What to do in Rome in October 2019

Wanted in Rome's day-by-day guide to the best events and things to do in Rome during October 2019.

Autumn has arrived in the Eternal City, with a fall season full of exciting cultural and social events, from blockbuster art exhibitions and cutting-edge dance shows, to Shakespearean theatre in English, food and drink festivals, live music concerts and opera. Here are our suggestions, including day trips, for each day of October 2019.

1 Oct. See new work by Turner Prize-winner Tracey Emin show at Galleria Lorcan O'Neill.

Tracey Emin – What I could Have Been, 2019 – Galleria Lorcan O’Neill.

2 Oct. The third annual Festival InDevinire for theatre, art and music kicks off in Pigneto.
3 Oct. Soak up the atmosphere at the Jazz Festival on the streets of Garbatella.

Garbatella Jazz Festival. Photo Zero.

4 Oct. Craft beer fans will be flocking to the EurHop! festival in the EUR district.
5 Oct. Enjoy the weekend at the Marino Wine Festival, a short drive from Rome.

Marino Wine Festival near Rome

6 Oct. Seek out contemporary performance at Mattatoio with Japan's Hiroaki Umeda.
7 Oct. Experience the might of Carthage with an exhibition at the Colosseum.

The Dark Side at Musja. Bat Panel by Monster Chetwynd. 

8 Oct. New museum Musja launches today with the show Chi ha paura del Buio?
9 Oct. Admire sculptures by Canova at an exhibition opening today at Palazzo Braschi.
10 Oct. Choose from over 500 labels in the Amaro bar at Il Marchese.

Myss Keta at Spring Attitude Festival in Rome

11 OctSpring Attitude returns with electronic performances at MAXXI and Ex-Guido Reni.
12 Oct. Catch the explosive Pompei e Santorini show at the Scuderie.
13 Oct. Don't miss Romeo and Juliet in English at the Silvano Toti Globe Theatre.

Romeo and Juliet - in English - at the Globe Theatre

14 Oct. Rome launches SPAM, a week-long international event dedicated to architecture.
15 Oct. Head to Mercato Centrale beside Termini Station for a variety of modern Italian dishes.
16 Oct. Check out the newly-opened Saxophone Museum in Maccarese near Rome.

Wes Anderson and Bill Murray will be special guests at Rome Film Fest.

17 OctRome Film Fest kicks off with guests Ron Howard, Bill Murray and Wes Anderson.
18 Oct. Catch the closing night of Don Quixote at Teatro Dell'Opera di Roma.
19 Oct. Brandi Milne's first European show opens tonight at Dorothy Circus Gallery.

Brandi Milne at Dorothy Circus Gallery

20 Oct. Savour the return of seasonal white truffles with a dinner at Taverna Lucifero.
21 Oct. Enjoy art events across the city for the fourth edition of Rome Art Week.
22 Oct. Grab tickets for concert by hit musician Matt Simons at Monk Club.

Cinecittà World gets into the Halloween spirit

23 Oct. Get spooked at Cinecittà World with special attractions for Halloween.
24 Oct. Take the kids to see original Pimpa cartoon drawings at MAXXI.
25 Oct. See Bacon, Freud and the school of London at Chiostro del Bramante.

The Dance by Paola Rego. 1988. Photo: © Tate, 2019, at Chiostro del Bramante

26 Oct. Wine connoisseurs can't miss the Life of Wine event at the Radisson BluHotel.
27 Oct. The Vatican Museums are free today with last entry at 12.30.

Vatican Museums are free on 27 October.

28 Oct. Be amazed by a world of innovation with Maker Faire at Fiera di Roma.
29 Oct. Make a day trip to the deserted village of Canale Monterano north of Rome.

The deserted village of Canale Monterano

30 Oct. Romaeuropa shows Forsythe's A Quiet Evening of Dance at Teatro Olimpia.
31 Oct. Luneur park in Eur celebrates Halloween with parades for children.