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Downtown Rome Saturdays – Between the Rivers

Downtown Saturday – May 5
Featuring the Ellen Axson Wilson Artwalk, International Festival and Rome Lantern Parade

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 musical performances and shop works produced by local artists.

The day will also feature the roll-out of a new public art event, the Rome Lantern Parade.The Rome Lantern Parade is a glowing procession of light and art along Rome’s rivers and historic downtown.

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 200 Block to the 400 Block. Broad Street will be closed to vehicle traffic from 9 a.m. to 9 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.



Event Schedule

International Festival – 12 p.m. – 2 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: Application coming soon! (It’s free to participate!)



Ellen Axson Wilson Art Walk – 12 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 – 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

The street festival will include a large variety of kid’s activities. Enjoy 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: 12 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Enjoy free live musical performances throughout the day and evening.

Evening Concerts: 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Local bands, singer songwriters at 4th Avenue Stage


Artwork: Rich Donadio

Shakespeare Festival Art Tour – All Day

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.






 Rome Lantern Parade – 7:30 p.m.

The parade will begin at the main stage of the block party with a lantern contest. Everyone is encouraged to bring a homemade lantern and entry into the contest is free. Lantern contest categories include: Most Creative, Largest Lantern, Best Group Entry, and Best Rome Theme. It’s free to be in the parade, but a lantern is required for entry!

Several businesses and organizations in downtown are offering family-friendly lantern making workshops including AR Workshop, Farrell’s Frame & Design, Makervillage and the Rome-Floyd ECO Center and Swerve. Each lantern workshop is unique; facilitated by an artist instructor with supplies provided. Get all the details about the parade and register for lantern making workshop. Learn More: Rome Lantern Parade web site



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


Festival Schedule

9 a.m. – 9 p.m.          Broad Street Closed to Vehicle Traffic

12 p.m. – 10 p.m.      Ellen Axson Wilson Art Walk

12 p.m. – 2 p.m.        International Festival Tasting Tents Open

12 p.m. – 6 p.m.        Street Music Performers

12 p.m. – 6 p.m.        Chalk Your HeART Out Competition

5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.     Live music on 4th Ave Stage

12 p.m. – 10 p.m.      Shakespeare Festival Self-Guided Art Tour

7 p.m. – 10 p.m.        Lantern Parade & Lantern Contest begins at Main Stage on Broad & E. 4th Ave

The free event is made possible thanks to the generous support of Downtown Rome business and property owners, Rome Area Council for the Arts, International Festival, and Merry Maids.

Thank you to our event partners who make this free event possible!



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