The best events in Rome this August 2023
Even though Romans tend to flee to their summer escapes 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 2023.
Fish & Wine Festival
Till September 3
Eataly – Piazzale XII Ottobre 1492 (Ostiense)
Seafood returns as the protagonist of Eataly’s summer edition of Fish & Wine – a festival that spans from events and tastings dedicated to seafood that will take place from June 12th to September 3rd. From seafood crudité to oysters, from crispy fried seafood to spaghetti ai frutti di mare, fresh and sustainable seafood awaits you all through summer 2023. But that’s not it, all tastings are paired with exclusive wines selected by Eataly’s sommeliers for the occasion.
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Till August 10
Baths of Caracalla
Performances at 9pm or 7pm
The Teatro dell’Opera di Roma is back with its summer edition inside the stunning location of the Baths of Caracalla until August 10th. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to enjoy the opera scene under the stars! This August list of operas and concerts performed by Rome’s Teatro dell’Opera includes: Rigoletto (3-10 August), Concerti Aperitivo Jazz (2-4-6 August) and New Generation Fratelli Cutello (7 August).
Moonlight Movie Nights
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). In the month of August, outdoor cinema continues at Casa del Cinema, Piazza Vittorio, Monteverde, and in many other locations throughout the city.
This is Wonderland
Laghetto dell’Eur – Passeggiata del Giappone (EUR)
Accessible with a direct train from Rome Termini, the enchanting event “This is Wonderland” will grace the EUR garden, offering an immersive journey that transcends the boundaries of exhibition art and embraces the mesmerizing allure of light. From July 6th to September 17th, the park will transform itself into a live fairy tale, bringing to life one of the most beautiful classics of literature: Alice in Wonderland. Opening its gates from 7 pm to 2 am, visitors will embark on a captivating adventure, experiencing a magical world beyond imagination.
Gigi Proietti Globe Theater 2023 Silvano Toti
Till September 24
Largo Aqua Felix (Piazza di Siena), Villa Borghese
Starts at 6.30pm or 9pm
This summer 2023 you can experience Shakespeare’s famous plays in the beautiful, open-air Globe Arena. Their season continues through August with The Tempest (2-6), Midsummer Night’s Dream (9-27) and Il caso Shakespeare Show (21-22).
Summertime @ La Casa del Jazz
Till August 6
Casa del Jazz
Viale di Porta Ardeatina, 55
Great names from the Italian and international music scene will be playing at Casa del Jazz this summer. Summertime is the festival dedicated to jazz hosted at Villa Osio, bringing a diverse selection of jazz musicians to Rome to play till August 6th in the venue’s garden, adding an edgier side to the city’s summer music scene. August concerts include Flamenco Tango Neapolis (1 August), Elisabetta Serio Quartet special guest Sarah Jane Morris (2 August), Musica Nuda (3 August), Frida Bollani Magoni (4 August), James Senese (5 August), and Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio (6 August).
Jazz & Image
Viale Parco del Celio
Until October 15th the Parco del Celio will be hosting the event JAZZ&IMAGE organised by the historic Jazz Club of Rome Alexanderplatz Jazz Club, with the artistic direction of Eugenio Rubei. It will be home to both Italian and international musicians alike, performing throughout the end of the summer. Right in front of the Colosseum, with a breathtaking panorama, Roma will become the capital of Jazz. Concerts will begin at 9.30pm with tickets available from 5 euros, and with the possibility to enjoy some quality Italian products at the food and beverage section.
Exhibitions this August in Rome
August in Rome offers a delightful array of captivating cultural exhibitions. One notable event is the Festival Des Cabanes held at the stunning Villa Medici, where an architecture festival raises thought-provoking questions about our connection with nature.
Pablo Picasso’s impressive artworks have landed in Rome and will be on display at the Galleria Nazionale. More than 300 works will guide the gallery’s visitors into the Spanish artist’s universe, made of thin drawings, geometries, still life objects and hundreds of female figures.
Another intriguing exhibition is the Colors Of The Romans Exhibit: Mosaics From The Capitoline Collections at Centrale Montemartini. Through intricate mosaics, it narrates the fascinating history of ancient Rome.
For those interested in more contemporary narratives, the Italy as a Desire exhibition at the Scuderie del Quirinale unveils the beauty and culture of Italy through a captivating photographic exploration. Additionally, don’t miss Mario Cresci’s photo exhibition An Exorcism of Time at MAXXI, showcasing the photographer’s transformative 20-year journey in Basilicata from the mid-1960s to the mid-1980s.
Lastly, the Chiostro del Bramante presents the modern and innovative art of Pistoletto, an unmissable experience for art enthusiasts visiting Rome in August.
Concerti del Tempietto
Piazza di Campitelli, 9 (Jewish Quarter)
Concerts begin at 6.30pm and 8.30pm
Smack bang in the center of the Eternal City in Teatro Marcello is Concerto del Tempietto. Every evening, a select choice of classical music is played. What’s more, a tour in English or Italian of Teatro Marcello is included in the ticket price should you get there 45 minutes before the music starts playing at 6.30pm and at 8.30pm. This is the perfect way to spend the night for people who love history and classical music. The event ends on the 1st of October.
Lungo Il Tevere
Along the Tiber Banks between Ponte Sublicio & Ponte Sisto
Daily 7pm – 2am
This summer, from Ponte Sublicio to Ponte Sisto, the Tiber River will host Lungo il Tevere, a cultural experience that allows all visitors to immerse themselves into a true Roman summer. Since 2003, this annual event has made its home on the river’s right bank, and attracts thousands of Italians, Romans, and tourists alike. This year’s installation continues the popular Lungo il Tevere tradition of celebrating all things art, food, and nightlife.
La Luna sul Colosseo
Parco Archeologico del Colosseo
from Tuesday to Saturday, from 8pm to 12am
Touring the Colosseum at night is as spectacular as it sounds. It is surprising how much a nighttime tour of this iconic landmark transforms it into a masterpiece. With the arches illuminated by the moonlight and the lack of people compared to visiting during the day, it is safe to say that if there was a cultural experience not to miss in Rome, this would be it.
TolfArte – International Street Art Festival
With its ever-popular success, Tolf Arte is returning to Rome between the 4th and 6th of August for its 19th edition. Situated in Tolfa (a small town in the province of Rome) the festival celebrates all things arts. Expect literary meetings, therapy, music, acrobats and much more. A must for performing arts lovers.