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.

  • Wales Rally GB
    Wales Rally GB by

    04 – 07 October

    The British leg of the FIA World Rally Championship takes place over four thrilling days based at the Rally Village in Deeside, Flintshire.

    Find out more about Wales Rally GB

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

    Balloons for Neath Food & Drink Festival, near Swansea

     by Nazgul 9

    05 - 07 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

  • Real Ale Train, Llangollen Railway

    Real Ale Train, North Wales Borderlands

     by Andrew Gale

    06 October

    All aboard The Real Ale Train! Enjoy a selection of real ales on a real steam train while taking in the scenic surroundings of this part of North Wales.

    Find out more about the Real Ale Train

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

    07 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

    06 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
  • Cardiff's International Gay & Lesbian Short Film Festival

    Iris Film Festival, Cardiff

     by Iris Prize Festival

    09 – 14 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

    17 - 20 October

    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

  • Royal Air Force in concert

    Royal Air Force in concert

     by Royal Air Force Charitable trust

    19 October

    Join singer, radio and TV presenter, Aled Jones and the bands of the Royal Air Force for a once in a century event at the Wales Millennium Centre Cardiff to celebrate 100 years of your Royal Air Force.  The evening will be filled with classical military tunes including The Dambusters March and Spitfire Fugue alongside fantastic musical pieces such as Rising of the Lark, My Little Welsh Home and Land of My Fathers. From rousing military marches, to toe-tapping big band numbers and timeless classical pieces, the celebration will shine a spotlight on key RAF events throughout its history. 

    Find out more about the Royal Air Force in Concert Centenary Tour 

  • Crowds enjoying Gwledd Conwy Feast

    Crowds enjoying Gwledd Conwy Feast, North Wales


    26 – 28 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

  • 27 October - 24 February

    Best known for its biennial international Exhibition and Prize which takes place in Cardiff. The exhibition is Wales’ biggest and most exciting contemporary visual art show. One of the shortlisted artists is awarded the prize of £40,000, the largest art prize in the UK and one of the most significant in the world.

    Find out more about Artes Mundi

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