Visitor Guide

Festivals & Fairs You Need to See in Rome

Posted April 27, 2018 by Nic Diaz in Events, Festivals, Things to Do

We’ve put together this list of festivals and fairs throughout the year that every traveler needs to see!

Rome Shakespeare Festival on the Green

May

Downtown Saturdays Arts Festival – May 5 – Downtown Rome

The first event in the series will be held Saturday, May 5 and encompasses visual art, live music, culinary flavors, and cultural performances including the Ellen Axson Wilson Art Walk, International Festival, Chalk Your Heart Out, singer-songwriters, and local bands.

Cave Spring Baconfest – May 5 – Rolater Park, Cave Spring

There will be all types of homemade BACON dishes to “taste” (bacon fudge-yummy), arts and crafts at the community center. If you have a “special” bacon dish you want to prepare – or you want to sell your arts and crafts.

Roman Roast on the River – May 11 – Ridge Ferry Park

The hottest barbecue competitions in North Georgia returns to Ridge Ferry Park! Join us as bbq teams battle it out to become this year’s Grand Champion!

Rome Shakespeare Festival – May 29 – June 10 – Downtown Rome

Rome Shakespeare Festival is growing! In 2018, RSF will be a two-week festival, featuring three mainstage productions, a youth musical, and more! We even offer a Shakespearean food tour where you can immerse yourself in the experience even more!

Rome River Jam

June

Cave Spring Arts Festival – June 9 – 10 – Rolater Park, Cave Spring

A juried fine arts festival complete with music, food and varied art forms, pottery, paintings, glass work, garden art, and metal sculpture.  Staged in Rolater Park at the entrance of the Cave. June second weekend.  A juried fine arts festival complete with music, food and varied art forms, pottery, paintings, glass work, garden art, and metal sculpture.  Staged in Rolater Park at the entrance of the Cave.

Rome River Jam – June 9 – Ridge Ferry Park

Kane Brown will headline this year’s Rome River Jam which will bring hundreds of area residents to Ridge Ferry Park. The popular country music concert is known for bringing up-and-coming music stars to Rome and this year could prove true to that tradition.

July

Cave Spring Motorcycle Rally – July 27-28

If live music, motorcycles and beautiful country is your scene, then this motorcycle rally is the place to been seen.  Enjoy beautiful Cave Spring; stop at the downtown shops and restaurants for a full weekend of fun. RV camping is available; but be sure to reserve in advance.

Rome Beerfest

September

Running Water Powwow – Sept. 1 – 2 – Ridge Ferry Park

Experience the 29th Annual Running Water Powwow Cherokee Homecoming & Ripe Corn Festival on September 1-2, 2018 at Ridge Ferry Park in Rome, Georgia. More than 50 arts and crafts vendors will be setting up tents and selling and demonstrating their crafts over the course of the weekend.

Rome Balloon Festival – Sept. 14 – 15 – Richard B. Russell Airport

Bringing hot air balloons galore, this new festival is guaranteed to bring out the kid in everyone with fantastic sights and so much more!

Rome Beer Festival – Sept. 22 – Heritage Park

Rome Beerfest is an annual celebration of the art of beer and fundraiser for the Rome Area Council for the Arts.

Cave Spring Pigout – Sept. 22 – Rolater Park

Have you ever been told that the barbecue you cook is the best around? If so, here’s your chance to show off your cooking skills. In September of 2007 the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) of Cave Spring, Georgia, presented the first barbecue cook off competition called the “Cave Spring Pig-Out.” This year, the 2018 Cave Spring Pig-Out will mark 11 successful years of extraordinary barbecue competition.

Georgia Mushroom Festival – Sept. 29 – Rolater Park, Cave Spring

The second Cave Spring Mushroom Festival will be held in Rolater Park downtown on September 29, 2018. We have already lined up well-known speakers and educators from the field of mycology, biology and microbiology to enlilghten us on the Wonderful World of Fungi.

F-22 Raptor at Wings Over North GA

October

Fiddlin’ Fest Between the Rivers – Oct. 13 – Downtown Rome

Fiddlin’ Fest is a fall celebration in downtown Rome complete with bluegrass music, antique & artisan vendors, and much more!

Wings Over North Georgia Airshow – October 13 – 14 – Richard B. Russell Airport

North Georgia’s #1 Family Weekend Presented by Parker Fibernet returns for the 7th consecutive year October 13-14 at Rome’s Russell Regional Airport.

Chiaha Harvest Fair – Oct. 27 – 28 – Ridge Ferry Park

A toe-tappin’, cider-sippin’, fun-for-everyone arts festival.

Burt Reynolds at the Rome International Film Festival

November

Rome International Film Festival – Nov. 1 – 4 – Rome City Auditorium & DeSoto Theatre

Founded in 2003, the Rome International Film Festival (RIFF) is northwest Georgia’s signature film festival event. Named as one of MovieMaker Magazine’s “top 20 festivals worth the submission fee,” RIFF is proud to have shared independent films from dozens of countries across the globe with thousands of film fans and filmmakers from near and far over the last 15 years.

December

Winter Art Market – Dec. 1 – 2 – Jackson Hill

Find the perfect gift for your loved ones or yourself with over 60 artists and craftsmen! Shop jewelry, wood-turned crafts, folk art, and much, much more!

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