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What to do the weekend of 21st and 22nd of May in Rome

Posted on May 21st, 2022

by Expat Living in Rome

Another weekend  in Rome with the summer heat upon us! If you go to the beach, it’s just outside Rome and you can discover some villages (why not!),  Take the train to Ostia  that you can find at Metro B Picramide and and get off at Ostia Antica! Or stay in the city with all kind of things to do in the open air!  Visit some interesting exhibitions, or discover the cultural and gastronomic events scheduled in the city this weekend.

Here are the events not to be missed on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd of May in Rome:

Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 May will be another weekend full of events not to be missed. The capital is experiencing a real rebirth after the months of restrictions. Culture, art, food have exploded into the Roman streets with a varitey of entertainment for everyone.

From food markets to craft markets and oriental cultures, from festivals dedicated to good food and good drink, to classical and pop music that lights up the city. Over the weekend hundreds of historic and contemporary buildings in Rome open and it ends with a dance at the Palladium Theater.

Peace concert in Piazza del Popolo

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On Saturday 21 May,  “Play Music Stop War” an event with free admission. A strong message through music aimed at supporting humanitarian work and welcoming refugees from Ukraine promoted by Community of Sant’Egidio.

From 19:30, beloved artists and bands will preform, coming from different musical scenes, but firmly united for the same noble cause, they will join their voice to demand an end to the war in Ukraine and every war in the belief  that there is no future without a foundations for peace.  ( Find full info here)

15th anniversary of the Japanese Market

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The Japanese Market celebrates its 15 years on Saturday and Sunday, with a full fun program. The splendid and large industrial spaces of the Capannelle Hippodrome will frame a unique journey through the sounds, smells and atmospheres typical of the Rising Sun. A large market exhibition with over 100 exhibitors selected for an out-of-the-box shopping proposal. It ranges from typical Japanese crafts to the greener proposals of bonsai, kokedama and terrarium, the creative crafts of ceramics, origami, kimonos and kokeshi as well as a wide selection of manga, gadgets and typical products of Japanese comics & game culture. ( Find full info here)

Spring Beer Festival

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The Spring Beer Festival returns to Rome from 19 to 22 May. It’s free admission dedicated to Italian craft beers will be held at Città dell’Altra Economia, in the premises of the former slaughterhouse in the Testaccio district. The theme of this new edition is “let’s go back to the party” with Brewer companies and friends. 20 Italian breweries have been selected.  There are also things for children believe or not!  ( Find full info here)

Giovanni Truppi in concert at the Auditorium

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After the on stage performance the Ariston with Your father, my mother, Lucia, the piece in competition at the 72nd Sanremo Festival, and with Nella Mia ora di Libertà, a piece by Fabrizio De André interpreted in a duet with Vinicio Capossela and participation in surprise of Mauro Pagani, Giovanni Truppi will be on tour with “Tutto l’iverso”, and will make a stop in Rome on Sunday 22 May, at the Auditorium Parco della Musica.  ( Find full info here)

Aperol Spritz Festival

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Aperol Spritz Festival returns to the Auditorium Parco della Musica from 20th to 22nd of May. Three evenings of fun, in which the unmistakable orange aperitif signed Aperol Spritz will be the star for the night! The suggestive location will be tinged with orange together with 15 Aperol bartenders, installations, gadgets and entertainment. for three days full of initiatives.  ( Find full info here)

Festa dell’Amatriciana with Eat Italy

Amatriciana, one of the most famous pasta Roman dishes! Eataly Roma pays homage with an exclusive event. From Friday 20 to Sunday 22 May the third floor of the Roman store will host “La Festa della Amatriciana”: a long weekend in which Amatrice’s recipe will be savored in the most varied and tasty variations. Classic proposals and delicious variations will tickle the palate of all participants. ( Find full info here)

Feast of the arrosticino among 400 thousand flower bulbs

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An area with 400 thousand wonderful bulbs of Italian anemones, buttercups, roses, horned violets in the heart of Rome, presents the Arrosticino Festival over the weekend. The typical Abruzzo dish will, in fact, be the protagonist among the wonders of the Rome Flowers Park. In addition to the Arrosticini, you can have lunch in the well-stocked restaurant, where you will find first courses, main courses and typical side dishes of the Roman tradition, also available for celiac. ( Find full info here)


