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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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