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A Full Season of Monthly Tours and Community Events Launch This Weekend

Posted April 29, 2019 by Kristi Kent in Events

Plan to participate in these family-friendly events this week in the City of Rome!

Saturday, May 4 Events


Downtown History Tour
Guests will board the Roman Chariots for a guided tour through Rome’s storied past. Historian, Selena Tilly will share insights on the history of area architecture, industry and culture.  This month’s tour focuses on the 200 block. Tours are held the first Saturday of every month April – September and depart from the Downtown Welcome Center at 10 a.m. Tickets are $10/Adults, $5/Children and may be purchased online at or at the Rome-Floyd Welcome Center. For questions, contact the Georgia’s Rome Office of Tourism at 706-295-5576.

Between The Rivers Farmers Market
Starting Saturday, May 4, the producer-only farmer’s market will be held every Saturday at Bridgeport Plaza, located behind Moes BBQ in Historic Downtown Rome.  Local farmers and artisans will offer Rome pasture-raised, grass-fed, organically and naturally grown products such as flowers, meats, breads, cheeses, produce and much more!  The market will also feature pop-up chefs, live unplugged music, and a couple of rotating food and art producers.  The market will be held rain or shine. Get more details at

Plant Rome
The South Rome Community Garden and Keep Rome-Floyd Beautiful invites the community to come learn about planting, growing and harvesting your own food.  Plots are available for $20 a year. University of Georgia Extension Master Gardener volunteers will be on-site Saturday, May 4 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. to instruct on  planting techniques including preparing seeds, transplanting, fertilizing, tilling and watering for vegetables, herbs and flowers. Plots are available to anyone who lives in Rome. The festive afternoon will include food and door prizes. Master gardener volunteers will host growing and harvesting events as the garden season progresses. The garden is located at 607 Pennington Avenue. For more details or to reserve a plot, contact Katherine Sanders at 706-238-2810 or Ralph Davis at 706-238-2810.

Free Clocktower Tours
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.

Ellen Axson Wilson Arts Fest
Historic Downtown Rome kicks off a full season of Downtown Rome Saturdays on May 4 at 12:00 p.m.  The event includes the Ellen Axson Wilson Art Walk, and Chalk Your HeART Out chalk competition. Enjoy live music and performances by David Bell, Etowah Jacks, Bennie Gray, Bekah Cates, Rome Braves Brigade, Southern Style Sweethearts, and the Western Promenaders. At 5 p.m. the Grains of Sand Band will perform an evening of soul and Motown music. At 8:30 p.m. the 2nd Annual Rome Lantern Parade will kick off with lantern awards at the stage. All events are free and parking is free at the 3rd Ave deck, 4th Ave deck, and 6th Ave deck. Downtown retailers located throughout the street festival will host sidewalk sales throughout the day. We encourage you to support the downtown businesses who make the event possible by eating, utilizing services, and shopping downtown. Broad Street will be closed from 8:00am until 11:00pm. No outside coolers or drinks allowed. For questions, contact the Office of Downtown Development at 706-236-4520 or email

Sunday, May 5 Events

Sulzbacher Roman Holiday Tour 
Tour Rome’s rivers on The Rolling on the River Sunday Cruise on the Sulzbacher Roman Holiday with Dennis Nordeman. Tours are held the first Sunday of each month from May through October. The river history themed tour will depart at 2 p.m. from the Heritage Park boat dock. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and may be purchased in advance at or at the Rome-Floyd Welcome Center.

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.  For more event details, visit

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Our Georgia's Rome tourism team works hard to curate content to help you discover and explore our beautiful town! We want to ensure our content is up-to-date and accurate; so please let us know if we ever overlook an important detail! This post was originally written by Kristi Kent and is updated by staff.

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