October Festivals

Photograph: Paris Motor Show

Festivals in October

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AFL Grand Final Day

AFL Grand Final Day

They build 'em big and tough down under! If you find yourself in Australia come the last Saturday in September, gear up for an Aussie ...
Pacific Australia Melbourne Sporting Events October
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Over nine days each fall, 750 hot air balloons of all shapes, sizes and disguises take to the blue above the lush Rio Grande Valley ...
North America United States New Mexico Albuquerque, NM Ballooning Festivals Family Festivals October
Amsterdam Dance Event

Amsterdam Dance Event

For five days and nights in October, Amsterdam is the undisputed capital of dance as 360,000 devotees of electronica descend upon the Dutch capital. The ...
Europe Netherlands Amsterdam Electronic Dance Music Festivals October
Amsterdam Halloween Parade and Party

Amsterdam Halloween Parade and Party

Freaks take over the streets during Amsterdam's annual Halloween Parade and Party. Come All Hallows' Eve or Day of the Dead, a disfigured band of ...
Europe Netherlands Amsterdam Halloween Street Parades October
Art Market Budapest

Art Market Budapest

For four days each October, Budapest becomes the artistic capital of Eastern Europe during Art Market Budapest. Over 100 exhibitors display the work of some ...
Europe Hungary Budapest Art Festivals October
Austin City Limits

Austin City Limits

Over two weekends each October, Zilker Park plays host to Austin City Limits (ACL), a monster of a Texas music fest featuring some of the ...
North America United States Texas Austin, TX Rock Festivals Popular Music Festivals October
Bathurst 1000

Bathurst 1000

Petrol-heads descend upon the New South Wales town of Bathurst on the second Sunday in October for an Australian motorsport institution, the Bathurst 1000. Held ...
Pacific Australia Bathurst Motor Sports Events Sporting Events October
Berlin Light Festival

Berlin Light Festival

For ten days during October, as the autumn months make way for another dark European winter, a vivid change comes over the landmarks, monuments, buildings ...
Europe Germany Berlin Light Festivals Art Festivals October
BFI London Film Festival

BFI London Film Festival

The BFI London Film Festival (the UK's largest public film event) rolls into the capital's cinemas each October, screening more than 300 features, documentaries and ...
Europe England London Film Festivals Short Film Festivals Documentary Film Festivals October
Birds of Chile Festival

Birds of Chile Festival

Ornithologists wing their way into the Chilean city of Viña del Mar each October for the annual Birds of Chile Festival (Festival Aves de Chile). ...
South America Chile Viña del Mar Birdwatching Festivals October
Bridge Day

Bridge Day

In Fayette County, West Virginia there's a bridge that spans the New River Gorge. It stands some 876 feet (almost 300 metres) above the water ...
North America United States West Virginia Fayetteville, WV Extreme Sports Events Community Festivals October
Brussels Nuit Blanche

Brussels Nuit Blanche

Fancy pulling an all-nighter in Brussels? Then Nuit Blanche may be right up your alley. From 7pm through to 7am on a Saturday night in ...
Europe Belgium Brussels Art Festivals Performing Arts Festivals October
Canterbury Festival

Canterbury Festival

The Canterbury Festival — Kent's largest and longest running arts festival — has a colourful history that dates all the way back to 1920. For ...
Europe England Canterbury Performing Arts Festivals World Music Festivals October
Christmas Island Red Crab Migration

Christmas Island Red Crab Migration

While not a festival in the strictest sense of the word, if you're a red crab on Christmas Island come the start of the rainy ...
Pacific Christmas Island The Settlement Natural Phenomenon October
Copenhagen Culture Night

Copenhagen Culture Night

For one evening each October, Copenhagen goes cultural, opening up more than 500 institutions — museums, libraries, educational establishments, theatres, music venues and churches ...
Europe Denmark Copenhagen Cultural Festivals Family Festivals October
Corfu Beer Festival

