Introducing Downtown Saturdays
Downtown Saturday – May 6
Featuring the Ellen Axson Wilson Artwalk, International Festival and Keys to Rome
Downtown Rome kicks off a full season of FREE, family-friendly events beginning with Downtown Saturday this May. Art meets culture where you can taste samples of international flavors, see performances from all around the globe and shop works produced by local artists.
The day will also feature the roll-out of a new public art and music piano program. Downtown retailers located throughout the street festival will host sidewalk sales and restaurants will feature their international dishes to help celebrate the day.
Location: The street festival will encompass Broad Street from the Cotton Block to the 400 Block. Broad Street will be closed to vehicle traffic from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Parking is available for free during festival hours at the 4th Avenue Parking Deck, 6th Avenue Parking Deck and the Midtown Parking Lot. Parking is also available at the 3rd Avenue Parking Deck.
Keys to Rome: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Pianos will be transformed into works of art and placed around Downtown Rome for the public to play and enjoy. Everyone can enjoy playing the pianos, as well as listening to several planned performances during the festival. The program is made possible through the collaborative efforts of Turn Your Back on Hate, City of Rome and Rome Area Council for the Arts. Learn more: Follow Keys to Rome on Facebook
International Festival – 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
The International Festival aims to showcase the diversity of Rome by sharing all the different cultures that make our world wonderful! Participating vendors share food samples from their country of origin or they showcase music or dance from their country. It’s free to be a vendor and it’s a fun way to help other people experience your cultural heritage!
Vendor Registration: International Festival Participation Application Form (It’s free to participate!)
Ellen Axson Wilson Art Walk – 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
The Ellen Axson Wilson Art Walk is presented by the Rome Area Council for the Arts and features a variety of artists including photographers, painters, jewelers, potters and other craft makers. This year’s art walk will be located along Broad Street throughout the street festival. It’s the perfect way to showcase the art you create!
Art Vendor Registration: Art Walk Vendor Application Form
Kids Activities – 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
The street festival will include a large variety of kid’s activities. The Cotton Block as well as portions of the 400 Block will be dedicated to fun for kids with inflatables, kids crafts and activities.
Chalk Your HeART Out hosted by Merry Maids of Rome is encouraging teams to compete in a sidewalk art chalk competition to raise funds for their local charity of choice. If you are interested in getting more information or putting a team together please email Moriah Medina
Live Music & Performances: 2 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Enjoy free live musical performances throughout the day and evening.
Shawn Mack Band at 4th Avenue Stage
Thunderbolt Patterson at 100 Block Stage
Shakespeare Festival Art Tour
Festival goers can also enjoy viewing art on display from around the region with the Shakespeare Festival Art Tour.
Downtown business locations will showcase artist works.
Maps of the self-guided tour will be available at the festival.
Artwork: Rich Donadio
Street Festival Map – Coming Soon!
We are working on all the details – a map of all the fun is coming soon!
Join the Fun and Volunteer!
Volunteering is a great way to support your community while having fun. Music. Art. Food. Culture. Why wouldn’t you want to be a part of this great event? Volunteer Now!
11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Broad Street Closes to Vehicle Traffic
11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Keys to Rome Pianos Open to the Public
11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Shakespeare Festival Self-Guided Art Tour
2 p.m. – 6 p.m. Ellen Axson Wilson Art Walk
2 p.m. – 6 p.m. International Festival Tasting Tents Open
2 p.m. – 6 p.m. Cultural Performances and Keys to Rome Performances
2 p.m. – 6 p.m. Kid Zones Open
2 p.m. – 6 p.m. Chalk Your HeART Out Competition
7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Shawn Mack Band at 4th Avenue Stage
7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Thunderbolt Patterson at 100 Block Stage
The free event is made possible thanks to the generous support of Downtown Rome business and property owners, Rome Area Council for the Arts, Turn Your Back on Hate, International Festival, and Merry Maids.
Thank you to our event partners who make this free event possible!
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