BBQ universe: around the world through the grills

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Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 May, in the large garden of Eur Social Park, you can enjoy the barbecues of the world. American, Japanese, Greek, Italian BBQ, specifically an ancient Lazio recipe and a traditional one from Puglia, Argentina, Mexico, Brazil. In addition to food, there will be shows, courses, show cooking and space for children. (Find full info here)

Roman cuisine festival

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At AgriPark, the park of the Agriculture Nuova organic farm in Via Castel di Leva, it will be a weekend dedicated to Roman cuisine, the real, traditional and popular one. A tribute to the typical dishes with a unique and unmistakable flavor appreciated all over the world. Cooks and restaurateurs will face off with carbonara, amatriciana, cheese and pepper, gricia, porchetta d’Ariccia, oxtail, tripe, offal and lamb.  (Find full info here)


Open House Roma

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On 21 and 22 May, “Open House Roma” returns, the event that celebrates design and architecture in the capital by opening hundreds of historic and contemporary buildings to the public free of charge. A special weekend that will offer Romans and tourists the opportunity to discover the most interesting details of our architectural heritage, with events also designed for people with visual and hearing impairments. Among the novelties of this year, the unpublished tour of the architecture of Ostia, the most interesting construction sites in the city, historical and special places of ancient Rome such as the Pyramid of Cestius and unique engineering works such as the Atac garage. (Find full info here)

Vivaldi The Four Seasons

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The Accademia di Santa Cecilia Orchestra presents Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd. The concert will feature the American Gil Shaham, one of the greatest violinists on the current scene, in the dual role of conductor and violinist. Nominated “Instrumentist of the Year” by Musical America magazine in 2021, Shaham has created a program for the Cecilian public that alternates the famous Four Seasons with rarely performed pieces. (Find full info here)

“The Spring Festival” at the Triumphal Market

On Friday 20 and Saturday 21 May at the Mercato Trionfale in Rome, 5 artisans and ethical producers have decided to organize “The Spring Festival” to make their products known to the general public that attends the historic market in Prati. From 12 to 14 it will be possible to taste the proposals created by Giovale Formaggi, Bottega Gamberoni, Piccola Bottega Merenda, Fattoria Pulicaro and Fattoria Faraoni in a dynamic and fun tasting open to all and free. (Find full info here)

Artisans on display at Palazzo Colonna

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Last appointment before summer, Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 May, with Artisans on display in the Coffee House of Palazzo Colonna located in Piazza SS. Apostoli 67, a few steps from Piazza Venezia. It will be possible to purchase creations by selected creatives of high craftsmanship, in particular a selection of fashion accessories dedicated to next summer, in a truly unique and exclusive context, extraordinarily open to the public with free access for the occasion. (Find full info here)

The Farmer’s Market on Tour conquers Cinecittà Est

On Sunday 22 May, the Rome and Castelli Romani Farmers’ market will not take place, as usual, at the Capannelle Hippodrome, but, by popular demand of the citizens of Cinecittà Est, it will debut in the green area at Via di Torre Spaccata 107 , crossing Viale Bruno Pelizzi (behind the Cinecittà studios). Among the market stalls, many tastings of organic and typical products, with Igp, Doc and Dop certification, fruit and vegetables, cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil, buffalo mozzarella and much more. (Find full info here)

The Last appointment of Orbita, the dance season at the Palladium Theater

On 21 May at the Palladium Theater with the last appointment of Orbita, the dance season directed by Spellbound which intends to map the leading realities of contemporary dance. On stage two works by the choreographer of Serbian origin, but based in Amsterdam, Dunja Jocic, already awarded with the prestigious VSCD Zwaan in 2021, who presents the short film Bird in Rome, directed together with director Marinus Groothof and, in national premiere, The Previous Owner, a show that explores the theme of transhumanism. (Find full info here)

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