Corfu Beer Festival

A slice of Bavaria comes to Corfu for five fun-filled days each October during the annual Corfu Beer Festival. Visitors to the village of Arillas ...
Europe Greece Corfu Beer Festivals October
Cyprus International Film Festival

Cyprus International Film Festival

Film lovers gather in the leafy Cypriot capital Nicosia each October to enjoy the wide-ranging offerings at the annual Cyprus International Film Festival. The CYIFF ...
Europe Cyprus Nicosia Film Festivals Short Film Festivals October
Delaware Wine and Beer Festival

Delaware Wine and Beer Festival

Get more bang for your festival buck at the Delaware Wine and Beer Festival. On a select Saturday each October, Delaware's finest wineries, breweries and ...
North America United States Delaware Dover, DE Beer Festivals Wine Festivals October
Diwali

Diwali

Coinciding with the darkest, new moon night of the Lunisolar month of Kartika — somewhere between mid-October and mid-November on the Gregorian calendar — the ...
Asia India Religious Events October
DMC World DJ Championships

DMC World DJ Championships

Since 1985 the world's freshest DJs have gone head to head, stylus to stylus spinning and scratching their vinyl at the DMC World DJ Championships ...
Europe England London Rap and Hip Hop Festivals October
DOK Leipzig

DOK Leipzig

Starting out life in 1955, as the All-German Leipzig Festival of Cultural and Documentary Films, Dok Leipzig (today's snappier title) was the first independent film ...
Europe Germany Leipzig Film Festivals October
Dublin Marathon

Dublin Marathon

On the Bank Holiday Monday, during the relatively cool autumnal month of October, runners take to the the historic Georgian streets of Dublin for the ...
Europe Ireland Dublin Marathons, Triathlons and Fun Runs October
Dundee Literary Festival

Dundee Literary Festival

Lover of literature? Find your reading specs and head on over to the the Dundee Literary Festival and Comics Conference. For five days in October, ...
Europe Scotland Dundee Literature Festivals Book Fairs October
Elefest

Elefest

Elefest is a celebration of one of the best known but most misunderstood parts of London — Elephant and Castle. Elefest's programme celebrates the past, ...
Europe England London Community Festivals October
Elevate Festival

Elevate Festival

Looking for something a little more mentally challenging than your everyday festival offering? Up your expectations at Graz' annual Elevate Festival for Contemporary Music, Art ...
Europe Austria Graz Performing Arts Festivals October
Flavors of Fall

Flavors of Fall

Downtown Reston turns on the Bavarian vibe each October during the annual Flavors of Fall celebrations. Visitors can enjoy the best in North Virginia's Fall ...
North America United States Virginia Reston, VA Beer Festivals Multicultural Festivals October
Frankfurt Book Fair

Frankfurt Book Fair

Frankfurt's history with the published word is well documented. Just down the road in Mainz, Johannes Gutenberg invented the movable-type printing press way back in ...
Europe Germany Frankfurt Book Fairs October
Genoa Festival of Science

Genoa Festival of Science

Since 2003, the Italian port city of Genoa has been attracting inquiring minds to discuss, debate and ponder all things scientific at their annual Festival ...
Europe Italy Genova Science and Technology Festivals Family Festivals October
Hajj

Hajj

Each year from the 8th to 12th of Dhu al-Hijjah — the 12th and last month of the Islamic calendar — the Muslim faithful trace ...
Middle East Saudi Arabia Mecca Religious Events October
Halifax Pop Explosion

Halifax Pop Explosion

Each October the Nova Scotian capital pulls out all the stops during the Halifax Pop Explosion. Founded way back in 1993, today the Explosion's power ...
North America Canada Halifax Indie Rock Festivals Electronic Dance Music Festivals October
Helsinki Book Fair

Helsinki Book Fair

Lovers of literature rejoice. Each October as autumn descends on the Finnish capital, the country's premier literary event — the Helsinki Book Fair — opens ...
Europe Finland Helsinki Book Fairs October
HI Seoul Festival

