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.

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

    01 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

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

    7 Oct

    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
  • Principality Stadium.
    Principality Stadium, Cardiff

    9 October

    The last Group D football qualifier, with the glittering prize of a place in the 2018 FIFA World Cup. No pressure, then. 

    Find out more about the World Cup Qualifier

  • Cardiff's International Gay & Lesbian Short Film Festival

    Iris Film Festival, Cardiff

     by Iris Prize Festival

    10 – 15 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

    21-22 Oct

    This guerrilla music festival takes over just about every available venue in Cardiff, to showcase raw music talent in intimate spaces. It's loosely based on SXSW in Texas, and designed to unearth the next generation of performers. 

    Find out more about Sŵn Festival

  • Sweet Lamb, Wales Rally GB

    Sweet Lamb, Mid Wales, Wales Rally GB

     by drew buckley

    26 – 29 October

    The British leg of the FIA World Rally Championship takes place over three thrilling days in some of Wales' most stunning scenery. 

    Find out more about Wales Rally GB

  • Crowds enjoying Gwledd Conwy Feast

    Crowds enjoying Gwledd Conwy Feast, North Wales


    27 – 29 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

  • 27 October – 09 November

    A two-week literature festival that starts on Dylan's birthday and finishes on the date of his death.

    Find out more about the Dylan Thomas Festival, Swansea

  • Group of cyclists
    Fast Starts, Crosstober by 5311 Media

    28 – 29 October

    A fast paced and vibrant form of cycle sport, cyclo cross racing, aimed at all ages and abilities. Riders from all over the world converge in Abergavenny for an expected muddy weekend. 

    Find out more about CrosstoberWales

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

    Balloons for Neath Food & Drink Festival, near Swansea

     by Nazgul 9

    29 Oct - 1 Nov

    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

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