imagine seeing Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in an Elizabethan theatre, the classic round structure that housed Shakespeare’s masterpieces. Now imagine seeing this timeless production in Italian, in Rome: Villa Borghese to be exact. This summer you can experience Shakespeare’s famous plays in the beautiful, open-air Silvano Toti Globe Theatre, a re-creation of the famous Globe.

Silvano Toti Globe Theater in RomeAUGUST PROGRAM

A Mid Summer Night’s Dream (8 – 26 Aug)

The Taming of the Shrew (31 Aug – 16 Sep)




Till September – L’Isola di Roma, Casa del Cinema, Cinema in Piazza


Nothing says summer in the Eternal City like a movie under the stars (preferably with a gelato in hand). This month, piazzas, lush villas, and Rome’s only island transform into open-air cinemas, showing everything from classic flicks, to kid-friendly favorites, to new releases. Among our favorites, L’Isola di Roma, right on the Tiberina Island is a can’t miss. For a different setting under the towering pines of Villa Borghese, Casa del Cinema will host its outdoor film festival Caleidoscopio. And for a 4th year in a row, “Il Cinema in Piazza” will transform Rome’s piazzas into movie theaters. For more information and for more open-air cinemas, check out our article!

Outdoor Movie Theater in Rome: Il Cinema in Piazza Returns






Till 6 August – Terme di Caracalla (Viale delle Terme di Caracalla)


There’s no better way to spend a balmy summer night in Rome than enjoying an opera, ballet or concert at the Baths of Caracalla. A cultural hub and vibrant social spot back in Ancient Rome, the Baths were the equivalent of a community day spa, where Romans would go to bathe and socialize. It was a place to entertain and to be entertained. Fast-forward thousands of years later, and the ruins have become an open-air, improvised stage that welcomes thousands of locals and tourists every summer.



August 6     Joan Baez 




Till September 22nd – Palazzo Venezia, Castel Sant’Angelo, Vittoriano Complex and more


ArtCity, a cultural and performance series that matches up some of the world’s top dance, music, cinema, and theater with a few of Rome’s most spectacular sites, runs all this month. August’s events include Mozart’z and Beethoven’s I Quintetti per fiati e fortepiano which return to the original 18th century sound; On 9th August, Midwinter Spring – Debussy I, the first of the two tributes dedicated to Claude Debussy, whose centenary falls this year; other protagonists will be the renowned Greek harpist Flora Papadopoulos, on August 16th with her harp adaptations in Unwritten; three soloists protagonists of the European scene will pay the second tribute to Debussy on August 24; and Chilean guitarist José Antonio Escobar on August 30th with Impresiones del Sur. See their website for the complete program.






Till August 5 – Auditorium Parco della Musica – Casa del Jazz – Museo Maxxi – Parterre Farnesina Social Garden


The Roma Jazz Festival returns to its summer location for its 42nd edition.  For 35 days, over 170 musicians will perform in 4 locations around the city, making this event one of the most important and long-lived Italian realities. Curated by the artistic director Mario Ciampà, this year’s program has a lot in store and crosses an arc of at least three generations, defining the path taken up till now, and analyzing the proposals that will contribute to creating the jazz sound of the future.

roma jazz festival summer edition 2018


August 01  Sons of Kemet

August 02  Lizz Wright

August 03  Chansons!

August 04  Piji Siciliani

August 05  Swing Valley Band


Till September 8 – Via della Navicella, 12 (Celio Hill)


Summer is back, and Village Celimontana makes a comeback to the Eternal City with its third edition. Till September 8th, get ready to dive deep into music, culture and elegance in Rome. After last year’s success, Village Celimontana proposes more than 100 live concerts and a jam-packed program. A festival which will see some of the greatest jazz musicians, swing and manouche formations on stage, alternating with tango shows and some of the most interesting Italian big bands. And for this event, the perfect setting awaits you: Villa Celimontana, an elegant and evocative location that recalls the charm of old Rome.

village celimontana 2018PROGRAM

Mondays – Celimontango

Tuesdays – Serata Swing Swing Swing

Wednesday, Thursdays, Sundays – Concerts


Till August 10 – Via di Ponte Salario


This summer, in the thickly wooded Villa AdaRoma Incontra Il Mondo (25th edition) is on again hosting a lineup of both Italian and international artists. Everyday for the span of six summer weeks, from the afternoon and into the night, the green heart of Rome will beat to the rhythm of its many concerts, performances, debates and tastings. Events will stretch across summer camps and workshops, not to mention D’ADA Park, where there is free entrance to live music, exhibitions and readings. The new addition this year is the introduction of numerous theatre shows.

villa ada festivalAUGUST PROGRAM

Austu 1 – Ministry

August 3 – Iosonouncane + Paolo Angeli








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