October officially marks the beginning of Autumn. We look forward to the leaves turning brown, comfort food and best of all Halloween. Our October what’s on Cardiff guide is stocked full of fun this month with plenty to do for the whole family.
If you are staying with us at Exchange Hotel grab our guide and head out into the wonderful action-packed city that is Cardiff.
Jam or Listen at the Years First Jazz Society Jam Night
Musicians bring your instrument and audiences just bring your ears as Cardiff’s Jazz Society come together under one roof to have a good old jam session playing nothing but endless jazz.
For just £1 entry you can watch as the best jazz musicians in the city vibe off each other creating an off the cuff jazz concert where everyone and anyone can get involved.
Sing-Along-Song Time in Cardiff
Spend a magical musical night in Cardiff around the piano at Porters where they’ll be celebrating a birthday of sorts in style.
Dress up as your favourite musical movie character and join the party as they eat cake and sing along to some of the best musical movie soundtracks of all time.
Come to Witness the Weird and Wonderful
Once again, the Weird and Wonderful Triple Cooked collaborators descend upon the city of Cardiff, bringing with them a night of amazing music, fabulous street food and awesome art.
Performers and artists, both local and international, will take to the decks to entertain the masses and pop makeover stations with plenty of props will be on hand to get you looking your best weird and wonderful selves.
Fight Night: Khabib VS McGregor
Wondering where to watch the McGregor fight this month then wonder no longer as Walkabout Cardiff will be screening this hotly anticipated showdown.
This late-night live action will be screened in the wee hours of the morning so the lovely folk at Walkabout have arranged special licensing to host fight night in Cardiff just for you lot.
Cardiff’s Official Oktoberfest
Bringing the traditional tastes of Munich into the heart of Cardiff, Depot’s Oktoberfest will give everyone the chance to celebrate an authentic festival without having to leave the country.
Enjoy the tastes of traditional German food from street food vendors, lift your glasses in the air filled with thirst-quenching German Beers and dance the day away to oodles of live Oompah music.
Enjoy steins and good times at this years Oktoberfest in Cardiff.
All the Les Musicals You Love Live
Where: St David’s Hall
More musical movie magic in Cardiff during October and this time brought to you live from the stages of St David’s Hall.
Touring the UK are two ex X-Factor talents, Ryhddian Roberts and Jonathan Ansell, both of whom bring to life all of Les Musicals you know and love.
Songs from the biggest hit musicals of all time will be included in the lineup so you can sing along to tunes from Wicked, West Side Story, Les Miserable and many more.
Try Your Hand at The Office Quiz
Fans of the hit comedy show, The Office will be thrilled to learn that one of the shows biggest stars is coming to Cardiff this October.
Big Keith will be in town to test your knowledge on all things Office based and those who participate will have the chance to win £100 in cold hard cash or a selection of “fantastic prizes”!
Be there or be square.
Will You Be Crowned No.1 Quizard in Cardiff?
Another quiz but with a somewhat more mysterious theme, the Wizarding Quiz at Walkabout will test your realms of knowledge on the wonderful world of witchcraft and wizardry.
Step into Walkabout an ordinary soul with a unique understanding of other realms and leave a fully-fledged Quizard. (If you manage to win that is).
The Comedy About a Bank Robbery
When: 9th – 13th
Where: New Theatre
Comedy theatre company, Mischief Theatre have done it again with another wonderfully whacky play where everything goes wrong at the worst possible time.
Straight from sell-out shows on the West End on a tour of the UK, the rip-roaringly funny play will leave audiences with split sides and tear-streaked faces.
The plot, an attempt to steal a prized diamond being held in a bank set in the late 50s. A conman, his girlfriend and a dimwitted sidekick are up for the task but hit a lot of bumps along the way.
See who will bag the prize in the end at the New Theatre in Cardiff this October.
A Nostalgic Night of Black Parade Emo Anthems
Where: The Globe Cardiff
Remember the days when everyone wore black, people were inexplicably moody, and the music was filled with angst and way too much emotion. Those were the good old days of Emo and they’re back in Cardiff this October at The Globe.
Come along in your finest emo outfit and hear all the top tunes that made you happy to be angry at the world for no reason, other than it was totally on trend.
A Bit of Boutique Busking
Where: Oxfam Boutique
Attend The Boutique Busk to raise funds for Oxfam and get a taste of what’s to come at this year’s Oxjam Fest.
Hosted inside Oxfam’s Boutique on Mary Street, a collection of artists from the growing line-up at Oxjam will entertain a select few with the top tunes from their sets. Pop in and have a gander or grab some threads for the festival itself to help Oxfam carry on their important global work.
Stepback! in Time at a 90’s Concert
Where: Motorpoint Arena
More nostalgia in Cardiff during October as the Motorpoint Arena welcome the stars of the last century to perform once again for their still-adoring fans.
Pop people such as Blazing Sqaud, B*Witched, East 17 and 5ive are regrouping under one roof bringing their much-loved music back for one night only.
Come along and let 5ive make you get down and enjoy an S Club Party this October in Cardiff.
Stock Up Your Wardrobe at the Vintage Kilo Sale
Where: Cornerstone Cardiff
Bring an extra suitcase along on your visit to Cardiff this October and talke a trip to the Vintage Kilo Sale at Cornerstone Cardiff.
