A Guide To The Best Events This August in Rome

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The best things to do in Rome this August 2024

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 2024.

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Exhibitions this August in Rome


If you have a passion for art, Rome offers several exhibitions this August. For a unique and immersive experience, visit the Festival des Cabanes at Villa Medici. Photography enthusiasts will appreciate “Vincent Peters. Timeless Time” and “A Beautiful World. Mario Testino” at Palazzo Bonaparte, as well as “Uninhabitable Architecture” at Centrale Montemartini. For contemporary art lovers, “Emotion” at Chiostro del Bramante is a must-see. Additionally, Galleria Borghese is presenting its first exhibition dedicated to a contemporary woman artist: Louise Bourgeois.

Best events in August in Rome

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Live music

The month of July is when the Olympic Stadium gets filled with music, with big concerts planned and it is also the month of summer festivals, taking place all over the city. Many artists from a variety of musical traditions and backgrounds will be performing on various stages. Check them out and pick your favourite!

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Until 6 August | Summertime at Casa del Jazz

Starting on 7 June, Italian and foreign stars, jazz-rock legends, great orchestras, leading pianists, contaminations and new trends… the summer season of the Casa del Jazz, produced by the Fondazione Musica per Roma, offers once again this year a program full of novelties and surprises. More than 40 concerts and performances will take place on the open-air stage set up in the park of Villa Osio on Viale di Porta Ardeatina.


Until 6 August | Villa Ada Festival

Set in the park of Villa Ada in Rome, this year’s Villa Ada Festival has in store many concerts of Italian and international artists. In the 2024 lineup, standout names include The Libertines, who will be presenting tracks from “All Quiet On The Eastern Esplanade,” Elio e le Storie Tese returning to Rome with the show “I Have Only One Tooth Left and I’m Trying to Screw It Back In,” and Cory Henry, a true icon of contemporary jazz.

 Villa Ada Festival

Until 10 August | Caracalla Festival

Opera, dance, cinema, theater, great symphonic music, jazz and pop. The summer program of Rome’s Teatro dell’Opera becomes a festival: the Caracalla Festival, with 60 evenings from 3 June to 10 August at the Portico Theater and the Temple of Jupiter at the ancient Baths of Caracalla. Don’t miss out and book your spots!

Caracalla Festival

Until 5 September | Roma Summer Fest

The incredible architectural space of the Auditorium will host the Fondazione Musica per Roma – Roma Summer Fest. This is one of the most important music events of the Roman summer, each year hosting many artists from the national and international music scene who return to the capital for a series of unmissable concerts.

Roma Summer Fest

Until 7 September | Village Celimontana

This summer, Village Celimontana is making a comeback to the Eternal City with its eight edition. One of the most beloved jazz and swing events in Rome, the festival starts on June 15, 2024 and runs until September 7. Over the next couple of months, the villa will host more than 100 free concerts.

Village Celimontana

Until 7 September | Ostia Antica Festival

The 2024 Ostia Antica Festival presents a diverse program of music and theater performances, featuring renowned national artists in a blend of tradition and innovation. Held in collaboration with the Archaeological Park of Ostia Antica, the festival offers an enchanting atmosphere. Among many others, Vinicio Capossela and Goran Bregovic, Patti Smith and Carmen Consoli, Flavia Mastrella and Antonio Rezza will perform.


Until 22 September | Viaggio Nel Foro Di Cesare

The much-awaited Viaggio nel Foro di Cesare returns this year. This captivating multimedia show narrates and brings to life the scenic archaeological area. The show is accompanied by the extraordinary narrating voice of Piero Angela, featuring films, projections, and video mapping that reconstruct the current archaeological area as it appeared in ancient Rome.

Viaggio Nel Foro Di Cesare

Until 22 September | Jazz&Image: Colosseum Festival

Until the 22nd of September the Parco del Celio will be hosting the event JAZZ&IMAGE organised by the historic Jazz Club of Rome Alexanderplatz Jazz Club, collaboration with another iconic venue, Big Mama. Both clubs are celebrating their 40th anniversaries in 2024, marking this milestone with a joint festival. The event will feature performances by both Italian and international musicians, making it a highlight of the late summer season.


Until 29 September | Lungo il Tevere 2024

Get into the vibrant atmosphere of the riverside at the Lungo il Tevere summer festival along the Tiber, celebrating art, food, and nightlife. Enjoy free shows, cool shops, delicious cuisines, and cultural delights from July until late September.

Lungo il Tevere

Open-air Cinema

Experience the enchantment of open-air cinema in Rome this August. From piazzas like Piazza Vittorio to cultural venues like the Casa del Cinema, various locations offer outdoor movie screenings. Immerse yourself in the magic of cinema under the stars and enjoy a diverse range of films.

Outdoor cinemas in Rome

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