Ellen Axson Wilson Arts Fest – Downtown Rome – May 4
The first event in the series will be held Saturday, May 4th and encompasses visual art, live music, and cultural performances including the Ellen Axson Wilson Art Walk, Chalk Your Heart Out, singer-songwriters, and a FREE CONCERT by the Grains of Sand. The day will end with the launch of the 2nd Annual Rome Lantern Parade at 8:30pm.
Cave Spring BaconFest & Car Show – Cave Spring Community Center – May 4
Bacon lovers, this event is for you. Sample a variety of homemade bacon dishes including bacon fudge – yummy! The festival also features a local arts and crafts fair.
Downtown Historic Walking Tours – Downtown Rome – May 4
Downtown Rome’s Guided Tours offer unique insights into Rome’s storied past. Each downtown tour is unique where tour groups are led through Rome’s historic downtown to discover its history and beauty. This year, each tour will focus on a specific section of Downtown Rome!
Free Clocktower Tours – Downtown Rome – May 4
A new season of Clocktower Tours to be offered the first Saturday of every month May through September from 12 to 2 p.m. Historian Selena Tilly will offer free guided tours of the Clocktower, but guests are encouraged to donate to support on-going restoration efforts. For questions, contact the Georgia’s Rome Office of Tourism at 706-295-5576.
May the Fourth Be With Brew – Foundry Growler Bar – May 4
The Foundry’s 3rd Annual Star Wars Celebration with Reformation Brewing Company! Come in your best Star Wars Garb!
Car Show to Benefit Heyman Hospice Care – Troy’s BBQ – May 4
BRING YOUR ANTIQUE, MUSCLE , HOTROD, MOTORCYCLE OR TRUCK TO SHOW . PREREGISTER $15 AT TROY’S BBQ! ENJOY THE B SIDE BAND PLAYING OLDIES BUT GOODIES ! BENEFITING HEYMAN HOSPICE CARE AT FLOYD!
Historic Home Tour – Between the Rivers Historical District – May 5
Join the Rome Area Heritage Foundation and Riverside Gourmet for a tour of downtown residences, Sunday, May 5 (2-5p), at the Second Annual #ThisPlaceMatters Historic Home Tour! This rare look inside these six historic properties is presented in recognition of Preservation Month. All proceeds raised from the tours will benefit the new women’s build for the Davies Shelter.
Rolling on the River Tours – Heritage Park – May 5
Join us on the Sulzbacher Roman Holiday the first Sunday of every month as we cruise the Coosa! Whether you want a history cruise, a birding excursion, or a relaxing Sunday afternoon ride, come aboard the Roman Holiday to see Rome’s rivers from a new perspective!
Pup-a-Palooza – Ridge Ferry Park – May 5
The 3rd Annual Pup-a-Palooza is a free event and will be held at the new Rome-Floyd Dog Park. The Cinco de Mayo themed event will offer a full afternoon of activities to include a dog obstacle course, frisbee and ball throw areas, and dog pools. Each dog at Pup-a-Palooza will receive 1 free raffle ticket for a chance to win prizes! P.A.W.S. and ARF will offer discounted pet microchips, and rabies vaccination shots. Vendors will be on-site with refreshments and offerings for both people and pups.
“As Time Goes By” Clocktower Garden Dedication – Clocktower/Downtown Rome – May 8
The tourism office is dedicating a new garden in honor of Anne Culpepper. The new garden designed by landscape artist John Schulz and will be dedicated during a ceremony at 11:30 a.m. “As the clock chimes to announce the time of day, the garden will follow time through the seasons, announcing the shifts with changing flowers and foliage,” said Shulz. “The garden and the clock will work together to present a ‘Fourth Dimension’”. The area for the garden is located on the east and south upper borders of Clocktower Hill facing East Third Street. Paths will lead visitors into and through the garden that will feature flowering blooms every day of the year once the garden grows in. The garden also serves as a pollinator garden and is on the Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail.
Roman Rose Trolley Tours – Jackson Hill – May 10
The tourism office will offer free downtown history tours on the new trolley. All tours depart from the Rome-Floyd Welcome Center and will be held at 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Guests must have a ticket to participate in the tour. Tickets are available first come, first serve and are available at the Georgia’s Rome Gift Shop & Visitor Center.
Back N Black, AC/DC tribute band LIVE at the Brewhouse – Brewhouse Music & Grill – May 10
Back N Black, AC/DC tribute band will be performing LIVE at the Brewhouse on May 10!! Tickets are $10 and $13 day of show. Reserved tables are $100 and include a bucket of domestic beer or 4 well drinks. Admission is included with the reserved tables on this one.
Georgia’s Rome Photo Exhibition – Farrell’s Frame & Design – May 11
Local photography selected for the Georgia’s Rome Photo Exhibition will be showcased at the Farrell’s Frame & Design Art Gallery during National Travel & Tourism Week. The exhibition will run from May 11 – 25. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, May 11 from 4 – 7 p.m.
Clocktower Painting Party – Rome Clocktower – May 18
The Rome-Floyd Planning Office is hosting a Clocktower Painting Party at the Rome City Clocktower on Saturday, May 18 at 10:30 a.m. The event is being held as part of Historic Preservation Month festivities and the “This Place Matters” national campaign that encourages people to celebrate the places that are meaningful to them and to their communities. Participants will create a painting of the Rome Clocktower and painting instruction will be led by local artist, Kristi Kent. All supplies will be provided from aprons to canvas to paint.