The best events in Rome this August 2019
Even though Romans tend to flee to their summer escapes or go abroad during August (especially on Ferragosto), Rome has some pretty cool events to keep you entertained during the hottest month of the year. Check out the best events in Rome this August 2019.
Fish & Wine Festival
From 8 till 25 August
Eataly – Piazzale XII Ottobre 1492 (Ostiense)
Daily 9am – 12am
Seafood returns as the protagonist of Eataly’s summer edition of Fish & Wine – an 18-day festival that spans from events and tastings dedicated to seafood that will take place from 8 to 25 August. From seafood crudité to oysters, from international-style tapas to crispy fried seafood, from spaghetti with telline and fish soups, fresh and sustainable seafood awaits you all through August. But that’s not it, all tastings are paired with exclusive wines or beer selected for the occasion. Read the full article for information on the program.
Till August 7
Baths of 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. 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’s list of operas and ballets performed by Rome’s Teatro dell’Opera includes Romeo & Juliet (till 4 Aug) and Gala Plácido Domingo “Noche española” (7 Aug).
Lungo Il Tevere 2019
Till August 31st
Daily 7pm – 2am
Along the Tiber Banks between Ponte Sublicio & Ponte Sisto
Visitors and locals of Rome can experience the lively tents, vendors, and live musicthat characterize Lungo il Tevere till August 31st. A variety of pop-up restaurants, bars, and vendors stand between the Ponte Sublicio and Ponte Sisto bridges. Enjoy an aperitivo or a dinner along the Tiber as you watch the sun set. Lighten the mood with table-top games before walking towards Ponte Sisto for live music. Later in the night, the energy at Lungo il Tevere picks up and a young-adult crowd arrives in mass. By midnight, the event takes the form of a bustling bar and hangout. While not as cool as previous editions, Lungo il Tevere is still one of Rome’s summer highlights. Check out their website for the full program.
Moonlit Movie Nights
Till September – L’Isola di Roma, Casa del Cinema & Arene di Roma
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. For more information and for more open-air cinemas, check out our article!
Art City 2019
Till September 8
Venues include Palazzo Venezia, Castel Sant’Angelo, Vittoriano Complex and more
Entry fee: €7.50-16
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 through August. Castel Sant’Angelo hosts one of the regular events of the Roman Summer, Sere D’Arte divided into concerts, a series of thematic guided visits and a theatrical repertoire dedicated to kids. Three exhibitions are in store: Lessico italiano. Volti e storie del nostro Paese; Bvlgari. La storia, il sogno; and Etruschi, maestri d’arte e artigianato. While “Conversazioni nella Loggia” takes place at Palazzo Venezia and hosts three different types of conferences about architecture, art and literature. But that’s not it – five different exhibitions will take place all over the Lazio region, bringing in more than 100 different events. Check out their website for the full program.
Till September 10
Villa Celimontana – Via della Navicella, 12 (Celio Hill)
Concerts begin at 10pm
Dive deep into music, culture and elegance with Village Celimontana’s fourth edition. This year, the festival proposes more than 100 live concerts and a jam-packed program. See some of the greatest jazz musicians, swing and manoucheformations on stage, alternating with tango shows and some of the most interesting Italian big bands and some serious rock’n’roll. And for this event, the perfect setting awaits you: Villa Celimontana, an elegant and evocative location that recalls the charm of old Rome.
Silvano Toti Globe Theater 2019
Till October 13
Largo Aqua Felix (Piazza di Siena), Villa Borghese
Starts at 9.15pm
Entry fee: €8 – 30
Imagine seeing Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in an Elizabethantheatre, the classic round structure that housed Shakespeare’smasterpieces. Now imagine seeing this timeless production in Italian, in Rome: Villa Borghese to be exact. This summer you can experienceShakespeare’s famous plays in the beautiful, open-air Silvano Toti Globe Theatre, a re-creation of the famous Globe. Their season continuesthrough August with The Taming of the Shrew (till – 4 Aug) and Much Adoabout Nothing (7-25 Aug). The season continues through Septemberwith Richard III (30 Aug – 15 Sep), Edmund Kean (16,23,30 Jul), and Giulio Cesare (20 Sep – 6 Oct) and ends in October with Romeo & Juliet.
Concerti del Tempietto
Till October 31
Teatro Marcello, Via del Teatro di Marcello, 44
Concerts take place every night at 8.30pm
Entry fee: €14, €25, €36 depending on seat selected
Take in an evening of live music with Rome’s only surviving ancient theater, TeatroMarcello (built by Augustus in 13 BC) as your backdrop. Il Tempietto presents the 31st edition of the Rassegna Notti Romane al Teatro Marcello – Festival Musicale delle Nazioni with a calendar of 92 classical music concerts. The program includes a concert every evening at 8.30pm, preceded by a short guided tour of the archaeological area of the Teatro di Marcello at 7.45pm. From solo piano to classical guitar, from bel canto arias to string quartets, hear music by Schubert, Liszt, Bershwin, Piazzolla, Debussy, Haydn, and other legendary composers. For more information, check out the series’ website.