Ellen Axson Wilson Art Walk

The Ellen Axson Wilson Artwalk, International Festival and Rome Lantern Parade all on May 5th!

Art meets culture in Downtown Rome on May 5th, 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

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! Booths are FREE to RACA members. Not a member? Join here!

Art Walk Vendor Registration:Vendor forms can be found here. If you need to rent a tent, please pay below. Tents are available on a first come, first served basis. 

Tent Rental Name/Business

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!



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. 



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 Walking Art Tour. 

Downtown business locations will showcase artist works.

Maps of the self-guided tour will be available at the festival.








Keys to Rome – All Day
Pianos will be transformed into works of art and placed around Downtown Rome for the public to play and enjoy. Everyone can enjoy playing the pianos, as well as listening to several planned performances during the festival. The program is made possible through the collaborative efforts of Turn Your Back on Hate, City of Rome and Rome Area Council for the Arts.

 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.