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.

  • 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

    3 – 4 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

    5 October 

    One of the UK's biggest road races, the Cardiff Half Marathon returns 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.  

    Find out more about the Cardiff Half Marathon

  • Iris Prize Festival, Cardiff

    Cardiff's International Gay & Lesbian Short Film Festival

    Iris Film Festival, Cardiff

     by Iris Prize Festival

    08 – 12 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

    11 - 12 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

    10 - 13 October

    The Arcomis International Brass Event will feature some of the world's most celebrated brass music and musicians in one place, at one time. The event will package an unrepeatable programme of soloists, ensembles and masterclasses.

    Find out  more about The Arcomis International Brass Event

  • Snowdonia Walking Festival

    People walking on top of mountain along Llanberis Pass

    Llanberis Pass, Snowdonia

     by Paula J James

    25 - 26 October

    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

  • Dim SŴN

    Swn logo burnt onto a piece of wood

    Swn Festival, Cardiff

     by Steve Malpass

    18 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 Dim SŴN

  • Gwledd Conwy Feast

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

    25 – 26 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

  • The Dylan Thomas Festival

    Statue outside Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea

    Dylan Thomas statue, Swansea

    27 October – 09 November

    The focus for Dylan Thomas 100 including high-profile events to mark the 100th anniversary of Dylan’s birth.  This event forms the centrepiece of the year-long celebration over an intensive two-week period.

    Find out more about the Dylan Thomas Festival

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