October is a great month to vacation in Rome since the summer crowds have thinned out and the oppressive heat of summer has finally subsided. That means it's one of the best times of the year to enjoy any one of the many events happening around the Eternal City. Whether you're walking around enjoying art exhibitions or sitting outside enjoying the warm weather and a craft beer, be sure to take advantage of what's going on and enjoy Rome like a Roman.
Feast of St. Francis of Assisi
The feast day of St. Francis of Assisi is celebrated every year on October 4, marking the date in 1226 when the Umbrian saint died. In Rome, the religious festival for San Francesco is celebrated with a wreath-laying near the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano. Another special place to observe the holiday is at the church of San Francesco a Ripa in Trastevere. St. Francis stayed in a hospice there in 1219 and there are always religious observances and a special Mass held on October 4 to commemorate Italy's patron saint.
The RomaEuropa Festival showcases innovative works for dramatic theater and dance, kicking off on September 15 and running for over two months until November 22, 2020. It focuses on works that take artistic risks and express new ideas on the Italian art scene. If you are looking for an avant-garde experience, this is a good place to start—there are even kid-friendly performances geared toward younger audiences. Events are held in more than a dozen venues across the city, although there are several online viewing options available for the 2020 festival.
Rome Film Festival
Although it may not have the prestige of its more famous counterpart in Venice, the Rome Film Festival is a more intimate event that still attracts plenty of filmmaking celebrities from Italy and abroad. The festival takes place from October 15–25, 2020, with most screenings and the red carpet located at Auditorium Parco della Musica in the northern part of the city. However, there are other events held all over the city, including panels, masterclasses, tributes, and other special activities.
Although Halloween is not really an Italian holiday, it's becoming more popular, especially among young adults. You'll find Halloween costume parties in many of Rome's nightclubs on October 31 and, since the following day is a national holiday, a lot of Romans out enjoying the night. If you're a fan of the occult side of Halloween, then Rome offers plenty of macabre attractions featuring crypts, underground catacombs, and even real-life mummies. One of the most creepy sites is the Capuchin Crypt, where the entire interior is decorated with the skeletons of over 4,000 deceased monks.
Rome Art Week (RAW)
For one week in late October, more than 150 museums, private art galleries, exhibition spaces, and artists' studios fling open their doors for Rome Art Week, a celebration of contemporary visual art in Rome. The schedule is packed with something happening in virtually every corner of Rome from October 26–31, 2020. This free event makes for a great way to explore the city while also seeing local art.
EurHop Beer Festival
The EurHop Festival is canceled in 2020.
Set in the EUR suburb of Rome, the EurHop Festival celebrates Italy's booming craft beer culture, with 50 brewers from around the country and the rest of Europe chosen to present their brews at this prestigious event. More than 400 beers on tap will be available to sample, along with plenty of food vendors selling pizza, meatballs, fried rice balls, and other Roman dishes to help settle your stomach after all of that beer.