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.

  • Balloons in the park at the Neath Food & Drink Festival

    Balloons for Neath Food & Drink Festival, near Swansea

     by Nazgul 9

    30 September – 02 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

  • Tiny Rebel Newport Food and Drink Festival logo.
    Tiny Rebel Newport Food and Drink Festival by Newport City Council

    01 October

    The festival will showcase local produce and businesses with its free chef demonstrations and over 70 exhibitor stalls. There will be street theatre, live music and activities throughout the day for all the family.

    Find out more about the Tiny Rebel Newport Food Festival
  • Start line of the 2012 Cardiff Half Marathon
    Cardiff Half Marathon by Cardiff Half Marathon

    02 October 

    Competitors race right through Cardiff 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.  

    Find out more about the Cardiff Half Marathon

  • Panorama view of Monmouthshire Food Festival.
    Monmouthshire Food Festival by Monmouthshire Food Festival

    08 – 09 October

    Set in the beautiful surroundings of Caldicot Castle and Country Park, the Monmouthshire Food Festival lets you experience the very best from the Food Capital of Wales. Come and watch demonstrations featuring Monmouthshire’s top chefs, offering you a taste of the county’s finest hotels and restaurants, then enter the Castle courtyard, filled with fantastic local producers offering everything from cider and wine to cheese and bread. The festival also has lots of tastings, cookery classes and have a go sessions with absolutely everything covered by the entry price. 

    Find out more about Monmouthshire Food Festival

  • Cardiff's International Gay & Lesbian Short Film Festival

    Iris Film Festival, Cardiff

     by Iris Prize Festival

    12 – 16 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

  • Swn logo burnt onto a piece of wood

    Swn Festival, Cardiff

     by Steve Malpass

    21 – 23 October

    80 acts announced kicking off with SŵnRise, with Meilyr Jones, Spring King, Crows and more at Tramshed followed by Lonely the Brave and another six acts and more.

    Find out more about Sŵn Festival

  • Gwledd Conwy Feast Conwy Castle in background
    Gwledd Conwy Feast, North Wales by Gwledd Conwy Feast

    22 – 23 October

    The medieval town of Conwy is transformed with a weekend festival that boasts the largest celebration of music, art and food of Wales. The quayside, castle and medieval streets burst with flavours, sound and sights.

    Find out more about the Gwledd Conwy Feast

  • Adult and child at a Welsh Museum.
    Welsh Museums by Wrexham County Borough Council

    22 – 30 October

    There will be a variety of events, activities and exhibitions to include talks, walks, re-enactments, family workshops and Halloween themed nights. 

    Find out more about the Welsh Museums Festival

  • Sweet Lamb, Wales Rally GB

    Sweet Lamb, Mid Wales, Wales Rally GB

     by drew buckley

    27 – 30 October

    Wales Rally GB comes roaring into North Wales this month. Wales is the concluding round of the FIA World Rally Championship which kicks off from Eirias Park Stadium, Colwyn Bay. Come and join the world class action in the legendary Welsh forests. 

    Find out more about Wales Rally GB

  • 27 October – 09 November

    In the centenary of Dylan Thomas’ birth, the 17th annual Dylan Thomas Festival will feature an eclectic mix of events and very special guests. Come along to the opening the new, refurbished and expanded ‘Love The Words’ Dylan Thomas exhibition. You can now see even more unique items and memorabilia, which were previously archived, from the life of Swansea’s most famous son. Plus, an exciting new programme of family and community activity.

    Find out more about the Dylan Thomas Festival, Swansea

  • Paper and Print Limited edition screenprints.
    Limited edition screenprint by Jane Ormes, exhibitor 2016

    28 – 30 October

    At this contemporary craft fair you can meet and buy directly from 135 of the finest makers at Made by Hand in City Hall in the centre of Cardiff. There are adult and children's workshops, demonstrations and masterclasses.

    Find out more about Made by Hand and what's new this year

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