Events in Wales during October

Autumn is in full swing and October is packed with events for you to visit. Spend a day at a food festival or an afternoon listening to music in the capital. There’s also lots of walking festivals taking place all across Wales, perfect for taking in the autumn-coloured countryside.

  • Erddig Apple Festival

    Erddig Hall and Gardens

    Erddig Hall, Wrexham, North Wales Borderlands

     by Redstone Hill

    4 – 5 October

    Visit the National Trust owned Erddig in Wrexham for their annual apple festival. The festival features more varieties of apples than you could shake an orchard’s worth of sticks at, plus cider tasting to help celebrate the harvest.

    Find out more about the Erddig House

  • Neath Food and Drink Festival

    Balloons in the park at the Neath Food & Drink Festival

    Balloons for Neath Food & Drink Festival, near Swansea

     by Nazgul 9

    4 – 5 October

    A celebration of local produce and Neath’s historic market town atmosphere. Lots going on for all the family including cookery demonstrations, children’s activities and live music.

    Find out more about the Neath Food & Drink Festival

  • Cardiff Half Marathon

    Start line of the 2012 Cardiff Half Marathon
    Cardiff Half Marathon by Cardiff Half Marathon

    6 October 

    One of the UK's biggest road races, the Cardiff Half Marathon returns in to the capitol in October. Competitors race right through the city centre past some iconic locations, with beautiful scenery and historic buildings, starting at Cardiff Castle, and passing the Millennium Stadium, Penarth Marina, before crossing the Cardiff Barrage and racing through Cardiff Bay before finishing close to Cardiff City Hall.  

  • Iris Prize Festival, Cardiff

    Cardiff's International Gay & Lesbian Short Film Festival

    Iris Film Festival, Cardiff

     by Iris Prize Festival

    9 –  13 October

    Cardiff’s international gay and lesbian shortfilm prize welcomes the best new filmmaking talent to the capital.

    Find out more about the Iris Prize

  • Anglesey Oyster Festival

    Oysters on ice
    Angelsey Oyster Festival, Angelsey

    12 - 13 October

    It started as an informal event where the local residents of Beaumaris would gather to eat oysters and get merry, but now the food festival attracts thousands of visitors each year.

    Find out more about the Anglesey Oyster Festival

  • Arcomis International Brass

    Brass event logo

    12 - 13 October

    The Arcomis International Brass Event will feature two orchestral concerts by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales alongside concerts by the Cory Brass Band, a leading Jazz group from the USA and several of the world’s finest classical and jazz soloists giving recitals in an event in venues across Cardiff.

  • Snowdonia Walking Festival

    People walking on top of mountain along Llanberis Pass

    Llanberis Pass, Snowdonia

     by Paula J James


    Guided walks taking in forests, lakes and mountains around Betws-y-Coed. All walks are taken by a local guide and range from three-mile strolls to all-day treks for the more experienced mountain walker.

    Find out more about the Snowdonia Walking Festival

  • SŴN Festival

    Swn logo burnt onto a piece of wood

    Swn Festival, Cardiff

     by Steve Malpass

    17 – 20 October

    BBC Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens is the cofounder and curator of this hip urban music festival, with cutting-edge bands playing venues across Cardiff.

    Find out more about SŴN Festival

  • Womex

    A night shot of the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay

    Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

     by Darren Turner

    23 – 27 October

    Cardiff hosts a major international fair that brings together professionals from the worlds of folk, roots, ethnic and traditional music, and includes concerts, conferences and documentary films.

    Find out more about Womex

  • Rugby League World Cup

    Millennium Stadium and the River Taff, Cardiff

    Millennium Stadium and the River Taff, Cardiff

     by MHPhotos_

    26 October

    The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff hosts the World Cup’s Opening Ceremony and first games – England v Australia, and Wales v Italy.

    Find out more about the Rugby League World Cup

  • Gwledd Conwy Feast

    A food master class at Gwledd Conwy Feast

    Gwledd Conwy Feast, North Wales

     by katew434

    26 – 27 October

    The Conwy Feast is one of the biggest and best food festivals Wales, with a myriad of choice from local food producers for you to try and buy, plus cooking demonstrations.

    Find out more about the Gwledd Conwy Feast

  • Cowbridge Food and Drink Festival

    Cowbridge Food & Drink Festival

    Cowbridge Food & Drink Festival, Vale of Glamorgan

     by Visit Wales

    26-27 October

    Held over a weekend, this is a family-friendly festival with over 80 different stalls selling everything from juicy Welsh hog-roast baps to seasalt caramels and melt-in-the-mouth cupcakes. Also on offer are Welsh wines and liqueurs from Cwm Deri Vineyard in Pembrokeshire and Glyndŵr Vineyard in the Vale of Glamorgan.

  • The Dylan Thomas Festival

    Statue outside Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea

    Dylan Thomas statue, Swansea

    27 October – 9 November

    Dylan Thomas’s home town pays annual homage to the great poet as it showcases talent from Wales and beyond, in this multiarts celebration of Swansea’s most famous son.

    Find out more about the Dylan Thomas Festival

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