HI Seoul Festival

For five days each October the HI Seoul Festival brings creativity and artistic expression to the streets, plazas and squares of the South Korean capital. ...
Asia South Korea Seoul Cultural Festivals Performing Arts Festivals October
International Rome Film Festival

International Rome Film Festival

Although a relative youngster, the International Rome Film Festival already competes with the European film festival heavyweights; in no small part due to the huge ...
Europe Italy Rome Film Festivals Short Film Festivals October
Jazz on the Third

Jazz on the Third

For those in the know, Frankfurt is the epicentre of Germany's jazz scene. On the third of October annually they back up that rep' with ...
Europe Germany Frankfurt Jazz Festivals October
Kathmandu Jazz Festival (Jazzmandu)

Kathmandu Jazz Festival (Jazzmandu)

There's a thriving jazz scene in Kathmandu and it's in small part down to Jazzmandu, Kathmandu's annual jazz festival. For a week each October since ...
Asia Nepal Kathmandu Jazz Festivals October
Kiev International Film Festival (Molodist)

Kiev International Film Festival (Molodist)

For over 40 years, Molodist — Kiev's International Film Festival — has been doing it's cinematic thing across the Ukrainian capital. For nine days each ...
Europe Ukraine Kiev Film Festivals Short Film Festivals October
Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival

Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival

The Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival is one of the first and largest environmental film festivals in Malaysia. For three days each October, the festival ...
Asia Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Film Festivals Short Film Festivals October
Life is Beautiful Festival

Life is Beautiful Festival

A relative newbie on the mega-festival block, Life is Beautiful is already making big waves and attracting huge names to Vegas for three days of ...
North America United States Nevada Las Vegas, NV Rock Festivals Indie Rock Festivals October
Lodz Design Festival

Lodz Design Festival

The Lodz Design Festival has grown from a local event featuring a handful of exhibitions to Poland's major design event in a little over half ...
Europe Poland Lodz Design Festivals Art Festivals October
Lord of the Miracles Procession

Lord of the Miracles Procession

Each year Peru plays host to literally thousands of religious processions and festivals. The largest and arguably most spectacular of these is the annual Lord ...
South America Peru Lima Religious Events Street Parades October
Manchester Science Festival

Manchester Science Festival

Play, create and experiment with your scientific side at the annual Manchester Science Festival. The ten day event brings together a unique blend of art, ...
Europe England Manchester Science and Technology Festivals October
Miramar Air Show

Miramar Air Show

I feel the need, the need for speed! Fans of the film Top Gun, may recognise the setting of the Miramar Air Show in San ...
North America United States California San Diego, CA Air Shows Family Festivals October
Moldova National Wine Day

Moldova National Wine Day

The history of Moldovan winemaking is as rich as the soil of the country's Pucari Region. Those lucky enough to be in Chisinau over the ...
Europe Moldova Chisinau Wine Festivals Traditional Festivals October
MUTEK.MX

MUTEK.MX

Mexico's instalment of MUTEK is an international festival for digital creativity that takes place over seven days each October, in the country's capital. As a ...
North America Mexico Mexico City Electronic Dance Music Festivals New Media Festivals October
New York City Wine and Food Festival

New York City Wine and Food Festival

What began as a humble one night starter back in 2007 has evolved into the New York City Wine and Food Festival — a four-day buffet ...
North America United States New York New York City, NY Food Festivals Wine Festivals October
New York Coffee Festival

New York Coffee Festival

The New York Coffee Festival is the Big Apple's flagship coffee event. Celebrating the city's burgeoning specialty coffee scene, the three day event attracts in ...
North America United States New York New York City, NY Coffee Festivals October
Paris Motor Show

Paris Motor Show

Can you tell your camshaft from your catalytic converter? If all things vehicular get your motor running, then the Paris Motor Show (Mondial de l'Automobile) ...
Europe France Paris Motor Shows October
Phuket Vegetarian Festival

