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5 Reasons to Plan a Getaway to Rome this Fall

Posted August 13, 2019 by Tara Silvestri in Arts, Downtown, Events, Family, Festivals, Guest Blog, Life in Rome, Music, People, Things to Do

As the lazy days of summer dwindle to an end, there is an air of excitement about the inevitable approach of fall and with it the cooler temperatures it brings. Summer gives us the opportunity to explore the trails and rivers while fall is the season of events and activities, and there is something extra special about fall in downtown historic Rome, Georgia.

With special events scheduled through the end of the year, it’s a wonderful time to plan the weekend getaway that got away from you all summer; that’s why we have selected 5 of our favorite upcoming events. The hard part is deciding which weekend to visit!

Live Music Every Third Friday at The Courtyard Rome Riverwalk

Fridays on the patio at The Courtyard have quickly become a favorite among locals and tourists alike. For starters, the venue is situated on the Etowah river overlooking a beautiful walking bridge and downtown Rome creating arguably the best view of the city.

Taking full advantage of the setting, the live performances are always on the patio with comfortable seating and an outdoor bar and grill, creating the perfect Friday night vibe. Adding to that vibe is musical artist and Rome native Kevin Allen who is a frequent performer and crowd favorite. Kevin’s charisma, voice, and overall stage presence will take your most popular songs and make you love them all over again whether he’s singing the blues, soul, R & B or pop.

Kevin Allen’s next performance is Friday, August 16. Additional performances for the remainder of the year are Friday, September 20 and Friday, October 18. All shows are from 6:30pm – 10:30pm. Admission is always free.

Mother’s Finest Live at The Forum

Funk rock band lovers, we have a treat for you! The long running queen and kings of funk rock, Mother’s Finest will be in concert at The Forum on August 23. The Atlanta-based band performs a blend of funky rhythms, heavy rock guitars and expressive soul/R&B-style vocals. The group charted with the singles “Fire” (No. 93 Pop Singles) and “Baby Love” (No. 79 Black Singles, No. 58 Pop Singles) among many others.

The Courtyard Rome Riverwalk is getting in on the fun by giving away four sets of tickets (2 tickets in each set) to the concert. To enter to win, simply post a selfie and tag The Courtyard Rome Riverwalk on Facebook or Instagram at @courtyardromeriverwalk. The selfie must be taken at The Courtyard. The winners will be announced during Kevin Allen’s live performance on Friday, August 16. Winners must be present to win.

Rome Shakespeare Festival

Georgia’s premiere Shakespeare festival will be held in Rome September 19 – 29. The Rome Shakespeare Festival is an annual theatrical event with multiple Shakespearean performances held on The Town Green or at The RAD Playhouse. Fans of the Bard can enjoy Hamlet, Two Gentleman of Verona and A Midsummer Night’s Dream on The Town Green and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare will be performed at The RAD Playhouse located at 233 N. 5th Avenue, Rome Georgia.

Guests can reserve a private table for their group or purchase individual seats at a shared table. Anyone is welcome to bring blankets and/or beach chairs to enjoy the performance for free.


Fiddlin Fest Between the Rivers

Historic downtown Rome is the perfect backdrop for Fiddlin Fest Between the Rivers. Guests can enjoy the sounds from two stages of live entertainment and some of the best bluegrass music in the south! Musicians will also be located at various locations throughout the festival. Pickers are invited to bring a fiddle and join the fun!

This giant street festival isn’t just for pickers. Family activities such as art and craft demonstrations and interactive games will be available for the kids, and onlookers can watch antique, vintage and muscle cars cruise-in to the car show. Visitors can also peruse sidewalk sales from local downtown stores and enjoy food and drinks from local restaurants. Downtown Rome transforms into a huge street festival for a full day of fall fun.

Fiddlin Fest is Saturday, October 12 and admission to the event is free.

Forum on Ice

Enjoy the magic of the holiday season at Forum River Center’s Forum on Ice. For the second year, the Forum will be transformed into an enchanted winter wonderland that includes a 4,000 square foot ice rink. As visitors skate on real ice inside the arena, snow falls from above throughout the day, holiday music is playing and Christmas lights and trees are on display.

In addition to ice skating, guests can visit with Santa and attend special seasonal events such as themed skating nights. Forum on Ice run through November 17 – January 6. Admission to the ice rink and skate rental is $10.

To view more happenings in Rome this fall, visit the calendar of events page.

Ready to plan a weekend in Rome? The Courtyard Rome Riverwalk is conveniently located in the heart of downtown with stunning views of the river. The new state-of-the-art lobby provides inviting, flexible spaces where guests can work or relax, free Wi-Fi throughout and easy access to the latest news, weather and airport conditions via the GoBoard technology.

At the center of it all is The Bistro, the destination for a great breakfast, or drinks and dinner during the evening. Guests can relax on the outdoor patio while sitting by the fire pit, or decompress in the well-equipped fitness center. Reservations can be made by calling the front desk at 706-295-7006 or by visiting the website.

Happy Fall Y’all!

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Tara is a content producer and digital marketing professional. She is thrilled to be a part of the marketing team at The Courtyard Rome Riverwalk.

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