September sees Romans returning from their summer holidays and kids heading back to school. So as the Italian summer heat begins to subside, the city of Rome slowly begins to buzz with things to do. While Rome's cultural calendar is not packed at this time of year, there are a few interesting events taking place. Here are a few of the most popular festivals and events that happen each September in Rome.
July Through Late September: Cinema & Summer Fun
Widescreen movies are shown outdoors during Isola Del Cinema on Tiberina Island almost every night in the summer. At this celebration of Italian cinema, you can watch films made by both legendary and emerging filmmakers. This is part of Estate Romana, or Roman summer, which also includes concerts, theater, and other events. If you're there at the very beginning of September, you can catch the last few days of Lungo Il Tevere, a sort of street fair of pop-up restaurants and bars, entertainment and diversions along the banks of the Tiber River, or Tevere.
Early September: Beginning of Soccer Season & End of the Summer Festivals
Although these teams are bitter rivals, they do share a soccer stadium, the 70,000-seat Stadio Olimpico, which is one of the world's most famous sports venues.
If not sold out, tickets for games, which typically occur on Sundays, can be purchased online, over the phone, at the stadium, or at the teams' official stores throughout the city. All but the most diehard fans should avoid the Curva Nord and Curva Sud sections of the stadium – the realm of "ultra" fans, these areas can get frighteningly rowdy, and are definitely not suited to children.
For LGBTQ residents, visitors and their allies, Rome's Gay Village is a celebratory street fair running from late May to early September in the Testaccio neighborhood. Music, dancing, and food and drinks booths all contribute to the festive atmosphere.
Mid- to Late September: Arts, Crafts, Antiques Fairs, and Food
Several arts and crafts fairs take place in Rome in September. There is an art fair along the street of Via Margutta, an area known for its collection of hip and high-art studios. It was also home to film director Federico Fellini and is where parts of "Roman Holiday" were filmed. Also in September, usually the last week, there is a crafts fair in Via dell'Orso near Piazza Navona.
Taste of Roma is a foodie's paradise that happens the third week of September. You can sample food from some of Rome's top chefs and take cooking courses. More than 28,000 people attend the event, which is held on the grounds of the Auditorium Parco della Musica, in Rome's Flaminio neighborhood.
Beginning in late September, the RomaEuropa Festival features cutting-edge local and international performances of dance, theatre, music, and film, as well as visual arts installations at venues across the city.