While we’re absolutely ready to whip out our Dirndl’s and Ghostbuster costumes, we’re also looking for a few other things to do this October. We’ve compiled the ultimate list of events in October including cultural activities, charity events, workshops and festivals that are hitting up Brisbane. There is literally so much happening that you’ll have to postpone that beach trip you’ve been ‘planning’ for another month. Get that diary out, pencil in hand, and take a read of what your October will look like.
Quick! Don’t miss out on tickets!
Halloween Monsters Ball | Saturday, Oct 27
Why worry about hosting a house party when you can hit-up Brisbane’s BIGGEST and SPOOKIEST Halloween spectacular? If you want to celebrate the spookiest day of the year, Victoria Park’s Halloween Monsters Ball guarantees to be the biggest Halloween event on Brisbane’s calendar. For $99pp, you can enjoy a sumptuous 4-hour beverage package as well as plenty of food and canapé stations. Sip on a Blood Bellini or Witches Brew cocktail upon arrival, then boogie down on the dance floor to live tunes courtesy of DJ extraordinaire Emma Lancaster. There will also be frightfully scary live performers roving the party, as well as a haunted photo booth so that you can catch pics of your terrifying costumes. So, what are you waiting for? Hit up your group chat and start organising your costumes STAT! This Halloween party is going to be a spooktacular event that you don’t want to miss out on.
Psssstt! Due to some awesome feedback, Victoria Park has just announced that they will be hosting the event on Saturday, Oct 27, instead of the previously announced Wednesday, Oct 31. This means you can cut loose on the dance floor and order that third cocktail, and not have to worry about stripping off your costume makeup for work on Thursday. Score!
Sugar Republic | Until Sunday, Oct 21
Put your hand up if you would be open to the idea of trading in your adulthood subscription? Flashing back to the days that were so much sweeter? What if we told you, that your dreams might have just become your reality?
Introducing Sugar Republic, Melbourne’s Insta-worthy, interactive exhibition. Relive your childhood memories as you explore 12 different rooms of fun. Make sure you take a dip in the ball pit, enjoy the swing in the fairy floss room, and try your luck spinning the Wheel O’ Treats. Better yet, jump out of a giant birthday cake and climb inside an enormous gumball machine! Oh, and did we mention that there is a ‘press for confetti’ button? It does exactly what you think it would do: showers you with an epic downpour of confetti.
Pinot Palooza | Saturday, Oct 13
Tickets are now on sale for the ultimate palooza event! Pinot Noir is a wine we hold close to our hearts. Not only is it easy to pronounce, but we also feel a little French every time it slurs off our tongues. Oui oui, the largest touring Pinot Noir festival EVER is hitting Brisbane in October and we won’t be missing it. Drink your way across the globe with the best wines coming from Australia (of course), NZ and beyond. For $65, all tix include a take-home wine glass and UNLIMITED wine tasting! That’s our new keep cup sorted.
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Wildlife Photographer of the Year | Until Saturday, Oct 20
The Brisbane Powerhouse will be hosting an exhibition all October long that harnesses the power of photography. Promoting discovery, understanding and the responsible enjoyment of nature, the world-class Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition will display 100 of the best images out of 50,000 global submissions. With the categories of diversity, documentary, portraits, portfolio, environments and young photographers, it will be an emotional display of our world from new perspectives and through leading lenses.
Oktoberfest | Until Sunday, Oct 28
Queensland has a plethora of Oktoberfest celebrations happening across the city this year, and our Bavarian restaurants’ are up there with the best. Get ready for the biggest Oktoberfest party outside of Bavaria during six weeks of celebrations across Brisbane! We’ve heard a lot of Deutsche hate against Aussies not doing Dirndl’s properly, but hey, we do the best we can. We put most countries to shame with our epic Oktoberfest festivities, proving we can outdrink anyone we set our minds to. But it’s not ALL about the pints; The Bavarian Beerhaus presents a theatrical, feathered and intimate Oktoberfest experience with cabaret dancers, burlesque performers and hilarious on-stage challenges. From 5 imported Oktoberfest biers, BIG feasting menus, Oom-pah-pah bands and your chance to WIN A TRIP TO MUNICH, this is set to be one epic Oktoberfest season you simply cannot miss.
War on Waste | Tuesday, Oct 2
The host of ABC’s War on Waste, Craig Reucassel is leading UQ’s Energy Initiative this October. Following on with the plastic bag ban, Craig will be delivering a powerful keynote address and answering any budding questions. His critical view of household, retail and farming waste, as well as Australia’s consumer culture, will make for an enlightening presentation. E-tickets are encouraged for this environmentally conscious talk. Reduce, reuse, and recycle!