Setting up stall after stall of vintage clothing and accessories The Vintage Clothing Kilo Co. will be selling designer threads for £15 per kilo. Grab what you love for a fraction of the cost and fill that spare suitcase with fantastic vintage fashion finds.
Rogue Orchestra Perform Hits of Beyoncé & Destiny’s Child
Forget about your Bills, Bills, Bills this month and enjoy a night where the club will be a Jumpin, Jumpin at Tramshed.
Rouge Orchestra will take on the back catalogue of both Queen Bey and her disbanded girl group Destiny’s Child.
Calling all The Single Ladies, those who are Crazy in Love, Naughty Girls and Baby Boy’s to see an unforgettable musical performance in Cardiff this October.
See The Feeling Live in Cardiff
Never Be Lonely in Cardiff this October as The Feeling fly into town to rock your weekend and Fill Your Little World Right Up with some fantastic live music.
Bringing songs from their first hit album “Twelve Stops and Home”, The Feeling lads will be performing an intimate gig in one of Cardiff’s top live music venues for a select lucky audience.
Don’t miss your chance to see one of the greatest albums made, over 10 years ago, live in Cardiff this October.
Life is a Cabaret at the College
When: 17th – 7th November
A selection of the gifted singers from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama will be displaying their vocal talents in a live cabaret show just for you this October.
Admission is free to see this superb stage spectacular that brings to life all the best songs from hit musicals both new and old.
Bringing Latin Vibes D’Alma to Cardiff
There’s a chance to put your salsa dancing skills on show at Porters this October at their Latin Vibes event. Live Cuban inspired tunes mixed with a little Latin-style jazz and a few well-known spiced up songs will form the soundtrack of the evening.
Sashay your way to Porters for a night that brings the heat of Latin culture to the centre Wales’ capital city.
Be Blown Away by Capital City’s Big Band Jazz
More jazz than you can shake a stick at will be live in Cardiff this October as another superb jazz performance arrives at Porters this October.
The Capital City Jazz Orchestra is a 16-piece ensemble that never fails to impress with their bold and beautiful big band style.
It’s jazz, but not as you’ve previously heard it and its live in Cardiff this October.
Experience Ultimate Bowie
Where: The Globe
Paying tribute to one of the greatest showmen to have ever lived, The Ultimate Bowie night at The Globe is not to be missed by fans of the Thin White Duke.
Tribute act, Ed Blaney, does justice to the best work of Bowie performing his rise and fall to and from space. Two hours of tantalizing tunes will take you on a marvellous musical journey that ends with the stars latest and last album.
A Tribute to Amy Winehouse: Lioness
Amy Winehouse gave so much to the music industry in such a short space of time and in Cardiff this October talented tribute act, Lioness will cover her most powerful songs from the string of chart-topping albums she produced.
This respectful tribute is not to be missed for fans of the late and great Amy Winehouse.
Where: Exchange Hotel
Celebrate an evening in true Gatsby style in one of the most iconic and glamorous venues in Cardiff.
Exchange Hotel is inviting you to a glamorous Gatsby Event with a roaring 20s twist, featuring delicious Signature cocktails and dazzling live entertainment.
It’s sure to be an unforgettable occasion. We’ll see you there old sport.
Oxjam Fest Returns to Cardiff
Where: Gwdhiw, The Moon, Tiny Rebel
Helping to beat global poverty Oxjam Fest returns to Cardiff in 2018 with another day filled with fantastic live music and show-stopping acts.
Spread across three of the city’s top live music venues, Oxjam will welcome 30 local bands to perform for expectant audiences all for a great cause.
Tickets are just £6 a pop and all funds raised on the day will go towards the fight against global poverty.
Disco of the Dead
Triple Cooked are back at the end of October with a Halloween special. Get down and get funky at the Disco of the Dead.
On the spookiest night of the year, Tramshed will transform into a decadent disco haven to house all the groovy ghouls and ghosts of the city.
The spooky, the scary and the downright devilish are all welcome to come along and strut their disco stuff and fancy dress is strongly encouraged. See if you catch Night Fever whilst enjoying a good old Boogie Oogie Oogie in Cardiff this Halloween.
Night of the Living Dead
On the night when the city of Cardiff is filled with all sorts of fabulously frightful events, Revolution are inviting their guests to join the legions of unliving to party like there’s no tomorrow.
Spend a night battling with zombies, causing murder on the dance floor and playing trick or treat whilst guzzling ghoulish cocktails from the well-stocked bar.
The only place to spend Halloween in Cardiff is at Revolution’s Night of the Living Dead.
Explore the city from Exchange Hotel
As you can see there’s plenty to be getting on with during your visit to Cardiff in October when staying at Exchange Hotel.
Check out some of the amazing accommodation offers we have during the month so you and a group of friends or family can get together and enjoy any one of the spectacular events listed in our what’s on Cardiff guide for October.
Our beautiful hotel is the perfect base from which to explore the city and with our handy go-to guide, you’ll never be stuck for something to do.
Call on 0151 601 8801 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to organise your visit to Cardiff this October. We can’t wait to see you here.