Phuket Vegetarian Festival

The southern Thai island of Phuket serves up a smorgasbord of strange during their world-renowned, annual Vegetarian Festival. The history of the event is a ...
Asia Thailand Phuket Religious Events Bizarre Festivals October
Pittsburgh Zombie Fest

Pittsburgh Zombie Fest

Fan of the zombie film genre? Want to take that adoration to a whole new level? Join the heaving throng of half-dead as they descend ...
North America United States Pennsylvania Pittsburgh, PA Bizarre Festivals October
Sŵn Festival

Sŵn Festival

Cardiff's Sŵn Festival is rapidly becoming a Welsh institution in a city renowned for its party scene. Over four days in October an eclectic mix ...
Europe Wales Cardiff Street Parties Rock Festivals October
Signal Festival

Signal Festival

With nigh on half a million visitors hitting the streets of the Czech capital over four days each October, Prague's Signal Festival (festival of lights) ...
Europe Czech Republic Prague Light Festivals Art Festivals Family Festivals October
Skopje Jazz Festival

Skopje Jazz Festival

Long established as one of Europe's premier jazz gatherings, the Skopje Jazz Festival continues to wow fans for five days every October. Since 1982 the ...
Europe Macedonia Skopje Jazz Festivals October
Something Wicked

Something Wicked

Worship at the house of electronica? Then grab something neon, don your comfy shoes and head out to Houston for Something Wicked, a three day ...
North America United States Texas Houston, TX Electronic Dance Music Festivals October
Tübingen Duck Race

Tübingen Duck Race

Ladies and gentlemen, start your ducks! Up to 7,000 ducks make a break for it each October in the annual Tubingen Duck Race. Not ducks ...
Europe Germany Tübingen Bizarre Festivals October
The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival

The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival

With its signature blend of award winning writers, world-renowned thinkers and international star names, The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival is a hotbed of debate and ...
Europe England Cheltenham Literature Festivals Book Fairs October
Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade

Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade

In New York City's Tompkins Square Park, in the lead up to Halloween proper, our four-legged friends get the opportunity to take to the canine ...
North America United States New York New York City, NY Halloween Bizarre Festivals October
Tough Mudder (Las Vegas)

Tough Mudder (Las Vegas)

Mudders or nutters? You decide! Take a peek under the hood of any one of the 50+ Tough Mudder courses worldwide and you'll discover they ...
North America United States Nevada Las Vegas, NV Bizarre Festivals Marathons, Triathlons and Fun Runs October
Vilnius Jazz Festival

Vilnius Jazz Festival

Since 1988 the Vilnius Jazz Festival has presented festival-goers with a smooth selection of contemporary jazz featuring local talent and a little jazz genius from ...
Europe Lithuania Vilnius Jazz Festivals October
Voodoo Music Experience

Voodoo Music Experience

At New Orlean's Voodoo Music Experience they do do that voodoo that they do so well. Over three days around about Halloween each year, New ...
North America United States Louisiana New Orleans, LA Rock Festivals Indie Rock Festivals October
Waves Vienna

Waves Vienna

Waves Vienna takes its brand of international alternative, electronic, rock, and club acts to venues in the city's 2nd District for four days each October. ...
Europe Austria Vienna Electronic Dance Music Festivals October
West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval

West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval

Join the thousands strong throng of the weirdly dressed as they take to the streets of Santa Monica Boulevard, for the annual West Hollywood Halloween ...
North America United States California Los Angeles, CA Halloween Street Parades October
World Conker Championships

World Conker Championships

Bonkers for conkers? Why not try your hand at the World Conker Championships held at Shuckburgh Arms in Southwick. For the uninitiated, conkers is a ...
Europe England Peterborough Bizarre Festivals October
Zot Movie Festival

Zot Movie Festival

The small Indian Ocean nugget of paradise that is Reunion, takes extreme sports to the big screen for one Saturday night each October, during the ...
Africa Reunion Cap Homard Film Festivals Extreme Sports Events October

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