Cult Cinema Cocktail Club | Thursday, Oct 4
While we tend to hit up Bowen Hills for food trucks and espresso martinis, we often forget it is home to the largest outdoor screen in Brisbane! Pairing our loves of movies, cocktails and food trucks, Welcome to Bowen Hills’ new event, Cult Cinema Cocktail Club is a cult we’d follow blindfolded. The first Thursday of October will be showing a cult classic with a themed cocktail menu to match. And what more apt cinematic masterpiece to kick off this event than Pulp Fiction? Sink into beanbags, stretch out your legs and enjoy the cinema a little differently this month.
Light the Night | Friday, Oct 5
Brisbane is coming together this October to beat blood cancer. Together, we will transform the dark night into an ebbing sea of glowing lanterns as we walk beside those facing this cancer and to remember lost loved ones. The mission is to raise the necessary funds for urgent research. Southbank’s Cultural Forecourt will ignite as Brisbane makes a stand.
Sea to the City | Sun, Oct 7
Brisbane’s Bug and Oyster trail has followed on nicely after saying our emotional goodbyes to the temporary Lobster and Champagne pop up. With free admission, this alfresco food trail is set to celebrate fresh seafood like never before. Pop-up food stalls and bars will line the riverfront of Eagle Street Pier through to Customs House. It’s not the beach but boy is it damn close. Fresh seafood, riverside views, wine and live music are a combination of the gods.
Mosaic Festival | Sunday, Oct 7
Get your culture on at the upcoming mosaic festival. Culture, art and dance combine in this celebratory event in the Roma Street Parklands. With renowned artists on the line-up, there will be strong international vibes from cuisines to performances. Entry is free if you register otherwise you can donate on the day to begin your October off with a taste of the world.
Learn How to Pickle Workshop | Sunday, Oct 7
For a hands-on start to your month head to Biome in Paddington to learn how to pickle. For $35, this workshop will take you through the history, process, ingredients and vinegar secrets. What can you pickle? ANYTHING! Jars, at the ready.
The Hidden Lanes Festival | Saturday, Oct 13
When three lanes culminate, you know something big is coming. Winn, Bakery and California lanes in Fortitude Valley are coming together in a day of festivities to celebrate their collective tenants. With fashion, food, music, art and entertainment on the menu, this is not one to miss. With free entry, you can pop in to fill your October with a touch of culture.
Gala on the Green | Saturday, Oct 13
This annual charity event is once again supporting Brisbane Youth Service. What better cause to toast a drink to than a local charity that continues to do astounding things for vulnerable and homeless youth. Set against the backdrop of James Street’s new Calile Hotel, this will be an epic venue for an epic night. Canapés, live music, raffles and drinks galore, these tickets are going quick. The after party is locked in at TBC, so you can really get down and boogie the night away.
Competitive Wine Tasting | Thursday, Oct 18
The Brisbane Club knows we’ve all got a competitive side. So, what better way to stir up some healthy competition than a wine tasting? Think six structured rounds of blind tasting, a digital leader-board and surprising twists galore. That’s all we’re giving away. Good luck!
The Jungle Collective | Oct, 20 – Oct 21
This is a huge indoor plant warehouse sale. Enough said? This renowned Melbourne event has finally travelled to Bris to satisfy our greener needs. BYO box to fill with boisterous leaves and twirling stems. It’s time to start creating that jungle you’ve been talking about for months with the best on offer at warehouse prices! We might come in camo to get that $5 discount, just a heads up.
Brisbane World Travel Expo | Sunday, Oct 21
Your Christmas holiday is beckoning! The New Year can finally whisk you to the islands of Greece or on a cruise through Alaska with the Brisbane World Travel Expo. Start planning your biggest adventure yet with the largest selection of travel suppliers, companies, brands and experts that are there to help you find the best option. This free event will undoubtedly leave you with the travel bug – it’s contagious!
Speed Dating | Thursday, Oct 25
Forget the Honey Badger, dating in Brisbane just got a serious new competitor. Welcome to Bowen Hills is teaming up with Speed Dating Australia to serve up the hottest new event. With steaming nibbles to ignite the heat paired with a complimentary drink to get the blood flowing, this will be an evening of awkward sexual tension you’ll never forget. For $45, you can take yourself on 16 dates in one night! Talk about efficiency.
Gigs & Picnics | Saturday, Oct 27
Mentioning a picnic is an easy way to guarantee a smile, but we often don’t make time for one. The upcoming Gigs & Picnics event in the City Botanic Gardens is going to be your next picnic taken to another level. Throw live music in the mix and your wine and cheese might just warrant the best afternoon ever! With mellow jazz sounds, modern reggae, dub vibes and gypsy swing on the list of feels, goosebumps are to be expected. Put your phone away and get caught up in an electric atmosphere of nibbles, nature, friends, tunes and sunshine.
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Image: Oktoberfest with The Bavarian